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Places to Watch Fireworks for Free at Walt Disney World

While Disney’s fireworks spectaculars are world famous, the crowds that accompany them have become infamous.

It can be very difficult to find a comfortable place in the parks to watch Disney’s nightly fireworks where you can escape the claustrophobic crowds while still having a great view.

Thankfully, there are some great spots outside the parks where you watch Magic Kingdom’s show Wishes or Epcot’s IllumiNations away from the crowds and, better yet, for FREE!

Here are some of the best places where you can watch Disney’s fireworks for free:

Places to Watch Fireworks for Free at Walt Disney World

Here are some of the best places where you can watch Disney's fireworks for free

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Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

If you want to experience Epcot’s IllumiNations without paying park admission, then you’re in luck!

There are spots at Disney’s nearby Boardwalk Resort that offer (albeit limited) views of the nightly spectacular.

The bridge just past the ESPN Club on the Boardwalk is by far the best place to get a view of IllumiNations, which usually runs at 9 pm.

If you are driving to the resort, you will need to pass by a security booth.

Simply let the guard know that you wish to view the fireworks and they will tell you where to park.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Sit back and enjoy Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show Wishes on a breezy beach!

By far the best spot to watch Magic Kingdom’s fireworks for free is the beach behind Disney’s Polynesian resort where you will also be able to watch The Electrical Water Pageant float by at 9 o’clock!

Simply park at the Polynesian (again, letting the security guard know that you want to watch the fireworks), park, and make your way down to the beach for the show!

The beach even features speakers that pipe in Wishes’ music so that you don’t miss a beat!

Other spots in the Magic Kingdom resort area where you can watch Wishes include the observation deck at The Contemporary (only if you’re dining there), the beach at Fort Wilderness, or the dock by Narcoosees at The Grand Floridian.

The Transportation Center

If you are finishing up your day in the parks and want to watch Wishes without actually having to visit the Magic Kingdom, then the Transportation Center is certainly an option.

For the best view, stand down by the Ferry Dock.

Your Hotel

Many hotels both on Disney property and in the Lake Buena Vista area of Orlando offer views of Disney’s fireworks.

As you hotel-hunt, be sure to read room descriptions as there are some rooms that provide you with a private viewing of the fireworks each night of your vacation!

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