Fireworks at Walt Disney World – The Complete Guide

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Recently, it was announced that fireworks will return very soon to the Walt Disney World Resort! After over a year without any fireworks shows, this is very exciting news! If you are anything like me, you can’t wait to see fireworks light up the skies again. This complete guide gives tips for seeing the shows, favorite viewing spots, and more.

Where Can I See Fireworks?

Starting July 1, fireworks spectaculars will return to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. In this post, we will go over the best places to view fireworks, what to do while waiting for them, and some tips to keep your kids happy while they are taking place.

The Shows

Magic Kingdom - Happily Ever After

At the Magic Kingdom, you will be able to see “Happily Ever After”. This show is amazing with castle projections and familiar songs from popular Disney movies. Don’t forget to look to the sky for some extra pixie dust toward the end of the show because you can fly, you can fly, you can fly!

In Epcot, the show “Epcot Forever” will be seen on the World Showcase Lagoon. This show will celebrate the park’s past, present, and future. You will find familiar music and themes such as imagination and innovation seen throughout the park on your favorite attractions.

Furthermore, it was announced recently that two new fireworks shows will be debuting on October 1, just in time for the 50th-anniversary celebration! “Harmonious” is the much anticipated new show at Epcot. It promises to be like nothing seen before at the park.

At the Magic Kingdom, “Disney Enchantment” will add some extra magic to the skies to celebrate the golden anniversary of the park. This show is bound to be amazing, with new projections that extend down Main Street U.S.A.!

The Best Spots – Inside the Park

For both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, I have some favorite spots to watch the shows. However, this may change as the new shows start in October and will be updated accordingly.

Hub Grass Magic Kingdom

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At the Magic Kingdom

1.) In the Hub area, near the Partners Statue – you will need to get there EARLY for this location as it is very popular.

2.) Town Square, near the flag pole – you are looking at all of Main Street, U.S.A. and it is close to the exit of the park. This is very convenient if you are planning to leave immediately after the show.

3.) At the end of Main Street U.S.A – there are several great spots between the end of Main Street U.S.A and the Hub area. I suggest finding a spot against the fenced-in areas, especially if you have children. Once they return, you may also consider a dessert party for priority viewing.

4.) The Train Station – Currently, this is not accessible to guests. However, when it does reopen, it gives you a good view of the whole show. In my opinion, being farther back provides a completely different perspective of the show.

At Epcot

These favorite spots are based on the “Epcot Forever” show. The goal at Epcot is to have a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon so the options are endless. This list is also subject to change and will be updated accordingly once the new show begins in October.

1.) At the entrance to the World Showcase, between the two shops – this spot was previously reserved for guests with a FastPass for the show. It is not known yet whether this area will be available for viewing but if it is, it is a great option. Once it returns, the dessert party may also be a good option and was previously located in this area.

2.) Mexico Pavilion – If you can grab a reservation for La Hacienda de San Angel, that is my first suggestion. However, La Cantina de San Angel is a quick-service location right next to the table service restaurant. If you can time it right and get a table, this is also a good option. In addition, there are some great spots between the Mexico Pavilion and the Norway Pavilion that are unobstructed and right at the water.

3.) On the bridge between France and the UK Pavilion – this spot is a little bit elevated and in my opinion gives a great view. It doesn’t feel as close as some of the other choices that are close to the water but again, the elevation makes it worth it.

The Best Spots – Outside of the Park

Epcot Fireworks

When you would still like to watch the show but do not want to stay in the park, there are still some great places to go.

1.) California Grill – this restaurant is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It is a signature dining experience and is known for the views of the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom. Reservations are required and they go quick so plan accordingly!

2.) The Ticket and Transportation Center – The music is piped in and it provides a different perspective of the fireworks compared to being in the park. Plus, you can enjoy the show and then head straight to your car.

3.) The Boardwalk area – If you are staying at one of the Epcot area resorts, you may get lucky and be able to watch the show right from your balcony. However, you can also walk along the boardwalk, grab some ice cream or a piece of pizza, and sit and enjoy the show from a few spots.

Play Disney Parks App

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While You Wait

If you are scoping out a good view and getting there early, you may be wondering what to do while you wait. Oftentimes, our group will split. Part of the group will go find the perfect spot to watch the show. The other half will go grab some snacks or even get a little shopping done.

If you have little ones, consider sending someone to find a spot and get in a few more rides on their favorite attractions! You may find that lines get shorter as it gets closer to the show. When I am with my kids, I also bring some little fidget toys that they can play with or even pull a family game on my phone that we take turns playing. My kids love the game “Heads Up!” We will sometimes play this while waiting in line too.

The Play Disney Parks app is another fun choice to keep kids engaged. This app is available for iPhone and Android. It provides opportunities to interact while waiting in line, earn achievements, listen to classic Disney music and play games.

Fireworks with Kids

Fireworks with kids

If you plan to watch the fireworks show as a family, there are a few tips to experiencing the show with kids.

My first tip is especially useful if you have any children who feel nervous or uncomfortable about loud noises but like to watch the fireworks or see the projections during the show. When my son was younger, he really enjoyed watching the show and seeing his favorite characters on Cinderella Castle. However, he was nervous about the noise. We purchased hearing protection headphones and this worked out so well for him (and us)! He was so excited to watch “the pretty booms”, without fear of the loud noise. You can find these easily on Amazon and there are even fun designs for little ones to choose from!

One thing that I have learned from bringing my kids to Walt Disney World since they were babies is – there is no tired like “Disney tired”. You may find that young children will just go to sleep (and stay asleep) before the show even starts! This is where a stroller is extremely valuable! As my kids have gotten older, they will often walk more during the day. The stroller is more likely to be used as a place to store our bags. However, it never fails that as the night goes on, the stroller becomes more of a must!

If you would like to, you may be able to purchase items such as bubbles or glow wands either in the park or ahead of time. These items may amuse little ones while they wait and help get them excited about the show.

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Watch Fireworks at Home

Can’t get to the parks? We have you covered! Take a look at this post that has every firework show from Disney parks all over the world! You’re not going to want to miss these. They will bring the magic to your computer screen! You can see them HERE.

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