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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.


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  7. Kyal Bacchus-brown

    January 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    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

  8. Kim-Marie

    January 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I am going to reach out to my PR contact at Disney right now and see what I can find out. I am hoping this is a proposal! :)

  9. JOHN

    January 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm


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

    Best Regards

  10. Kim-Marie

    January 25, 2014 at 11:17 am


    I have a few ideas for you. Flytographer offers vacation photographers in a lot of cities, I checked with them, they have Orlando and would be thrilled to help. I asked my best photographer friend Jeffrey Shaw who he would recommend and he gave me Gary Hughes – gary@hughesfioretti.com. Let me know what you work out, I would love to include this in my stories.

    Good luck!

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  13. Robert T

    August 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm


    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 ?


  14. Kim-Marie

    August 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm


    How exciting for you, congratulations! I would rent the smaller boats, they are less expensive and yes, they are private. Once you pay to rent it, no one else gets on. It’s just if you wanted 18 people. The captain would take photos but I do know photographers if you want some help with that. The whole cruise is about 60 minutes. The fireworks show lasts about 20 minutes. A great resource for photographers is Flytographer.

    Good luck!

  15. Lorraine Lawrence

    August 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    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.

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  20. Stephen Juliano

    November 21, 2014 at 8:54 am

    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!

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