It is finally here! On July 1st, 2021, Happily Ever After made its triumphant return, and Magic Kingdom Fireworks are lighting up the sky once again.
It was a journey, but we made it to the other side. It felt like Homecoming! I saw friends I haven’t seen in over a year, and we could smile at each other again. The first day of Magic Kingdom fireworks felt like a massive therapy session, lots of tears, lots of happiness, lots of joy.
Here are five things you need to know before watching Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom.
* Thank you Walt Disney World for inviting me to take part of this special night.
BEST VIEWING SPOT FOR MAGIC KIGDOM FIREWORKS
Before deciding where to watch the fireworks from, get your priority straight. What is more important to you; fireworks or castle projections?
Here are three great viewing spots for you.
Many people consider this to be the perfect viewing spot, including Disney! When WDW Live Stream Magic Kingdom’s firework show they set their equipment right in front of the Partners Statue. If Disney considers this to be the ideal viewpoint, who am I to argue?
The view from the Partners Statue is close enough for you to see the castle projections, but far enough to enjoy the fireworks grandiosity. There are no trees or light poles to block your vision.
Main Street U.S.A.
If the castle projections are not your priority, Main Street U.S.A offers a great view, just make sure to stand in the center. I believe that the Main Street environment adds to the show, plus it is the best place to “camp” until showtime! You have all the infrastructure there; restrooms, restaurants, and stores to distract you. Take turns and enjoy while you wait.
Cinderella Castle side buildings
I am not sure if those small constructions on each side of the Cinderella Castle have a specific name, but they are my favorite place for watching the fireworks if you are on claim a spot by the fence.
This is a great viewing spot if you want to see details of the castle projections, plus it is covered! I never really appreciated this until this last time because it rained for five hours straight. Get some Mickey waffles from nearby Sleepy Hollow and enjoy.
DISNEY FIREWORKS TIME
Happily Ever After time might change slightly throughout the year, right now it is starting at 9:15 p.m, but during winter Disney Fireworks Time is earlier.
Click here, to check the showtime during your visit.
HOW EARLY DO I NEED TO ARRIVE TO GET A GOOD SPOT?
How early you need to arrive depends on two things: the time of the year you’re visiting, and if you plan to view the fireworks from the most popular viewing spots.
On the day Happily Ever After returned to Magic Kingdom, people were camped in front of the partner statue by 5 p.m. If watching the fireworks from there is a priority to you, make sure to arrive hours earlier.
IS HAPPILY EVER AFTER ENDING?
Disney announced that they are preparing a NEW firework show called Disney Enchantment to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.
This new show will debut on October 1st, 2021, and will stay during the 18-month anniversary celebration. What happens after? No one knows yet, but if you’re planning to watch Happily Ever After, make sure to book a trip before October 2021, just in case.
MAGIC KINGDOM NEW FIREWORKS SHOW
Disney Enchantment is the NEW 50th Anniversary nighttime fireworks show. According to Disney, Enchantment will celebrate friendship, love and fun.
The most exciting thing about Disney Enchantment is the fact that for the first time the show projections will extend from the Cinderella Castle all the way to Main Street U.S.A.
Finally, if a crowded theme park is a difficult transition after 2020, don’t worry! Here is a list of five great firework viewing spots outside Magic KIngdom that don’t require you to stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone.