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Missus Toad
08-19-2007, 04:37 PM
I know there'll probably be a swarm of people with the same idea, but has anyone actually done this? We're going tomorrow, and I'm wondering if it's something we should attempt. Thanks!

WDW4us2006
08-19-2007, 05:40 PM
I was just there last week, and, as much as I would love to tell you it would be OK, I would say no. The EP, my favorite Disney thing of all time, lasts a good 20 minutes. If you are at the beginning of the route, down near Paradise Pier, you won't even be able to leave there until 9:10 or so. We watched it fron near a Bug's Land entrance, and it didn't even come near us until almost 9:00. To make it out of the park through the crowds, in the dark, then over to DL to manage that GIGANTIC SEA of people, I think is too crazy. There were no seats/standing room whatsoever as far as I could see a good half hour prior to the fireworks. It was almost scary to look back and see nothing but heads packed in like sardines on Main Street.

Unless, if it's your only option, I would go for it, and just leave the EP early. Also, if you don't care about a "good" spot to view the fireworks and are OK with what's up high, I guess you could give it a whirl.

If, however, you have the option of two nights, do yourself a favor and get a good fireworks spot at least an hour early. I promise, it will be worth it. The fireworks are spectacular and not to be missed, much better than WDW if you are familiar with those, and much better when you have a good view of the front of the castle.

Does that help???

tinkerbelt
08-19-2007, 05:49 PM
Yes, it can be done, but it is tricky. You have to be very fast and very good at maneuvering through the crowds.

Your best bet is to catch the start of the parade from the Paradise Pier area. Stand next to the Golden Dreams theater, so that you don't have to cross the road where the parade is. I recommend that you duck out of the parade a few minutes early, or you're going to risk missing the start of the fireworks show.

You really don't need more than 15 to 20 minutes to get a good spot for the fireworks anymore. You can always get a spot anywhere on main street at the last minute, and there are still lots of good spots around the hub about 15 minutes before the show. We used to camp for 2+ hours to sit in front of the hub, and now we can get the same spot less than half an hour before, even on crowded days.

Just keep in mind that there are going to be a lot of people trying to get to DL after the DEP, so you're going to have a lot of crowds. We like to watch the first 10-15 minutes of the parade and then head over to DL to watch the fireworks from Main Street, and we usually have time to spare when we do that.

CoolPool
08-19-2007, 05:53 PM
If one stays at the Disneyland Hotel with a theme park view, does one see the fireworks? or do I have to be in the park?

simba_one
08-19-2007, 05:59 PM
As tinkerbelt says, it's tricky BUT it CAN be done!! We did it twice last summer. :goodvibes We watched the EP in Sunshine Plaza making a quick exit from the park A LOT easier. You will have to weave through the crowds which can be quite a task at times but ttytt, the worst part is when you hit the queue lines for Disneyland and you can't do anything but wait. Once we finally got into Dl Park, we were then lucky enough to get a great spot by the flagpole and watched the fireworks again from there which was a lovely view with the whole of Main Street in front of us. :wizard:

Good luck. :thumbsup2 You'll need it... :rotfl:

tinkerbelt
08-19-2007, 06:20 PM
If one stays at the Disneyland Hotel with a theme park view, does one see the fireworks? or do I have to be in the park?

You can see them from the DLH. You can even see them from some of the standard view rooms.

disneyfan4ever54
08-19-2007, 06:49 PM
We also did what tinkerbelt mentioned in her post after reading some advice on here and it worked out great! We watched the parade from the Golden Dreams area and hurried to the park exit as soon as we saw the last float (the Eagle float). We were able to make it out of the park before the parade even ended. That way, we were able to exit before the people at the Sunshine Plaza area because they were still watching the parade. We got to Main Street just as the fireworks were starting and we watched them from the bench at Town Square (in front of the Train Station). We really like to watch them with the music and since it was piped in there, it was better than watching from out hotel, etc. I hope it works out for you!:)

scasta86
08-19-2007, 06:56 PM
Has anyone tried walking from DCA to DTD and boarding the monrail into Disneyland? I guess it would not give the "ideal" view from Main Street but the monorail would drop people off by the other side, nearby the Matterhorn. Maybe I should try that next Sunday...

