Prior to 2014 fireworks were a very rare treat at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but thanks to Star Wars Weekends and the Frozen Summer Fun events that lasted for most of May through September, guests were treated to fireworks on a much more regular basis.
Fireworks!When it comes to entertainment and fireworks the folks at Disney World are the masters! For years, Disney World guests have enjoyed nightly fireworks from a number of venues, whether it is Wishes at the Magic Kingdom or Illuminations: Reflections Of Earth at Epcot.
Bringing fireworks to Disney's Hollywood Studios is a challenge with the tight streets and lack of a large central viewing area, but the Disney Imagineers have been able to put together a spectacular treat for those that are lucky enough to witness it.
Typically in the past, fireworks at Disney's Hollywood Studios have been limited to the 4th of July, New Year's Eve, and the rare special event. 2014 brought a welcomed changed and allowed multiple opportunities for guests to witness spectacular fireworks from the confines of Disney's movie themed park.
Witnessing fireworks is a different experience for each Disney World theme park. Wishes at the Magic Kingdom uses Cinderella Castle as the focal point and weaves a story on, above, and around the castle to the astonishment of guests.
Epcot uses the multi-cultural World Showcase as the theme for the spectacular Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. This show that takes place in the center of the World Showcase Lagoon allows guests to line the 1.3 miles of walkway around the lagoon to witness the moving Fireworks, Laser, Water, Fire, and Video show that only Disney could have created.
Hollywood Studios Makes Fireworks Presentation Unique!At Hollywood Studios, the sight lines are reduced and the crowds are compacted onto Hollywood boulevard as the show takes place in the sky above the giant Sorcerer Mickey hat positioned at the end of the street in front of the recreation of Mann's Chinese Theater that plays host to The Great Movie Ride attraction. This closeness, I believe, adds to the magic of the fireworks here. It makes it hard for large crowds to really enjoy, but the resulting show is amazing.
For the two events this year: Star Wars Weekends, and Frozen Summer Fun, Disney added a stage show element that played into the theme of the fireworks. It is all about the storytelling and Disney does this very well. These aren't just random fireworks shot off for their own enjoyment, but rather parts of a story being told that starts on the stage and continues up into the sky and unfolds in front of the awed audience.
If you have the opportunity to witness fireworks at Disney's Hollywood Studios please take advantage of it. This isn't your typical small town fireworks display, it is part of a magical Disney story that is taking place in the sky that will leave you with memories to cherish long after the show has concluded.