04 Nov Where to Watch Fireworks at DVC Resorts
Disney Vacation Club resorts are all around Walt Disney World in a variety of locations and themes. Many have incredible dining options and amenities to make your stay more magical. All of these can be considered in planning but there’s one other detail that makes the vacation stars align. Seeing fireworks from your Disney resort, especially your hotel room or villa, is a pinnacle of pixie dusted experiences. Some of the best memories are made watching the sky sparkle with fireworks. Impromptu fireworks seen on your way around your resort are the extra magic you didn’t know you needed. Even resorts that don’t have theme park view rooms can offer some wonderful firework viewing spots. Although you may not be staying at one of the resort’s mentioned, perhaps a dining reservation lines up your plans for you to be there around firework time. Let’s talk about where to watch fireworks at DVC resorts.
Where to Watch Fireworks at DVC Resorts
First let’s note that the firework show music is played in various locations around Walt Disney World but can sometimes be unreliable. If hearing the show and getting the full experience is important to you, the best place for that is in the parks. However, if that’s not a big deal to you, or if firework show crowds aren’t for you or someone in your party, there are plenty of other options. If you haven’t seen fireworks reflecting over water, let’s just say it’s twice as magical.
Next I wanted to share that if your room or villa has a theme park view, and that theme park has a fireworks show or a nighttime spectacular with some pyrotechnics, it’s likely you’ll have a special, personal firework view of the big stuff. Remember at some resorts you can play the firework show music on your room tv in sync with the show! If you want to be able to see fireworks from your room, know that when Disney says theme park view, they mean it. Theme park view rooms and villas have the best views of the parks. So, if Disney says you have a theme park view, you should have a great view of whatever fireworks that park has if any.
It sometimes occurs that you’re able to see fireworks from rooms that are noted by Disney to have views other than a theme park. This is especially possible at resorts that are very close to certain parks or very tall and have a wide view range of Walt Disney World property overall. If you can see park icons from your room, it’s a good sign. For example, tower studios at Riviera resort note that they have ‘Views of Landscaping or Parking Area.’ We can assume that rooms on a higher floor that face Epcot will have firework views and you can even see fireworks in the tower studio video on Disney’s site. With each Disney resort room having a unique view, it’s nearly impossible to tell online if you’ll have a fireworks view or not.
Even if you can’t see fireworks from your room, being able to watch them from your resort is a real treat. It’s a bit of a different experience with some real bonuses. If you pick a random spot at your resort you may or may not be able to hear the music. On the plus side, it will be way less crowded in your viewing spot. You’ll also beat the end of day, leaving the park rush which can be a huge bonus when you’re already tired.
Nighttime spectaculars and firework shows can vary in how many fireworks they actually have. It’s also good to consider how many are big enough or high enough to be seen outside of the park. Fortunately, Disney Enchantment has a splendid, continuous array of many large fireworks that go off very high in the sky. It’s such a vast visual show that you can even catch Enchantment over the treetops while driving around Walt Disney World or roads nearby. This is great news for those wanting to experience fireworks from their resort. I can confirm that Disney Enchantment will still be impressive and fun to watch from a few different DVC resorts outside of the park. Harmonious? Not quite so much but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Watching Fireworks From Bay Lake Tower
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the best option for firework views from your room or villa on your DVC stay. Theme Park View rooms and villas provide spectacular nighttime scenes in the sky. The multi story, floor to ceiling windows in Bay Lake Tower’s three bedroom grand villas are the ultimate splurge for views.
If you take the Skyway Bridge walkway from Bay Lake Tower’s fifth floor to the Contemporary’s fourth floor there is a small firework view seating area outside. In the past, music has been played here for a complete firework show experience. You feel right in the middle of the fun with monorails cruising nearby too! Guests can also experience a unique firework view from the middle of the Skyway Bridge. It gets windy up there! Of course, Disney Vacation Club members can also enjoy the fantastic views of fireworks at Magic Kingdom from the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower.
Watching Fireworks From The Polynesian
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Disney’s Polynesian Resort is another top spot for viewing fireworks. The Polynesian bungalows sit right over the Seven Seas Lagoon with fantastic views of Magic Kingdom fireworks. For most, every trip won’t include a stay at the Polynesian bungalows but there are other locations that make the Polynesian a prime firework viewing spot for all guests. The beach at the Polynesian next to the bungalows plays the soundtrack to the fireworks and provides a fabulous view.
Side note: In the past, the Polynesian beach has been the absolute best firework viewing spot on the third and fourth of July for Independence Day fireworks at Magic Kingdom. This is a perimeter fireworks show and this location is one of the only spots all the fireworks are in front of you to view at once. The Electrical Water Pageant usually lights up with American flags and sits in view during the fireworks show as well. The music is played for viewers on the beach. It’s really something special!