Master Mason
08-19-2007, 07:44 PM
Pretty sure they do not run the monorail during the fireworks, so more than likely you would get stuck in the monorail terminal

tinkerbelt
08-19-2007, 08:26 PM
Pretty sure they do not run the monorail during the fireworks, so more than likely you would get stuck in the monorail terminal

Yeah. They close the monorail from about 8:45-10:00, so that wouldn't work, and I think it'd take longer to walk through DTD and get on the monorail than it would to wait in line at the DL entrance.

Another great fireworks spot is in Fantasyland. They rope off the back between Dumbo and the carousel as a walkway, and the fireworks are pretty cool there, and there's no wait!

Missus Toad
08-19-2007, 10:27 PM
Thanks everyone for the input! We'll just have to see how ambitious we're feeling at that hour. Sounds like a fun challenge though, and it's good to know it can be done! We're there pretty regularly, so if we miss one or the other, it's not the end of the world, so maybe we'll give it a go-- if not tomorrow night, then another time. Thanks again! :thumbsup2

HydroGuy
08-19-2007, 11:11 PM
Thanks everyone for the input! We'll just have to see how ambitious we're feeling at that hour. Sounds like a fun challenge though, and it's good to know it can be done! We're there pretty regularly, so if we miss one or the other, it's not the end of the world, so maybe we'll give it a go-- if not tomorrow night, then another time. Thanks again! :thumbsup2No one has said this, so here it is. DLR has purposely tried to setup the DEP time and parade route at DCA to make it highly difficult to do what you are asking about.

Some people have done it, but your luck depends on how crowded it is that night and how good of a spot you want for RDCT.

Since the RDCT fireworks at DL is 10 times better than the DEP (IMHO) then it is not worth it to risk getting a good viewing spot for RDCT in order to see DEP. My two cents.

Master Mason
08-19-2007, 11:32 PM
No one has said this, so here it is. DLR has purposely tried to setup the DEP time and parade route at DCA to make it highly difficult to do what you are asking about.

Some people have done it, but your luck depends on how crowded it is that night and how good of a spot you want for RDCT.

Since the RDCT fireworks at DL is 10 times better than the DEP (IMHO) then it is not worth it to risk getting a good viewing spot for RDCT in order to see DEP. My two cents.


yes but you could also wait for a good spot for the fireworks, and have them cancelled, and then you see neither..

HydroGuy
08-20-2007, 10:52 AM
yes but you could also wait for a good spot for the fireworks, and have them cancelled, and then you see neither..Well, for folks who have limited time you are quite correct.

The best strategy depends on many things including how many nights you have, whether you are there during high or low season and thus whether RDCT, DEP and Fantasmic are shown every night or only on weekends, whether Fantasmic is shown once or twice, how late you can stay out maybe because you have young children.

In general it is best to try to see RDCT as early in your trip as possible for the very reason of possible cancellation. The other shows and parades do not get cancelled nearly so often.

DangerMouse
08-20-2007, 11:08 AM
No one has said this, so here it is. DLR has purposely tried to setup the DEP time and parade route at DCA to make it highly difficult to do what you are asking about.

Some people have done it, but your luck depends on how crowded it is that night and how good of a spot you want for RDCT.


Buzz Kill! :sad2: I was waiting for you to visit this thread and poo-poo the idea of doing both. Trey, have you ever really attempted to do both? For our family it really wasn't difficult at all. And it appears that others have had a similar experience.

Since the RDCT fireworks at DL is 10 times better than the DEP (IMHO) then it is not worth it to risk getting a good viewing spot for RDCT in order to see DEP. My two cents.


I respectfully disagree. They're equally as good. Both bring tears -- both have the major "Disney Magic" factor. pixiedust:

HydroGuy
08-20-2007, 11:35 AM
Buzz Kill! :sad2: I was waiting for you to visit this thread and poo-poo the idea of doing both. Trey, have you ever really attempted to do both? For our family it really wasn't difficult at all. And it appears that others have had a similar experience.



