Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the highest consumer of fireworks in the world.
Disney Parks doesn’t disclose the cost of all their firework shows, but just the nightly – and sometimes twice a night – ‘Happily Ever After’ fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom costs anywhere from $41,000 – $55,000 a night. (The special New Year’s Eve firework show at MK is 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 Disney’s Hollywood Studios). No fireworks displays are ever used Disney’s 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 Disney’s 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 of the special fireworks displays that happen for 4th of July, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Villains in the Sky at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, nor the daytime fireworks that are a part of the stage shows performed in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom throughout the day.
A rough, conservative estimate for WDW fireworks: $45 – $50 million dollars annually.
Rumor has it that Disney uses the revenue from all their parking lots (currently $25/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. Be sure to stay for the fireworks and not leave early. Your parking pass paid for that show!
Disney recently added a new Star Wars-themed fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We’ve seen it a few times in front of the Chinese Theater and it’s pretty cool. Star Wars Fireworks.
Star light, star bright,
‘Happily Ever After’ captures the heart, humor, and emotions of Disney films through awe-inspiring fireworks, state of the art projections, and brilliant lasers.
Nightly fireworks: Epcot Forever
The new, temporary fireworks show called Epcot Forever debuted at 9pm on October 1, 2019.
Watch preview of Epcot Forever: Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot
This is a temporary fireworks show until the new IllumiNations replacement show premieres in early 2020.
The official replacement for IllumiNations, yet unnamed, will debut in early 2020 and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. The yet-unnamed show will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world.
We watched IllumiNations one final time in February 2019:
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