Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Watching Wishes!

What's your favourite place to watch Wishes?

Starlight, starbright
first star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
have the wish, I wish tonight
We'll make a wish, and do as dreamers do
and all our wishes...will come true

If there's one thing that never fails to make me smile and cry at the same time it's the night time spectacular Wishes over in Magic Kingdom. Even it's holiday themed special editions put the same silly grin on my face! I remember the first time I ever saw Wishes in 2002, I was in awe, dumbstruck even, I mean, this is a show they put on every night, 365 days a year (weather permitting) and it never ceases to amaze me, even if I do know the song word for word! I can't even guess at how many times I've seen the show but it never gets old for me!

You know me, I'm all for making the most of every minute of every trip so staking out a show spot 2+ hours early has never really appealed to me though there are a few viewing spots I'd love to try, getting them is almost impossible if you don't set up camp - no matter what time of year you go to Walt Disney World! And believe me, you don't want to mess with some of those campers! I've seen full blown arguments when other guests have tried to get in on their 'spot' - though those guests who save a spot for huge tour groups really know how to get everyone in the vicinity riled up! (Not mentioning any names, t-shirts or flags here ;) )

That being said, I do have a couple of favourite spots that are winners for me!

To the Right...

Step from under the trees to avoid leafs in the shots!
Just to the right of the Castle there is a nice tree-y area which includes a PhotoPass picture spot around the Rose Garden. Now, if you time it right (ok, this involves a little staking out!) the photographer packs up around 10minutes before show time and you can stand in the picture spot which gives a unobstructed view of the Castle. If you stand just to the right of this picture spot, under the trees, you get a wonderful view of Wishes. The majority of the fireworks will come up on the furthest right side of the Castle which gives you a chance to get some great shots! 

To the Left...

Damn flag! 
To the left of the castle look for a covered area, it looks a bit lack a bus stop for lack of a better description and it has some water fountains in. If you can get right to the furthest end closest to the Castle up against the railings you will have an almost unobstructed view of the Castle. I say almost because there was a big ol' flag and speaker system ahead of us that shadowed in on many of my photos! If you can step a few yards out from under this sheltered area you will pretty much have a front and centre view. Just note that that floor area beyond the shelter is a favourite sit-and-stake spot so try not to trod on too many other guests!

There are few to-view spots on my list that I'd love to get a chance to try out one trip! Especially the Main Street Station balcony - campers here tend to bring their own folding chairs! And of course, as front and centre as possible at the back of the Partners statue! 

Where do you like to view Wishes from?

Until next time,

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