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Forty Years of Fireworks at Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort has marked several 40-year milestones this month, including the debut of Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and the Electrical Water Pageant.

Another 40-year milestone that we marked this week was the anniversary of the first fireworks display ever launched at Walt Disney World Resort. The Fantasy in the Sky Spectacular took place in celebration of the dedication of the Polynesian Village Hotel (now Disney’s Polynesian Resort) on Oct. 24, 1971.

In this clip, Principal Fireworks & Special Effects Designer Brad Cicotti shares the history of Disney fireworks and offers a backstage look at how these shows are launched each night.

See the posts below for more on these recent 40-year milestones at Walt Disney World Resort:


  • My husband and I love all the fireworks at Disney World, Epcot and Disney Studios. Halloween was awesome but our favorite is the Wishes with Tinkerbell flying down. That one always brings me to tears. Thank you for all the wonderful firework shows!

  • I would like to know if you have the southern cali ticket during xmas? My family would like to go .

  • Disney – Thanks so much for all the effort and imagination that goes into your fireworks shows. We always buy PH passes so we can end the day with WDW fireworks.

  • So far I’ve seen the Fireworks at WDW Magic Kingdom, Epcot, the Fantasia Show at Disney Studios and on the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic. Soon I’ll be seeing the fireworks on the DCL Disney Fantasy.

    My perfect ending por My perfect day at My perfect place.

    40 Year’s of ooh’s and Aah’s !

  • I wish DisneylandParis had fireworks every night, it is the ultimate Disney way to end a magical day in the park right after the Fantillusion Parade. Last summer we saw the Enchanted Fireworks for the last time. The music, the timing, the perfection and the atmosphere really had an emotional impact, even after many times. When I looked around me, there wasn’t a single guest who wasn’t touched by the magic of this fabulous show!
    Regarding the environment, I think Disney’s awareness is bigger than people like to think and honestly, we really don’t know what metals or salt crystals or whatever falls down to earth during a firework show, are harmful or if the residues are carefully cleaned up after a show. In this case, I go for the magic!

  • You can see fireworks almost anywhere. But what sets Disney apart from the others is the emotion that comes out of theirs.

  • I wish that Disney would be more concerned about the environment when I comes to this, I love Disneyland but when ever the fireworks go off I don’t like it thinking how much harmful things are going into the environment

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