I’ve spent the past couple of days giving you suggestions on where you can watch the fireworks for the 4th of July at Walt Disney World and also in the surrounding areas. Of course, not everyone wants to fight the crowds in a park (theme park or city park) to see fireworks! If you aren’t in a park, that does not mean that you are out of luck.
One of my favorite places to watch fireworks at Walt Disney World is Crescent Lake in the Epcot Resort Area. Get ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery, then walk to the bridge that is on the way to Epcot right before IllumiNations. You can easily see the fireworks portion of the show from there. Once that has wrapped up, enjoy the street performers at Disney’s BoardWalk for a little while, then head towards the walking path that leads to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Walk along the path, and when you get close to the park you will be able to easily see the fireworks. If the night is clear you might also be able to catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from a few spots along Crescent Lake. They’ll be way off in the distance.
If it’s the Magic Kingdom fireworks that you want to be able to see clearly, head to any of the Magic Kingdom Area Resorts. My favorite place to watch them is from the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. There is also a deck at Disney’s Contemporary Resort that has fantastic views.
There is something that you need to keep in mind if you plan to drive to any Disney Resort that you are not staying at. If you do not have a dining reservation, on the 4th of July you will most likely not be allowed to park there just to see the fireworks. My recommendation is that you park at Disney Springs and take the bus to the resort. It may take a little bit of time, but it will be worth it when the fireworks start.
Here’s one more thing that you need to keep in mind. Disney Parks Blog will hold a livestream of the 4th of July fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. On the 4th I’ll try to add the link on the Disney Over 50 Facebook page.