Monday Poll: How early do you stake our your parade/fireworks viewing spot?

Imagine it’s a busy day at the Magic Kingdom – crowd level of 8 or above. How early do you stake out a spot to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade and/or Wishes? Do you go on rides during the shows to avoid the crowd, or stake out a spot hours in advance? Something in between? Vote, and tell us about it in the comments.

Busy night at the Magic Kingdom - how early do you stake out your parade/fireworks spot?

  • Blow them off to go on rides during the shows (29%, 8 Votes)
  • 30 minutes early (25%, 7 Votes)
  • 15 minutes early (14%, 4 Votes)
  • 1 hour early (14%, 4 Votes)
  • More than 1 hour early (11%, 3 Votes)
  • 45 minutes early (7%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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8 thoughts to “Monday Poll: How early do you stake our your parade/fireworks viewing spot?”

  1. My wife doesn’t like parades much and the fight to get to see them just adds to her dislike. So we usually skip out on them. We saw them the first time we went and that was good for us. The fireworks are a different thing. Again the wife usually doesn’t like fireworks but she likes the ones at Disney. Out last time there we took advantage of the rides during both and you could still see the fire works while in line. We might get a spot for the fireworks but generally skip the parades unless we get stuck on the corner of the Emporium when the parade comes through MK.

  2. This is a tough one, but I went for 30 min. If it wasn’t for DS, I’d probably say skip the parade and hit the rides. For the parade, I don’t care where we watch from, as long as we can see. If I have to stand in back and hold DS on my shoulders so he can see, I’m fine with that, especially if it means I’m eating or riding rides while everyone else is sitting around waiting.

    We always watch fireworks, but I don’t worry too much about staking out a spot. We’ve seen them from all different angles, and you can always find someplace to stop just before showtime and have a pretty good view.

  3. We aren’t fans of the crowds so, in the past, we’ve either headed back to our resort for the night or took advantage of the shorter lines at other attractions. This year we’ll be at the Polynesian so we’ll watch from a less crowded beach.

  4. We usually do an hour or so. Especially if you want to be able to the the Magic Memories and You show on the castle, you’ve got to be at least on the Main Street Bridge, if not the hub.

  5. Shaun – fireworks from the Poly Beach are great! We love the parade too, so we’ll probably be staking out a spot an hour or so in advance. We LOVE being right at the crest of the hill, just before the Hub. It’s a great spot for both parade pictures and fireworks pics.

  6. Its hard to get the kids to sit still for more then 30 minutes at WDW. To much to see and do and they want to see it all. 30 minutes works out just right for us. We get the kids up as close as we can and step back so other kids can get in there to see it to.

  7. Since they brought back the Main Street Electrical Parade…we typically blow off the Parade and ride rides. However we make sure we get a good spot for Wishes…we like the Middle of Main Street…about half-way down.

    Now when they were still doing Spectro…we would stake out a spot in front of the Fire Station for the last Parade of the evening…about 45 minutes prior. We loved Spectro.

    We also like the Celebrate parade…but just have caught it by chance…never staked out a spot for it.

  8. really depends on if you have Bambi in your group. She certainly can hold a spot or two for ya.

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