Disney World Fireworks Cruise – How to Book

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Disney World Fireworks Cruise – How to Book

Whether it’s your first trip to Disney World or your 75th (I might be getting close), the fireworks at the end of the night are a must see.

I don’t care how jaded you are, when Jiminy Cricket says “”Pretty huh? I’ll bet a lot of you folks don’t believe that… about a wish coming true. Do ya? Well, I didn’t either. ‘Course I’m just a cricket. But let me tell ya what really changed my mind. You see the most fantasic magical things can happen… and it all starts with a wish!”; if you don’t cry…your heart is a frozen cutlet

The “Wishes” nighttime spectacular is more than just a fireworks show. Tinkerbell flies down from Cinderella’s castle, there’s a light show, a soundtrack of your favorite Disney songs and pyrotechnics set to music.

If only your kids weren’t tired and crabby by the time it started. Oh and everyone else who staked a claim to a “great spot to see the fireworks” is also cranky and likely to hurt you if you so much as lean in front of them.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a private fireworks show? Maybe on a boat? With some wine? Didn’t know that was possible? Many Disney guests don’t and it’s my most often given advice when asked for “insider tips” on Disney.

You can charter your own boat, with Captain, snacks and sodas. The best way to do it is to call 407-WDW-TOURS, it really can’t be done online. You can also book with itinerary specialists once you are already at Disney but there are no guarantees of availability.

There are a few choices for private boat fireworks tours:

  • The Grand 1 Yacht – It seats up to 18 guests, leaves from the Grand Floridian and can be stocked with whatever your heart desires through private dining. All this luxury will run you about $550 per hour/1 hour minimum.
  • Sun Tracker – This pontoon boat seats up to 10 guests, will be stocked with snacks and sodas, but just like the big daddy yacht, you can order a spread from private dining. There are several of these boats and they depart from various deluxe properties around the resort. This smaller boat will cost around $350 per hour/1 hour minimum
  • Pirates and Pals – This is not a private tour, I haven’t experienced it, but it sounds fab. You get to meet Capt. Hook and Mr. Smee, you sail around the lake singing pirate songs and then enjoy the fireworks show. When you return to the Contemporary Hotel they tell me there is a “surprise guest” waiting for you. If only it were Johnny Depp

All of the boats have synchronized sound systems on board so you don’t miss a bit of Jiminy’s speech or the timeless music. You also often get to see the Electrical Parade that happens on the lake just prior to the fireworks show. If you’ve not been near the water at this time, you probably didn’t even know it existed.

Not only is this a great way to see the fireworks, it’s a relaxing way to end your evening. After a day at the Disney Parks with little ones a little relaxation (and maybe some wine) is good for everyone. The pricing on the Disney World Fireworks Cruise is constantly changing, call 407-WDW-PLAY for the most up to date costs.

 

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Kim-Marie

Baby maker, risk taker, shoe lover, world saver, travel freak.

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  • Kyal Bacchus-brown

    Hi there,

    I am planning on booking the grand one yacht but wanted to find out about also hiring a photographer. Is there anyway you can assist me with this?

    Kind regards,

    Lord Bacchus-brown

    January 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm
  • JOHN

    KIM-MARIE,

    I was also wondering about the photographer. I was thinking about proposing on the Yacht 1….Did you find anything out??

    Best Regards

    January 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm
  • Robert T

    Hello,

    My girlfriend and I are planning on going to wdw within the next 6 months or so. I plan on purposing but I would like to rent the grand 1 and purpose during the fireworks . I’ve only been to wdw once and unfortunately I never got to see the fireworks . How long do they usually last ? And I really want some pictures is their anyways to get some will the captains take them for you ? Last question I noticed you said the grand 1 holds 18 guest , but I just want it to be private is that possible ?

    Thanks

    August 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm
  • Lorraine Lawrence

    We have rented a private fireworks cruise. I have phenominal pictures from it they are panoramic. Disney has a list of private photgraphers that are allowed. Our kids told us it was the best night they ever had. We go to disney a ton and stay deluxe for ten days to two weeks. This was the best night it was magical.

    August 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm
  • I surprised my husband with a fireworks cruise during our honeymoon in May. We rented one of the pontoon boats for the two of us, and had the Contemporary Resort provide chocolate covered strawberries and champagne on the boat. It was an absolutely fantastic experience!

    We drove around Bay Lake for about an hour before the fireworks began, and our captain pointed out Discovery Island, River Country, the old wave machine near the Polynesian and the water bridge. We got to see the Electrical Water Pageant from the boat and then experienced the greatest view ever of Wishes.

    It was an absolutely stunning opportunity! When you think about Disney prices, it is quite reasonable, especially if you are traveling with a group and splitting the costs.

    We will be visiting WDW with my family for our first anniversary, and we are planning on doing another cruise with the entire group! Can’t wait!

    November 21, 2014 at 8:54 am
  • Robert Dahlgren

    My girlfriend and I are planning on going to wdw this Aug 2015. I plan on purposing but I would like to rent one of the smaller boats and purpose during the fireworks . How much would that cost me and I’m I too late to book that now. Please get back to me.

    Thanks,
    Robert

    April 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm
  • Robert Dahlgren

    My girlfriend and I are planning on going to wdw this Aug 2015. I plan on purposing but I would like to rent one of the smaller boats and purpose during the fireworks . How much would that cost me and I’m I too late to book that now. Please get back to me.

    Thanks,
    Robert

    April 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm
  • Karen Waizer

    I rented the grand one for my family a couple of years ago – it was great – but I just called to rent it and it’s now almost $900 per hour! It’s gone up way too much to make it worthwhile.

    July 25, 2015 at 10:58 pm
  • Jon cowen

    Hi there we are looking at getting married at the Disney contemporary , but would love the Grand 1 yacht but was wondering if it only left from the Floridian or would they pick us up from the Disney contemporary ? Thanks for your help

    August 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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