Disneyland Forever is back at Disneyland Resort for the summer of ’22, returning after the show’s premiere for the 60th anniversary! The return is joined with Main Street Electrical Parade and Fantasmic in Disneyland along with World of Color in California Adventure. Suffice to say, nighttime spectaculars are back! In this post, we’ll give our best viewing tips on seeing the firework show, including where to watch it from and how early to get there.
For now, Disneyland Forever runs at 9:30 throughout the summer. The show will get cancelled due to wind so don’t be surprised if/when that happens. Unless there’s a special event going on, the nighttime spectacular does run regardless of weekday or weekend through the main part of the summer. In case the show does get cancelled, Disneyland usually runs Mickey’s Mix Magic in projection form without the pyro. It’s a downgrade to say the least.
Many years have passed since our Disneyland Forever review so I should say that we recommend it. While it’s not my favorite firework show, I do find it endearing and impressive. The soundtrack is strong and the use of projections was one of the first nighttime spectaculars to use that technology extensively. I’d love for the show to be a little more specific to the park it’s named after but it’s still an excellent nighttime spectacular. In other words, I recommend seeing it!
As for where to see it from, the most obvious answer is Main Street. That will have the fireworks most centered and give you the iconic view of the castle. There are also projections up and down Main Street so that adds to the experience. More on that location later, as I’ll mention a few other spots first before going in deep on Main Street.
One of the best non-Main Street spots to watch Disneyland Forever from is in front of it’s a small world. They run projections on the attraction’s facade and the fireworks are nearly centered over the building. Along with that, the wait for viewing is much shorter than a prime spot on Main Street. If it’s 15 or 20 minutes before the show and you haven’t secured a spot yet, heading to Small World might be a better move than wedging your way in on Main Street.
Two other locations to watch from are the Rivers of America and Galaxy’s Edge. Starting with the former, projections are shown on water screens and fireworks are shot off over Big Thunder Mountain. It’s really a pretty view, although you likely won’t get the full effect of the show. I think of it as an added perk while waiting for the second showing of Fantasmic.
Galaxy’s Edge is a different experience, as there won’t be any projections or the show’s music. They pyro looks cool as it explodes over the spires and it’s a unique way to watch the show. But if it’s your first viewing and you only have a night or two then I wouldn’t recommend this spot.
You could probably catch a cool view of the show from some attractions but that’s a blog post for a different day. To really get the essence of Disneyland Forever, watching it from the river or Small World is advisable, if you opt not to go for Main Street.
As for Main Street… Well, you know I had to make this handy (or really ugly) little map to help us talk through where to stand.
There’s that phenomenal coloring that Wandering in Disney is known for! Alright, let me break down the colors. We’ll start with yellow which are the best viewing locations for the show. Why yellow? I have no idea, I’m not particularly fond of the color. Bees are cool.
Anyway, a spot in the yellow will be centered with bursts going over the castle or slightly to the left of it. It’s also close enough to really see the projections on the castle clearly. For other Disneyland firework shows I’d recommend the yellow spot closest to the castle, as there’s a decline making it easy to see over the person in front of you. For this show, I’d actually recommend behind the statue because if you’re too close some bursts will be covered up. Both are good spots though and you’ll likely need to be there about an hour before showtime (if not sooner) unless it’s not a crowded day.
The blue section on the map is the next best location. If you’re interested in the Main Street projections then this could be the number one spot! You’re far enough down the street where you’d be able to see those but close enough to the castle where you’ll have a great view of the fireworks and castle projections. This can get kind of crowded and the footing is all level, so if you’re on the shorter side then good luck! If you’re trying to get this spot, follow the Main Street Electrical Parade up at about 8:45 and grab a place somewhere between Carnation Cafe and Refreshment Corner. I prefer a little closer to Refreshment Corner.
The purple spot on the map is the same concept as the blue, just farther back. This is the best viewing spot if you don’t want to wait for very long. You could probably get a decent spot on the back half of Main Street 15-30 minutes before the show. If you’re back here, save yourself some room between groups so then you can move around if children go on shoulders or a really tall person decides to stand in front of you. My tripod has some horror stories.
That leaves us the red and green spots. Red is a no go because you can probably sneak into purple at that point! Viewing from the train station is accessible at times and is a cool view, although not as intimate. I wouldn’t recommend trying to get it for first timers.
Green is a strange spot because you will end up pretty close to the action but there will likely be a tree in your way. I far prefer the straight on view that the actual street will offer but there are places in the hub that will offer a good place to watch from. That said, you’d likely have to get there pretty early as the spot fills up quickly, and if you’re going to do that then aim for a place in the yellow or blue section.
With other fireworks shows at Disneyland, the green section is a decent bet. Disneyland Forever relies heavily on projections though and that makes the obstructed viewing less appealing. If that’s the last option though, it will do! Regardless of the spot, Disneyland Forever is well worth viewing.
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