Disney Fireworks Cruise – The Ultimate Guide

A Disney fireworks cruise is a magical way to see the fireworks shows from a different angle. Imagine sitting in the middle of Seven Seas Lagoon or Bay Lake on a pontoon boat watching the sky above you light up with the amazing Disney fireworks displays. There is also the ability to have synchronised audio on the boat, so you can enjoy the full experience.

Boat rental at Walt Disney World doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Speciality chartered fireworks cruises begin when the sun is still high in the sky, and end when the night is still and dark.

Sun tracker boat on Seven seas lagoon

Disney Speciality Cruises Locations

You are able to book speciality fireworks cruises to watch current nighttime shows at Disney World. These are currently Harmonious at Epcot, or Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom.

Harmonious cruises depart from Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort. You then travel to the International Gateway near World Showcase Lagoon to watch the amazing nighttime show.

view of Contemporary resort from Bay Lake

If you’re wishing to watch Disney Enchantment from the water, then you have a choice of departing locations. You can opt for Disney’s Contemporary resort, Polynesian Village, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge or Fort Wilderness.

What’s Included In A Disney Fireworks Cruise

The 25 foot boat seats up to ten guests, and costs around $399 plus tax. This may seem like a lot of money, however when split between ten people it’s good value. Private fireworks for just $40 per person. You’re not only getting an amazing boat ride, but a skipper with plenty of Disney knowledge.

sun tracker pontoon boat at Disney World

Let’s not forget about the snacks and drinks on board, as well as the amazing opportunity to see the fireworks in comfort and without the crowds.

Speciality cruises are also a great way to celebrate a special occasion. There are additional add ons you can request including balloons and champagne. What a perfect surprise for a special celebration!

Your experience will include a captain, assorted snacks and soft drinks. On our cruise, we set sail from the Contemporary resort 75 minutes before the Magic Kingdom fireworks were due to start. Our skipper spent plenty of time telling us lots of stories about the sights we saw as we toured Bay lake and Seven Seas Lagoon.

sunset at Disney World

Other Speciality Disney Cruises

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise

A few times a week, you can set sail to enjoy delicious desserts at the same time as watching the fireworks from Seven Seas Lagoon. Your check in will be at the Ticket and Transportation centre. From here you’ll board one of the Disney World ferries such as the general Joe Potter. Enjoy an evening of yummy desserts and amazing views of the night sky.

view across Bay lake

Our Disney Fireworks Cruise Experience

Leaving from Disney’s Contemporary Resort, our journey took us past Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness and The Grand Floridian. We also saw Discovery island that was in operation before Animal Kingdom was built. I was also surprised to be shown the old water park, River Country. 

It was amazing to see so much and learn so many Disney facts that we wouldn’t have learned otherwise.

There were other boats out on the water, including the Grand 1 yacht which sails from the Grand Floridian resort. The Grand 1 begins at a cost of $349 per hour, so it would be a truly special experience to be onboard this yacht.

Disney fireworks with Magic Kingdom in background

We also spotted some Pirates and Pals cruise boats that sounded like a lot of fun. As the sun set, we arrived in front of the Magic Kingdom to some amazing views of everything lit up.

Our boat, a 25′ Tracker Pontoon, seats up to ten guests. On board the boat there was so much attention to detail for the guests. These included plenty of towels to use as blankets if needed, a tray of snacks and a cooler of drinks provided. We also had the music piped into the boat when the fireworks started, it was amazing.

I don’t know where the time went, but it flashed past so quickly. However, before we made our way back to the Contemporary Resort, we were treated to watching the Electrical Water pageant. This nighttime water parade travels around the resorts on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon every night.

Electrical Water Parade

We’ve often spotted this in the distance as we’ve been walking back to the buses leaving Magic Kingdom. However this time we were so close to it on the water it was amazing.

We were safely delivered back to the Contemporary resort a little while later with big smiles on our faces. Whilst I hadn’t considered booking a fireworks cruise in the past, I wish I had read a little more about it. It truly was a unique and wonderful experience.

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Happily ever after fireworks cruise

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