I have small Disneyland confession to make: I never watch the fireworks from any location other than Main Street. I think I’ve just always had it ingrained in my head that that was the only place to have a decent view (and in the past, that may have been true). That’s obviously why I chose to watch Disneyland Forever from Main Street the first time I saw the show. And honestly, were it not for wanting to blog about the various locations, I might never have checked out the other show hot spots. And I would have been missing out! For my second location, I stationed myself in front of “it’s a small world”. This location has so many benefits, the first one being that you can get the double whammy of Paint the Night and Disneyland Forever all in one spot.
I arrived to the park at about 8:00 one night and headed straight for Small World. It was slow going getting over there, but once there, I found tons of great parade viewing spots. If you are looking at the Small World clock, to the right there is a raised area that is used for seating during the day. I walked right up to an amazing spot for the parade; it wasn’t crowded and the raised aspect made it even easier to see. When the parade was over, the crowd moved over to the middle of the walkway for the fireworks and I managed to (easily) snag a spot right in front of Small World.
The projections you see on Small World are similar to the ones you see on the buildings of Main Street, but they are much easier to see and they have the ability to be stretched into one long image, rather than being broken up into smaller ones like those on Main Street. The effect is much more impressive.
The Tangled section of the show has been one of my favorites since I saw the sneak peek way back when, but it didn’t fully capture the effect of the lanterns on the buildings of Main Street. Seeing them projected on Small World was much more magical.
By far one of the most impressive parts of the show is the Winnie the Pooh Heffalumps and Woozles section, which looks spectacular spread across the Small World facade.
And the fireworks themselves? You have a perfect, unobstructed view of the entire show.
So far I have watched Disneyland Forever from Main Street and in front of “it’s a small world” and the latter kicks the former’s booty. I never expected to enjoy the show so much more from a non Main Street location, but I honestly don’t feel like I will watch the show from Main Street again. I am looking forward to watching from in front of the castle and at Rivers of America, but I can’t see how either spot could compete with Small World. But we shall see! Do you have a favorite fireworks viewing location? Let me know!