Ahhhh, the fireworks. Probably one of the most magical of elements that Disney has to offer. It seems to be the culmination of everything Disney that you feel inside your heart. From the sights of the glorious colors and the giant arrays of light, to the flashes of nostalgia as you watch memories of Disney productions flash before your eyes, to even the smells of the freshly lit fireworks blazing high in the sky, Disney really knows how to put on a show, and how to dazzle its audience in the process.
So what are your fireworks options? Here is one of my favorite fireworks excursions that we have been able to experience.
Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage
This was an amazing experience that not only my children enjoyed, but my mother and I did as well. We began our evening at the Contemporary Resort, heading downstairs to check-in. The kiddos set off on a scavenger hunt for “treasure” while we waited for the party to begin. While they were looking around, there were tons of themed decorations everywhere, really getting my son in the mood to be a pirate for the evening. Think treasure chests, almost a “One Eyed Willie” scene from “The Goonies”. I personally loved it. After we checked in, we were all given bandanas to wear as well, and a little pouch full of “gold”. Disney doesn’t disappoint with its packages. They make sure that even though you pay a little extra, you definitely come out on top with what you are given in terms of experience and having something to walk away with.
When it was time for the party to begin, we arrived back and entered a room full of decadent sweets and enough drinks to quench the thirst of every adult and child attending. There was music playing, lights flashing, and none other than Captain Hook and Mr. Smee dancing and carrying on with all the littles. Everyone had the opportunity to have their photo taken with those two crazy characters. When the photos were over, Hook and Smee began mingling with the families again. Smee found his way over to my mom, who had on a “Smee” shirt, Hook found me and loved my “Hook” shirt and he gave my son a VERY hard time about his Peter Pan shirt, but all in good Disney fun, of course.
When the dance party had ended, we followed Captain Hook out to our “ship” where we sailed out on the “high seas” (aka Seven Seas Lagoon) and had the most roaring time with our captain. Captain Hook and Mr. Smee stayed on land while we set sail, singing songs, listening to pirate tales, engaging in some Disney trivia, and our captain made sure that every child attending got a prize from the treasure chest before disembarking. As we were out on our boat, we were able to see a glorious version of the Magic Kingdom nightly fireworks show, and also hear it as well, as it was being projected through the speakers on the boat. As we returned to the Contemporary, we were greeted by a very special guest: Peter Pan. I was able to keep this a surprise from my son, who at the time, was a huge Peter Pan fan. Definitely worth the money spent on this trip and I would definitely do this one again. While you don’t get as close of a view as some other shows will give you, the character experience was amazing.
When I think of this trip to Disney, this is one of the first memories to pop in my head. First, it was my mother’s FIRST trip to Disney. EVER. And to have this kind of experience was beyond anything she could compare it to. This really set the bar high for other experiences. Great job by all cast members on this excursion.
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