Using FastPass+ for Parade and Fireworks Viewing

Using FastPass+ for Parade and Fireworks Viewing at the Magic Kingdom | Rolling with the Magic

Using FastPass+ for Parade and Fireworks Viewing

The Magic Kingdom began using FastPass+ exclusively in January 2014 and you can now use FastPass+ for both parade and fireworks viewing. Three of the selections available for guests are Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, the Festival of Fantasy Parade, and the Main Street Electrical Parade. Recently, two new areas in the hub were opened for fireworks viewing and the spot to view the parade was moved. Finding a spot for any of these can be stressful at times and even more so when someone in your party uses a wheelchair. We tried out both viewing areas last year but recently two new areas in the hub were opened for fireworks viewing for FastPass+ and the spot for the parades was moved. First I’ll give you an overview of each and where they are located. Then we’ll discuss whether or not I think it’s worth using a FastPass+ selection for them.

Wishes FastPass+ Viewing Area

Wishes | Using FastPass+ for Parade + Firework Viewing


The viewing location for Wishes and other fireworks at the Magic Kingdom is located between Main Street USA and Cinderella Castle. Plaza Gardens East is in front of the Plaza Restaurant on towards Tomorrowland and Plaza Gardens West is located in front of Crystal Palace. Both areas are open to all guests until 8:00 pm when only guests with FastPass+ reservations are allowed inside. When you are choosing a spot you can pick either the east or west garden. The views from both sides seem to be similar so I don’t know if one is better than the other yet. Mousesteps has a great overview of both locations.
Wishes | Using FastPass+ for Parade + Firework Viewing

There are scanners at both locations for you to scan your MagicBand and Cast Members that will help you into the area. I already think this area is better for wheelchair users since it’s nice and float. The previous location was area on a hill and the grass could be problematic if it rained. The new areas have a turf that looks like real grass but looks to be much easier to navigate.


While we haven’t utilized the new FastPass+ area yet, I think the view will be similar to the photos above that were taken near Crystal Palace and First Aid. Your view will be off center but it’s far enough back to have a great view of everything.

Wishes | Using FastPass+ for Parade + Firework Viewing

Is it worth it?

In my opinion, yes. There isn’t a fireworks viewing area set up for wheelchair users so it can be stressful trying to find a spot.( And I tend to get overwhelmed when there are people just standing all around me) You can either try to show up early and hope that no one gets in front of you and blocks your view, head to the end of Main Street where there are typically fewer people, or just wait and try to find a spot where you can.

With FastPass+ you can arrive right when they are letting guests in and get a great spot. When we used the previous FastPass+ area the people in front of us sat the entire time and there wasn’t a huge crowd around me. It was the first time I’ve been able to enjoy Celebrate the Magic, the castle projection show, in a while. The fact that there was no stress involved makes it worth it to me but our situation is a little different than most families. If you are able to grab a spot where ever you can and especially if you are going to be visiting the Magic Kingdom for a limited amount of time I would save your FastPass+ spots for attractions and then see if you can get a FastPass+ reservation later in the day. You can find more recommended spots at Disney Tourist Blog.

Festival of Fantasy & Main Street Electrical Parade FastPass+ Viewing Area

Main Street Electrical Parade

Main Street Electrical Parade in Frontierland


The viewing area for the Festival of Fantasy Parade and the Main Street Electrical Parade is now located in front of the flag pole on at the beginning of Main Street USA.

Using FastPass+ for Parade + Firework Viewing


Depending on when you get there you could have a nice view straight down Main Street USA.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

View Down Main Street of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Is it worth it?

Not really. I think you are better off using your FastPass+ reservations for attractions for a few reasons. Since the Festival of Fantasy Parade is in the middle of the day you end up wasting a spot and time. The parade starts at 3:00 but they start allowing guests into the area early so you still need to claim a spot early and the parade starts in Frontierland so you end up waiting a long time. And in the heat that is not fun. Same goes for the Main Street Electrical Parade although depending on what time you see it it may start on Main Street.

