5 Reasons We Absolutely Love Walt Disney World Fireworks

Booms you can feel in your chest. Bursts sparkling in the sky. Fireworks at Walt Disney World are truly part of the magic!

Fireworks are offered at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom does not do fireworks out of respect to the animals but they do offer other nighttime entertainment like Tree of Life Awakenings. With so many firework displays to choose from, there’s a lot to love! Here are my top five favorite things about the Walt Disney World Fireworks.

5. You Can See The Fireworks Outside the Park

There’s really something special about watching Happily Ever After on Main Street in Magic Kingdom, surrounded by thousands of your new friends. But, there’s also something special about watching the fireworks from outside the park where you can actually move your elbows! To watch Happily Ever After outside Magic Kingdom, head to the beach at the Polynesian Resort and Village, Ticket and Transportation Center, the bridge connecting the A-frame of Contemporary to the Bay Lake Towers, or (if you’re lucky enough to score a reservation) you’ll get a killer view from California Grill in Contemporary Resort. To see Illuminations outside of Epcot, go to the bridge near Boardwalk, it’s a perfect viewing location for guests leaving dinner in the Boardwalk area! Plus, if you’re outside the park already, you won’t be stuck in the huge throng of guests all vying to leave at once! If you’ve never seen fireworks from outside the parks, I urge you to give it a try!

4. Powerful Musical Scores

Let’s talk for a moment about the greatness that is the score in Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. It’s amazing, and exciting. The music really tells the story of Earth and its people. Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios include Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular which include all of your favorite quotes and music from numerous Star Wars films. Over at Magic Kingdom, Happily Ever After features the “Happily Ever After” song with projections of numerous beloved characters! Beautiful firework displays just would not be the same without incredible music to go with it. The Imagineers who designed the shows really take the music into account, and the bursts are timed perfectly with the music!

3. Included in Park Admission

You don’t have to do anything special to enjoy Walt Disney World’s fireworks. Fireworks are shown during regular park hours, not during Extra Magic Hours which is only for on-property guests. Everyone can enjoy the evening spectaculars! I love knowing that I’ll be seeing some amazing evening shows when I’m in the parks during the day. Fireworks included in your regular park admission is part of what makes Walt Disney World tickets a good value. You won’t find so much night time entertainment at a regular ol’ theme park!

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2. Offered Daily

There are fireworks happening every night at Walt Disney World, sometimes in more than one park! If you’re someone who absolutely loves fireworks (and we all have at least one in our family!) then you’ll be in seventh heaven at Walt Disney World. Fireworks at Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios are offered every night. Epcot shows Illuminations, Magic Kingdom almost always shows Happily Ever After (pausing only to put on the special event firework shows) and Hollywood Studios shows Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular plus the regular (non-firework) evening show, Fantasmic! With so many awesome firework shows, there’s always something exciting to look forward to in the evening!

1. Characters Make Us Nostalgic

Disney’s fireworks are full of our favorite characters from yesteryear. In fact, I dare you to watch Happily Ever After and not think about your childhood. That show has such a fun mix of classic and renaissance characters and includes a flight from Tinkerbell! Characters are what make Walt Disney World so magical.

The fireworks are always popular at Walt Disney World. Many people don’t consider the park day “over” until after the fireworks. We all have a favorite firework show, what’s yours?

About Robin Swanson

Robin’s Disney journey began with Beauty and the Beast bedsheets, a Jasmine dress up set, and a purring Nala plush. As a child in the 1990s, the renaissance and classic animations alike captivated her imagination. In 2008, Robin visited Walt Disney World for the first time, and the obsession really took hold. Since then, Robin has enjoyed visiting the Happiest Place on Earth many more times. She lives in the Chicago suburbs where she is wrapping up a Masters in writing. When not at Disney World, Robin enjoys researching fairytales, eating ice cream, Netflix binging, reading and, of course, planning the next Walt Disney World vacation!