What All the Firework Shows at Disney World Cost

Fireworks Castle

Disney World has the best fireworks shows in the world!

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

fireworksDisney 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.


We love the new fireworks show!

A 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 $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.

Disney has the best fireworks shows in the world!

Nightly fireworks over the Cinderella Castle

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
I wish I might have my wish tonight.

The new fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom ‘Happily Ever After’ debuted May 2017. We LOVE it! 🙂

‘Happily Ever After’ captures the heart, humor, and emotions of Disney films through awe-inspiring fireworks, state of the art projections, and brilliant lasers.


Quick, make a wish!!!


Always make a wish when Tinkerbell leaps off the Cinderella Castle and glides over Fantasyland!


This is Tinkerbell’s view of Tomorrowland from the turret where she jumps off the Castle every night before the start of the fireworks show. It’s a longggg way down!


Nightly fireworks at Epcot:  IllumiNations is Leaving September 30th!

epcot Illuminations

March 2019: We watched IllumiNations for the last time. 😦

Disney Parks announced this week that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will have its final show on September 30, 2019.  It premiered on October 1, 1999.

The new, temporary fireworks show called Epcot Forever will debut at 9pm on October 1, 2019.

Watch preview of Epcot Forever:  Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot

epcot kites

Kites flying high during new the Epcot Forever fireworks show preview this week.

epcot forever

Epcot Forever

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 last month:

epcot fireworks

5pm: Moving the Illumnations fireworks platforms into position.

epcot fireworks

Moving out into the center of the Friendship Lagoon.

epcot illumination

All the World Showcase pavilions illuminated during the IllumiNations fireworks.

epcot illuminations

Red, white, and blue fireworks set to wonderful music.

VIP Seating for Illuminations

9pm at Epcot.  We’ll miss this fireworks show!  We’ve grown up with it.

CP Moment Illuminations

CP Moment #18: Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your DCP roommates.


We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Have a magical day!




It’s 9pm…so you know where we are! #TwoDisneySisters

One thought on “What All the Firework Shows at Disney World Cost

  1. Athena Johnson says:

    Great blog post! Very interesting!


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