How to Introduce Kids to Disney Fireworks: A Guide for Little Mouse Ears

by | Oct 8, 2021 | WDW Blog

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Thinking about how to introduce your kids to Disney fireworks for the first time in forever? Check out these tips for helping your tot adjust to the loud and colorful nighttime spectaculars.

The “oohs” and “aahs” of Disney’s world-famous nighttime spectaculars rank among many fans’ must-do attractions. But fireworks with little ones? That has the potential to turn a fairytale evening into an epic nightmare. 

RELATED: Check out our honest review of the Disney Enchantment nighttime spectacular.

Fortunately, there are ways to introduce kids to Disney fireworks with a little less trauma and a lot more magic. 

1. Talk About the Disney Fireworks Before You Go

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New Harmonious fireworks at EPCOT. Photo by Danny Shuster

Assuming your little one isn’t an infant, it’s always a good idea to give them a heads up about what they’re going to experience. Make sure your child knows to expect bright lights and loud noises and, if possible, explain it in a way that will make sense for them. 

For example, some kids might want to understand what’s happening technically. Mine, on the other hand, is all about the pixie dust—so, for her, I’ve simply explained fireworks as magic. (They are, after all, still magical to me.) 

2. Introduce Them from Outside the Park

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A fireworks view from the Contemporary. Photo by Brett Svenson

Disney’s nighttime spectaculars are extraordinary by any measure, and that’s especially true for children experiencing them for the first time. So, instead of introducing them from inside the park—where they’re the biggest and the brightest—consider a calmer alternative.

My daughter’s first real encounter with Disney’s fireworks happened at the Top of World Lounge (a perk of being a Disney Vacation Club member family). It was the perfect experience for her because she got to enjoy them at a quieter noise level and without the crowds. Now, she adores fireworks and actually cries when they end … but, then again, so do I.

If you don’t have access to the Top of the World Lounge, hakuna matata (it means no worries). There are plenty of other options.

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My daughter Sagan’s initial reaction to Harmonious at EPCOT. Photo by Bev Moritz

You can check them out from several nearby Disney resort hotels like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. (Just make sure you have a dining reservation or a resort stay to get in.)

You can even catch the fireworks on the Transportation & Ticket Center ferry boat or from the comfort of your home by checking out Disney’s fireworks on YouTube.

After a day at EPCOT or Hollywood Studios, head over to the BoardWalk area, grab a bench, and watch Harmonious or stand on the bridge to see Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

3. Bring Along Comfort Items

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A plush can make all the difference. Photo courtesy of Disney

When packing for a trip you know will end with fireworks, make sure you have comfort items with you in case the show leaves your little one feeling nervous. I try to make sure—at minimum—I have my daughter’s favorite (small) blankie to snuggle up with. Small plush toys are also a great option. 

Pro Tip: If you forget the comfort item at home, you can purchase a plush in the park in a pinch … just be ready for that sticker shock.

If you’re worried about your child’s ears, you can also pack a pair of kid-friendly ear plugs or, if they’re a willing candidate, a hat that covers their ears to help soften the blow.

4. Pick Your Spot Carefully

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Disney Enchantment fireworks. Photo by Danny Shuster

When transitioning from outside the park to inside of it, consider your viewing point carefully.

While, as adults, we often want to get as close to the action as possible, that’s not always the ideal situation for our kids. Watching fireworks from the base of the castle can feel more like an air raid than the blissful experience we’re after.

Plus, if your kid does have a meltdown, you’ll want to be positioned for a swift exit (more on this below).

So, if you’re enjoying fireworks at Magic Kingdom for the first time, I recommend grabbing a spot further down Main Street, U.S.A., where it’s a bit less intimidating and often less crowded—which leads me to my final tip. 

5. Have an Exit Strategy

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The path will never be this clear during fireworks. Know how you’ll get out. Photo by Cliff Wang

Despite having the best of intentions, it’s possible that fireworks are just too much for your princess or prince, and that’s OK. To plan for this potential eventuality, find a spot with an easy exit—just in case. 

Try to avoid locations like the hub at Magic Kingdom or an EPCOT Pavilion at the center of the lake (instead, stick to outer locations like Canada or Mexico). 

Introducing Your Kids to Disney Fireworks

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Photo by Judd Helms

But have no fear. Whether fireworks are love at first sight for your little one or it takes them some time, there will come a day when you can share in the magic of Disney’s nighttime spectaculars.

That happy ending is coming.

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Written by Dani Moritz

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Dani has been visiting Disney Parks since she was two years old. She’s part of a DVC member family, a WDW annual passholder and former Cast Member, and the kind of Disney fan who still cries when she watches the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Since having her daughter, though, her favorite Disney title is Disney mom, and she’s loving sharing her love of the mouse with her toddler—who almost loves Walt Disney World as much as she does.
Dani Moritz

Written by Dani Moritz

Dani has been visiting Disney Parks since she was two years old. She’s part of a DVC member family, a WDW annual passholder and former Cast Member, and the kind of Disney fan who still cries when she watches the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Since having her daughter, though, her favorite Disney title is Disney mom, and she’s loving sharing her love of the mouse with her toddler—who almost loves Walt Disney World as much as she does.