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Walt Disney World Park Hours,
Disney Parades, and Fireworks

Walt Disney World Resort Reopening Information and Updates

Disney World Park hours have typically been released at approximately the 180-day mark, but with the recent reopening of the theme parks, operating hours are only available for around 60 days out. Also, Disney World changes park hours often. We will do our best to keep our calendars up to date, so please check back often. Report all discrepancies to [email protected].

Disney November Hours
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Extra Magic Hours
Parades Only

Disney December Hours
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Extra Magic Hours
Parades Only

Disney January Hours
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Extra Magic Hours
Parades Only

Check Walt Disney World Park Hours
for Specific Dates



What is Rope Drop at Disney?

Walt Disney World guests who consider themselves early risers might want to take advantage of what's commonly known as "rope drop" at the theme parks. Rope drop is more of a term describing the official park opening as there is not typically an actual rope involved. Often times, there are much fewer guests in the parks early in the morning compared to what you'll find during the day. A lot of folks like to get up early and take advantage of the lower wait times that could be available depending on how many people enter a particular park on any given day. As popular as it is to arrive early, we find that more folks like to sleep in on their Disney vacations, especially if they were out until the wee hours the night before.

Here are a couple of things we recommend:

  1. Arrive at your theme park of choice approximately half an hour before the park is set to open that day. Each of the four main theme parks do something different at rope drop. Some do a little show, some do an opening performance, some don't do anything at all, but everything is subject to change at any time, so the surprise element is there too.
  2. Have a good idea of where you want to go and which attractions you want to ride right away. It's a good idea to take advantage of booking some FastPass+ ahead of time, but also to allow time to utilize the shorter lines in the earlier hours of the morning.
After Hours at Walt Disney World

All After Hours events are temporarily paused in all Walt Disney World theme parks during the initial reopening period.

As the years go by and visiting the Walt Disney World Resort becomes an increasingly popular vacation destination, it became apparent to the powers that be that the regular theme park hours just weren't enough and guests wanted more despite Extra Magic Hours that are available to those staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Even though Extra Magic Hours were only made available to a select number of guests, crowds during those timeframes were still a huge concern. In fact, many folks recommended skipping them altogether due to how crowded they can become. With such a high demand for even more time in the parks and pleas from visitors to reduce the park's capacity in order to thin out the herd, something had to be done.

Thus the introduction of Disney Early Morning Magic and Disney After Hours. Both are separately-ticketed events that take place either before the park opens for the day or after it closes and on opposite mornings/evenings from the regularly scheduled Extra Magic Hours. Read more about these special events below.

Disney Early Morning Magic

On select mornings, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios offer Early Morning Magic events that give guests access to specific attractions and breakfast prior to the time that park opens to the general public. The events are currently taking place inside Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom and inside Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

There is an additional charge for each one of these special events. Regular theme park admission is also required.

For pricing, schedule, and details on breakfast, click here....

Disney After Hours

Disney After Hours gives a limited number of guests access to dozens of unforgettable experiences in Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom such as character greetings and little to no wait at many popular attractions and experiences including many fan favorites. Popcorn, ice cream novelties, and select bottled beverages are also included with the cost of admission.

For pricing, schedule, and additional details, click here....

Disney World Parades and Fireworks

To accommodate physical distancing, parades and fireworks spectaculars [along with their respective dining packages and dessert parties] are temporarily paused in all Walt Disney World theme parks during the initial reopening period.

As an extra touch, guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels will have virtual fireworks at their fingertips. The popular pre-recorded viewing of “Happily Ever After” is currently streaming on demand in resort rooms.

Please visit our Walt Disney World Reopening Information and Updates page for more detailed information.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
"Happily Ever After Fireworks"
"Happily Ever After" Fireworks Dessert Party
After Fireworks Dessert Party
Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party
Once Upon a Time
Electrical Water Pageant – Magic Kingdom area resorts
Main Street Electrical Parade – Discontinued
WISHES – Ended May 11, 2017
Specialty Fireworks Cruises

ARTICLE: Check out this column by DIS contributor Jason Dodge: Ranking Fireworks Viewing Spots in the Magic Kingdom (with Kids!)

