One of the things that I was most looking forward to in moving so close to Disney World was being able to take part in many of the experiences that we had never been able to experience living so far from the parks. One such event was the 4th of July fireworks. Things got even better when I read that the Fourth of July Concert in the Sky was happening nightly from July 1st through July 7th as part of the Limited Time Magic Disney is running this year. I wanted to go on the 1st, not only because I’m impatient, but because I was hoping the crowds would be much better than they would be later in the week. So we trudged through a rainy evening and watched the fireworks show. Here is my review and a few of the tips I learned from watching the show.
As I mentioned above, it was raining off and on all evening, and that rain did have an affect on how our experience played out. The Electric Light Parade was delayed for about 30 minutes, and because of that, the castle show prior to the fireworks was cancelled and the fireworks were delayed for about 10 minutes. But, also because of that, we were able to snag a close, center spot in front of the castle at 9:45. So it was nice to not have to wait long at all, but it only happened that way because of the rain and delays and such. I would recommend you find a great spot pretty early for this show, as crowds are only going to pick up as the week goes by, and there are some pretty large Southern American tour groups that pick out their spots down Main Street hours before the parade and fireworks, so I imagine if not for the rain, it will get packed.
The fireworks started about 10 minutes late, and it was a bit slow going at first. As with all of their shows, they have a narrator and they tell a story. Also, a couple minutes into the show, the sky opened up and a steady rain started to once again fall. Unfortunately, the fireworks show was starting to get to the good part, and many people were trying to leave the area because of the rain. It impacts your view a lot when you’re so close to the castle and people are walking right in front of you. The other issue with being close to castle is that a lot of the fireworks in this show are right behind the castle, so you can’t see everything. If we watch this show again, we will stand farther down Main Street, and I would recommend anyone else do the same if you really want to take it all in and see everything.
The fireworks show in and of itself was very good. The first couple minutes are a bit slow, but after that, it takes off and you experience a variety of mostly red, white and blue fireworks timed to patriotic songs, with images of stars and stripes being portrayed on the castle. Here are a few of the pictures we captured.
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