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Florida Guide > Disney General

Disney evening finale shows

The three main Disney parks all feature a spectacular evening show with stunning effects and stirring tales.

It is worth making time to see all three shows while you are in Orlando as each one has its own brand of magic.

Magic Kingdom has the new Wishes fireworks display, and this is breathtakingly good. If you check the Park times before your planned visit then try and do Wishes on an evening when they also feature the Spectromagic Parade.

This is a traditional parade with the added twist of being at night in the dark. It features all the favourite characters on floats decorated with thousands of tiny lights which twinkle and sparkle and really do make the whole thing magical. We still love to try and catch it once every visit.

The Wishes firework display is awesome and shouldn’t be missed. The best place to see it all is in front of Cinderella’s castle. You then see the whole vista and how cleverly the Disney imaginers work the castle itself into the display. Watch for Tinkerbells dramatic entrance too!!

Epcot features the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth firework display and this has been our favourite night time show since we first saw the original Illuminations in 1990. The display can be seen from all around the World Showcase Lagoon and is on at 9pm every night of the year. If you happen to be at the Park on a holiday evening then Disney always seem to add some new fireworks suitable to the holiday.

This show was first debuted for the Millennium celebrations in 2000 but has been so popular that it has been extended indefinitely.

The narrator sets the scene beautifully with these words: "Good evening, and welcome. We've gathered here tonight, around the fire, as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us, to share the light and to share a story an amazing story, as old as time itself but still being written.

And though we each of us have our own individual stories to tell a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one.
I hope you enjoy our story tonight -- Reflections of Earth."
Don’t miss this show……

The last Park to feature a grand evening finale is Hollywood Studios. Like both its older sisters, this too is spectacular. It is no small feat for Disney to constantly produce new and exhilarating shows, and this one is no exception.

Very different to anything else this show is a sit down one in the Hollywood Hills amphitheatre. It’s best to arrive around an hour early if the Parks are busy, as there is only seating for 6,500. Leave it too late and you will have to stand or risk not getting in at all.

Set on an island in a lake the show is about Mickey Mouse’s imagination and features dramatic music and effects, live action and some very clever animation.

I don’t want to give away too much about any of the shows and spoil the surprises. Go see them all if you can, each one is different from the other two and each one unique and wonderful in their own ways. I dare you to try and pick a favourite and stick with it.

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