Must See Nighttime Shows in Disney World

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There are many reasons to love Disney World. The list may be too long for all the reasons Disney gives us Guests plenty of reasons to come back for more. In planning your trip, no matter how much of a planner you may be, there is one event you should always add to your itinerary.

The Disney Nighttime shows are one of a kind. It is a special way to end your day in the Parks, watching fireworks along with some of the most classic Disney songs. Depending on which Park you are ending your evening with, or if you are Park Hopping, there is an option in three of the four.

Happily Ever After – Magic Kingdom

Listing Magic Kingdom first may make me a little biased, but their Happily Ever After firework show, is absolutely magical. The technology used with lasers and projections lights up Cinderella Castle, along with music from all of our favorite Disney movies. The crowd will gather all throughout Main Street, U.S.A. to gawk at the amazing performance. If you aren’t at Magic Kingdom, there are other places around Disney World where you can see the fireworks like Disney Springs, and various rooftops like Disney’s Coronado Resort.

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Fantasmic! – Hollywood Studios

Fantasmic! Sure is a way to celebrate the end of your Disney vacation. Towards the entrance of the Tower of Terror, you will find the event space for Fantasmic! Guests get to sit down and enjoy this nighttime extravaganza while watching Mickey Mouse “battle it out” with the forces of good and evil. Some of our favorite Disney characters appear in this show like Moana, Aladdin, and Mulan. Grab your popcorn and head in early to get a good seat for this outside musical.


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Electrical Water Pageant

This floating nighttime show brings its own uniqueness to Disney. Guests get to watch the sea creature sail across the seven seas with lights and music from classic Disney films. If you are not near Magic Kingdom, this delight can be viewed at the resorts listed below, according to Disney.

Nighttime show

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If you are in EPCOT, head over to watch their firework spectacular that will have you in awe for the entire show. Similar to Magic Kingdom’s show, Disney puts on a special effects sensation that can be seen throughout The World Showcase. What is nice about its location is that it can be seen from all countries. Additionally, this gives enough room for all Guests to watch and enjoy.

EPCOT Fireworks

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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom previously had nighttime shows like The Rivers of Light, but has been on pause since 2020. Although Animal Kingdom does not have a performance currently, they do offer Tree of Life Awakenings. This is projected onto the massive tree you can see throughout the Park. Fans miss the opportunity to have a nighttime show in Animal Kingdom. “Some commenters even mentioned that they would take the old shows back rather than having nothing at all” Inside The Magic reported. There is always the possibility of something new to be produced or something old to come back, at Animal Kingdom.

Overall, Disney knows how to end a fun day in the Parks. And even if you don’t end your day in the Parks, so many Resorts have the opportunity to view some of these spectacular shows, too. Add these to your list when you are planning out your next Disney trip!

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.