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“The Disney ‘Kiss Goodnight’.”

The fireworks are back at Disney, and we could not be more excited! It is as if the magic has officially returned to both Disney World and Disneyland.

One of the most magical parts of the Disney Parks and the Disney brand has always been their ability to light up the night sky.

Since the 1950s, Disneyland has been closing its parks by lighting up the night sky with a signature “kiss goodnight.” The concept began when Mickey Aronson (yes, Mickey), who worked in Disneyland Resort Entertainment for more than 50 years, began setting off Disneyland fireworks in the summer of 1956. Aronson would fire the show by hand, touching off the fuses with a flare.**

Beginning in the late 1960s, Disneyland Entertainment developed a much safer system that would set the fireworks off electronically and synchronize the colorful explosions to a musical soundtrack. For the past 60+ years, this has been a nightly tradition (canceled only due to inclement weather) that is not to be missed whether you are attending a Disney park for the first time or make it a point to go multiple times per year.

Earlier this month, Disney resumed their nighttime celebrations after a year’s rest due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Multiple shows took place that last week in June for a preview event offered exclusively to park employees. When the lights switched off at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, the waterworks turned on. Cast members cheered and sang along, celebrating the first flight from our beloved Tinkerbell in a year. Cast Members were also surprised by a guest appearance made by Jordan Fischer, who sings the current anthem for the Magic Kingdom firework display in Walt Disney World, “Happily Ever After.”

No matter which coast you are visiting, whether you’re in Animal Kingdom or Disney’s California Adventure, you don’t want to miss the nighttime firework extravaganzas. These special shows are not to be missed- the perfect ending to a magical day in the parks.

Historical references for this article have been taken from The Birth of Disney Fireworks - Days Gone Disney

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