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Disney Parades and Fireworks

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Disney World Parades and Fireworks


Parade Viewing Tips: Check out this column by DIS contributing columnist Aaron DelPrince: Disney Parade Viewing Do's and Don'ts

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Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade - Magic Kingdom
WISHES - Magic Kingdom
Main Street Electrical Parade - Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party - Magic Kingdom
Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party - Magic Kingdom
Celebrate the Magic! - Magic Kingdom
IllumiNations - Epcot
Fantasmic! - Hollywood Studios
Electrical Water Pageant - Magic Kingdom area resorts
Specialty Fireworks Cruises

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

The "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade" celebrates New Fantasyland with new innovative floats, costumes and an all-new soundtrack that features songs from popular Disney films. A new theme song has also been developed for the parade. In this parade, we see nods to The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Tangled and Brave, as well as many others.

The floats are designed to look as if they were created by the characters they represent and truly bring each story to life as it moves down the street. 

Ariel and her friends ride on an oversized music box decorated like a colorful "Under the Sea" party. 

This parade replaces the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, which ended 1/4/14.



Merida's float is a giant bagpipe surrounded by Scottish dancers.  Joining Merida on the float are her triplet brothers, in bear form.

Peter Pan and Wendy will ride on a flying pirate ship, led by a replica of Skull Rock.  Captain Hook, Mr Smee, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys will be tagging along also.

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider's longship sail down the street, topped by magical floating lanterns.

The Disney Princesses ride on a Royal Court Garden Float.

One of the most impressive floats is the 35-feet-long, 26-feet-high Steampunk-inspired Maleficent Dragon from Sleeping Beauty.  Thorn stilt-walkers walk alongside as Prince Phillip tries to fight them away.

Mickey and Minnie will ride in a hot air balloon float surrounded by the dancing hippos from Fantasia.

The parade's finale will be full of bubbles and circus tent-inspired costumes!


WISHES nighttime spectacular

Exploding with vivid color, sound and gut wrenching emotion, "Wishes" is the largest fireworks display ever presented at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

The night time spectacular is narrated by the voice of Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy. Guests of the Magic Kingdom are told a thrilling "story in the sky" featuring hundreds of brilliant pyrotechnic effects exploding above and around Cinderella Castle. Show Details

WISHES nighttime spectacular



Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party

This event is subject to availability.  Adults 10 and older are from $21.99 - $25.99 and children 3-9 are from $11.99 - $13.99 (prices may vary during peak and holiday seasons).  This price does not include tax or gratuity. (Gratuity isn't required, but is an option if you so desire.)  The Dessert Party begins one hour before Wishes, so the time will change depending on the night. You may want to double check your reservation time a couple of weeks before your trip.

The party includes a self-service buffet at the Tomorrowland Terrace with sweets, beverages and exclusive viewing of Wishes, the nightly fireworks.  Reservations are not required, but are recommended as seating is limited.  To reserve a space, prepayment is necessary.  Space permitting, there may be seating available for walk-ups. Currently the Disney Dining Plan is not accepted.  Reservations are available by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  To read more about this event, Click Here.

Specialty Fireworks Cruises

Book a boat to take you out on Bay Lake for a private fireworks viewing!

Main Street Electrical Parade

The classic Main Street Electrical Parade returns! It will be performed for an extended run. No end date has been announced for the parade. This classic parade includes new lighting effects and new technology to brighten it up!  Tinker Bell leads the parade from a balloon's basket that floats above a magical fairy garden. A few other familiar characters join the parade as well.  Pinocchio and the Pleasure Island boys can be seen and Snow White and her dwarfs accompany a diamond mine float.  After you listen to the familiar catchy music guide the lighted floats down Main Street, it's time for the fireworks! 

Main Street Electrical Parade

Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party

Opening October 24, 2014 at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 5:40pm
Stitch and Phineas & Ferb will join the party and Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy will ride on top of giant gift boxes.  The soundtrack will feature remixed classic party songs and guests will vote for one of three current hits to be played.  Taking place several times daily on Main Street U.S.A. headed for Cinderella Castle, there will still be stilt walkers, an emcee and audience participation. Photos from the street party that are posted to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MoveItShakeItPics may be used in the finale.

This high-energy parade heads down Main Street several times a day. It involves guest participation and includes contemporary songs, stilt walkers, floats, Disney characters, and much more. Formerly known as the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party.


