Fav spot for Illuminations? And Wishes?
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I don't remember where we watched Wishes (think it was Tomorrowland Terrace), but we watched Illuminations near the Mexico Pavilion. But, I wouldn't call that a favorite spot, as we've only been to WDW once.
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We enjoy sitting near Germany pavilion for Illuminations. Wishes we watch in front of the castle, ususally.
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We watch Wishes from Main St, usually in an area between Casey's and the Plaza Ice Cream....or closer.
We usually watch Illuminations from the area between Norway and Mexico. Tt's an unobstructed view and the wind rarely blows the smoke that direction (if it is coming that way, we move to the other side of the lagoon on the bridge b/w France/England).
My favorite Illumination spot is right in front of Japan below the pagoda on the far right side. They have stone benches so some of your party can sit while you wait and some of your party can hold a spot on the railing in front of you. The Globe is also "parked" there and it moves to the center of the lake. You get a great close up view as it is turned on right away. For wishes, I like to be as far away from the crowd as possible. We usually end up watching it near the bridge to Adventureland.
I think I've heard every spot around the World Showcase mentioned as a favorite for Illuminations at some point, so I don't think there is a bad spot!
The first time we saw Wishes we didn't really know what/where it was and we saw it from Pinnochio Haus behind the castle. It was actually pretty cool to be in the middle of the fireworks, although overall Ithink th eeffect is better fomr the front of the castle. But if you've seen it form the front a bunch of times, try behind the castle for one show.
We had 8:00 reservations at La Hacienda San Angel and asked to be seated right next to the windows. We enjoyed the show at the end of our dinner and stayed dry during one of the many rainstorms! It was perfect!
I've seen Illuminations from the front and back. The front, by Mexico is usually packed, but a nice view. In the back, I like to be by Japan. The torii gate makes a great foreground for photos.
Crowds are not my thing, so I enjoyed Wishes from the Ticket and Transportation Center. In the Magic Kingdom, I also like being in the hub area. The walkway to Liberty Square near the hub gave us a good view.