It’s Hard to Forget the Fireworks at the End of the Day

An adventure as rich and spellbinding as a day in a Disney Park demands an epic conclusion and Disney delivers as only Disney can. For the Magic Kingdom, that means Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Aaron Wallace writes in The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom:

It is a culmination of the spectacle, optimism, faith, and nostalgia that make Walt Disney World so distinctly appealing. The imagery, music, and fundamental themes in this hyper-sensory experience resonate with millions of Magic Kingdom Guests every year in a way that is both profound and lasting. While all good things must come to an end, at Walt Disney World, the end is one of the best things of all.

Wallace goes on to say:

The chance to stand in front of Cinderella Castle and see it with your own eyes often represents years of working, saving, and planning for a family’s once-in-a-lifetime vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth. Disney sends them off with a glorious celebration that recognizes and rewards everything it tool to make that dream come true. The fireworks are a celebration of a day that will often rank among the most memorable in its Guests’ lives. That’s an occasion worth making a little noise for.


Which brings me to the final, bonus takeaway from my Disney visits over the last year:

It’s hard to forget the fireworks at the end of the day.


As iconic as the fireworks at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, all four Walt Disney World theme parks now have a grand closing event:

  • Magic Kingdom – Wishes
  • Epcot – Illuminations
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic (coming soon – Rivers of Light)

There was just something special about the fireworks in the setting of Disney World. It was a special way to end a great day-the setting, the music, and the fireworks all combined to provide a fitting finale…like this:


…and left me wanting more, wondering what magic would be in store the next time I came.

Like this:



How do you wrap up your events or experiences? Do your Guests leave with smiles, looking forward to the next time?

How do you tell your Guests goodbye?


#11 in a series of #TopTenTakeways

(Yes, #11 – this has been all about Disney, where they exceed your expectations!)

A special note of thanks to Aaron Wallace, author of A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, for his amazing stories that made my Disney immersion all the more special.

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