I respectfully disagree. They're equally as good. Both bring tears -- both have the major "Disney Magic" factor. pixiedust:Ahh, some spirited debate. The best kind! ;)

Well, it is quite true that Disney has purposely set the time and direction of the DEP parade route to make it difficult. I thought it was worth pointing that out to someone who may not know.

And no I have not tried it. Here are some reasons why.

1. I have been in and around the hub during RDCT and if I really wanted to see RDCT would never see it from anywhere other than the hub.

2. I have a big family and so getting a decent spot for RDCT means getting there early. When we were there in late June we got there about 40-45 minutes early just to be safe, but 30 minutes early would have been fine and maybe, possibly 20 minutes early.

3. I saw DEP one night in late June near the DEP starting point up from Golden Dreams, with the idea to get out of DCA as quickly as I could and get back to my hotel on Harbor. So I power walked out out of DCA at about 9:05-9:10PM, and as I left DCA I looked over at the DL gates and there were tons of people in line at the gates. Hard to know what the wait at the DL gates would be, but I would be surprised if it was less than 10 minutes.

4. That means if I had wanted to get into DL, I might have made it in at 9:15-9:20.

5. After fighting my way up Main Street to the hub, I might have been able to get to the hub at 9:20-9:25 when RDCT starts.

6. Whether or not I could find a place to watch RDCT is debatable, as my experience is that getting there at least 20 minutes early is the minimum.

7. It is not worth it to me to watch RDCT from a non-optimal spot. I would rather see it on a different night when I get there early enough for a decent spot.

So that is my opinion, and it is just an opinion.

If you go when it is less crowded, and/or are willing to live with a lesser viewing location, then it can be done as you have explained.

I should also add that my opinion is partly based on how highly I rate DEP. And that is not very high. I would put RDCT and Fantasmic far ahead of DEP in priority. I would also put POD ahead of DEP as well. For me DEP is at about the same priority level as BPB, maybe a little ahead. So my advice flows from this priority level, which means to me that RDCT is the best show Disney has ever created and a good viewing spot should not be risked in order to see DEP.

For people who have seen RDCT before and can afford to miss it in a pinch should the DEP to RDCT dash not work for them, then go ahead and see if it works.

I am curious if you have ever tried to see DEP and RDCT on the same night during high season and how that worked? And have you ever made it from DEP and into the hub and gotten a spot there to see RDCT either high season or low?

Amy&Dan
08-20-2007, 02:30 PM
Okay, I am going to be the one who agrees with both Dangermouse and Hydroguy! Because:

I love the Electrical Parade. Like all things in life (esp. all things in Disney) we all have different things that just appeal to us. DEP really does it for me. I love the Elliot float (brings back memories of that movie which most people have never even heard of), I love the music, the lights and the fact that dd10will still snuggle up to me and clap along with the music. So to me it's a priority and just as much of one as Remember if not more. And I don't even see F! at DL because that whole thing makes me crazy. I see it at MGM (I know, DL's is "better" just not for me). But a lot of people will not see it that way I know! However, that means (as Trey said) their advice and prioritizing will be slanted towards that personal opinion. Personally for me and my family, the DEP is THE thing, the parade/nighttime show we make the top priority, get the good spot and don't even dare tamper with!

