The Top 5 Places to Watch Magic Kingdom Fireworks at Walt Disney World

The Top 5 Places to Watch Magic Kingdom Fireworks at Walt Disney World

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For most people, fireworks are generally only seen on New Year’s Eve and 4th of July. However at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World fireworks are an everyday affair. For many first timers, finding a spot for the nighttime spectacular is overwhelming.

After countless viewings of the different fireworks shows that shoot off behind Cinderella’s Castle, I have discovered the best places to watch.

  • Main Street USA: If you ask a Cast Member, there’s not a bad place to watch the fireworks on Main Street USA. This is partly true, while I wouldn’t dare say that’s a bad view (unless the tall guy in front of you decides to hoist his small child on his shoulders directly in front of you). My preferred location on Main Street is in the center of the street about half way from the entrance to the castle, in between the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and Casey’s Corner. It’s perfect because it’s close enough to be able to all the remarkable projections on the castle, but far back enough that the castle doesn’t block any of the fireworks. This is especially true for the specialty fireworks for holidays that include perimeter fireworks.
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Beach: The Polynesian Resort is in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area and sits directly across the Seven Seas Lagoon from Magic Kingdom. If you grab dinner at O’hana or a beverage at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar you can check out the resort and watch the fireworks for the beach area. While you can’t see the projections on the castle, you get a full view of the fireworks and is usually a lot less crowded than Main Street.
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC): The TTC is another great outside the park viewing location. You can a similar view as the Polynesian Beach from the ferry dock, but it is even less crowded than the Polynesian and they pump in the music! It’s also close to the trams and parking so you can beat the Stroller 500 race out of the park!
  • California Grill Observation Deck: If you dine the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or have a beverage at their lounge it gives you access to their observation deck. Even if you enjoy earlier in the evening if you bring your receipt back to the check-in desk that will grant you access for the show. It is absolutely worth the price tag to view the fireworks from their deck. The view from the 15th floor can’t be beat! The lights are dimmed and the music is played for the show.
  • Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: This last location is reserved only for Disney Vacation Club Members who are staying at a Disney resort and their guests. The view is similar to the California Grill Observation Deck. The lounge offers specialty cocktails and other beverages as well as a light appetizer menu. There is comfortable seating inside, as well as, an outdoor deck that allows you to see and hear the show! If you know any Members or are one yourself, make sure to check out this cool perk!

These are just a few of my favorite places to end the day and enjoy the Magic Kingdom’s amazing nighttime spectaculars. Remember, “All we have to do is look inside our hearts and unlock the magic within.”

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Learn Something Valuable From These 7 European Countries

When you are surrounded by chocolate, treat yourself.
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America is a big country. So large that some parts of the country are so diverse they may as well be in different worlds, yet, American soil will always have one uniting factor: The American Dream. So, if we have an idea that enables synonymity in our vast country then that means that as different as some American counterparts may seem, we also share much of the same. This is why international travel is so important.

In fact, global traveling is more feasible then some may think, and can help shape your life in tremendous ways. So, here are seven life lessons there are to learn from those other international communities, specifically seven countries from Europe.

1. Spain: Be diverse in your choices

The Spanish are famous for their “tapas”. If you spend time in Spain then you will undoubtedly encounter this diversified little meal. Tapas are essentially small little plates (or tasters) of different dishes. This thereby encourages making choices that consist of variety, reinforcing to those who are creatures of habit to try something new!

2. England: Spend time outdoors

Take a trip to England and you will be surrounded by areas of preserved green space. When walking the streets of London you can expect every other block to be an area reserved for a small community park, not to mention the tremendously large parks in London, like Hyde Park. This dedicated space for outdoor enjoyment encourages people to get out of their homes and go move around in the parks.

3. Belgium: Treat yourself

Oh, the Belgium chocolate. Belgium is world renowned for having excellent, gourmet chocolate. Must I say any more? Treat yourself! With a chocolatier shop on every corner, it’s hard to miss.

