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The July Fourth secret

Next week is the Fourth of July holiday in the United States and Walt Disney World loves to celebrate our nation's independence with some impressive fireworks displays.  If you're going to visit Walt Disney World during this holiday, I feel it's my responsibility to tell you the best place to watch fireworks is Disney's Hollywood Studios.

If you haven't heard, the best reason to watch the July 4th fireworks in Disney's Hollywood Studios is the manageable crowds.  Over the past few years, I've been able to see the July 4th fireworks with no problem in Disney's Hollywood Studios.  In fact, last year I was able to arrive at the Studios just a couple of hours before the fireworks, have dinner at a table service restaurant and then see the show.  Simply put, Disney's Hollywood Studios doesn't get crowded like the other parks.

At Walt Disney World, there are 3 parks that show fireworks, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.  In my opinion, July 4th fireworks are fairly interchangable.  There isn't anything really Disney to them, they're just patriotic displays in the sky.  The only real difference is which park you see it in and the issue with Epcot and the Magic Kingdom is how ridiculously crowded they get.  Frankly, I just don't get why people think they have to see the fireworks in Magic Kingdom or Epcot.  Disney does a great job with the firework displays throughout the parks and I don't see any real advantage the other two parks have over the Studios.

If you decide to see the fireworks on July 4th at Disney's Hollywood Studios, your best bet is to stand on Hollywood Boulevard, anywhere from the junction of Sunset Boulevard to being parallel with the Hollywood Brown Derby is the best spot.  This area will give you a great vantage point of the sky, a good view of the stage in front of the Sorcerer's Hat and also be able to turn right around after the show and leave the park.

If you're going to brave the Walt Disney World crowds on July 4th this year, go with the path of least resistance and try Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's a fun show with plenty of fireworks and you'll have a far better experience with crowds, relative to the other parks.  Happy fourth of July!

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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by