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Shows not to be missed at the Theme Parks
You may think fireworks are just for children and when you have seen one display you have seen them all. Trust me – this does not apply to the fireworks at Epcot. I hear so many returning visitors saying “Oh we didn’t bother to stay for the fireworks” but they have missed the most spectacular display they will ever see. They are set to music and include lasers and light shows all around the World Showcase Lagoon. They can be seen from all around the lagoon but canny experts set up camp at cafes such as the Mexico Cantina or the English Pub garden or Fish and Chip shop. These are the two best places to get a seat but you will need to be there by about 7. 30pm. The fireworks start at 9pm but you can use the time to rest and have something to eat and drink.
Fantasmic at Disneys Hollywood Studios is another must. A laser and light show featuring Micky Mouse atop a mountain conducting the music to Fantasia whilst the characters pass by on floats below in a moat round the mountain. This has seating so you do not need to arrive quite so early for the show but it is spectacular. If you are in Orlando over Christmas – November until New Year - the Osborne lights are wonderful. They have over 1 million lights covering all the buildings and it snows on the main street. The atmosphere is just magical.
Blue Horizons at Sea world is amazing and slightly more worth seeing than Shamu although I wouldn’t miss that either. The Blue Horizons features acrobats and divers interacting with birds in a magnificent show and telling a story. Some of the stunts will take your breath away. Shamu of course needs no explaining, just a warning: don’t sit in the splash zone at the front unless you want to get really
Last but not least, Disney’s electric parade and Tinker bells flight, which heralds the start of the firework display in the Magic Kingdom – the children will be spellbound (as are most adults). The parade is held at dusk each night and is the same as the day time one but all the floats and the characters are covered in lights. Tinkerbell flies from the top of Cinderella’s castle and disappears behind the trees immediately before the fireworks start. Cinderella’s castle lights up and changes colours so it is a wonderful photo opportunity. It’s also worth photographing your children’s faces as they watch!
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