4. The Netherlands: Exercise

When people think of Amsterdam, they often think of bicycles. Boy, is that true. Bicycles rule the road in the Netherlands, especially the populated city of Amsterdam. It is not uncommon to see elegantly dressed women, mothers with newborns, or toddlers cycling along the busy streets. Take a page from the Dutch way of life and try using your bicycle as your main mode of transportation.

5. Germany: Learn a foreign language

The German language is a bit abstract to English speakers. Which means if you do not speak German, then you will be playing charades to find your way through the German homeland. Some regions consist of seasoned English speakers, but do not plan on it. Take this as a mental note to learn a new language.

6. Italy: Eat good food

Italian food. Yum. The Italians know how to achieve high-quality life through their beautiful leisurely vacation destinations, fine art scene, and AMAZING FOOD. Take a trip to Italy, eat good food, and come home realizing you should treat your taste buds better then you have.

7. Denmark: Don’t take candy from strangers

Allow me to clarify something: the Danish are very sweet and kind people. Their candy will not actually cause damage to your body in terms of being toxic, but your taste buds will revolt unless you like salted black licorice.

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9 States I Want To Visit And The Cities Where I Would Go

All I want to do is travel and writing this made me want to even more.
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Since my sense of adventure has had a craving for travelling, I figured I would share with you, some of the places I want to go to the most. If I could, I would be booking tickets for all of the places right now!

1. Maine

There isn't a whole lot of outstanding attractions in Maine, but if you love rocky bay areas, Maine is a beautiful place to visit if you go for the scenery. The two places I want to go to most is Acadia National Park and Old Port Maine. It's beautiful and the breeze off the bay sounds so delightful.

2. Oregon

This one is a given. other than the gorgeous trees and mountains, the place I actually want to go to is Portland. It's self-explanatory that I am an avid coffee lover and exploring different coffee shops is something I love to do. Portland is getting close to having around 3,000 coffee shops. It's considered the 3rd most caffeinated city in the U.S.

3. Colorado

This one I feel is also self-explanatory. One of the most visited national parks is Rocky Mountain National Park. Known for the vast amounts of mountains and a really awesome network of hiking trails and wildlife. The other place I want to go to is Garden of the Gods, which is known for its absolutely massive amounts of sandstone formations.

4. Louisiana

Other than going to New Orleans for a good time and great seafood, I want to go to Louisiana to visit Jackson Square, which is home to the St. Louis Cathedral which is the oldest cathedral in the United States. Jackson Square also hosts a place for artists and street performers to showcase their works and talents.

5. Georgia

Most people wouldn't have expected to see Georgia on this list, but I love historic downtown areas and Georgia is home to one of the most eclectic and beautiful historic districts and cobblestone downtown areas. It even has a ferry ride along the Savannah River. It's also home to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and The Savannah College of Art and Design, which is one of the most prestigious private art schools in America.

6. Texas

This is another one that people either expect or don't expect. I personally have already been to Texas a number of times but still, I want to see more. One of the places I really want to go to is San Antonio. Mainly for their unique river walk that is actually a story beneath the city streets and offers a lot of awesome shopping and great restaurants.

7. New York

This one is definitely a given when it comes to places to visit. In my opinion, everyone has to go to New York once in their lives. I'm a huge theatre person and the one thing I really truly want to do in New York is to see a show on Broadway in New York. And do some obvious sight-seeing, of course.

8. Washington

Much like Portland Oregon, Seattle is actually the second most "caffeinated" state in the U.S. (San Francisco is the First). Exploring the different coffee shops and the gorgeously rainy city is so appealing to me. Maybe I could even go for a ferry ride.

9. Tennessee

I love music and my job of selling shoes and what better place to visit than the place that is known for music and where the headquarters of Journeys is? Nashville! I also have been to Tennessee but not to Nashville. I would also love to drive through the Smokey Mountains again. Now that was cool.

Now, if you don't mind me, I am going to go beg my mom for a road trip this summer!

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