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Old 02-03-2009, 02:45 PM   #1
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Question Wishes cruise vs Illumination cruise vs no cruise

Hi! I am a newbie - this is my first post - and I am trying to decide whether or not to do a private boat viewing of the fireworks during our trip.

My whole family is going including a 5yo girl. Would the wishes cruise be better or would it be better to watch the parade and the fireworks from the MK? I have the cruise booked but I am leaning toward canceling because we would have to check in at 7 and miss the SpectroMagic parade. Plus I wonder if we would get to see Tinkerbell from the cruise....

If we watch the parade/fireworks in the MK, where is the best place to watch each? Is it feasible to change locations if the parade is at 7 and the fireworks are at 8?

What about illuminations? Is it worth it to try to get a cruise to watch or would it be just as good watching it from land at Epcot? (Not sure there are any illumination cruises avail - we are traveling Mar 1-8 but I just booked the Wishes cruise last night.)

Thanks in advance! I did a forum search but it mostly turned up trip reports when I searched wishes....
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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If we watch the parade/fireworks in the MK, where is the best place to watch each?

For the SpectroMagic Parade:
Main Street is a great spot, but very crowded.
Near Hall of Presidents and deep in Frontierland are good places to view, too.

A look at the Parade Route.
SpectroMagic starts at Town Square and exits at the end of Frontierland.
The other parades go the opposite direction.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...te-041008a.jpg


Below is a rough estimate of the Fireworks viewing spots
based on other posters' info on the boards and personal experience.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...es_BE_4-14.jpg


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Is it feasible to change locations if the parade is at 7 and the fireworks are at 8?
Yes. Plenty of time.



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Old 02-03-2009, 02:59 PM   #3
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Would the wishes cruise be better or would it be better to watch the parade and the fireworks from the MK? I have the cruise booked but I am leaning toward canceling because we would have to check in at 7 and miss the SpectroMagic parade. Plus I wonder if we would get to see Tinkerbell from the cruise....
You can see a little bit of Tink (mostly just lights) from outside MK, if you are at the right angle.

IMO, Wishes is just BETTER inside the MK from one of the areas I outlined on the map in the previous post.
And, to me, getting to see SpectroMagic would outweigh seeing Wishes from the boat cruise, especially for first-time viewers.
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What about illuminations? Is it worth it to try to get a cruise to watch or would it be just as good watching it from land at Epcot? (Not sure there are any illumination cruises avail - we are traveling Mar 1-8 but I just booked the Wishes cruise last night.)
I doubt that you could get an IllumiNations Cruise by now.

There are only 4-5 boats available.

I like the IllumiNations Cruise... but you can get the virtually same view from
atop the bridge between UK and France (the Cruise boats tie off directly below that bridge for the show.)

MAPS of the AREA of the IllumiNations Cruise position>

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Old 02-03-2009, 03:32 PM   #5
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thank you so much for your help!
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:33 PM   #6
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I doubt that you could get an IllumiNations Cruise by now.

There are only 4-5 boats available.
I booked illuminations today for 3/19. You never know 'til you try. We're still hoping for breakfast or lunch at CRT to open up 3/16-3/22, optimists aren't we
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I doubt that you could get an IllumiNations Cruise by now.

There are only 4-5 boats available.

I like the IllumiNations Cruise... but you can get the virtually same view from
atop the bridge between UK and France (the Cruise boats tie off directly below that bridge for the show.)

MAPS of the AREA of the IllumiNations Cruise position>

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...Bus-042508.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...e-E-042508.jpg
Dont forget that some of us are trying to share cruises - for example - I still have 4 spots available on my March 6th Illuminations Cruise - if you are interested - you can just PM me. Really helps to bring the costs down.
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Dont forget that some of us are trying to share cruises - for example - I still have 4 spots available on my March 6th Illuminations Cruise - if you are interested - you can just PM me. Really helps to bring the costs down.
Thanks for the offer! I would like to share, but we are a big party and will take the whole boat. I was able to cancel the wishes cruise and book the illuminations cruise.

Thanks anyway!
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:36 PM   #9
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We just did the Illuminations cruise and it was perfect for my DH who doesn't like to stand for long periods. Also, the ride around the Boardwalk before and after was really special.
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I did the Illuminations cruse, and I think it was totally worth it. It's true you can get a better view from other places in Epcot, but you get some cool behind-the-scenes info and free snacks (or at least we did). I'd say if you can do it, you should.
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