Everything You Need to Know About Disney World Fireworks

The main place to be to view fireworks at Walt Disney World is Magic Kingdom park where the nightly displays over Cinderella's Castle are iconic. Throughout the year, the fireworks at Disney World will change depending on seasonal offerings and holidays. For the most up to date information, you can check the Walt Disney World calendar during your stay to see which fireworks show is being offered at Magic Kingdom. Here are the top fireworks shows offered at Walt Disney World and everything you need to know about viewing these beautiful night time displays!

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Happily Ever After Returns in 2023!A fireworks and laser light show occurring above Cinderella Castle

BREAKING: Live from D23 we have breaking news… Happily Ever After will return to Walt Disney World in 2023!

What to Expect: This fireworks spectacular is a showcase of all the Disney classics and favorites brought to life. You can expect to see traditional classics such as Aladdin and newer creations like Moana in this fireworks show. The theme of the show takes you into a dream and a journey that presents the heart, humor, and heroism of Disney animated films.

When to See the Show: You can see the show nightly in Magic Kingdom at 9PM most evenings but check the Walt Disney World calendar for the most current information. Seasonal shows and holidays may interrupt this fireworks show but most of the year this is the one offered at Walt Disney World. This is the current show running at Magic Kingdom which will return on July 1st. 

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Fireworks at Walt Disney World run nightly during peak seasons (summer) and around the holidays.

Walt Disney World just announced that fireworks are returning on July 1st! “Happily Ever After” will return to Magic Kingdom and “Epcot Forever” will return to Epcot. Disneyland Fireworks are also returning. Read below for our reviews of the shows.

  • Fireworks Location:  Magic Kingdom is the place to be for most fireworks shows along with Epcot for its own nighttime spectaculars. In Magic Kingdom, the fireworks go off over Cinderella's Castle. In Epcot, they go off over the World Showcase Lagoon.
  • Time: 9:30pm-ish (Check Disney’s website for accurate times, the Disney app, or ask a Cast Member for exact times as show times may vary)
  • Age Interest: All ages (The fireworks can be loud within the park so make sure you keep that in mind if members of your group have sensitivity to loud noises)
  • Duration of Fireworks: Approximately 16 minutes

Fireworks Throughout the Year

Here are all the firework displays offered at Magic Kingdom and Epcot throughout the year including all seasonal offerings and holiday celebrations! We will update this guide throughout the year if Disney adds any new fireworks shows or celebrations.

Disney Fourth of July FireworksFourth of July Fireworks Disney World

What to Expect: A celebration of patriotism and American ideals. Think of your local 4th of July fireworks- but Disney style!

When to See the Show: You can see this show on the 4th of July every year around 9PM at the Walt Disney World resort in front of Cinderella's Castle- check the Walt Disney World calendar for the most current information.

Happy HalloWishes FireworksFireworks light up the night sky above Cinderella Castle at the tip of Main Street, USA which is decorated with illuminated Mickey Mouse lanterns

What to Expect: This fireworks display is a ghoulish display of Disney fun combined with Halloween tradition and seasonal favorites. Featuring Disney's most famous villains and musical numbers, celebrate Halloween at its best.

When to See the Show: You can view this show during the Halloween Time celebrations around 9PM at Walt Disney World- check the Walt Disney World calendar for the most current information. This fireworks spectacular requires a ticket to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Holiday Wishes‘Holiday Wishes’ Fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park

What to Expect: A holiday celebration with fireworks themed to Christmas music and Disney classics set off over Cinderella's Castle. A beautiful and stunning display of holiday and Disney magic.

When to See the Show: You can view this fireworks display during the Holiday Celebrations at Walt Disney World around 9PM in front of Cinderella's Castle- check the Walt Disney World calendar for the most current information. This fireworks spectacular requires a ticket to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. 

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What to Expect: A fireworks display featuring the countdown to midnight, which happens just seconds after the park’s special showing of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks. “Fantasy in the Sky” features songs from some of the most beloved Disney films, including “Peter Pan,” “Pinocchio” and “Aladdin,” as well as favorite songs from attractions like “it’s a small world” and The Haunted Mansion. Be on the lookout for a special New Year’s Eve finale.

When to See the Show: You will have two chances to see the show- December 30 and December 31 at 11:50 PM. Check the Walt Disney World calendar for the most up to date information.

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the editor of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and writing Disney culture pieces on DisneyDose.com- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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