Friday, July 13, 2012

When You Wish Upon a Star...

Welcome to those of you joining me from The CanaDisney Blog and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

As a mom of now 2 youngsters, Walt Disney World's night time spectaculars are not high on my priority list.  Every trip I say "I really want to stay for the fireworks" but does it happen?  No.  

Actually, once in the past few years it did - we stayed for Illuminations in Epcot.  
It was easy - late dinner in the World Showcase and then we found a spot just in time for it to start.

And let me tell you - Illuminations is incredible.  And I recently heard a rumor about refurbishment (?) though I can't for the life of me remember where I heard that.  It may be the best show ever.  But, it's not necessarily my favorite.


Because Wishes is shown behind Cinderella Castle, and what beats out a Castle?  Oh, and Tinkerbelle flying?  Seriously.

In 2009, on our "babymoon," we splurged at stayed in a Magic Kingdom view room in Disney's Contemporary Resort.  We got to watch the show from our balcony - pretty incredible (though my pictures are seriously lacking in beauty.  I apologize!).

Another reason I love Wishes - 

I'm a musician.  I've been performing with fireworks for July 4th since.. well, forever.  8th grade?  So...  probably 1996 was the first time.  That's a while.  So, I've seen them.  Lots of them.  They rarely impress me.  Except at Walt Disney World.

View from our Contemporary room
And Wishes was the first show that actually awed me.  I remember watching it for the first time in 2004/05 (right around New Years.. I'm not sure if it was before or after!) and loving every second of it.  

It's also an awesome view from certain rides- Splash Mountain and Big Thunder are great to be on during the show for glimpses here and there.

One day I'll check out Fantasmic - one day when I don't have to think about waiting for a seat for a long show with 2 little ones that aren't good at waiting that long.

But for now,

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Cooking with Mickey

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  1. I couldn't agree more, Disney fireworks are truly the best! How magical it will be to share them with your children!!

  2. You have some wonderful fireworks pictures! Husband and I are taking our son (almost 3 at the time of our trip) this fall to WDW and we have "plans" on our itinerary to see Wishes and Illuminations. I hope it works out but I know that I have to be flexible with a child so young, but I can WISH can't I?!?! I was also afraid about the load noises that come with watching fireworks since our son had NEVER seen a show before but this past 4th of July we got the chance and he LOVED it! So hopefully those days of the shows, we can have a good long nap and view the shows as a happy family!

  3. If you're still concerned with the noise, stop by guest relations. They have earplugs!

  4. Excellent suggestion Jennifer! This is the first time I heard of that option being available. I hope that by his reaction to the 4th of July fireworks that we won't need them and he will be all smiles again this fall but as you mentioned in your "Fear" post, only time will tell!