Each summer night, Tinker Bell tiptoes onto the delicate parapets of Cinderella Castle to wave her wand and slide across the velvety black sky. Our hearts soar with the possibilities of fairy-tale magic as the heavens burst into colors so bright it feels that we will never grow old.
In today's never-never land, better known as Walt Disney World, we become contemporary Peter Pans if only for a few minutes, while the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show delights our childlike natures.
A Glimmering Night in the Magic Kingdom
All down the impossibly perfect Main Street, U.S.A. outlined in tiny white lights, stores still fill with shoppers, and the irresistible aromas of baking cookies vie for attention. But outside, twinkling stars blossom before upturned eyes. With every aerial bloom of gold and red, purple and pink, bronze and silver, the oohs and aahs transform into sweet smiles. The Wishes fireworks show is like a kiss goodnight from Disney.
An hour before the show begins, visitors start claiming spots on benches, walls, and curbs. Costumed musicians begin to filter through the gathering families, while tots cling to pastel balloons with sticky hands.
When you stay for Wishes, remember that the crush to depart can leave you claustrophobic. We suggest milling around Town Square for 30 minutes or more. There you can shop for that last souvenir or meet Mickey in front of Exposition Hall before catching the boat or monorail back to reality.
As you rest your head and drift off to sleep, know that dreams do come true in this enchanted land.
Magic Fourth of July Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom
If you'll be visiting on the Fourth of July, don't miss the extended holiday display, complete with patriotic colors and music.
This summer marks the final season for Fantasy in the Sky, which dates to the park's opening. Insiders say the future looks brighter as Disney pyrotechnic magicians put the final touches on their next generation fireworks show, due to debut this fall.
More Fireworks Shows for your Walt Disney Vacation
Disney also offers two other major shows that combine fireworks with a story. Disney's Hollywood Studios' Fantasmic! fills an amphitheater with Mickey's dreams. Epcot's IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth mixes lasers, fountains, and fireworks. It's easily seen from any spot around the lake.
This article was updated in May 2011. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.