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Wheelchair Viewing Area in Liberty Square

I think Frontierland is a great spot to catch both parades since the crowds are usually smaller and you still find spots close to the parade start time, unlike Main Street. There are also three dedicated spots for wheelchair users to view the parade. You still need to show up a early but you get a nice, unobstructed view of the parades without using a FastPass.

Parade Viewing Areas for Wheelchairs | Using FastPass+ for Parade + Firework Viewing

Have you used FastPass+ to view Wishes or the Main Street Electrical Parade? Where is your favorite spot to watch the Nighttime Spectaculars at the Magic Kingdom?

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  • Reply Elfinbaby December 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Oh I think I’m confusing myself. We aren’t seeing the parade. I am just looking for a spot for Wishes and the projection show prior to fireworks. I called Disney to ask if she could use her DAS for the Wishes FP and was told yes. In your experience it’s a no? My fear is it just depends on which CM you talk to. It would be so nice for her to see the castle during the projection show – last time it was a disaster!
    Thank you again. This is so helpful for my planning.

  • Reply disneyonwheels December 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Elfinbaby April – She can’t but there is a wheelchair viewing area right next to the FastPass+ spot so I would consider using that for the parade and a FastPass for the fireworks. Let me know if I can answer any more questions. Feel free to send me an email!

  • Reply Elfinbaby December 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    A google search led me here. Thanks for posting this great information! We are doing a trip in Feb 2015 and I am trying to figure out good spots for my dd in a wheelchair. It sounds like FP for Celabrate the Magic and Wishes is the way to go. Can she used her DAS for the FP?

  • Reply disneyonwheels October 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    BethAnn3 If you are using a scooter you can definitely get in to the FastPass+ area for Wishes. You can also use any of the wheelchair viewing areas or regular spots if you don’t want to use a FastPass. You can also stay in your scooter during the fireworks. Depending on how crowded it is, your family may be asked to stand behind you. I would just ask the Cast Members in the area. I have seen kids sitting right in front of the scooter if it’s not too crowded as long as they are not blocking the view of other wheelchair users.

  • Reply BethAnn3 October 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Hi, Can anyone comment on using Fastpass+ viewing area for Wishes in a Scooter as opposed to a wheelchair?  Do they have wheelchairs a person using a scooter can transfer to?  Also, do you have to sit or is it just expected to sit on the ground?  Lastly in the wheelchair/scooter accessible spots on the parade route can your family sit on the ground in front of you or is it for wheelchair/scooters only? thanks.

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  • Reply homeisthemouse March 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Great tips! Do you happen to know if the Fastpass+ viewing area for MSEP is the same place for the FoF? We have FP+s for FoF and was wondering if we would get the same views.

    • Reply Melissa March 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      I saw your photos today. Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. :) Let me know what you thought of the view.

  • Reply RoeMo326 March 19, 2014 at 6:41 am

    This is a great post. This isn’t the same as needing wheelchair seating but finding a location for fireworks and parades is difficult for me. I am slightly claustrophobic and I need to find a spot that I can easily run off to the closest restroom because of my ulcerative colitis. These locations are never ideal but if it cuts down on the stress level than they are perfect in my mind. Thanks for sharing! Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  • Reply Mickey_MDOD March 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Great tips, Melissa!  Thanks for sharing them with us, I don’t think I’ll use FastPass+ for parades, but it’s great to know that I have that option available!

  • Reply HeidiPortzlineStrawser March 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Wow!  What an informative post!  I really never would have thought of using FastPass for either of these, but it really is a neat idea!

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  • Reply CapMagicalMem March 18, 2014 at 5:09 am

    I would never have thought of using Fastpass+ for either of these
    viewing but I can see that it is very useful in certain situations.

  • Reply lynnsc08 March 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Fantastic pictures!! Thanks for sharing your views on the FastPass+ viewing areas

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