However, I love Remember too, and in my optimal world would see it and DEP on the same night every night of my life if I could! But I haven't been able to accomplish it the last two years like I used to do back when they started the DEP in Sunshine Plaza and Imagine was the fireworks show. I agree with Hydroguy in that they have made this much, much harder to do. Still, I know it can be done because one night last June we got inside DL just before Remember (coming from dinner, not the DEP), we were in the crowd of people getting into DL from DCA, we got to the end of Main Street, very close to the Plaza Inn and had a great view of Remember. It was standing room only in a huge crowd but we still had a great view. We got to this spot about 10 minutes before the show started. I should add we were really trying to just get over to Space Mountain but it was so packed we just went ahead and stopped to see the fireworks. If I had a stroller or toddler holding my hand, it would have not been as much fun however. Still, if you see the DEP and want to see Remember, just go up as far as you can, it can still be a great spot. Normally I don't even try to do this, once I have seen the DEP, I am content to just see Remember from the Espanlande . I know this is a big no no but hey, seeing it from the Espanlande is still a treat, the high up fireworks are lovely, and on several occasions when we have done this, they have even piped in the music. Either way, I am fine since my emphasis was on the DEP and seeing Remember is just the frosting on my cake not the cake itself! In the end, if you find a spot to see them and are content, that's all that matters.

I also want to add that an optimal place (imho) to see Remember on a night when you aren't seeing the DEP, is back by Its a Small World. You don't see the castle projections and miss much of Tink's flight, but you see the incredible projections on IASW, have a great view, less (as in WAY less) crowds, more places to sit and just a nicer, friendlier atmosphere. Its also a great place to see them if you plan on taking the monorail out of the park, its just short distance from the monorail station and you will arrive there long before the people who saw it from the hub arrive over there. I truly like that area better and for my family (esp. if we have my fil with us in his scooter) its so much better. You are also then in a good spot to get into Tomorrowland or Fantasyland and will hit those areas before the masses exiting the hub and Main Street will.

Just my experience!

DangerMouse
08-20-2007, 02:34 PM
Ahh, some spirited debate. The best kind! ;)
I am curious if you have ever tried to see DEP and RDCT on the same night during high season and how that worked? And have you ever made it from DEP and into the hub and gotten a spot there to see RDCT either high season or low?

The only time we have successfully done this was in January. It was the last night of the peak holiday season, so I would consider it high season, although perhaps not as crowded as peak summer season. We did get a prime spot for the Believe fireworks at the end of Main Street close to the camera shop, just a bit back from the partners statue. Lots of snow here. :)

As far as the RDTC fireworks, we have never attempted to actually see them directly following the DEP. However, on Labor Day during the 50th, we did watch the DEP and managed to get out of the park immediately after and saw the lines going into DL weren't that bad. We easily would have had plenty of time to get into the parks for RDTC (perhaps not in the hub, but at least on Main Street or the Train Station -- which is a pretty great place to see it). Unfortunately, we had to drive back to AZ that night, so dh wanted to hit the road.

So, while I have never accomplished the DEP/RDTC specific combo during peak season, there are at least two others in this thread that have. And I have read about many others on other disney sites.

I will agree with you, Trey, that RDTC should be experienced at least once from the Hub or perhaps a few yards back on Main St, but I don't think that it has to be seen there every time. There are other great vantage points. I have seen it from IASW, FL, Splash Mountain, Train Station steps, and the jacuzzi at the HoJo. Each were awesome and memorable experiences.

While I can appreciate Disney's attempt to discourage viewing both on the same night because of crowd control, I guess I'm a rebel because I want to get the very most out of my disney dollar.

What I really want to attempt some time is the ultimate enterainment trifecta, which would include watching the DEP in DCA, catching the RDTC fireworks from the Train Station steps, then catching the train to NOS to see the 10:30 showing of F! Want to join me? ;) :goodvibes

KirklandTutu
08-20-2007, 03:45 PM
I wouldn't say that we attempted this in peak season on purpose, but we got caught up in the stampede from DCA to DL a couple of days before Christmas last year.

I just couldn't believe the amounts of people who were angry (v. loudly) about why it was taking so long for them all to get through the turnstyles into DL. I mean, hello, several hundred people just had the exact thought as you did and the CMS are prepared for this by having (as far as I could see) all turnstyles open. It was probably the rudest, pushiest group of people that I had ever witnessed in all my years of Disney. I was afraid of getting seperated from DH, I couldn't imagine if we had kids how scary it would have been.

I wouldn't attempt it on purpose during the holidays, just to scary for me.