Remember theme park view rooms at the Polynesian will definitely have firework delights at night. There is also a beach on the other side of the marina nearer the Grand Floridian that has firework views. The restaurant ‘Ohana has great firework viewing for most seated guests. You can also see fireworks from the second floor of the Polynesian lobby. Around the main pool area is a decent view as well especially if you just want to catch a few after dinner.
Watching Fireworks From The Grand Floridian
More Magic Kingdom firework views await across the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Higher floors that face the direction of Magic Kingdom will have the best chance of firework views. If you’re booking a Grand Villa, you will for sure be able to see the fireworks from the one on the top floor. As a basic rule to follow, if you can see Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain or Cinderella Castle, you’ll usually be able to see the fireworks. Even if you can’t see inside the park, some of the higher fireworks may be within view from your room. Because the DVC building at the Grand is located on the opposite side of the resort it’s not likely you’ll see fireworks on your points. We’ll have to see what kind of views the Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian expansion brings to the mix with 200 proposed resort studios expected in Summer of 2022.
However, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has some of the best views of Magic Kingdom fireworks around the resort. The Grand boat launch dock is right on the water, closest to the park and can fit quite a few people. It’s dark and otherwise very quiet and secluded. One of the top, unique viewing spots for sure. Another great spot, my personal favorite, is the marina at the Grand Floridian. The music is usually played here and there is ample seating with Gasparilla Grill nearby. For a quieter experience, walk down either side of the marina closer to Magic Kingdom.
You can also see fireworks from the circular room at the end of Citrico’s closest to the marina. Especially if you’re seated near the window. You don’t see the castle from here but the resort is just so close you’re in line to see all of the big fireworks.
Narcoosee’s restaurant has a spectacular, front row seat to firework shows at Magic Kingdom. This restaurant sits right on the Seven Seas Lagoon closest to the park. There is an outdoor, private viewing area for those dining at Narcoosee’s.
Watching Fireworks From Wilderness Lodge
There’s also Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in the Magic Kingdom area. This one is a bit further back on Bay Lake so it’s not a prime viewing spot but you may catch some fireworks from here. While it’s likely DVC rooms will not have a firework view because they are mostly on the other side of the resort, some of the Copper Creek cabins on the water might.
There is also a neat view of the fireworks from a few areas on the waters of Bay Lake at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Geyser Point Bar & Grill has an area by the water where you can see big fireworks over the treetops.
Can You See Epcot Fireworks From Outside the Park?
Traditionally, Epcot nighttime shows don’t have quite as many actual fireworks as Magic Kingdom shows do. Harmonious falls in line with that trend. Epcot’s new nighttime spectacular is about 20 minutes long but mostly focuses on music, projections, water fountains and lights. If you’re hoping for fireworks from the room or resort it may be slightly less impressive with Harmonious since so much of the show happens in the park at eye level. It will still be exciting to catch fireworks from your resort! Just know there will be quiet visual moments from outside.
Watching Fireworks From Beach Club and Boardwalk Resorts
Some of the best places to watch fireworks at DVC resorts are around Crescent Lake. Both Beach Club and Boardwalk are located on this body of water that connects Epcot to Hollywood Studios. There is a bridge that goes over Crescent Lake near the International Gateway entrance of Epcot that has great views of the park’s fireworks. You’ll often see a small crowd gathering before nighttime show time but should be able to mosey up shortly before the show starts and still get a great spot.
Another place to watch around the Crescent Lake area is the Friendship Launch dock. This long, shared dock at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club has a lighthouse at the end. If you walk out onto this dock just a bit, you’ll get some nice views of Epcot’s fireworks over the water. This is a lovely spot for romantic or relaxed firework viewing!
There is also the side of Disney’s Boardwalk closer to Atlantic Dance Hall which has pretty decent views of Epcot fireworks.
Viewing from the Crescent Lake area you may also see a firework or two coming from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Even when there is only a nighttime projection show they usually conclude with a blast or two of pyrotechnics. On nights when Fantasmic is showing, there are a few fireworks in the finale of the show you may see from the Crescent Lake resort area as well.
Disney’s Riviera Resort is a 10 story Disney Vacation Club beauty near Epcot. The restaurant at the top, Topolino’s Terrace, offers at least far off views of nearly any fireworks on property but has a featured view of Epcot’s fireworks.
Fireworks From Other DVC Resorts at Walt Disney World
Animal Kingdom Lodge is right next to Disney’s Animal Kingdom where there aren’t ever fireworks so peace can be maintained for the animals. At Old Key West you may see a tiny bit of fireworks from Epcot if you’re near the Hospitality House but it’s not an ideal viewing spot.
Fireworks are always a great end to a day at Disney. The views from the parks are stunning but there are many other places to enjoy these shows from. I hope you discovered a new Disney Vacation Club firework viewing spot to try on your next visit.