Disney Facts: A brief history of fireworks at Disneyland

The new Disneyland Forever fireworks, which debuted May 22, 2015 for the park’s Diamond Celebration, is the latest iteration of in a long line of fireworks shows.

Disney publicity photo
New projections down Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland which coincides
with the new fireworks.

It should be noted that fireworks shows did not begin with the park opened on July 15, 1955, but started in 1956 with a display called “Fantasy In the Sky.” The show was timed to coincide with a musical soundtrack played throughout Disneyland.

The “Fantasy In The Sky” started regularly in 1958 until October 1999. It wasn’t until 1961 that Tinker Bell joined the show, flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle, according to Disney.

The millennium brought a change to the show with “Believe … There’s Magic in the Stars,” which incorporated forms of narrative storytelling with enhanced choreography of the fireworks. This lasted until 2004.

From 2004 to 2005, “A Fantasy in the Sky” show took place.

From 2005 to 2010, “Remember… Dreams Come True” show as introduced.

In addition to the daily shows, Disneyland introduced special holiday shows, including “Halloween Screams” for Halloween and “Believe… In Holiday Magic,” for Christmas.

The latest show includes fog, lasers, computerized laser-mapping, inflatables and spotlights. Disneyland uses 17 projectors to immerse audiences into surroundings on Main Street, U.S.A. More than 25 video projectors are used parkwide.