HydroGuy
08-20-2007, 05:11 PM
I will agree with you, Trey, that RDTC should be experienced at least once from the Hub or perhaps a few yards back on Main St, but I don't think that it has to be seen there every time. There are other great vantage points. I have seen it from IASW, FL, Splash Mountain, Train Station steps, and the jacuzzi at the HoJo. Each were awesome and memorable experiences. FWIW I should add to my previous post that when I came out of DCA that night last June that I purposely looked over at the DL line because of you DangerMouse. I was thinking of you and only you when I gaged the line length and possibility of seeing RDCT that night if I had wanted to. And I do not disagree with you that it cannot be done (I usually point out to people it is possible if you have not already done so), but also say it is difficult depending on crowds and age of children. If one was solo and knew what they were doing I think it would be fairly doable on most if nights even during busy season.

I have never watched RDCT all the way through from anywhere else but the hub (I only get over to DLR once a year or so) but have seen parts of it from many places around DL and the Esplanade. I have never seen the IASW projections.

Suffice to say for me personally that there are many show aspects (aside from the castle projections) that make the hub (or possibly Main Street) the only place to see RDCT - for me. This includes the IJA fire blasts, the HM fireworks around the hub perimeter, and the Star Wars lasers.

If I visited DLR more often I might want to take in the show from other parts of DL, but usually it is a squeeze to get it in once per year for me. Heck, I only have seen RDCT all the way through three times. So for me viewing opportunities are precious and not to be risked. Again, my opinion, my visiting frequency, my family size and my relative value for each show all play into this.

What I really want to attempt some time is the ultimate enterainment trifecta, which would include watching the DEP in DCA, catching the RDTC fireworks from the Train Station steps, then catching the train to NOS to see the 10:30 showing of F! Want to join me? ;) :goodvibesWould this be on the same trip that you try to ride every DL ride on the same day? We have never tried this, but considered it during our June trip for the fun of the challenge. But Nemo would have made it very difficult and I knew we would be wiped out on the day following so we put it off for another trip.

In any case, I hope DEP is around long enough for you to try it and report back here.

Cannot_Wait_4Disney
08-20-2007, 07:44 PM
Op. If you're in a bind and you have to do that, well it's possible. We watched up by Pizza Oom Mow Mow, beat the end of the parade back to Golden Dreams, cut through behind GRR and out the gate. Make sure you have had your hand stamped previously. You avoid the lines at the hand stamping stations and sometimes, they have a gate wide open. Just get as far as you can and watch from there. Town Square is a nice place to watch from that is fairly easy to get to without much hassle at all. I think I liked the view from there better than in the middle of main street. The hub was the best

For those that are pre planning a trip and aren't in a bind, I do not suggest planning in such a manner that you have to do this if you have another alternative. Several reasons.

1. The show is quite a bit better in the hub than it is anywhere else in the park. You see Tink up close flying all over the place. Absolutely magical. The Lasers and some of the surrounding effects you get there are awesome too. You do not experience the same effect elsewhere.
During my trip in July, people started getting into the hub 2.5 hours before show time. By about 1.5 hours before show time, the hub was packed. But everyone was sitting. At about 9 O'clock, they had people in the hub stand. So more people got into the hub at that time. But you can't be there from DCA at that time. unless you want to miss a big chunk of DEP. And it packed in again almost immediately. During our week, the possibilities of watching DEP and then coming over and getting into the hub were virtually nil without considerable hassle and pushing and shoving and otherwise being inconsiderate to those already there. And quite frankly, that is completely uncool. And the CM's were definitely on the lookout for that and several people got told in no uncertain terms that they were not going to shove their way in when some people had been waiting over an hour for those spots.

2. Once outside the hub, I do not believe it all that important to be in the park. I didn't consider the soundtrack to RDCT to be all that important. Watching the fireworks from the esplanade and listening to the music that plays out there instead of the show music was just as good as the show soundtrack and probably better. It's quite hassle free to get to the esplanade about 2/3 of the way back toward DCA at a very leisurely pace coming out of DCA. You can set up for the parade closer to the entrance and not have to power walk out of there. Plus, you can sit down.

