Does Disney Do Fireworks Every Night? Tips for Each Park [2024]

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Nothing caps off a magical day at a Disney park quite like fireworks. The visually stunning explosions set against an inky black sky are brilliant. Throw in a stirring Disney ballad from my childhood and suddenly, I’m filled with hope for the future and gratitude for the present.

Does Disney do fireworks every night?

Yes! Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme parks have evening firework displays every night.

Disney's fireworks show at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom’s nighttime spectacular features stunning fireworks, powerful music and newly added projection points (photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort/Kent Phillips)

Does Magic Kingdom do a fireworks show every night?

Yes! Magic Kingdom’s fireworks include images from both vintage and modern animated Disney films that are projected on Cinderella’s Castle. The castle projections are stunning and not to be missed. You can see and hear the full show from many locations within the park. The best view of the nightly fireworks is directly in front of Cinderella’s Castle. If you decide to hunker down ahead of the show, consider indulging in a sundae from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor while you wait.

The Magic Kingdom fireworks show is at the time of this writing, Happily Ever After. The show includes all-new projections down Main Street, U.S.A. Lights, lasers and special effects combined with Cinderella’s stories and humor are included with the Celebrate Disney Stories theme. Happily Ever After is a fan-favorite show at the Magic Kingdom.

Where can you see Disney fireworks? Viewing tips for Magic Kingdom

The most popular viewing spot, and probably the best spot, to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks is directly in front of the Cinderella Castle or on Main Street U.S.A. Lots of people choose to secure a location by finding a good spot hours before the show. I’ve found that on most nights, you can find a decent spot even if you show up late. If it’s your first time at the park, don’t sweat it if you’re busy having the best day ever in another part of the park. 

There are several less conventional (and less crowded) spots and side streets in the park to get a great view of the fireworks. You might miss out on seeing some of the immersive projection effects on the castle if you choose to watch from Frontierland or Fantasyland, but you couldn’t miss the fireworks if you tried. But some people plan to watch the fireworks on their way out of the park. Consequently, the wait times for the more popular rides can drop dramatically during the fireworks. 

Watching the show from behind the castle can be a great strategy for getting in a couple more rides at the end of the night. It’s also possible to see the fireworks from several locations outside the park. The ferry that takes you across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Transportation and Ticket Center offers a unique view. So does the Monorail. 

I love to watch the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian Village resort – preferably with a tropical adult beverage from the hotel bar in hand. The easiest way to get to the Polynesian from the Magic Kingdom is to take the resort monorail. You can also see the fireworks from the other two resorts on the monorail loop – the Grand Floridian and Contemporary.

Harmonious show at Epcot
Harmonious at EPCOT is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney theme park (photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort/David Roark)

Does EPCOT do a fireworks show every night?

Yes! EPCOT’s fireworks new show, Luminous The Symphony of Us includes fireworks, fountains and Disney music. It takes place on the World Showcase lagoon. It includes floating screens, pyrotechnics, moving fountains and lasers. The elaborate choreography is set to Disney music from the Disney Songbook and is designed to remind guests that we all are more alike than different.

Viewing tips for EPCOT

The EPCOT show can be enjoyed from anywhere that surrounds the lagoon. The most popular viewing places will be around the World Showcase Plaza. The 360-degree view means there are plenty of great spots along the 1.2-mile World Showcase loop from which to enjoy the show. I recommend acquiring Pear Cider from the UK beer cart to sip while you watch. 

The American Adventure Pavilion is another good spot to see unobstructed views. When scouting out a spot, just remember to consider trees or other things that might get in the way of some of the projections. And remember, if you have the MagicBand+, it will glow and light up in synchronization with the show.

Mickey Mouse in Fantasmic
Fantasmic! is first come, first served at the time of this writing (photo by Morgan Overholt)

Does Hollywood Studios do a fireworks show every night?

Currently, Hollywood Studios offers the nighttime show the Wonderful World of Animation. This show is an “excitement-packed” projection show that travels through the history of Disney and Pixar animation. Hollywood Studios has also brought back its show Fantasmic! during their nighttime lineup. The show has stunning effects, stunts, pyrotechnics and music.

Fantasmic was inspired by “Fantasia”. The show starts when Mickey Mouse goes to sleep and dreams of once again becoming the Sorcerer’s apprentice. The park once offered a Star Wars-themed fireworks show featuring epic music from John Williams. You could feel one with the Force as you watched the lasers and Disney World fireworks fill the night sky.

Viewing tips for Hollywood Studios

For the projection show, the best spot is in front of the Chinese Theatre. The seating for Fantasmic can be tricky. Currently, it’s completely first come, first serve, so arriving early is the best course of action if you want the best spot.

A lion on a Kilimanjaro Safaris
Animal Kingdom has a different type of night show so the animals are not disturbed (photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort/Todd Anderson)

Does Animal Kingdom have a fireworks show?

Animal Kingdom offers quieter entertainment options in the evenings so as not to disturb its many animal residents. Occasionally the park will offer pop-up shows. The Tree of Life Awakenings show is perhaps the most well-known show. It brings the iconic tree to life with visual displays, color and animation. The show begins after dark and occurs about every ten minutes until the park closes.

Are there special seasonal fireworks?

Yes, Disney typically puts on extra spectacular fireworks displays for New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July in both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. Disney Springs hosts fireworks on the 4th of July. Remember, holiday periods can often mean peak times at the park.

The Magic Kingdom park also presents a special fireworks show as part of their Halloween celebration and the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offered in the fall and winter. As always, check the Disney calendar for more information.

Cinderella Castle at Disney World with fireworks
As long as you are in the park, you can see the fireworks. But try to be in front of the castle to see the projection display (photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort/David Roark)

How much does Disney spend on fireworks?

It’s an industry secret, but let’s just say it’s a lot of money. Some estimates range from $40,000 to $50,000 per show at Magic Kingdom. However, with an average daily attendance of around 56,000 guests, that’s approximately less than $1 per guest. 

What time are the Disney fireworks?

Depending on the season, the fireworks can start any time between 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm. The best way is to check the website or mobile app for the official schedule of events. The My Disney Experience app is a great asset for checking times during your visit. Disney shifts the fireworks start time seasonally to adjust for the changing sunset and park hours. It makes sense if you think about it. In January, it’s dark by 6 pm. In June, it’s still light at 9 pm. But, the good news is that Disney typically posts the schedule months in advance. 

Visitors Stroll Disney Springs in January 2019
Stay in one of the Disney parks if you want to see the fireworks. Disney Springs will not offer a good way to see them (photo by ViaVal Tours/

Can you see fireworks from Disney Springs?

Not really. Disney Springs does host fireworks on the 4th of July, but it’s not a great location for viewing fireworks during the rest of the year. On clear nights, you might be able to catch glimpses of the EPCOT or Magic Kingdom fireworks from the tops of parking garages or higher buildings. Some nearby hotels offer rooms with a good view of fireworks on their higher floors.

Despite this, Disney Springs probably isn’t a great location for fireworks viewing. No matter how you slice it, fireworks are a big part of your day at a Disney park (excluding Animal Kingdom, of course). If nothing else, while you’re visiting one of the parks, be sure to turn around to pause and marvel as you head for the park exit after a long day. It will leave you feeling sprinkled with one last pinch of pixie dust.

Where do you watch the fireworks on a Disney vacation? What is your favorite part of Disney magic? Let us know in the comments!

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Kirby Russell

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