A Guide to Fireworks at Disneyland

by | Apr 5, 2023 | California Adventure, Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts, Downtown Disney

Disneyland fireworks are a spectacular way to end your night at the Happiest Place on Earth. There’s nothing quite like seeing Tinker Bell fly through the sky and sprinkle the air with her pixie dust. 

Read on for an overview of Disneyland fireworks shows, where to view them, and how to stake out a great spot on your next visit!

Fireworks Shows at Disneyland

Wondrous Journeys (13 minutes long, showtime weekends at 9:30PM) 

wondrous journeys

Photo Courtesy of Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort

Wondrous Journeys is a new nighttime spectacular that debuted in celebration of Disney100. fireworks debuted as part of the 60th Anniversary. This show encompasses Walt’s vision and dream of Disneyland. Featuring original music alongside your favorite Disney tunes, the show is a celebration for 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios storytelling. The show features projections, music, and, on select nights, fireworks. 

Mickey’s Mix Magic (10 minutes long, select nights) 

‘It’s a party and you’re all invited!’ Mickey and Minnie are our hosts for this family-friendly dance party. Mickey’s Mix Magic has colorful kaleidoscope projections and neon laser lights transforming Disneyland into a dance floor. On select nights, add pyrotechnics to the mix and this show is sure to blow your mind!

Expect to hear these hit Disney songs with a techno-pop twist from DJ Mickey Mouse. 

  • “It’s a Good Time”
  • “I Wanna Be Like You”
  • “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat”
  • “Friend Like Me”
  • “Grim Grinning Ghosts”
  • “Un Poco Loco”
  • “Let It Go”

Halloween Screams (10 minutes long, select nights) 

The Halloween season begins with a cackle and a shriek in Halloween Screams, the festive “spook-tacle” hosted by the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington. In Halloween Screams, you will see Zero the ghost dog float across the night sky instead of Tinkerbell. 

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort typically begins in September and ends in October.

Check out the Disneyland Entertainment Schedule for additional information. 

Believe… in Holiday Magic (15 minutes long, select nights) 

“Does your heart hold the magic of the holidays”? If it does, oh boy, does Disneyland have a show for you! Typically played during the holiday season, “Believe…In Holiday Magic” will captivate audiences with its nostalgic soundtrack, glistening lights, and joyous projections that will draw you into the holiday season. Stand on Main Street U.S.A. or in front of “it’s a small world” Holiday for a magical snowfall experience.

Special Event Fireworks 

I’ve had the privilege of attending three special firework spectaculars: New Year’s Eve, where there is a countdown to midnight with fireworks; Star Wars Day (May the 4th), where you’ll hear iconic music and see projections of memorable Star Wars scenes; and the star-spangled Fourth of July salute to America. Each show is curated specially for the occasion with music and projections to go along with the theme of the celebration.

Where to Watch Fireworks at Disneyland

Fireworks go off behind Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

Photo by Jaysen White

Disneyland has several viewing locations to check out fireworks! Here are a few places to consider when selecting your spot.

Main Street 

Main Street U.S.A. between Central Plaza and the Main Street Train Station has the best spot for projections and “snoap”! Get hot cocoa from Jolly Holiday and grab a seat on the street. This spot tends to fill up quickly- so arrive early. When I watch on Main Street, I like to stand in front of the partner’s statue for a memorable view. 

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

What’s more iconic than the Sleeping Beauty Castle as a backdrop? For a truly magical spot, you can choose to watch in front of Aurora’s pink and blue castle. Depending on the show and where you stand, you’ll see Tinkerbell fly, Nemo swim, or Zero float across the sky. On the right side, you’ll see projections on the Matterhorn mountain. It’s best to arrive several hours early for this unforgettable experience.

Rivers of America 

If you’re watching Fantasmic- stay where you are. You can watch the fireworks along the Rivers of America in Frontierland. The projections will be on the mist screens and on the Fantasmic stage. This is a great “last minute” spot to see the fireworks. 

“It’s a small world” 

One of the least crowded areas to view the fireworks is in front of “it’s a small world”. The projections on the facade of the attraction are simply stunning- you will not believe your eyes. Some of the fireworks are launched behind Toontown, so when you are viewing the fireworks from this location they will look amazing and be up close!

Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace 

How about dinner with a view? At the Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace, for $60 per person, you can enjoy the twinkling lights of Tomorrowland. On select nights, fireworks will light up the night sky! For this experience, you must have valid park tickets, a park reservation for that day, and Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace reservations. 


Shh, don’t tell anyone… This location is not mentioned on the Disneyland website, but locals and die-hard fans know the best way to view the fireworks is from a galaxy far, far away. That’s right: You can view the fireworks in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Unfortunately, you will not hear the soundtrack to the show as you are lightyears away, but you will get a view that is out of this world! 

How to find the best spot

Guests watching fireworks go off behind Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

Photo by Jaysen White

Finding the best location for the fireworks depends on the time you are willing to spend occupying the spot before showtime. Last year, when the previous show Disneyland Forever returned, I went to the park with my friend. We started waiting in the designated area in front of the castle at 4PM for the 9:30PM show. The spot was amazing, and it was great that we had each other to secure the spot. I would highly recommend staking out a spot with a partner. 

If you’re not picky about the location of where you watch the show, sneak in right before showtime toward the back of any location. You’ll still see the show, experience it with everyone else, and you might save yourself hours of waiting. 

Wherever you decide to watch, be aware of your surroundings and listen for cast members’ instructions. At some locations, you will be asked to stand about 10 minutes before the show starts. Bring something to sit on and mark your space. I like to use a thin foldable blanket. Most areas fill up fast and space is limited. There will be an announcement once the space is completely full. Use the Disneyland mobile app to see the most up-to-date information while you’re in the park. 

Can you watch fireworks outside of Disneyland?

Mickey uses his sorcerer's magic to set off fireworks during a performance of Fantasmic!

Photo by Jaysen White

You do not have to go inside Disneyland to watch the fireworks. 

  • The esplanade is the walkway between Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park. Some guests prefer to watch the fireworks at the esplanade. You will not see the castle, but you will hear the music that accompanies the fireworks. It’s less crowded and gives you easy access to exit the park once it’s over. 
  • Select rooms at the Disneyland Hotel and some rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa have beautiful views of the fireworks shows. You can listen to the accompaniment on the TV, sit back, relax and enjoy! 
  • Select Good Neighbor Hotels around Disneyland have decent views of the fireworks. I once watched Mickey’s Mix Magic from the pool when I stayed at the Anaheim Hotel. Most hotels will advertise on their website if you can view the fireworks from the hotel. 

And always remember the infamous High School Musical Wildcats motto, “we’re all in this together”. What makes Disneyland fireworks so special is experiencing the magic with everyone all together again

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Written by Kathleen Lee

Kat Lee is a frequent window shopper and candy connoisseur on Main Street, U.S.A. You can catch her Disneybounding in Fantasyland while sharing stories and making memories as a media reporter for DLR Magazine. Check out her Instagram to see where she’s headed next or what the latest park trend is.
Kathleen Lee

Written by Kathleen Lee

Kat Lee is a frequent window shopper and candy connoisseur on Main Street, U.S.A. You can catch her Disneybounding in Fantasyland while sharing stories and making memories as a media reporter for DLR Magazine. Check out her Instagram to see where she’s headed next or what the latest park trend is.