Need a date night idea for a SUPER DUPER special occasion? You can now choose from multiple fireworks options at Walt Disney World. With increased options there come increased choices to make. Which Disney fireworks cruise is best for you and the one that makes you feel fireworks of your own? It depends on your budget and the kind of experience that interests you.
Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated September 2021.
Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise – In Honor of Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary
If you've ever wanted to enjoy the fireworks from the Seven Seas Lagoon, while on board one of Disney's famous ferry boats, this is for you! Available select Wednesday and Saturday nights, the Ferrytale Freworks cruise provides bite-size signature treats, from KABOOM! Cupcakes and Rocket Burst Popcorn Push Ups to Red Velvet Wow! Pie and Grand Finale Key Lime Tarts. You can tell by the names of these treats this is going to be a fun Disney fireworks cruise. Soft drinks and a limited selection of alcoholic beverages are included. You'll sail on the Seven Seas Lagoon about 50 minutes before the fireworks finale sparkles in the sky.
You can even slip on some specialty Mickey Vision glasses to make the fireworks appear in a special way. The downside to the Ferrytale Fireworks Cruise is that it is open to a relatively large number of guests. This does make the availability easier and brings the prices to $99 for adults and $69 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included), and even includes a special takeaway surprise. So if you're a couple who wants something special, but at a more budget-friendly price, this is a good Disney fireworks cruise for you. Just know, it is by no means private, and can be a bit busy and noisy on select dates.
This experience is also easier to book than the standard specialty cruises, thanks to the ability to book online.
Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Specialty Cruises
A tradition long enjoyed by families and couples alike, Disney's Specialty Cruises allow up to 10 guests to cruise out into the water to enjoy a breathtaking viewing spot of the nightly fireworks. You can choose to view Magic Kingdom's fireworks or EPCOT's fireworks. Each specialty cruise departs from Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort to experience Epcot's fireworks, and Disney's Contemporary Marina, Polynesian Marina, Grand Floridian Marina, Fort Wilderness Marina, or Wilderness Lodge Marina for Magic Kingdom.
While not as extravagant as the Ferrytale Fireworks experience, each cruise is accompanied by a captain, and includes light snacks and soft drinks. Festive banners and balloons are also included in the cost—and can be requested at the time of booking. Because these cruises are much more intimate, the price is higher. Enjoy a fireworks cruise aboard a 25-foot boat starting at $399 plus tax. This boat seats up to 10 people. Pricing may vary based on time of day and is subject to change.
You'll need to call (407) WDW-PLAY for reservations, and be prepared for long hold times.
The Ultimate Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Grand 1 Yacht – Currently Unavailable
For years, couples could reserve a private sailing on their very own luxury yacht for a VIP trip through the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake inside Walt Disney World Resort. Starting at $500 per hour, you and your guest(s) could get cozy in the Grand 1, a 52-foot Sea Ray yacht which could be staffed with a private-dining staff and a private butler. Currently, this experience is unavailable. We'll be keeping an eye on the status and will update this post should it become available again.
Learn more about the Ferrytale Dessert and Fireworks Cruise and more about the Specialty Fireworks Cruises at DisneyWorld.com. You can also call (407) WDW-PLAY for reservations.
Which of these cruises sound like a dream come true for you and your honey? Let us know what you think!