Fireworks Are Returning to Disney Parks in July

Walt Disney World has just announced that rireworks will be returning on July 1st with both “Happily Ever After” at Magic Kingdom and “EPCOT Forever” at EPCOT.

Out in California at the Disneyland Resort the fun will start on July 4th with “Mickey’s Mix Magic” presented nightly throughout the summer.

Nighttime spectaculars have been missing at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort since the parks re-opened in 2020. The return of the fireworks will be a welcome addition to the light entertainment offerings at the parks.

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Disney has released schedules for both shows now…

Happily Ever After will start at 9:15 PM and EPCOT Forever will start at 10 PM for the month of July. I expect that schedule to change in August to accommodate Disney After Hours Boo Bash and a slightly earlier sunset. 

Disney has yet to announce a return of Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular show.

Even though no details have be released, “Happily Ever After” is expected to be the same show that guests saw before the park closed in Mark of 2020. “EPCOT Forever” is expected to be an updated show with a new pyrotechnic sequence to replace the kites, because the addition of the Harmonious hardware to the World Showcase Lagoon use of the jet ski based kites is not practical.

Because “EPCOT Forever” returning in July, the brand-new Harmonious show likely will not debut until later in the year, likely in October as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

It also needs to be noted that Disney has said that with the return of fireworks to EPCOT and Magic Kingdom three will not be special fireworks shows for the Fourth of July or for the After Hours Boo Bash.

Disney Parks LIVE Will Stream ‘Happily Ever After’ Debut May 12 at 8:55 PM ET

This Friday, May 12, “Happily Ever After” presented by Pandora Jewelry will take its place in Disney theme park history by becoming the third nighttime fireworks spectacular to ever blast off at the Magic Kingdom. And we want you to tune in to see the show’s grand debut performance!

The Disney Parks Blog will host a #DisneyParksLIVE stream of the show’s debut right here for all of you to watch this Friday, starting at 8:55 PM ET. Be sure to join a few minutes early, as we’ll kick off the broadcast with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of “Happily Ever After.”

A fresh blog post will appear at the top of the blog on that day/time for viewing.
To follow along on Twitter, use the hashtags #DisneyParksLIVE and #HappilyEverAfter.

‘Happily Ever After’ Nighttime Spectacular Will Debut at Magic Kingdom May 12th

“Happily Ever After,” a new nighttime spectacular that will combine the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and so much more, will debut at Magic Kingdom Park on May 12.

The spectacular will inspire guests to seek out and find their 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.

The Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace will continue to offer up a scrumptious way to view the nighttime fun as “Happily Ever After” makes its debut.