3. To accomplish the feat does not require running, but it does require moving with a purpose. Legs can get very weary at that time of night and if you sat down for the parade, it takes some time to get em loosened up for hard walking again. If you have little kids, well they can alter the best made plans of anyone.

Again, sometimes you don't have much choice and you'll have to compromise the sweet spot in the hub to see them both. And it certainly is possible. But if you can avoid having to do it, I'd avoid it.


I have never watched RDCT all the way through from anywhere else but the hub (I only get over to DLR once a year or so) but have seen parts of it from many places around DL and the Esplanade. I have never seen the IASW projections.

Suffice to say for me personally that there are many show aspects (aside from the castle projections) that make the hub (or possibly Main Street) the only place to see RDCT - for me. This includes the IJA fire blasts, the HM fireworks around the hub perimeter, and the Star Wars lasers.

If I visited DLR more often I might want to take in the show from other parts of DL, but usually it is a squeeze to get it in once per year for me. Heck, I only have seen RDCT all the way through three times. So for me viewing opportunities are precious and not to be risked. Again, my opinion, my visiting frequency, my family size and my relative value for each show all play into this.

I can't disagree with any of this. Having seen the show from all over, I consider it very sweet spot dependent and that sweet spot is the hub. I get to WDW more often than DLR these days. I also must agree that if I had to choose just one, the fireworks would be it. I find DEP to have better floats than Spectro, but it didn't have as many of them and it was a shorter parade. The sythesized soundtrack didn't compare to Spectro. On the whole we thought Spectro better. For the fireworks though, the show was better than was Wishes. But it was very much more sweet spot dependent than wishes . Moreover, we didn't see any possiblity of strolling into DL's smaller hub 5 minutes before the show like we did all the time at MK.


Perhaps our favorite experience other than the hub was watching while riding Big Thunder umteen times in a row. We had to stand for Fantasmic for our little escapade. But it was well worth it.

blackjackdelta
08-20-2007, 09:38 PM
Yes, it can be done, but it is tricky. You have to be very fast and very good at maneuvering through the crowds.

Your best bet is to catch the start of the parade from the Paradise Pier area. Stand next to the Golden Dreams theater, so that you don't have to cross the road where the parade is. I recommend that you duck out of the parade a few minutes early, or you're going to risk missing the start of the fireworks show.

You really don't need more than 15 to 20 minutes to get a good spot for the fireworks anymore. You can always get a spot anywhere on main street at the last minute, and there are still lots of good spots around the hub about 15 minutes before the show. We used to camp for 2+ hours to sit in front of the hub, and now we can get the same spot less than half an hour before, even on crowded days.

Just keep in mind that there are going to be a lot of people trying to get to DL after the DEP, so you're going to have a lot of crowds. We like to watch the first 10-15 minutes of the parade and then head over to DL to watch the fireworks from Main Street, and we usually have time to spare when we do that.

Last week most nights people were lining up their spots for the fireworks at 630pm. Main street was jammed by 810pm. I really do not see how it can be done and have good seating for both.
Also I thought the crowds wre much heaveir last week compared to the two previous years same time.

Jack

tinkerbelt
08-20-2007, 11:41 PM
Last week most nights people were lining up their spots for the fireworks at 630pm. Main street was jammed by 810pm. I really do not see how it can be done and have good seating for both.
Also I thought the crowds wre much heaveir last week compared to the two previous years same time.

We were there last Friday & Saturday (8/10-8/11), and one other night (Wednesday or Thursday). All three nights, we were able to walk up to an excellent spot right in front of the castle no more than 20 minutes before the show. We used to have to wait 2+ hours for the same spots, but we haven't had to wait more than about 20 minutes all year long (except for Spring Break, when we had to wait an hour). Crowds have not been bad at all this year.

scasta86
08-21-2007, 12:44 AM
Can anyone recommend good hub-area spots to catch the fireworks and how early to get there to secure these locations. This would be for next week, not sure if it couts as peak season or not.