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Rivers of LightDiscontinued
Rivers of Light Dessert PartyDiscontinued
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – Ended September 30, 2019
HarmoniousBegins in 2021!
Frozen Ever After Dessert Party
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
Wonderful World of Animation

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

"Happily Ever After" nighttime spectacular

This new spectacular promises to take the audience on a musical journey in search of their very own Happily Ever After “by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. The show will feature the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score. And thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show, including moments from Moana, Brave, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, The Princess & The Frog, Aladdin, and many others."


Specialty Fireworks Cruises

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

Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party

This high-energy parade heads down Main Street, U.S.A. towards Cinderella Castle several times a day. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy will host the party plus several other characters will join in the fun as well. It involves guest participation and includes catchy tunes, stilt walkers, and much more. Photos from the street party that are posted to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MoveItShakeItPics may be used in the finale.

Once Upon a Time Castle Projection show

This show replaces the "Celebrate the Magic" castle projection show. “Once Upon a Time” is hosted by Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast, as she tells bedtime stories to Chip and takes guest on scenes from Disney favorites CinderellaPeter PanAlice in Wonderland, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Highlights from the show, include a flight over London with Peter Pan, Alice’s tea party with the Mad Hatter and a fight between Gaston and Beast, plus a finale featuring even more Disney characters.


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Frozen Ever After Dessert Party

Enjoy a special fireworks viewing area along with sweet treats, specialty beverages, and prime seating along World Showcase Lagoon—with a magnificent view of the nighttime fireworks spectacular at Epcot. The party is held on select evenings.

The plentiful dessert buffet will feature sweet and savory options, which may include:

You can raise a glass of your favorite beverage to toast your day of theme park adventures—and the enchantment to come. Drink selections may include:

After the fireworks, guests will be escorted to the Norway Pavilion to experience the popular attraction Frozen Ever After—a musical boat ride adventure through the wintery world of Arendelle.

Tickets for the party are $79 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $47 per child (ages 3 to 9), including tax and gratuity. Admission to Epcot is required and not included in the price of the party. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.



NOTE: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth had its final presentation on September 30, 2019.

Ron Logan Talks About Creating IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – Part One
Ron Logan Talks About Creating IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – Part Two

In 2021, Harmonious will debut and will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world.

Harmonious will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created and will feature music and images that have been reimagined by diverse cultural musicians and artists from around the world.

This nighttime spectacular will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. No exact premier date has been announced.


Fireworks Dining Package

Enjoy a prix fixe menu at the Rose & Crown Dining Room, then stay for one of the best views in Epcot! Package includes appetizer, entree, and dessert, plus unlimited alcoholic and non-alcholic beverages.

Cost: $85 for adults/$35 for children (3 to 9), including tax and gratuity.


Specialty Fireworks Cruises

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

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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.


Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience


The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience package will provide guests with a snack box that includes a variety of sweet and savory treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries, cheesecake, a chocolate cupcake, apple crisp, California trail mix, and cheese and crackers. Kids will enjoy chocolate pudding with crushed chocolate cookies and gummy worms, confetti popcorn, grapes, and a vanilla cake bite starring Sorcerer Mickey. Also included is a bottle of water and a specialty alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage in a light-up, keepsake Fantasmic! cup.

At check-in, guests will receive a special light-up credential which will allow them to enter the special reserved viewing area for the show.

The cost for this new experience is $39 for adults and $19 for children ages 3-9. Reservations can be made now by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

The Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” 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, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular can be enjoyed throughout the theme park on select nights.

Check the My Disney Experience app or the Times Guide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for showtimes.

Wonderful World of Animation


The new nighttime spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios that kicked off the year-long celebration of the park's 30th Anniversary! This projection show showcases the 90-year history of Disney and Pixar animation starting with Mickey Mouse.

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 Village 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 it's canceled due to the weather that day.)

Discrepancies or Corrections? Please let us know.