6 Things Insiders Love About Walt Disney World Fireworks

Guests who visit Walt Disney World for vacation are treated to endless magical experiences which help create memories that will last forever. Guests can enjoy four theme parks full of classic and thrilling attractions, live performances, character meet and greets, and plenty of dining opportunities. The theme parks of Walt Disney World are magical for every guest, but at nighttime wonderful fireworks displays help to make every day in Disney end with a bang! Keep in mind that while Animal Kingdom Park does not have fireworks for the animals’ sake, they do have a projection show called the Tree of Life Awakenings we highly recommend. Some Disney fireworks shows are nightly occurrences and some only happen during special times of the year, but they are all amazing to watch! Here are six things Disney insiders love about Walt Disney World fireworks.


6. Happily Ever After –

The favorite park of many guests is the Magic Kingdom where dreams come true and guests can have amazing experiences exploring the rivers of the world, dropping into the Briar Patch, rubbing elbows with ghosts, and blasting off into space. After an amazing day in the park, the sky high over Cinderella Castle lights up with a fireworks display as a perfect way to wrap up a day at Magic Kingdom! Happily Ever After Fireworks has replaced Wishes, but has thankfully lived up to the beautiful display of fireworks, lasers, projection, music, and storytelling Magic Kingdom is known for. With 18-minutes of “heart, heroism, and humor”, Happily Ever After will send you on your way with your own “happily ever after” ending to an unforgettable Magic Kingdom day!

5. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth –

Note: Illuminations’ last show will be September 30, 2019. “Epcot Forever”, temporary nighttime spectacular, will begin October 1, 2019. 

Epcot offers guests a huge array of experiences in both Future World and World Showcase. Guests can feel as though they have traveled around the world and learned all about new technology without ever leaving the park. Each night, guests are also invited to gather around World Showcase Lagoon to enjoy Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The show combines music, pyrotechnics, fireworks, dancing water, laser lights, and a massive globe to demonstrate how all people are united as one. No day in Epcot is complete without watching Illuminations, and Disney insiders know that they should find a spot along the shores of World Showcase Lagoon an hour before show time to guarantee a great view.

4. Fantasmic! –

On select nights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests are invited to enjoy a show that will truly amaze them. Fantasmic! is housed in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at the end of Sunset Boulevard and brings guests into Mickey’s imagination where a battle between good and evil is happening. Guests are treated to a combination of live acting, classic Disney music, loveable characters, special effects, wonderful music, pyrotechnics, fireworks, dancing water, and projected animation for an adventure that will leave them wanting more! Disney insiders know to check a times guide for the specific nights that Fantasmic! is running and to line up at the entrance of the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at least an hour before the show begins to ensure getting a seat.


3. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular –

It doesn’t matter if you are a Star Wars nerd or not – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is the perfect way to close out a night at Hollywood Studios! Watch as the Chinese Theater turns into a huge screen for a 14-minute show full of high-definition projection surrounded by lasers, fire, incredible music and sound effects, and of course – the sky lights up with awesome fireworks! It’s an unforgettable Hollywood Studios moment!

2. Happy HalloWishes –

On select nights in the fall, the Magic Kingdom is host to Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party where the park is turned into a Halloween spectacular. The highlight of each party is the showing of Happy HalloWishes where the sky above Cinderella Castle is lit with a fireworks display that combines Disney villains, classic Disney music, and a narration by the disembodied Ghost Host from the nearby Haunted Mansion. Happy HalloWishes also uses special perimeter burst fireworks making guests feel as though they are completely surrounded by the show!

1. Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season –

Like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, on special nights the Magic Kingdom plays host to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party throughout the holidays. Guests can enjoy Christmas music, exclusive parades, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and a very special fireworks display. Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season combines Classic Christmas music and beautiful fireworks to help make the Magic Kingdom the perfect place to celebrate the holidays.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.