Summer is here, and that means warm weather, longer days and of course, later nights at the Disneyland Resort! One of the most popular nighttime activities during the summer season (weather permitting of course) is the “Magical” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland park. Who doesn’t love to see the night sky light up to music from classic Disney stories like “Pinocchio,” “Mary Poppins,” and “Sleeping Beauty”?
Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to enjoy the show. If you’re a “Magical” regular, maybe give a new location a try and let us know your favorite viewing spot in the comments!
- Main Street, U.S.A. – There is something exciting and awe-inspiring about watching fireworks bursting into the shape of Mickey Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle from Main Street, U.S.A. It’s like a Disney icon trifecta.
- “it’s a small world” – This location even offers its own mini-show, with projections onto the attraction that complement the fireworks and music.
- Rivers of America – This is a fantastic place to catch not one, but two Disneyland park nighttime spectaculars. Arrive early to watch the first “Fantasmic!” show of the night and then stay right there in your spot to watch “Magical.” Be sure to check the Entertainment Guide when you arrive, of course, as show times are subject to change.
Bonus tip: “Magical” can be seen from many areas of Disneyland park, but the show’s soundtrack can be heard in all three of the viewing locations listed above.
And if you’re lucky enough, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the fireworks from a Disneyland park attraction – adding a little extra magic as you sled down the icy slopes of the Matterhorn or plunge into the Briar Patch at Splash Mountain.
Now it’s your turn – where is your favorite place to enjoy “Magical?”
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No Dumbo on Friday 5/31, so sad.
With how often Dumbo is needed at the circus, the show is a bit underwhelming, but one of my favorite places for any of the fireworks shows is on the little bridge above where the big drop for Splash Mountain lands. The only issue is the music isn’t piped into it.
We were on Casey Jr. one time and the view was magical. We caught an amazing view of Tink.
Visiting Disneyland for the first time in mid-September, hope to catch Magical then!
It looks like Dumbo is “flying” in this picture. Is this part of the normal fireworks? I have only seen them once but, I do not remember this part. We LOVE Dumbo..
Yes, Jennifer! Unless he’s needed back at the circus, Dumbo flies (really, he flies!) during “Magical.”
Thanks for writing this! Magical is my favoritest of favorite firework shows. It’s possibly my favorite Disney thing ever! I like to watch it on Main Street across from the corn dog wagon and right from the hub for a close up view. Get ready for a Dumbo close up!
We’ve watched from behind King Arthur’s Carousel. Tink and Dumbo fly right over our heads! It’s Magical!
@ Erin Do the Glow with the Show Mouse Ears still light up for Magical Fireworks Spectacular?
Was that only during the Special Limited Time Magic event?
I’d love to wear them in Front of the Castle and at Rivers of America during Fantasmic!
Hi Brandon – Yes, your “Glow With the Show” Ears will still interact with “Magical”!
i just love watching the fire works from tower of terror and Tarzan treehouse
On the Storybook Land Canal Boats!!!
I love Disneyland in the summer. Wish I could visit soon. Great article
I love catching it when I’m riding Matterhorn. You feel like you’re a part of the show.