Review: Opening Night of “Happily Ever After” Fireworks Dazzles


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Tonight, Disney premiered the highly anticipated “Happily Ever After” firework nighttime spectacular! The fireworks display in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom follows “Wishes“, which was an extremely popular nighttime fireworks display. The Magic Kingdom was packed on a fairly warm Friday night as many guests patiently waited for the new nighttime spectacular to start. As the anticipation grew, you could feel the excitement from the crowd and then the show began! Here is how it went:

Wow, this show gave me goosebumps! This is hands-down the best nighttime fireworks display that I’ve ever seen at any Disney Park! “Happily Ever After” is an outstanding display that holds up the high bar set by the “Wishes” fireworks spectacular, and in my opinion, surpasses that bar! Everything from the music, the fantastic new projections, the rooftop pyro, and the lasers all meshed well to created a completely new and exciting nighttime celebration! “Happily Ever After” successfully brings this array of visual pageantry together without feeling overwhelming. Instead, it feels like a very well thought out and complete production. Any concern I had about the projections feeling gimmicky quickly washed away fairly soon into the new show! The burst of fireworks occasionally match the characters that are singing (i.e. spiral fireworks for Moana and target-shaped fireworks for Merida).

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Fans of “Wishes” will not be let down, as the new show keeps staples they love about the Magic Kingdom fireworks like great music, Tinker Bell flying over the Magic Kingdom, and an amazing arrangement of fireworks, but add a new spin that will be entertaining a new generation of Disney guests. This balance between satisfying classic Disney fans that love their nostalgia while also impressing first-time visitors was done extremely well by Disney.

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Guests should try and watch the show from the bridge walking towards the HUB because it provides a great view of the fireworks, and also the new enhancements like the castle projections. For this show, more so than “Wishes”, it really does matter where you watch the show from. Old locations like the Tomorrowland bridge, Fantasyland, and the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort may become less popular, but having a direct view of the castle really does affect your view of the show.



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I highly suggest booking a Walt Disney World vacation as soon as you can afford to in order to see this show because it is all Disney fans could have asked for.



*The information contained in this article represents the opinion of the author, and not necessarily the opinion of the DIS.


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