Last week I visited Epcot to find out if IllumiNations is worth your FastPass+. This week I thought I’d share some information about the Wishes FastPass+ viewing. Obviously, this is one of the hottest FastPass+ options in all four parks, often not even showing available 30 days in advance. The viewing location is in the Rose Garden and gives guests enough room to comfortably spread out and sit in the grass. If you’re lucky enough to score this viewing spot, then you’ll be able to also watch Celebrate The Magic from here. Without a doubt this option will get you the best view while waiting the least amount of time for the show.
However, if you check out the photo to the left you can see the view from the Rose Garden is slightly obstructed and off to one side. I’m not saying this is a bad view at all, but I don’t know that it’s worth tying up your 3rd FastPass+ all day long. What if I told you there was a less popular FastPass+ that would give you an even better view?
The Main Street Electrical Parade might not come to mind when you’re thinking of great spots for Wishes, but it’s something you should consider. If you’re visiting on an evening with a parade one hour before Wishes, then the parade is the FastPass+ reservation you want. Take a look at the photo to the right. This viewing spot gives you a complete view of the castle without any obstructions.
I recommend not trying to be at the front of the parade viewing area. The FastPass+ reserved space backs up to a planter, and I’ve had good luck leaning against the railing for the parade. Immediately after the last float goes by, the ropes are removed from the FastPass+ viewing area. This means that the masses can enter, but you’re not asked to leave. From this spot you have a perfect view of Celebrate The Magic and Wishes both, all with just an often forgotten FastPass+ for the Main Street Electrical Parade.
A few notes to remember: this only works when there are TWO parades and you are able to get FastPass+ for the first parade. Also, this method does not avoid the crowds. Immediately once those ropes are removed you’re mixed in with the masses. However, I’ve found being against the planter railing helps as you’re only surrounded on three sides. The Wishes FastPass+ is the only way to have an excellent view of the fireworks without being cramped in with everyone else on Main Street.
Edit: Recently I found out that on rainy days they don’t actually allow guests into the rose garden. The viewing area then moves behind the rose garden on a paved path. The view is pretty bad. Standing on the bridge to Tomorrowland offers a better view without using a hard to get FastPass. Please keep this in mind when booking.
I hope this helps with your vacation planning. What’s your best FastPass+ tip? Do you think Wishes is worth your FastPass+? Please let us know in the comments below. As always, thanks so much for reading and commenting!