I skip the fireworks show every time I'm at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Here's why.

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A view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks at Disney World in 2018.
The fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images
  • I always skip the fireworks show at Disney World's Magic Kingdom, and you should too.

  • The crowds create a cramped, hostile environment, and the show is almost always the same.

  • Plus, you can go on any ride while the show is playing because there are no lines.

I'm a sucker for all things Disney World. I'll wait an hour to ride The Pirates of the Caribbean, I'll eat three cups of Dole Whip in a day, and I'll even pay top dollar for one of the highly sought-after restaurant reservations.

But there's one thing you won't catch me enjoying at a Disney park: the fireworks show.

I've been going to Disney World since I was a child, and in the past few years, I've decided to skip the nighttime fireworks show in Magic Kingdom. Turns out, I don't miss it at all.

Here's why I skip the show - and why I think you should, too.

It's the same show almost every time, so you're not missing anything

I've been going to Magic Kingdom for years, and the fireworks show has only changed a handful of times.

From 1971 to 2003, the show was called "Fantasy in the Sky," so it was the same show for my entire childhood. They have updated the show more frequently as of late, but typically each new rendition lasts a few years. For example, the most recent show, "Happily Ever After," started in 2017 and just ended this year.

My family likes to go to Magic Kingdom almost every year, and they want to watch the fireworks every time. It got to the point where I could recite the lyrics to the songs that played during the show. For me, it started to feel like a waste of time.

main street usa in magic kingdom at disney world lit up at night with christmas decorations
Main Street becomes too crowded. Disney Parks

The show has been updated this year for Disney World's 50th-anniversary celebrations and is titled "Disney Enchantment." So it might be worth it to check out this year, but in my opinion, once is enough.

The park gets way too crowded and people start fighting

About two hours before the show starts, parkgoers head to the castle to pick their spot for the night's show. In my experience, this leads to two main problems.

First, the center of the park becomes very crowded. It gets so bad that it's impossible to maneuver your way down Main Street and even more difficult to get near the castle. As everyone flocks to one small section of Magic Kingdom, everyone starts packing closer and closer together.

Second, people become very territorial. Some start lining up hours early to get a good spot, so when others come in and try to grab a spot just minutes before the show starts, tensions rise. I've witnessed countless people bicker and even fight during the show because they can't see or because they think someone stole their place.

For me, the crowds take all the magic out of the show.

Most importantly, it's the perfect time to get on any ride within minutes

When all the parkgoers flock to the castle for the show, the rest of the park is completely empty. But guess what? The rides keep going. That means there are practically no lines at some of the biggest and most sought-after attractions.

It's a Small World Disney World entrance
The rides have no lines. Kim Renfro/INSIDER

If there was a ride during the day that you couldn't get a Fast Pass for or if the line was always too long, the fireworks show is the best time to hop right on. The last time I was at Magic Kingdom, I skipped the show and rode Big Thunder Mountain twice and Pirates of the Caribbean once.

I call it "The Magical 20 Minutes" because it feels like the entire Magic Kingdom is yours and you can do whatever you want.

There's no better time to experience a completely empty Disney World park than when everyone is distracted by the show.

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