PHOTOS - After-dark in the new Main Street Plaza Gardens at the Magic Kingdom

Feb 27, 2015 in "Main Street, U.S.A."

Yesterday we brought you a detailed walk-through of the new Main Street Plaza Gardens during daytime, and today we've got look at the area after-dark.

As you would expect, the gardens that make up the new FastPass+ viewing area for Wishes make a very good viewing location. The area is far enough back that the fireworks can be seen over the castle at a perfect height, and the viewing angle is just slightly off to the side, but not enough to be a problem.

There are a lot of lighting structures in the area, and there are 4 tall poles in particular that obscure parts of the castle. It isn't an issue for Wishes, but it does block parts of the castle, and can be a bit distracting during the Celebrate the Magic projection show. It would have been great to see these lighting poles retract like those at Epcot, so that when not needed they can be hidden from sight. You can see and example in the photo below.

The ever-popular twinkle lights can be found in some of the trees, and the fountain area is lit with a reddish color.

To get into the garden area for Wishes viewing, you will need to obtain a FastPass+. It goes live today in the West Gardens, and will soon be joined by the East Gardens on the other side of Main Street. It is certainly a welcome relief to be able to view Wishes without being shoulder to shoulder in the center of Main Street U.S.A. or in the old hub area. 

Besides the dedicated FastPass+ viewing area, the walkways around the new gardens have also added firework viewing capacity. Although heavily patrolled by cast to keep the areas open for walkways, they do allow some of the space to be used for viewing. The amount of space available will no doubt vary as operationally needed.

Click the gallery for more photos, and also check out our video walk-through.

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Article Posted: Feb 27, 2015 / 9:35am EST