The Magic Kingdom began using FastPass+ exclusively in January 2014. Two of the selections available for guests are Wishes Nighttime Spectacular and the Main Street Electrical Parade. Finding a spot for either 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 on our last trip and we have a little advice for using FastPass+ for parade and fireworks viewing.. 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
The viewing location for Wishes is located near the Rose Garden. If you aren’t watching the parade first the best way to get there is going through Tomorrowland and going across the bridge to the hub. The entrance will be on your right. They started letting people in 25 minutes before Wishes began. There are Cast Members there that will scan your MagicBand and then let you into the gated area. This area is on a hill so just be aware that you might have to wait a few minutes to enter. I had Drew stand behind me to make sure I didn’t roll away. Once our bands were scanned they directed us to the right side since it was flat and easier spot for wheelchairs to sit. The grass was also easy to roll on.
The view isn’t the best. It’s to the side of the castle so some of the fireworks look further away than the do when you are viewing them in front of the castle. There are also some trees that can block a few of the fireworks depending on where you are in the FastPass+ plus viewing area. It is a more relaxed environment though.
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. 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 and even though the view wasn’t the best 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.
Main Street Electrical Parade FastPass+ Viewing Area
The viewing area for the Main Street Electrical Parade is located across from Cinderella Castle in the hub. It’s pretty much the same process as the fireworks. People started lining up next to the ropes and they began letting guests in 25 minutes before the parade began. They scan your bands and they you pick where ever you would like to stand. If you want a guaranteed front row view make sure you get there early. The viewing area is pretty deep so I don’t think the view would be the best if you were too far back.
We were right in front so I thought the view was great. You get a close view of all of the floats, there is potential for character interaction, and you can’t beat having Cinderella Castle for a backdrop.
Is it worth it?
It depends. If you need/want to visit the first parade or if there is only one parade that night I would consider it. If there are two parade scheduled and you can wait for the second one I would skip using a FastPass+ selection. The view is nice, and you can get some great shots of Cinderella Castle and the floats but there are a lot more areas to view the parade than the fireworks. Frontierland is typically less crowded and there are several wheelchair viewing areas along the parade route.
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?