Sk8Leigh
08-21-2007, 03:57 AM
I did both DEP and the fireworks last night. I watched DEP at the front of the park and then headed over to DL right after it ended. I made my way up Main Street and ended up close to the Partners statue, maybe 20 feet in front of it. (I'm here solo.) I really couldn't see the projections (although I have seen it before with a better spot), but I could see the fireworks and Tink just fine. And since I came here specifically to see the parade (I had never gotten to see it before), that was definitely my priority. I thought about skipping the parade and trying to get a better spot for the fireworks tonight, but ended up watching the parade again, then taking my time and heading over to get a seat for Fantasmic (I did see some of the fireworks as I was walking over.). I agree that the fireworks are great and better than WDW's, but I guess I'm just more of a parade person. And I loooove the DEP music! :thumbsup2

HydroGuy
08-21-2007, 12:31 PM
Can anyone recommend good hub-area spots to catch the fireworks and how early to get there to secure these locations. This would be for next week, not sure if it couts as peak season or not.Others around here have seen the RDCT fireworks more times than I have, but no one has yet chimed in so I decided to do my best.

As I said earlier, I have only seen it three times from the hub. Since my opportunities to see it are limited, I have not had time to experiment with different viewing spots and hence I cannot say for sure how my preferences rate compared to other spots. But I will tell you what I believe.

First and foremost, there are trees in the hub and you want to get a spot where you can clearly see the castle. If you can also see the Matterhorn that is a bonus, but not essential IMO.

If the hub was a clock and the castle was at 12:00, the first time I saw RDCT was at about 7:30/8:00 on the hub circle - out in front of Coke Corner but over towards Adventureland a bit. I thought the view from here was excellent and cannot imagine any spot being significantly better. Better maybe, but not significantly better.

The second time I saw them I wanted to get closer and was at about 9:00/9:30 on the hub. I ended up not liking them as much because I was too close to the castle and felt like some of the effects and fireworks behind the castle were harder to see because of the angle with the castle in between.

So the third time I saw them (this past June) we went back to the 7:30/8:00 spot and I decided I prefer that spot. I will probably just always go back there in the future.

We got there in June about 40-45 minutes before the 9:25 show because I wanted to play it safe, but I thought that 30 minutes and possibly 20 minutes would have been enough. IMO, if you are seeing them for the first time, get there 45 minutes early. If you want to get a spot closer to the castle, that will mean you need to get there earlier - others will have to tell you how much earlier. If you are solo, you can squeeze into more spots at the last minute and 20-30 minutes early should be fine.

Be aware that except for the spot right in front of the castle, everyone stands up for the fireworks - even if they are sitting before.

If you have smaller kids you will have to account for this as their view may be blocked. Two years ago when my kids were smaller, I got a spot on the curb so that the smallest in my family (they were 9 and 10 at the time) could stand on the curb and have that extra 4 inches to see through and over the people who were standing in front of them but at street level. And that worked. In June my kids were tall enough I did not need to worry about it.

Finally, pay attention to my "fireworks rule": HydroGuy's Fireworks Rule
www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1199851 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1199851)

DangerMouse
08-21-2007, 04:09 PM
Here's a recent post from a person over at MP:

Last night, Sunday, I did exactly that. Watched Electrical Parade in DCA near the entrance so I could make a quick exit as the last float approached. Made it easily into DL and got a spot in the hub to watch the fireworks. Then made it over to Fantasmic! for the 10:30 with a good spot on the bridge near Tarzan's tree. The park was crowded but I was able to make it with my wife and two young sons in a relatively leisurely pace, so it's certainly doable.

Makes me wanna go give it a try myself! :thumbsup2

blackjackdelta
08-21-2007, 07:02 PM
We were there last Friday & Saturday (8/10-8/11), and one other night (Wednesday or Thursday). All three nights, we were able to walk up to an excellent spot right in front of the castle no more than 20 minutes before the show. We used to have to wait 2+ hours for the same spots, but we haven't had to wait more than about 20 minutes all year long (except for Spring Break, when we had to wait an hour). Crowds have not been bad at all this year.

