Disney Theme ParkPark Hours, Parades, Fireworks

Walt Disney World Park Hours,
Disney Parades and Fireworks

Please Note: Park hours are released approximately 180 days in advance. Disney changes park hours often. We will do our best to keep these up to date. Please check back often. Report all discrepancies to parkhours@wdwinfo.com


December
2016
Disney December Hours
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Extra Magic Hours
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January
2017
Disney January Hours
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February
2017
Disney February Hours
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March
2017
Disney March Hours
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April
2017
Disney April Hours
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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
Tiana's Riverboat Party - Ice Cream Social and Parade Viewing - Magic Kingdom
WISHES - Magic Kingdom
Main Street Electrical Parade - Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party - Magic Kingdom
Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise - Magic Kingdom
Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party - Magic Kingdom
Celebrate the Magic! - Magic Kingdom
IllumiNations - Epcot
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular - Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party - Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic! - Hollywood Studios
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! - Hollywood Studios
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party - 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 replaced 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 ride on a flying pirate ship, led by a replica of Skull Rock.  Captain Hook, Mr Smee, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys are 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 ride in a hot air balloon float surrounded by the dancing hippos from Fantasia.

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

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

 


Tiana's Riverboat Party - Ice Cream Social and Parade Viewing - currently November 29, 2016-March 31, 2017

 

The Ice Cream Social will take place on the Liberty Belle Riverboat dock where Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen will both be on hand to greet arriving guests. Although they will leave shortly before the parade starts, they will re-join the party afterwards to greet guests and to take a trip around Tom Sawyer Island.

Refreshments will include ice cream and toppings, drinks, and sweet treats. Here is a look at the offerings:

Reservations are currently being accepted for November 29, 2016 through March 31, 2017 and can be booked online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Pricing is $49 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $29 for children (ages 9 and under) and tax is already included. Reservations can be booked online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.


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

 

Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party

This event is subject to availability.  Adults 10 and older are $59 and children 3-9 are $35, tax included. (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.  Guests will be able to enjoy a selection of desserts, such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse and ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheese, Disney character-themed cupcakes and more.  A sparkling cider toast will take place as the fireworks begin.  Other beverages include hot drinking chocolate, signature lemonades, coffee and tea.

 

Reservations are not required, but are recommended as seating is limited.  To reserve a space, prepayment is necessary.  Same-day reservations are accepted if spots are available; these can be made beginning at 10:30am each day at the Tomorrowland Terrace podium.

 

Guests who book same day reservations for the dessert party will have their viewing area reserved in the Plaza Gardens, which was the former FastPass+ viewing area for Wishes. Guests with advanced dining reservations will have their choice of watching the fireworks from either the Tomorrowland Terrace viewing area or the Plaza Gardens.

 

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!


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

This high-energy parade heads down Main Street towards Cinderella Castle several times a day. Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy will host the party from atop giant gift box floats. Stitch, Phineas & Ferb, plus several other characters will join in the fun as well. It involves guest participation and includes contemporary songs, stilt walkers, and much more. The soundtrack features re-mixed classic party songs and guests will vote for one of three current hits to be played. Photos from the street party that are posted to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MoveItShakeItPics may be used in the finale.  Formerly known as the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party.

Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play 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, a nacho bar, 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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Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

 

Opened: June 17, 2016

 

This nightly fireworks spectacular is set to the music from the entire Star Wars saga and includes fireworks and pyrotechnics that are shot off the top of the Chinese Theater. If that’s not enough for you, there arealso be special effects and video projects onto the Chinese Theater and surrounding buildings which will display 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 music from the film franchise (of course) and a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky.

Make sure to stake out your spot early and in front of the Chinese Theater, which will have the best view.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

This dessert party will take place in Star Wars Launch Bay to give guests access to photo ops, characters, and exhibits, after which they will be led outside to a VIP viewing area for the fireworks.  Food will include themed cupcakes, cookies, brownies, a selection of savory snacks such as cheese, flatbreads, and dips.  There will be both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available.

 

Check-in begins at 7:30pm in Animation Courtyard in front of Star Wars Launch Bay; entrance to the party begins at 8:15pm.  Cost is $69 for adults, $39 for children (ages 3-9).  Admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios is required.  Make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE or online.


Fantasmic!

Opened: Oct. 15, 1998

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

Fantasmic!

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.

FUN FACTS:
- 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.

 


Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime Spectacular - Nov 14-Dec 31, 2016

 

 

This nighttime spectacular will be coming in for the holiday season to take over the place once filled by the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

 

The show will be present on, above and around the Chinese Theater with the brand new projection technology used for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show, along with special effects, SNOW, firworks, and a seasonal musical score.

 

The show will focus on Wayne and Lanny, who you may remember from the ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios holiday special Prep and Landing, as they search for the missing Santa Claus.  The show will also feature "memorable holiday moments" from Disney films like Mickey's Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto's Christmas Tree, Bambi, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more!

 

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party

 

Some of the items planned for the event include a Santa Mickey chocolate cupcake with peppermint bark, a nitrogen dessert station, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails, hot cocoa, and specialty non-alcoholic beverages.

 

Guests will get to meet a special character before going to the reserved fireworks viewing location. 3D HoloSpex glasses will be handed out as well; these turn any bright lights into “holiday holographic illusions” like gingerbread men or candy canes.

 

The party will begin one hour and fifteen minutes before the show begins. Cost is $69 for adults and $39 for children (ages 3-9), tax and gratuity included. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE or at DisneyWorld.com/dining.

 

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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 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)

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