Wednesday, June 20, 2012

4th of July Fireworks at Disney World

In an upcoming episode of the MMOM podcast, we will be doing a tribute to America to celebrate the 4th of July.  The week of July 4th is one of the busiest all year at the World (10 out of 10 according to Touring Plans). 

We have spent a significant amount on our thoughts on the best way to manage crowds and waiting, but sometimes you can't be at park for rope drop. When that happens, and the crowds are as big as they are, getting on some attractions can be an ordeal.

Here are the maximum Touring Plan level 10 waits at a select attraction at each park:

Space Mountain: 80+ minutes
Soarin: 110+
Everest: 55+
Toy Story Mania: 110+ (I have to say in my experience this is conservative)

Anyway, Disney is able to make up for the increased crowds and the decreased number of attractions  you get to experience by putting on a number of parades and shows that are way above and beyond the standard "scope" of an average day in the pars.

And the fireworks...not to be missed. Disney goes all out for the major holidays and really makes a crowded day in the park worth the added stress. To point, I, despite being a crotchity pain in the ass almost all the time, could NOT express how inspiring the special fireworks show at Disney during holiday season was. All I could say was "Wow."

For anyone who is going to be in the World during this time, WDW Magic has a nice summary of all the nightime entertainment and fireworks.

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