Location: Above Sleeping Beauty Castle At Disneyland, every day is a celebration, capped with an extravagant fireworks presentation high above Sleeping Beauty Castle. This pyrotechnic show features more than 200 blasts synchronized to classic Disney music.
You can take some stunning souvenir photos of your family in front of the castle with the fireworks exploding overhead during the show. If you can find a way to prop your camera on something to steady it, use the longest exposure time you can so you can capture the fireworks going up and exploding.
Actress Julie Andrews (who played Mary Poppins) introduces the show, saying there was once a place where you could wish on a star. Music follows, you hear Pinocchio wishing to be a boy, Ariel wishing to be on dry land, and Aladdin wishing Genie his freedom, and then Tinkerbelle flies through the air toward Sleeping Beauty Castle to touch off the fantasy in the sky. An audio clip of Walt Disney's 1955 dedication speech plays, and the rest of the show is a tribute to favorite Disneyland rides and experiences: Main Street, the Tiki Room, Indiana Jones, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and each of the lands. The show ends with more wishes and a fireworks finale. It lasts seventeen minutes.
This fireworks show is typically presented late in the evening but is coordinated with Fantasmic! so guests can experience both shows in a single evening.
JUST FOR PARENTS
This fireworks spectacular is a must-see show, but the loud bangs and bright flashes may frighten young children. Because the fireworks explode high in the sky, you can see them from anywhere you can see the castle, so watching from a little farther away (Main Street Station or Rivers of America) may be a better idea.
The Central Plaza (Hub) is the only place where you can see everything that goes on during the fireworks, but not all spots are created equal. Check to see if trees or other objects might block your view. To get a front-row seat, you should arrive at least an hour before the fireworks start. Other excellent viewing areas include the platform at the Disneyland Station, which affords a good overall view and a quick exit. If you've just watched Fantasmic! your best bet may be to stay put, moving to the left side if you aren't there already. The views are good, the departing crowds will make it difficult to move anyway, and all the best spots around the castle will already be taken. If all this seems too much to remember, just focus on this: If you have an unobstructed view of the castle, you'll see the entire fireworks show.
For safety reasons, some park areas close during the fireworks. This includes all of Toontown. The fireworks are launched from there and it closes early so staff can get ready. Most of Fantasyland and the walkway in front of and through Sleeping Beauty Castle will also be closed. If you don't like fireworks or have already seen the show, this is another time when you'll find short lines at some of the park's busiest rides.
If you want to see the show but don't want to get stuck in the crowds leaving afterward, take the tram to the Mickey & Friends Parking Lot, go to the top floor and watch from there. If you're parked there, you can head straight for your car, or take the tram back to the main resort area.