Ever wanted to see the fireworks on Independence Day at Walt Disney World? Good news! We’ve got your July Fourth survival guide to help you make the most of one of the most magical days in the Magic Kingdom!
1. Arrive Early
July is a busy time at Walt Disney World and July Fourth is one of the busiest days at the Happiest Place on Earth! The first key to making the most of your Independence Day at Magic Kingdom is to arrive early. Arrive at the Magic Kingdom before rope drop, enjoy your walk down Main Street and into the Hub to experience a one of a kind welcome to your day at the Magic Kingdom. The early morning crowd is light compared to the numbers that will begin gather after lunch.
2. Go Left!
When the Magic Kingdom opens go left! When the Magic Kingdom opens for the day most people will venture to the right into Tomorrowland to ride Space Mountain or into Fantasy Land to try and catch a quick ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. But if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and experience a fun start to your day, go left into Adventureland where you can catch an early ride on the Jungle Cruise and then make your way around to Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain.
3. Book Your FastPass+ Wisely
Think about how long you are going to be in the park on the Fourth. Early in the morning will be less crowded and will allow you to quickly jump on some early morning rides (especially if you went left!). So, start making your Fast Pass Plans around 10am and into the early afternoon when temperatures soar and shade gets scarce. Also, think about where you will be in the park when you book them so you’re not having to quickly move from one end of the park to another.
4. Take a Break
Our family’s favorite spot to take an afternoon break on Independence Day is Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Here you’ll enjoy great Italian fare in a quiet (and air conditioned) environment. Plus, if you ask to sit near the windows you can get a great view of the afternoon parade!
5. Find Your Perfect Viewing Spot
Getting a great spot for the fireworks means getting settled early in the afternoon. I recommend around heading toward your spot between 5:30-6pm. Be sure to bring glow sticks, bracelets, and lots of ways to occupy yourself and your children as you await the show.
6. Enjoy the Show
There will be a huge crowd and sometimes people can get frustrated, but keep your cool as the crowd grows and be ready to experience one of the Magic Kingdom’s best shows. Then relish the moment because you’re in the Happiest Place on Earth experiencing one of the most spectacular shows on earth!
Jonathan Smith, pictured with his family, is a seasoned Walt Disney World expert. He's been a great friend, advocate, and client of Magic Bound Travel since the very beginning.