Seeing fireworks is a must-do experience for many Guests who visit the Walt Disney World Resort, with many opting to see Disney Enchantment (or soon, Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom), Harmonious (or EPCOT Forever) in EPCOT, or even Fantasmic! for a different kind of nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
There are several ways to make seeing the fireworks at Disney World even more magical. Outside of the theme parks, several Resorts and their onsite dining locations offer spectacular views. California Grill, located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, features what is arguably one of the most incredible places to see the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks (and perhaps one of Disney’s best signature dinners, too).
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Just steps away from this go-to restaurant for fireworks viewing, another unique way to watch the show will soon undergo a refurbishment.
Disney’s Happily Ever After fireworks show will return to the Magic Kingdom on April 3, 2023, marking the end of Disney Enchantment, which was introduced as the Park’s nighttime fireworks spectacular at the start of the Resort’s 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the return of Happily Ever After, and you can rest assured that the show will go on as the upcoming refurbishment does not impact the show itself, but rather one way to watch the fireworks.
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The upcoming refurbishment will impact the availability of Disney’s Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise. Much like it’s shoreside counterpart, the Magic Kingdom’s traditional fireworks dessert parties at the Tomorrowland Terrace, the Ferrytale Fireworks Dessert Cruise comes with small bites of specialty desserts and sparkling drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.)
The cruise typically departs from the Transportation and Ticket Center nearby the Magic Kingdom on select Wednesday and Saturday nights, but Disney’s official website now notes an upcoming refurbishment from March 30-July 5, 2023.
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Tickets for Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise run $99 for adults and $69 for children ages 3-9, with reservations required as space onboard the ferry boat is limited for each event.
Very limited dates remain on the availability calendar to experience the fireworks cruise before its upcoming refurbishment, so if you are interested in experiencing the fireworks from the water, we recommend booking your reservations as soon as possible.
The cruise is a great alternative for a way to see the fireworks without a ticket to the Magic Kingdom. For other viewing areas during its refurbishment, in addition to California Grill, you may want to consider the beaches at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. (Note: During holidays and special events, like Fourth of July, the beaches may be limited to Guests staying at these Resorts.)