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Old 07-10-2018, 09:31 AM   #1
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Handicapped MK fireworks viewing?

My dad is a relatively recent amputee and in a wheelchair (he has a great little ECV called a Go Chair he uses at WDW). The other 2 times we've been to WDW since he's been in the chair, we have done a dessert party at MK and had a nice spacious area for HEA castle show and fireworks. This trip, there will be 8 of us and the dessert party is way out of the budget! I have been doing some research and can't seem to find anything recent about where handicapped viewing areas are for HEA. The information seems to be different and conflicting. Does anyone have recent experience with this? We want to make sure we are in a place that has a very clear view of the castle.
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:38 AM   #2
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We haven’t been back since HEA began but found it all but impossible to get a clear view of the Wishes projections and stage show for DH in his powerchair unless you arrive hours and hours early and stake out a spot close to the stage.

Maybe someone who’s been more recently has good advice.

The bridge into Frontierland may still be your best bet despite somewhat of a sideways view.

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I don't have any experience let alone recent experience but I know 2 years ago when I asked about wheelchair viewing for the Star Wars fireworks in the Studios that had projections as well, I was told there isn't any. I would think the same would be true of the HEA fireworks in the MK too.
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I don't have any experience let alone recent experience but I know 2 years ago when I asked about wheelchair viewing for the Star Wars fireworks in the Studios that had projections as well, I was told there isn't any. I would think the same would be true of the HEA fireworks in the MK too.

That's what I'm finding as I look for info and it's very surprising to me. When my dad is in his chair and there are people standing in front of him, he's basically out of luck to be able to see anything somewhat straight ahead or a little up. Fireworks in the sky are okay, but not looking at the castle. As great as Disney is with accommodations for people with special needs, it seems strange they don't have handicapped viewing areas.
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Okay, so then my next question is, without a handicapped viewing area, where would be the best place for us to stake out a spot??
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I hope you’re all sturdy enough to get that spot at least 4-5 hours before the scheduled HEA start because it may well take that. People go bonkers about occupying the best locations.

This time of year, you might have to get in place earlier to get a really good view of the projections without anyone standing in front of your group.
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My favorite spot is to the left of the partners statue in the hub along one of the fences. You should not have an issue with people in front of you if you set up camp along the one facing the greenery. Plus, you have a backrest. If you get there by 7:30, you should not have a problem finding a spot there or on the other side. It really starts to fill up around 8:15-8:30 and then the cast members make everyone stand up and move as far forward as you can. Then it gets PACKED. You won't be able to get an EVC anywhere through the area at that time, much less yourself. It my absolute favorite show. Having been there several times and talking with the other people waiting, they all say it was worth the wait.
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I found that the area to the right of the statue does not fill up nearly as quickly at least it did not in March. I also suggest the tomorrowland bridge. I am not sure about this last one but the one night we did the dessert party I remember people being just in front of the railing on the small section of grass/sidewalk. Not sure if it is wide enough for a powerchair but with the walkway directly in front of that area at least you would have a small buffer of open area. Good luck.

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