We just returned from a magical week at Disney. I had been hemming and hawing over our use of Fast Passes for both the MSEP and Wishes. I thought since we experienced both last night, I would report back for anyone else who is contemplating using a precious FP+ for either of these.
MSEP: This was great. We had to hoof it from a BOG dinner reservation to the front of Main Street, and I was worried about where we would end up because we didn’t get to our FP location until 8:45, but the kids still got to sit almost at the curb and had a completely unobstructed view of the parade. I know some have said the the location is too close for good photographs, but our goal was a great place for the kids to sit and see everything, and this did not disappoint. There was plenty of room, and my daughter was close enough for Tinkerbell to recognize her and wave sincerely at her (we had just seen Tink at 6:00 that day). The only down side was having to fight the crowds back up Main Street to get to our FP location for Wishes.
Wishes: Do NOT waste your Fast Pass! If I had known this, I would have gotten another FP for 7 Dwarves, instead of being trampled to death by the RD crowd getting there first thing (that’s another post). We got to the garden spot at about 9:30 after using the MSEP FP. I thought there would be ample room, as the FP time said 9:30 - 9:50. The garden was completely packed - nary a blade of artificial turf available. The people behind us said that some people had been there for hours waiting. We found a small spot for our family of 5. My thought in getting the FP was that the kids, ages 12, 6 and 4, could lie back and relax with a decent view of Celebrate the Magic and then Wishes. Boy, was I wrong! At 9:40 a CM came around and ordered everyone to stand. If I wanted to stand, I would have just grabbed a spot on Main Street. I wasn’t even looking for the perfect photo spot, just a place where we could relax and watch. After Celebrate the Magic, during which we had to hold our two littlest ones because they couldn’t see over the heads of everyone else, my 12 year old son sat back down. Right away another CM rushed over and told him to stand up for safety reasons. So, again we all stood to watch the amazing fireworks show. The only upside was that we were able to scoot out right afterwards and use the exit that opened up by the gardens, and were one of the first in line for our bus back to CBR.
So, I would definitely recommend the MSEP FP, but would not recommend the Wishes FP. Perhaps you would have a different experience during a slower part of the year, but for a crowded day, it was a waste.