Guests Crowd Cinderella Castle HOURS Early For Fireworks Return

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Walt Disney World is officially bringing back nighttime spectaculars TONIGHT after over one full year. Both Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Forever at EPCOT will once again light up the night sky starting tonight, July 1, 2021.

Inside the Magic has team members inside Magic Kingdom tonight to witness this monumental moment and it’s safe to say, Disney World Guests cannot wait to once again see Happily Ever After as Guests are crowding Cinderella Castle hours before the debut.

Related: NEW 50th Fireworks and Shows Added to Disney World App

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The theme park was prepared for the number of Guests coming into Magic Kingdom as barricades were set up at the front of the park to help with crowd control.

Once inside the theme park, we noticed Guests were already grabbing spots in the hub area over two hours prior to the fireworks scheduled time — even in the pouring rain! (Talk about dedication!)

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Credit: Inside the Magic
crowds magic kingdom fireworks
Credit: Inside the Magic

Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed that the theme parks have already started increasing capacity again, which you can read more about here. At this time, we do not know exactly what percentage of capacity Disney World is operating at, but we know it is higher than 35%. Therefore, if you are planning on seeing the fireworks in the near future, expect crowds and be patient.

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Happily Ever After will officially debut at 9:15 p.m. at Magic Kingdom. EPCOT is also bringing back fireworks tonight with the return of EPCOT Forever at 10 p.m.

And beginning October 1, 2021, Magic Kingdom will debut a new nighttime spectacular for the 50th anniversary called Disney Enchantment with EPCOT debuting the long-awaited HarmonioUS.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also be getting a new daytime show, which you can read more about here.

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Related: How to Avoid Crowds at Magic Kingdom in Disney World

For more information on Disney World’s 50th anniversary, which begins this October, visit our website here.

Happily Ever After

Disney World describes this Magic Kingdom fireworks show as:

Go on a dazzling journey of color, light and song that captures the heart, humor and heroism of favorite Disney animated films. Watch in awe as Cinderella Castle becomes part of the story by magically transforming through amazing state-of-the art projection technology you have to see to believe.

This astounding fireworks extravaganza uses lights, lasers and special effects, plus a soaring score featuring contemporary versions of beloved Disney songs.

Discover the magic of movies—and be inspired to find your own happily ever after.

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