Fireworks at Disney World: The Complete Guide

Happily Ever After Fireworks at Magic Kingdom Disney World

Walt Disney Parks / Matt Stroshane

​For many visitors to Walt Disney World, the eye-popping fireworks spectaculars are one of the unmissable highlights of any trip.

All of Disney World's theme parks offer nighttime fireworks shows, with the exception of Disney's Animal Kingdom, which bans pyrotechnics out of consideration for the many animals that call the zoo-like park home.

Naturally, you'll want to do a bit of planning to make sure you can maximize your viewing experience and get the most out of each event. Before you go, double-check the entertainment schedule to see if there have been any time changes or cancellations.

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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After Fireworks at Disney World

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Disney bills this fireworks show as the most spectacular in the entire history of the Magic Kingdom, and it's hard to argue that. The stunning 18-minute "Happily Ever After" extravaganza features more lasers, lights, and projections than any Magic Kingdom show before it and characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films appear on Cinderella's Castle through a state-of-the-art projection system.

Every night you can catch this show at the Magic Kingdom, but because of the new projections, you will want to be closer to the castle than was necessary for previous Magic Kingdom fireworks shows. Pick a spot just outside the main hub, as centrally positioned as possible.

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Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Every night at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you can catch “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” a 14-minute show that combines fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that turn the nearby Chinese Theater and other buildings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base, and other Star Wars destinations. The show also features a tower of fire and spotlight beams that create massive lightsabers in the sky.​

To get the best view of the projections and pyrotechnic effects in addition to the fireworks, arrive at least 45 minutes in advance to find a place in the Animation Courtyard between the stage and the projection towers.

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Epcot Forever

Illuminations Fireworks at Epcot Disney World

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Synchronized to a symphonic score, the 12-minute Epcot Forever fireworks show enjoys a sensational backdrop as they burst above Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon. Lasers, dancing flames, choreographed kites, and fireworks are synchronized to a dramatic musical score, lighting the skies and reflecting off the lagoon's water.

Occurring nightly at Epcot, the best viewing spot is the front of World Showcase between the two gift shops, but you need to get there at least 45 minutes in advance. The next-best options are the upper-level terrace at Tokyo Dining in Japanese Pavilion and the Italy Isola, a small island on the lagoon side of the Italy Pavilion.

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Fantasmic Musical Show with Pyrotechnics at Disney World

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While not a fireworks show in the traditional sense, the 30-minute "Fantasmic!" extravaganza features pyrotechnics and other special effects. This indoor musical show takes you into the imagination of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice as he invokes the characters of favorite Disney classics, including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more.

At Hollywood studios, you can catch this show nightly. To guarantee seating, you can use FastPass+, but you should still plan to arrive early if you want a seat near the front.

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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Fireworks on Halloween at Disney

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In 2019, Disney introduced a brand new fireworks show to their Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, an after-hours Halloween celebration that requires a separate ticket. The show follows the trick-or-treating adventures of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy using projection effects, lasers, and fireworks.

The Halloween show is seasonal and typically takes place from mid-August until November 1 in the Magic Kingdom. To get the best view of the projections, find somewhere to stand in the center, just outside the main area.

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Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show

Holiday Wishes Fireworks Spectacular at Magic Kingdom Christmas

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Another addition to the park in 2019 was a holiday show hosted by Minnie Mouse. With fireworks set to everyone's favorite holiday songs, this is one of the most joyful ways to celebrate Christmas at the park. This show occurs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, an after-hours party and special-ticket event that takes place on select nights in November and December at the Magic Kingdom. Like the other new Magic Kingdom shows with projections, you will want to be closer to the castle and somewhere in the middle.

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