Fireworks at Disney World

Disney has the best fireworks shows in the world!
Disney has the best fireworks shows in the world!

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the highest consumer of fireworks in the world.

Disney does not disclose the cost of fireworks, but just the nightly – and sometimes twice a night – ‘Wishes’ fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom costs anywhere from $41,000-$55,000 a night. (The special New Year’s Eve fireworks at MK are estimated to cost over $100,000!)  That means it costs at least $15 million a year for Magic Kingdom fireworks alone.

Disney World puts on about 2,500 firework shows a year at three of their parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios). No fireworks displays are ever used at Animal Kingdom – it would scare the animals!  And, there are no fireworks shows at Disney Springs.

If you want to assume that Illuminations at Epcot and Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios are slightly less, maybe half the cost, that comes out to at least $30 million a year for them. This would not include any special fireworks displays that happen for 4th of July, or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Villains in the Sky at Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, nor the daytime fireworks that are a part of most of the stage shows performed in front of the Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom.

Wishes at the Magic Kingdom!
Wishes at the Magic Kingdom!

Rough, conservative estimate for WDW fireworks – $45 – $50 million dollars annually.

It seems like everytime Disney changes or expands the fireowrks show, the parking fees go up!
It seems like every time Disney changes or expands the fireworks show, the parking fees go up!

Rumor has it that Disney uses the revenue from all their parking lots (currently $20/day) to help cover the cost of the fireworks. So, when you pay for parking, you’re really paying for the evening’s fireworks show. Nice!  (Be sure to stay for the fireworks and not leave early!!)

Disney just announced that they are adding a new Star Wars themed fireworks show at Hollywood Studios this year, in 2016. Star Wars Fireworks.

Expect parking fees to go up soon!  🙂

5pm: Moving the Illumnations fireworks platforms into position.
5pm: Moving the  Illuminations fireworks platforms into position at Epcot.
Moving out into the center of the Friendship Lagoon.
Moving the launching platforms out into the center of Friendship Lagoon.
VIP Seating for Illuminations
Caroline watching the beginning of the Illuminations show.
CP Moment Illuminations
A CP Moment:  Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your coworkers.


working together at DAK
Working together at DAK.

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