Created for Disneyland's 50th anniversary, the "Remember…Dreams Come True" fireworks show is one of the best in the park's history. Each segment represents one of the "lands" and the rides in it. Pay attention to the music and use your imagination and you can make out the stretching room, watch a Pirates of the Caribbean cannon battle, see a bouncing Tigger and a Mickey Mouse head.
For many special occasions, including Fourth of July, Christmas and New Year's Eve, a seasonally themed fireworks display replaces "Remember." And just for folks who come to Mickey's Halloween Party, there's a special Halloween version, too.
Rating: 5 smiles
Recommended for: Everyone, but loud noises may scare some children and we even know a few adults who put their hands over their ears in the loudest parts
Disneyland Fireworks Facts
- Type: Fireworks show
- Location: Best from Main Street USA
- Duration: 17 minutes
- For visitor safety, Fantasyland and Toontown close during the fireworks and the monorail stops running. Toontown will stay closed afterward, but the others may open again
- Runs weekends only during less-busy times
- During the holidays, simulated snow falls just as the fireworks end
- If you don't like loud noises, the Mickey and Friends parking garage roof is far enough away and you can still see the show. Take the Mickey and Friends tram from Downtown Disney, leaving at least 30 minutes before starting time. Take the escalator to the top level and watch from there.
The Disneyland fireworks are designed to be seen from the area in front of the castle around the "hub" where the Friends statue stands, but even there, some spots are better. Best bets for watching the Disneyland fireworks:
- In Front of the Castle: The best place to see the fireworks is right next to the rope in front of the castle, where it feels like the show is just for you. The "safety line" (closest you can be during the show) can be as close as the top of the compass and as far back as the hub itself. Stake out your spot too early and too close and you may have to move. As you settle down, ask a cast member if you'll be able to stay there during the show.
- The Hub and Main Street: Views will be good, but buildings and trees can get in your way. If you can see the castle and the Matterhorn, you'll have an unobstructed view. If you're tired and hungry around fireworks time, snag a table at the Jolly Holiday Bakery, sitting near the outer railing in a spot with a good view, then send your companions to grab something to eat while you hold the seats.
- Main Street Railroad Station: The elevation gives a nice overview and it's close to the exit so you can leave as soon as the show ends.
- it's a small world Corridor: A less-crowded place to watch the fireworks is along the corridor that leads toward Toontown, past it's a small world. From here, you can get back into Fantasyland as soon as it re-opens.
- Innoventions Balcony: Go inside and up to the exit or bravely march directly up the exit ramp, then stand close to the triangular pylon. You won't be able to see everything, but it's uncrowded and you can get onto the Monorail as soon as it starts running after the show and zip right out to Downtown Disney.
- Rooms With a View: Some room at the the Disney-owned hotels have great views of the fireworks, especially the Disneyland Hotel's Adventure Tower and some rooms at the Grand Californian.
You can watch from anywhere you can park your wheelchair or ECV, but someone may stand in front of you. Choose your location carefully.
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