Celebrate the Magic! Castle Projection show

This show replaces The Magic, The Memories and You! Unlike its predecessor, "Celebrate the Magic!" doesn't include guest photos taken during the day at the park. Instead, it focuses on Disney's long history of storytelling through film and animation. The show begins with Tinker Bell flying around Cinderella Castle, illuminating a pencil sketch of Walt Disney painting Mickey Mouse. Tinker Bell sprinkles some pixie dust and the paintbrush comes to life, painting scenes from various Disney films.

Guests will see favorites such as the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, and Pumbaa and Timon from Lion King. The castle will transform itself into the apartment building from "Wreck-It Ralph," Merida's castle from Brave and Buzz Lightyear's spaceship.

During the winter holiday season, favorites scenes from "The Magic, The Memories and You!" will be resurrected and the castle will be covered in peppermint sticks and gingerbread as Santa flies by.

More seasonal updates will be added, including favorite Disney couples around Valentine's Day, the beach with Lilo, Stitch and the Little Mermaid during the summer and the Disney villains at Halloween. "Celebrate the Magic!" will be shown most evenings at the Magic Kingdom.



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IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party
Enjoy a special fireworks viewing area and desserts from around World Showcase paired with sparkling wines. Desserts offered will include tiramisu from Italy, vanilla pot de creme from France, shortbread cookies from the United Kingdom, baklava from Morocco, sugar-dusted cronis with strawberry sauce from America and a variety of ice cream treats.

Cost is $49 per adult and $29 per child (includes tax and gratuity).  The Party will be held Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:45-9:20pm.  Advance reservations are recommended.  Epcot park admission is required and not included in price of Party.  Call 407-WDW-PLAY for reservations or information.


IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is the recipient of Amusement Today's 2006 Golden Ticket Award in recognition of being the top evening show in an American theme park



Opened: Oct. 1, 1999
Show length: 12 minutes, 32 seconds
A nighttime spectacular where thunderous fireworks and lasers fill the skies above World Showcase Lagoon. Video images are displayed across a giant sphere in the middle of the lagoon that tell the Earth's incredible tale. The sphere then blossoms like a flower, exposing a ball of fire and leads to the shows finale.

Fun Facts - 1,105 firework shells are fired during each show.There are 19 torches located around the World Showcase Lagoon. The inferno barge weighs 150,000 pounds with 37 nozzles that shoot propane flames upward.

For an extremely informative column on the history and details of Illuminations, click here.

Specialty Fireworks Cruises

Book a boat to take you out on World Showcase Lagoon for a private fireworks viewing!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
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Opened: Oct. 15, 1998

Show length: 26 minutes
6,900 seated guests | 3,000 standing guests


Fantasmic! is a festival of lasers, lights, dancing fountains, and dazzling special effects. Join Mickey Mouse is his dream where he creates dancing waters, shooting comets, animated fountains, and swirling stars. When Disney villains turn his dreams into nightmares, he uses the power of good to prevail. More information

If you want to save yourself the pain of waiting in line, check out the Fantasmic Dining packages.

- The moat surrounding the show contains approximately 1.9 million gallons of water.
- The mountain stands approximately 57.5 feet above the water.
- The fire-breathing dragon rises 50 feet into the air and has a wing span of 50 feet.


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There are currently no parades at Animal Kingdom.

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Seven Seas Lagoon/Bay Lake
Electrical Water Pageant

This nightly "parade" was first performed on October 26, 1971 during the dedication of the Polynesian Luau. While old-fashioned by today's standards, it's still fun to head to the resort beachfronts to watch it go by. The water pageant can be seen from the boat-loading are at the Magic Kingdom, as well as all each resort around Bay Lake.  It normally starts at 9:00 each night, but check the Times Guide to be sure. There are two segments, one is a King Neptune theme, the other a salute to America.

The Electrical Water Pageant usually follows this schedule:

Disney's Polynesian Resort - 9:00 pm
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa - 9:15 pm
Disney's Wilderness Lodge - 9:35 pm
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground - 9:45 pm
Disney's Contemporary Resort - 10:05 pm
Magic Kingdom park - 10:20 pm (only during extended Magic Kingdom Park hours)

(You may want to check with the resort just in case the schedule changes or if its canceled due to the weather that day)

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