Our experience, despite a low CL (a 3 or 4 I believe it was) was terrible. My wife found a spot very early near a railing close to the castle. They had a good view. She and the kids stayed there while I went over to a gift shop on Main Street in hopes to find a specific sweatshirt I wanted. It was there, but not in my size. Anyhow, since I had to pass through the hub, and the hub was to capacity, I had to use the narrow walkways the CMs were futilely trying to keep clear. It took me about 30 minutes to get through the crowd back to them, during which time the show had begun. Of course, I couldn’t watch any of it because I had to get through the crowd that was almost a stand still in the walkways. Finally, I made it back about halfway through the show, only to find my family had been forced backwards along the rail by a sea of people, unable to see a whole lot. And when I tried to get through back to meet them, the people there shook there heads and refused to let me through. I told them that’s my family right there, but they wouldn’t budge. So I pushed through them.
They managed to see some of it through the heads, and of course, the fireworks were visible over our heads. Then, it was over and it took another 30+ minutes to get out of the park. (They even opened up this “secret” pathway normally closed off to help get the crowds out.)
End result? For our Anniversary trip, we are paying for the Dessert party.