If you’ve ever been to Disney World, you know fireworks are an integral part of the evening celebration at the parks. It’s one of our favorite parts of a visit to Disney World. I wrote last week about how Disney is discontinuing the current “Wishes” evening performance, rolling out a new one in May. That got my mind racing on how to plan a quick Disney trip before the show changed. And, it made me wonder how much does Disney World spend on fireworks? As I was reading the article where I learned about the changes, I noted a comment about the estimated cost of fireworks:
As you likely already know, the show is performed every single evening at the Magic Kingdom (barring inclement weather that would prevent the show from being performed). Each performance costs Disney around $33,000 to put on the much-anticipated show for all of the guests that are anxiously waiting. If the show, or the holiday variations of the show, were to be performed every single night as planned, that makes just over $12 million spent on just this show each year.
That’s a lot of bang, and a lot of bucks. There are similar shows in each of the 4 theme parks at Disney World. If we’re conservative and say $10 million per park, per year to put on a fireworks display, that’s $40 million in fireworks.
Park attendance topped 50 million overall at Walt Disney World last year. A rough estimate is that each guest is “contributing” just shy of a dollar to paying for those fireworks.
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It is a bit crazy to think that Disney World spends that much on fireworks. These numbers are unverified, but some time spent Googling yielded similar estimates from folks over the year. I’m certainly fine paying my share. I’m just wondering what the warehouse looks like where they store all the fireworks. Talk about a no smoking zone!
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