That is not what I observed. I think I have a pic showing the crowd at 815 and will post it. On the Thurs and Friday 8/16 and 8/17 is was crowded. There are 6 of us and we could not find a spot at 815 except for way back by the train station, you must be luckey. The CM's told us the crowds were very heavy that week because it was the last week before school.

Jack

brenda1966
08-22-2007, 12:06 AM
I took DangerMouses great advice and was able to see both DEP and the fireworks on Saturday July 21st.

We watched back by the golden zephyr. We left CA as soon as we saw the last float approaching. We could have actually stayed and watched the float go by because we got to DL in plenty of time.

DD was in her stroller and we booked our way toward the entrance and beat the parade. We exited CA and stood in a very short line to get into DL. We did not attempt to find a spot in the hub. We watched from the middle of mainstreet and enjoyed the view. We could see the castle and tink.

We chose to try this because it was rather windy all afternoon and I feared the fireworks would be cancelled, so I wanted to see the DEP and then possible catch the fireworks. It can be done. :)

DangerMouse
08-22-2007, 11:07 AM
I took DangerMouses great advice and was able to see both DEP and the fireworks on Saturday July 21st.

We watched back by the golden zephyr. We left CA as soon as we saw the last float approaching. We could have actually stayed and watched the float go by because we got to DL in plenty of time.

DD was in her stroller and we booked our way toward the entrance and beat the parade. We exited CA and stood in a very short line to get into DL. We did not attempt to find a spot in the hub. We watched from the middle of mainstreet and enjoyed the view. We could see the castle and tink.

We chose to try this because it was rather windy all afternoon and I feared the fireworks would be cancelled, so I wanted to see the DEP and then possible catch the fireworks. It can be done. :)

Yay Brenda! I'm so glad it worked for you and you got to see both! :thumbsup2

tinkerbelt
08-22-2007, 02:10 PM
That is not what I observed. I think I have a pic showing the crowd at 815 and will post it. On the Thurs and Friday 8/16 and 8/17 is was crowded. There are 6 of us and we could not find a spot at 815 except for way back by the train station, you must be luckey. The CM's told us the crowds were very heavy that week because it was the last week before school.

I just went back and checked with my grandma, it was Thurs (8/15) that we were there. We didn't pull into the parking lot until about 8:50, and we were able to get a spot in the hub for fireworks with no problem at all. We saw lots of open spots walking down Main Street and all throughout the hub area.

tinkerbelt
08-24-2007, 03:10 AM
Just popping in to say that we did this tonight, and had time to spare (We didn't actually stop to see the fireworks, but easily could have).

Watched the Electric Parade from near Pizza Oom Mow Mow, and as soon as it was over (yes, we watched the entire thing!), we booked it up the back side of the park and over to DL. We were halfway down Main Street when the 10 minutes to fireworks announcement came on. Main Street was nearly empty, there were tons of great viewing spots left, and there were also plenty of great spots in the hub, but we chose to keep moving so that we could go use our fastpasses.

DisneyMDman
08-25-2007, 04:32 PM
we were there 2 weeks ago.. and actually pulled off the trifecta (parade, fireworks, Fantasmic)

1) saw the Electrical parade from the front of the DCA near all the shops (more specifically the one with the Finding Nemo display).

2) When we saw the last float, we booked it through the stores. They are all connected, so you make your way through this area, with ZERO crowd.

3) Head out the gates, and into DL. You can watch midway up mainstreet, or watch from the Disney Railroad. The RR has a very nice view of all the fireworks. For example, from that angle you can see that star shaped fireworks are indeed star shaped. Plus you can see all the fireworks they shoot off over mainstreet. No need to turn around. You can see the lasers, and tink, and the indiana jones flames etc.

4) from here, you can try to head over to the 10:30 fantasmic. Rather than going against the crowd, take the train to NOSq. It won't run for about 10 mins after the fireworks, but there is no hassle going against the grain.

5) you can get pretty decent spots in the center, in front of whatever restaurant that is (my brain is letting me down), just behind the reserved section.