Magic Kingdom firework testing scheduled but not a sign of imminent return of shows

Nov 13, 2020 in "Happily Ever After"

Posted: Friday November 13, 2020 2:18pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Fireworks testing is scheduled for the Magic Kingdom area early next week on Monday night after hours, but it isn't a sign of a return of shows just yet.

Disney often conducts tests of various pyrotechnics which may be used in future shows, along with testing of product from new suppliers. Disney has some testing ground outside of the park, which is likely where this test will take place.

Disney is yet to make any announcements on the return of its signature fireworks spectaculars, but speculation continues to suggest that EPOCT Forever may be the first return in the first half of 2021.

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larryzDec 19, 2020

The north side...

TrainChasersDec 19, 2020

There were times you’d see leftover shells from Halloween / Christmas parties in the regular wishes show. They would also try out different pyro from time to time. For a while they were doing air launched comets in wishes but then they went back to the traditional ones.

DisoneDec 19, 2020

One of the fun things about watching illuminations as many times as I had watched it as I could tell when they made changes. Sometimes changes were done permanently other times I assume they were done because the firework they wanted to use just wasn't in the available inventory. Other times it was more drastic like one of the four barges just not launching fireworks. During the entire show. Whether intentional or a technical difficulty I'll never know and will always guess . It was always fun to watch for little tweaks and changes. Same for HEA.

ThelazerDec 18, 2020

Prob something related to Humongous.

UnbansheeDec 18, 2020

Which side of I-4 is that on?

raymusiccityDec 18, 2020

...Or, you can go to DollyWood. They set off fireworks every night as the finale of their Christmas Lights show.

Giss NericDec 18, 2020

Add to that the limitations on the diameter of fireworks allowed. They do compensate with the amount though.

Cre8iveN8iveDec 17, 2020

Correct. Let me correct what I meant by “new”. New effect meaning specific combination of effect type, colors used, etc. together in a single shell for a MK production. Apologies for any confusion in my original post as these effects definitely aren’t new to the industry. New effect meaning specific combination of effect type, colors used, etc. together in a single shell for a MK production. The spiral pattern while used in HEA is blue and yellow for that production... where as tested last night changes from red to a green color. And the other three shots fired in that volley look like they were a ghost shell with red to time rain wave. I don’t recall seeing the specific effect and color combination used in any recent WDW production. 🤷‍♂️

marni1971Dec 17, 2020

Nothing new I don’t think

techgeekDec 17, 2020

If you watch videos of shows from elsewhere in the world, there’s been a whole lot of innovation in fireworks shells the few years. Since most Disney shows stick to their original relatively older pyro designs, we don’t often get to see the latest and greatest until it gets worked into a new production.

mnelson3Dec 17, 2020

True lol. And they even play “Spirit of The Season” so if you close your eyes you can pretend you are watching Holiday Wishes lol.

TrainChasersDec 17, 2020

Or you can go to Sea World.

mnelson3Dec 17, 2020

We need people to get the vaccine and more importantly cases to drop in order to see fireworks again.

Cre8iveN8iveDec 17, 2020

Correct me if I’m wrong. Looks to be some new effects/ color combinations tested last night from what I can ever recall seeing in a show at WDW. This series of shots looks to include two different shells that include ghost effects and one effect included a pattern shell of a spiral. Note: Photo taken as a screen capture from video found on YouTube.