18 Disney Parades & Fireworks Shows You Won't Want To Miss (PHOTOS)

Lee Allport | Jul 27, 2015 Home & Garden
18 Disney Parades & Fireworks Shows You Won't Want To Miss (PHOTOS)

A Walt Disney World vacation is full of fun and surprises. The rides, the characters, the ice cream in the shape of Mickey ears — there's so much to look forward to when planning your magical trip. Two things not to miss: The parades and the fireworks! Watch as your fave characters "float" by in front of you, then keep everybody up late enough to watch the skies light up. 

Check out as many of these fireworks shows and parades as possible during your next Walt Disney World vacation. 


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  • Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!


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    This is a new interactive parade that winds down Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom. The characters in Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! pick up guests along the way to move and groove with them during the parade. Taking pics? Share it on social media using the hashtag #MoveItShakeItPics.

  • Frozen Royal Welcome Parade


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    Princess Anna and Queen Elsa are the stars of the Frozen Royal Welcome Parade. This special event runs throughout the summer only, so hurry before your friends from Arendelle skate, ski, and flurry off for the season.

  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show


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    Disney villains are the hosts of this show, which includes spooky songs, creepy colors blanketing the castle, and a fireworks spectacular that lights up the night skies. Part of the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party festivities, this fireworks show is a scream.

  • Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade


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    Hollywood Studios Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade Parade welcomes the movie's biggest stars, including Chewbacca, Luke, Darth Vader, and even celebrities who play them in the films or lend their voices to the animated series. See it live during Star Wars Weekends in May and June.

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  • Festival of Fantasy Parade


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    Huge, rainbow-bright floats are the main attraction at the Magic Kingdom Festival of Fantasy Parade. Dancers in vibrant costumes keep you entertained while you wait for your favorite characters to make their way to you. Stay until the end when Maleficent pays a visit in a most fiery manner.

  • 'Frozen' Fireworks Spectacular


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    This Hollywood Studios special event stars Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf. The Frozen Fireworks Spectacular is set to everybody's favorite Frozen songs, so cue your vocals for your big performance of "Let It Go." 

  • Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade


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    Disney's Port Orleans Resort has a secret Mardi Gras "Pargo" golf cart parade during the month of February. Cast members compete to see who can decorate their golf cart best. Princess Tiana takes part in these festivities, so if you or your kiddos are fans, book a stay at this Disney resort.

  • Celebrate the Magic Night Time Spectacular


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    Magic Kindom's Celebrate the Magic Night Time Spectacular transforms Cinderella Castle into a canvas showcasing scenes from beloved Disney movies cued to favorite Disney songs. This is one of Disney's mainstays, with seasonal updates at certain times of the year. Look for the arrival of beloved Disney couples in January, Lilo and Stitch and the Little Mermaid in the summer, and a special appearance by the Disney villains leading up to Halloween.

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  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo To You Parade


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    Only on select nights between September and November, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom includes a Boo To You Parade with all of Mickey's pals dressed in costumes.

  • Fantasmic


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    This 30-minute fireworks and water show is lead by Mickey Mouse as the sorcerer's apprentice. Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios is a seated show, so arrive early or make FastPass+ reservations.

  • Electrical Water Pageant Parade


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    Similar to Main Street's Electrical Parade, this version on the Seven Seas Lagoon is meant to be viewed from the Disney resorts. The Electrical Water Pageant features twinkling flags and a sea creature that swims across the water, all of it set to electronic tunes. Depending on the resort, viewing times range from 9 p.m. to 10:35 p.m. Not a bad way to end a night. 

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth


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    Both educational and cool to watch, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth tells the story of the planet using lasers, explosions, and music for full effect. This is Epcot's signature show, occurring nightly just before the park closes in the World Showcase.

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  • Disney's Celebrate America! A 4th of July Concert in the Sky!


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    Visit Walt Disney World on Independence Day and you'll be in for a treat. Both Hollywood Studios and Epcot feature special shows, but Magic Kingdom has the over-the-top, fancy fireworks. Disney's Celebrate America! A 4th of July Concert in the Sky! takes place both July 3rd and 4th each year.

  • The Main Street Electrical Parade


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    Tinker Bell leads the way during the Magic Kingdom signature nighttime event known as the Main Street Electrical Parade. Pete's Dragon Elliot, Pinnochio and a host of other characters join the fun, too, but the real must-sees are the 500,000 lights that Disney manages to synch up to a soundtrack. This is definitely a Disney bucket list item.

  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade


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    This is the signature parade of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, a special event that takes place between mid-November and mid-December at Magic Kingdom and includes special park hours, shows, and holiday treats. The Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade features all of the Disney characters dressed up in their holiday best. The floats are themed for the holidays as well, complete with faux snow. The parade wraps with a visit from Santa Claus. 

  • Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season


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    One of the best parts about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is the fireworks show known as Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season. It uses the voice of Jiminy Cricket to remind everyone what the holiday is really about. The castle becomes a canvas for dancing lights as music fills the air and the sky lights up with holiday cheer.

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  • Star Wars Symphony in the Stars


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    Hollywood Studios offers Star Wars Symphony in the Stars during Star Wars Weekends, which also features a daytime parade (pictured). This fireworks show is set to the familiar Star Wars score, so it's perfect for die-hard fans and casual vacationers alike. It's worth ensuring your kids get a nap in, so they can stay up late to see this fantastic show.

  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular


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    Magic Kingdom's Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is the signature grand finale fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. Watch as Cinderella Castle changes myriad colors, music erupts from every speaker in the park and everybody's favorite characters tell a story.

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