Top 10 Spots to Watch the Disneyland Fireworks Show

When you think about Disneyland, one of the first things that comes to mind has to be iconic fireworks shows. The fireworks at Disneyland are like nothing else, complete with stunning visuals, captivating music, and an vibe of pure joy and wonder. It’s a timeless tradition that been delights guests of all ages.

So, let’s explore the top 10 spots to catch the Disneyland fireworks show, along with some tips and tricks to make the most of the show. We’ll take a look at the best time to line up for the fireworks, how to watch the show for FREE, and other important information to keep in mind. And don’t forget about the dessert party and dining package options for reserved seating – these can take your Disneyland fireworks experience from great to well, super great. 

Whether you’re a seasoned Disneyland veteran or a first-time visitor, sit back, relax, and get ready to discover the best places to watch the Disneyland fireworks.

1. Main Street USA

Picture of Main Street USA in Disneyland, during the day.

Main Street, USA is one of the one of the classic and most iconic spots to watch the Disneyland fireworks show. The street is transformed into a magical wonderland during the show! With buildings and shops lit up in a beautiful array of colors. As the show starts, music fills the air and the fireworks launch right from behind Sleeping Beauty Castle. It’s a stunning display of light, color, and sound.

From Main Street, you’ll have a great view of the castle, as well as  panoramic views of the fireworks show. You can choose to watch from the center of the street, but it’s best to find a spot along the sidewalks in front of one of the shops or restaurants. Keep in mind that this area can will be very crowded so be sure to arrive early to secure your spot.

A unique aspect of watching the fireworks from Main Street is the spectacular special effects that are added to the street. As the fireworks explode above, streetlights and buildings are synchronized with the music to create a magical atmosphere that is truly unforgettable.

2. Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Night during a projection show

Another great location to watch the Disneyland fireworks show is from in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. With a front-row view, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the action! With fireworks exploding right above your head!

This is a coveted spot, and it can be challenging to secure a seat. It’s a good idea to arrive at least 45-60 minutes before the show. You can stand in front of the castle or even sit on the ground in the central plaza area.

The view from Sleeping Beauty Castle is unbeatable. You’ll have a clear view of the castle and the fireworks exploding above it, with bursts of light and color filling your entire field of vision. This location also offers a unique perspectives on the show, like seeing Tinkerbell fly from the castle in the beginning. 

3. The Rivers of America

Rivers of America at Disneyland

Rivers of America is another popular spot to watch the Disneyland fireworks show from. It offers an unexpected perspective, where the fireworks reflect off the water and illuminate the surrounding trees and landscape. Not to mention that you’ll be set up with a top tier view for Fantasmic as well.

To watch the fireworks from the Rivers of America, head to the bank of the river nearest to the Haunted Mansion, where you’ll have a clear view of the castle and the surrounding areas. This area also offers a more spacious and comfortable viewing experience, with plenty of room to sit and enjoy the show.

This spot also tends to be less crowded and can make for a more relaxed experience. Keep in mind that some of the show effects could be obstructed by the trees or other structures. It’s also important to know that certain areas along the river are closed off during the show for safety. So be sure to arrive early to secure a good spot.

4. “It’s a small world” Area

its a small world nighttime photo

If you’re looking for a spot that’s less crowded but still has a great view, head over to “it’s a small world.” With the beautiful colors and lights of the attraction surrounding you, this area offers one of the most inspiring views as fireworks light up the sky.

Keep in mind that the view from the “it’s a small world” area may not be as panoramic as some of the other locations, and the effects of the show may be partially obstructed by the attraction or other elements in the landscape. But, this is an amazing spot for those who want to enjoy the show in a more intimate and chill setting.

5. The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Area

Top of a ride vehicle in the lagoon at Nemo's Submarine voyage

The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage area is another good spot to catch the fireworks show. With clear views of the castle and surrounding areas, this area is another great option if you are looking to avoid crowds. 

Head to the path that runs along the back of the lagoon, behind the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction. This area specifically, offers a clear and unobstructed view of the castle!

This location is somewhat removed from the main action of the park, and may require a bit of a walk to reach. But it’s worth the extra steps.

6. The Matterhorn Bobsleds

Exterior of the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland

One of my favorite spots to watch the fireworks is from The Matterhorn Bobsleds. This spot has clear, unobstructed views of the castle and offers a STUNNING view of the fireworks exploding above the iconic mountain.

Something to consider is that this area can get very crowded! Especially during peak season. Also, the views are not quite as iconic as some of the other spots on this list. 

But overall, the Matterhorn Bobsleds area provides a unique and exciting spot to watch the Disneyland fireworks show, and is a great option for those looking for a more thrilling and immersive viewing experience.

7. Tomorrowland Terrace

If you’re looking for a more comfortable and convenient way to watch the Disneyland fireworks show, consider booking a spot at Tomorrowland Terrace!  This location has reserved tables, which offer a great view of the castle! Plus you get to enjoy food and drinks while watching the show!

The biggest benefit of Tomorrowland Terrace is the reserved tables, ensuring that you won’t miss any of the action.

Tomorrowland Terrace can be more expensive than watching the show from some of the other locations, and may not be within everyone’s budget. But, if you’re looking for a more comfortable and convenient way to watch the Disneyland fireworks show, Keep this one in mind!

8. Disneyland Railroad

Engineer car of the Disneyland Railroad

The train travels around the park on a scenic route, and provides a one of a kind show (with semi-comfortable seats)! As the train travels around the park, you’ll see fireworks from above and get to take in the show from a whole new angle

To watch the show from the Disneyland Railroad, simply hop on the train at any station and find a seat. The train will take you on a scenic route around the park, and you’ll be able to see the fireworks from a moving vantage point. 

Just like everything else at Disney, getting there early is key! Not all trains are open during the show, and it’s an extremely popular destination. So arrive early, hop on board, and enjoy the ride!

9. California Adventures

While World of Color incorporates a small number of pyrotechnics, DCA doesn’t actually have a fireworks show of it’s own. But the park offers greatviews of the show, and you can take advantage of some of the attractions and entertainment options that stay open later!

10. Downtown Disney

If you’re looking for a spot outside the parks to catch the Disneyland fireworks show, Downtown Disney and the Esplande are great options.The Esplanade is located between Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure. It’s the area filled with hexagon shaped tiles you walk through when park hopping. 

Simply find a free spot and take a seat! This location used to be pretty open, but it’s popularity has grown in recent years. There’s still PLENTY of room though, so don’t be shy.

Watching from these areas means that you don’t need a park ticket to enjoy the show – and you can beat the crowds to World of Disney after the parks close.

The most important aspects of watching the Disneyland fireworks show is getting to wherever you’re going EARLY. How early depends on which location you’re going for, but plan on at least 30 minutes

For locations like Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Rivers of America, and Tomorrowland Terrace, you’ll want to arrive at least 60 minutes before the show starts. These locations fill up quick!

Dessert Parties and Dining Packages

Looking for a more luxurious or exclusive experience? Dessert parties and dining packages some of the best (and reserved) seats in the park.

Dessert parties typically include a variety of sweet treats and drinks. They provide a more relaxed and comfortable viewing experience, with a dedicated seating area and plenty of treats to enjoy.

Some of the most popular dessert party options at Disneyland include the “Fantasmic!” Dessert & Viewing Experience, the “World of Color” Dessert Party, and the “Mickey’s Halloween Party” Dessert Party.

Dining packages can also be a great way to combine a meal with an unforgettable fireworks show, and can provide a more immersive and exclusive viewing experience.

Some of the most popular dining packages at Disneyland include the “Fantasmic!” Dining Package, the Blue Bayou Restaurant Dining Package, and the Plaza Inn Dining Package. 

If you’re trying have a hard time choosing between a dessert party or a dining package, consider your budget and personal preferences. Dessert parties tend to be less expensive and offer a wider range of treats, while dining packages can provide a more substantial meal and a longer viewing experience. Ultimately, both can be a great way to make your Disneyland visit even more magical.

Watching the Disneyland fireworks show is the highlight of any visit to the parks, and with a little planning and preparation, you can make your viewing experience even more magical.

Share your memories of watching the Disneyland fireworks show in the comments section. What are some of your favorite spots to watch the show? Do you have any tips or advice for first-time visitors? Let us know!

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