Guests celebrating the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort will have a choice of fireworks shows as Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios present special pyrotechnics, and Epcot adds a patriotic “tag” to its famous “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” spectacular. Here’s what’s in store (entertainment and park hours are subject to change without notice):
- Magic Kingdom – “Celebrate America Fireworks” will fill the sky at 9 p.m. July 4 (guests who’d like to begin the celebratory weekend a day early can enjoy the special fireworks on July 3 at 9 p.m.). After the fireworks, guests can enjoy Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” of lights, music and magic at 10 p.m. and midnight on July 4 (on July 3, the parade will be at 10:30 p.m.). Park hours on July 4 are 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Special fireworks set to a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack will be presented at 9:50 p.m. on July 4, providing guests with a bonus nighttime entertainment extravaganza to complement “Fantasmic!” (which will be at 9 and 10:30 p.m.). Park hours on July 4 are 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Epcot – “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” which features dazzling special effects, colorful lasers, brilliant fireworks, and fiery torches all choreographed to a musical score, becomes even more dynamic on July 4 as the normal show is supplemented with a patriotic finale. The performance begins at 10 p.m. Earlier in the day, guests will be treated to the Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert – featuring an expanded cast of singers plus the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney characters – at 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m. on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Park hours on July 4 are 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Guests can enjoy all the regular attractions and shows on July 4 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.?
Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade marches through the Magic Kingdom this summer, twinkling with approximately half a million lights. One of the original floats, the “Title Drum Unit” near the beginning of the parade, was created using an actual bass drum, one of the world’s largest in 1972. This drum had been used in Disneyland parades in the 1960s, when Mickey Mouse used to beat it using large drumsticks. The beloved parade returns to Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. to headline “Summer Nightastic!” June 6 through Aug. 14, 2010. Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of Disney.
Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” will light up the streets of Magic Kingdom, headlining a season of after-dark excitement coming to Walt Disney World Resort in summer 2010. Beginning June 6 and continuing through Aug. 14, “Summer Nightastic!” will light up the night with shimmering, shining Disney magic in Walt Disney World theme parks.
Here’s a look at what’s in store: Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns with its joyous sights and sounds. The parade will feature new floats and characters appearing for the first time at the Magic Kingdom. Returning from Disneyland Resort and marking its first appearance in Florida since 2001, the cherished parade will be led by Tinker Bell waving from the basket of a magical balloon aboard a new float. Pinocchio and Snow White also join the fun this summer aboard bright new floats. Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” is set for its summer-long nighttime premiere June 6 at Magic Kingdom. “Summer Nightastic!” also means music! Guests wanting to “trip the light fantastic” to sizzling summer sounds will find high energy DJ music at “Rock N’ Glow Dance Party” in the courtyard of Rock ‘n’ Roller CoasterStarring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At Epcot, the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series returns (June 12-July 31) with bands playing musical tributes to artists who filled summers gone by with musical magic. What could be more summery than fireworks on a star-studded night? Magic Kingdom will treat guests to “Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular,” filling the night sky with vivid colors and brilliant visual effects while whimsical music fills the air.
Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Walt Disney World for ‘Summer Nightastic’; Tower of Terror Upgrade
At a media event taking place this evening at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Walt Disney World has confirmed a ‘Summer Nightastic’ line-up of events beginning in June in which the historic Main Street Electrical Parade will find its way back along the streets of the Magic Kingdom. With updated LED technology, a new audio system and even new floats, featuring Tinker Bell, Pinocchio and Snow White, the classic favorite is sure to thrill a whole new generation.
During the summer-long event, it’s also expected that Wishes will be temporarily replaced by Magic, Music and Mayhem, the odds-on favorite from the former Pirate and Princess Parties.
Also announced is a mysterious upgrade for the Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including new effects and a new drop sequence.