The skies will ignite over Bay Lake tonight as Disney World takes another huge step towards normalcy with the return of firework spectaculars starting tonight, July 1. As part of COVID-19 protocols, Disney had suspended all nighttime spectaculars and fireworks shows since March of last year, when Walt Disney World closed at the beginning of the pandemic. When the theme parks and resorts reopened in May of 2020, it was unclear how long guests would have to wait until they could watch Happily Ever After or Epcot Forever again. That wait is finally over.

Want to know when and where you can catch Disney World’s fireworks shows, now that they’ve returned?

Happily Ever After – 9:15 pm at Magic Kingdom

We consider Happily Ever After the best fireworks show at Disney World. With amazing projections, stunning pyrotechnics, and a memorable score, this is the ideal version of a Disney fireworks show. This nighttime spectacular takes place nightly at Magic Kingdom. The best view is from Main Street, as the castle’s projections are a huge part of the show. But if you don’t want to deal with the crowds, or you don’t have a ticket to get into Magic Kingdom, here’s our list of the Best Places to watch Happily Ever After besides Main Street. It includes great angles of the fireworks themselves from both inside and outside of the park.

EPCOT Forever – 10 pm at Epcot around the World Showcase Lagoon

EPCOT Forever is the ironically titled temporary replacement for IllumiNATIONS – Reflections of Earth. It’s a celebration of EPCOT’s history, featuring a soundtrack full of fan favorite Epcot songs. EPCOT Forever will be replaced by a new nighttime fireworks spectacular titled Harmonious, which will debut on October 1, 2021 – Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.

Are you excited for the return of fireworks at Walt Disney World? What will be your first fireworks show after the pandemic? Let me know in the comments below!


James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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