Watching the Disneyland fireworks can be the highlight of a trip, but crowds and other viewing obstructions can make finding the best spot to watch the fireworks (Remember… Dreams Come True, Magical!, Halloween Screams, or Believe… in Holiday Magic) difficult. Since the Fourth of July “Salute to America” Limited Time Magic fireworks parties start today in Disneyland, now seems like a good time to share some of these locations, as well as some alternate places to go if you want to avoid the heavy crowds on Main Street.
If you read my prior “Best Magic Kingdom Fireworks Views” post, you know that I cautioned to use discretion before blindly following the map, and not to do anything stupid like standing behind a tree even if it falls into a “Good” zone on the map. This is doubly true with the Disneyland fireworks. Disneyland has a lot more trees on Main Street than the Magic Kingdom, and while I’ve tried to account for some areas that I know have many trees blocking the views, I don’t have a perfect “tree-memory.” If you pick a spot that is yellow or green on the map and a tree blocks your view of Sleeping Beauty Castle or the sky above it (and to a lesser extent, the Matterhorn), that’s not actually a good spot. The trees don’t retract into the ground when the fireworks start.
Along these same lines, while I have seen the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom more times than I can count (probably well over 100), I’ve been going to Walt Disney World my entire life, and the fireworks there run nightly with few exceptions. I haven’t visited Disneyland as many times, and even when I have visited, the fireworks aren’t always shown (either due to only being scheduled on the weekends or being cancelled at the last minute due to wind). Disneyland also mixes up its shows more frequently, with the “normal” show, Remember… Dreams Come True playing for about 33% of the year. Magical! is shown in the summer; Halloween Screams runs during Halloween Time at Disneyland; and Believe… In Holiday Magic is shown during Disneyland’s Christmas season. All of these run much more than their Walt Disney World seasonal counterparts. Still, I’ve seen these shows numerous times, just not from every conceivable spot in the park. Luckily, I’ve seen them from enough locations and have enough knowledge about fireworks to fill in the gaps and offer my takes on the best locations overall.
The map plus the various sample photos from these locations should give you visual thinkers a great idea of what to expect from different fireworks viewing places in Disneyland on Main Street. Just like the Magic Kingdom fireworks, all of the Disneyland fireworks shows were designed to be viewed straight-on from Main Street, USA. Moreso than the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland’s shows were designed to be viewed from The Hub, specifically. However, Disneyland also has a number of good alternative views, which can be great to avoid the throngs of locals who show up after work and camp out at the best spots for hours prior to the fireworks (something too time-consuming for tourists with limited vacation hours). After I go over the specific Main Street, USA views, I’ll touch upon some of these quiet spots and offer my thoughts on them.
Here are some looks at what you can expect from each numbered location on the map… (more…)