Review Of The Best Terrace To Watch Magic Kingdom's Happily Ever After Fireworks at Walt Disney World
I think, without a doubt, the best place to watch Magic Kingdom's fireworks is right in front of Cinderella's Castle behind the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey (the backside of Walter).
The only problem with that location is that you get to enjoy the show with tens of thousands of people all crammed into a tiny little spot. If you are looking for a more relaxed way to enjoy the fireworks, I suggest checking out some of the Disney World area's rooftop patios. They have fantastic views of the fireworks while offering amazing meal and cocktail selections. On my last visit to our Encore Resort at Reunion vacation villa, just a 5 miles south of Walt Disney World, I checked out the 3 best terrace patios where you can watch Magic Kingdom's Happily Ever After fireworks. Each offer advantages and disadvantages.
Here are my thoughts on each:
California Grill - Disney's Contemporary Resort:
The Contemporary Resort is located at the Magic Kingdom. It's so close to the action that the monorail goes right through the hotel! Atop the hotel sits the California Grill restaurant. This signature restaurant would be an amazing date night restaurant regardless of where it was located, but the cherry on top of this sundae is that it has the best view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks anywhere outside of Magic Kingdom. If you are spending the day at Magic Kingdom and you are planning a nice meal, this is the way to go. If you are hoping to just watch the fireworks and not have a meal, this is not the place for you. The restaurant has a private elevator and the only way to get on is with a reservation. You can't just head up and watch the fireworks.
Capa - Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World
There is a beautiful Four Seasons hotel located within the exclusive Golden Oaks community located within the Walt Disney World Resort. It is located adjacent to Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. On the top floor is a fantastic terrace restaurant called Capa.
With two outdoor terraces and an elegant dining room, their 17th-floor signature steakhouse serves fresh Florida seafood, Spanish-influenced tapas and expertly grilled cuts from our wood-burning grill in a romantic setting named among the Best 100 Wine Restaurants in the US by Wine Enthusiast magazine. While I highly recommend making a dinner reservation and enjoying the fireworks after your meal, you can simply head to Capa 30 minutes prior to the fireworks and order cocktails and tapas and enjoy the evening. The atmosphere is great and the view of the fireworks, while not as good as the California Grill, is still fantastic.
Eleven - Reunion Resort
Located just 10 minutes south of Walt Disney World property is Reunion Resort. Our home at the Encore Club is located within this fantastic 3 golf course community. At the heart of Reunion Resort is the Reunion Grande, a condo style hotel housing 3 restaurants. The crown of the hotel is Eleven, an upscale steakhouse on the 11th floor. The patio outside the restaurant has a grand swimming pool (closed during dining hours) and a wonderful terrace facing Walt Disney World. On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy live music with a cocktail, craft beer or glass of wine. No reservation is needed for the terrace and they offer free self parking. I have eaten at Eleven on a number of occasions and the meal has always been great. On the evening I attended to watch the fireworks this time, I simply had a coffee and a delicious dessert on the terrace. While the view of the fireworks is less dramatic than the California Grill or Capa, your reward will be the beautiful and quiet terrace ambience.
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