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View Poll Results: I recommend:
the MK specialty fireworks cruise without sound 0 0%
the MK specialty fireworks cruise with sound 10 45.45%
the Epcot Illuminations fireworks cruise 7 31.82%
Not doing any of the cruises 5 22.73%
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Old 06-26-2018, 02:11 PM   #1
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I am considering a specialty fireworks cruise. Any feedback to help me make my decision is appreciated!

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Old 06-26-2018, 02:22 PM   #2
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It may not be fair for me to answer because we don't do fireworks at all. My son has autism and sensory issues so fireworks freak him out. We always try to either leave the park before fireworks or be inside somewhere (Philharmagic anyone?) so he can't hear them. We've also tried soundproof headphones but just the sight of them can upset him.

On a completely different note, we did do a fishing excursion last year that went into Epcot's lagoon prior to the park opening. It was WAY cool.
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We have only done the EPCOT one, and even that was about 5 years ago.
We arrived at the boat dock at Yacht Club and checked in. Once loaded onto our pontoon we headed towards Hollywood Studios, and then cruised back to EPCOT. During the trip the captain pointed out some sights and shared some facts. There were blankets and snacks for us to enjoy as well.
The location is just past the bridge from the U.K. to the first Island on the way to France. The location is nice enough. Some of the full lagoon effects (like perimeter shots and the countries lighting up is missed due to the low vantage point and that most of the UK is to your left. I think the view is this. You are tied up alongside other boats there for the evening, so if you are looking for a super quiet private place, this isn't the case, plus everyone on the bridge looks at your enviously as you pull up and enjoy the show while they have been camped out for an hour. After the cruise, you just head on back to the marina. You may tip your captain if you wish and you are free to go.

The more people in your group, the better the 'value' of the cruise in terms of price per person. We did it with 6. We also experienced it during the holiday time when they added on the Holiday Finale, which was also nice.

It was a special trip, and certainly not one we would do often. Don't regret it at all, especially with the extra fireworks. Would be great for new years eve fireworks! And unless I am mistaken, then there was a Dvc discount offered as well.
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It may not be fair for me to answer because we don't do fireworks at all. My son has autism and sensory issues so fireworks freak him out. We always try to either leave the park before fireworks or be inside somewhere (Philharmagic anyone?) so he can't hear them. We've also tried soundproof headphones but just the sight of them can upset him.

On a completely different note, we did do a fishing excursion last year that went into Epcot's lagoon prior to the park opening. It was WAY cool.
Thank you for your reply. I am sorry about your son. My BIL had Autism. He was mostly a non-verbal savant. It presents many challenges in life. May God Bless you and your son.
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We have only done the EPCOT one, and even that was about 5 years ago.
We arrived at the boat dock at Yacht Club and checked in. Once loaded onto our pontoon we headed towards Hollywood Studios, and then cruised back to EPCOT. During the trip the captain pointed out some sights and shared some facts. There were blankets and snacks for us to enjoy as well.
The location is just past the bridge from the U.K. to the first Island on the way to France. The location is nice enough. Some of the full lagoon effects (like perimeter shots and the countries lighting up is missed due to the low vantage point and that most of the UK is to your left. I think the view is this. You are tied up alongside other boats there for the evening, so if you are looking for a super quiet private place, this isn't the case, plus everyone on the bridge looks at your enviously as you pull up and enjoy the show while they have been camped out for an hour. After the cruise, you just head on back to the marina. You may tip your captain if you wish and you are free to go.

The more people in your group, the better the 'value' of the cruise in terms of price per person. We did it with 6. We also experienced it during the holiday time when they added on the Holiday Finale, which was also nice.

It was a special trip, and certainly not one we would do often. Don't regret it at all, especially with the extra fireworks. Would be great for new years eve fireworks! And unless I am mistaken, then there was a Dvc discount offered as well.

I figured for Epcot I could get away without the added cost of sound, but for MK I would need sound. I am looking at Dec, so I was wondering if it may be a bit cold for MK?
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I figured for Epcot I could get away without the added cost of sound, but for MK I would need sound. I am looking at Dec, so I was wondering if it may be a bit cold for MK?

We did it twice....once in October, once in December. The Captain's will try to keep everyone warm as possible. Obviously dress warm for being on the boat in December. We also had some catered items on the boats to make the night more enjoyable, like hot chocolate and cupcakes.
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Would be great for new years eve fireworks! And unless I am mistaken, then there was a Dvc discount offered as well.
Unfortunately, they don't run the 30th and the 31st. You do get a 10% discount.
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We did it twice....once in October, once in December. The Captain's will try to keep everyone warm as possible. Obviously dress warm for being on the boat in December. We also had some catered items on the boats to make the night more enjoyable, like hot chocolate and cupcakes.
I thought you were going to mention other forms of liquid warmth!
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I am considering a specialty fireworks cruise. Any feedback to help me make my decision is appreciated!

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We did the MK cruise leaving from the Grand Floridian for my wife's 40th birthday and it's up there with her favorite Disney memories. We had champagne, a happy birthday banner and balloons, and an awesome captain. I couldn't recommend it more!
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