I dont remember very well what we exactly did after the parade. At some point we saw the train with characters. A train filled with characters drives through Main Street and then if you like to fight, you can fight for your right to have a picture with a character on the plaza in front of the castle. We also did some shopping and some rides, we went on Pirates, some other rides and iasw. After iasw, it was about 7.40 pm, and they were already chasing the people out of Fantasyland through Discoveryland towards Main Street.
I was somewhat worried that they would chase us out of the park to view the fireworks from Fantasia Gardens or so, and my idea was as long as were IN the park, were not out, so we went in line for Buzz Lightyear. I think they closed the line about 10 persons after us. By the time we got off the ride, Main Street was completely closed off, and whether we wanted it or not, we had to stay in front of Plaza Restaurant or around the entrance of Discoveryland.
Which was very good, because after waiting a long time in the cold, we had a rather great view of what was happening on stage and had the most wonderful view of the fireworks. With nobody around us! I think we were only 15 people who were standing there, so no pushing, no pulling, no one in front of you Lovely!
What I didnt understand was why they ask someone to come sing non-Disney songs. I mean, there are so many nice Disney-songs, then why sing a song that is called a Bad Day on such a lovely day???
After the fireworks, it was very easy to exit the park, no masses of people to along Main Street, and we decided to not go to the car first (to put other shoes on) but to directly go to Caf Mickey and see if they could still seat us. At 9.30 pm or so, we arrived at Caf Mickey, and they could seat us at 10.15, which was fine for us. We went shopping until our table was ready, and you can read in the dining report what we ate.
After dinner, we went back to the car, and the search for our hotel began. We stayed off-site *gasp* I know, *gasp* off-site. At the Best Western Marne-le-Valle. IMO, the room/ hotel was of a quality equal to Hotel New York, and we paid a whopping 60 EUR for the night. To me, the Disney Magic in the hotels means that you have a boutique in the hotel where you can spend even more money, so I didnt miss any Disney magic while staying at my wonderful off-site hotel! For that difference in price, they will see me again very soon (on April 12, as a matter of fact, I had already made reservations for our 3-night stay then).
Note: I did book the hotel through hotels.com. During my next stay, its 80 EUR for the room. And rack rate is even way more than that. But thats why I never pay rack rate!