Magic Kingdom 4th of July Fireworks!

By Cory Disbrow on July 4th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Spotlight   |    5 Comments

Hey everyone, and Happy 4th of July from us here at Disney Photography Blog!!

I was lucky enough to shoot this year’s Magic Kingdom 4th of July fireworks show from the beach at the Polynesian Resort, and I just wanted to share a few of the frames I captured from it. Since this was my first time shooting, I spent about a third of the show in awe of all the big bursts, and then remembered that I should probably be shooting. I thought that there would be more 360 degree perimeter shots to take, so I went with only a wide angle lens, whereas next time, I will probably go with something more in the 24-70 range. I also overestimated the brightness of the bursts, and shot the show with a 3 stop Neutral Density filter, when I probably should have shot it with a 2 stop ND. But, we live and we learn, and there is always next year!

So without any further ado, here are photos of the July 4th fireworks at Walt Disney World!

The show truly is remarkable to see, and the 360 degree perimeter bursts are really something special. It was a treat to both watch and shoot the show, and next time I’ll definitely be trying the 2 stop ND filter, with hopefully better results.

That said, we hope you all have a wonderful holiday, stay safe, and take great fireworks photos wherever you may be! Thanks for reading, and have a great day!!


  1. Crystal & Bryan   |   Jul 4, 2012

    Great shots Cory! We did the same as you at the Poly, went way wider than needed. 24-70 lens would be ideal.

  2. Katie Marino   |   Jul 4, 2012

    Awesome, Cory! Happy 4th!

  3. Barrie Brewer   |   Jul 6, 2012

    These are fabulous too Cory. Based on your post from today I was expecting them to be blown out but they look great. I have a question for you – how did you capture the floatilla? I would think the floats would be much blurrier. Even if they were just sitting in one place, with such a long exposure I’m surprised by how clear they are. Was that a lucky coincidence or did you do something in particular?

    • Barrie Brewer   |   Jul 6, 2012

      Ack, I didn’t mean blown out – meant the opposite: too dark.

      • Cory Disbrow   |   Jul 9, 2012

        Considering the level of thunderstorm we had before the show, it was a relative miracle that the floats weren’t blurry. The water just became amazingly still right before the show started, and the barges stayed pretty still, even during crazy long exposures!



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