Happily Ever After Fireworks
Running time: Approximately 12 minutes
Fireworks firing cues: 665
Individual pieces of pyrotechnics: 681
"Wishes" is roughly five minutes longer and several times larger than the long running fireworks show "Fantasy in the Sky," which was previously being shown at the Magic Kingdom.
"Wishes" With the use of classic Disney songs and well know Disney character voices, guests will be told a story about making a wish come true, accented by using timely choreographed fireworks.
The Cast of "Wishes" features the voices of:
- Jiminy Cricket , the Blue Fairy and Pinocchio (from 1940's Pinocchio)
- Snow White and the Evil Queen (from 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
- Cinderella (from 1950's Cinderella)
- Peter Pan (from 1953's Peter Pan)
- Ariel (from 1989's The Little Mermaid)
- Aladdin and Genie (from 1992's Aladdin)
- Tinker Bell, flies from atop Cinderella Castle during a dramatic moment in the show.
The Crew that created "Wishes"
- Creator/show director: Steven Davison - Davison, creative director with Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, also developed the "Believe...There's Magic in the Stars" fireworks spectacular at Disneyland.
- Fireworks designer: Eric Tucker - An award-winning pyrotechnics designer whose credits span the globe, Tucker previously designed the fireworks for "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" at Epcot.
- Music director: Steve Skorija - As music director for Walt Disney Entertainment, Skorija oversees music production for live entertainment and special events at Walt Disney World Resort.
- Composer/arranger: Gregory Smith - Smith previously worked on such Walt Disney World productions as "IllumiNations 25" and "Splashtacular" at Epcot, and the "Mickey Mania" parade at Magic Kingdom.
In addition to Gregory Smith's original theme, which is based on the children's nursery rhyme "Starlight, Star Bright," the score for "Wishes" contains portions of 12 songs from 10 classic Disney animated features:
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) ,"Pinocchio" (1940)
"Peter Pan" (1953)
"Sleeping Beauty" (1959)
"The Little Mermaid" (1989)
"Beauty and the Beast" (1991)
"Wishes" uses several new locations around the Magic Kingdom for launching fireworks that create brilliant bursts of light around Cinderella Castle. The show features new pyrotechnic effects never seen before in a Disney theme park, including several developed especially for this show:
The show's "wishing star" will crest approximately 100 feet above the castle's bright spires.
The Blue Fairy is represented with a spectacular star-shaped shell that "paints" each wish high in the sky with starlight.
"Wishes" was created in honor of the launch of "Magical Gatherings", a celebration of the magic that occurs when friends and extended family members gather at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in the months to come. The show is designed for a heart-tugging spectacle in the sky that will create lasting memories for everyone to take home with the
It’s no secret that every ‘once upon a time’ story ends with ‘happily ever after.’ Now, Walt Disney World Resort guests can discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the newest, most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park – “Happily Ever After.”
In addition to fireworks, the stunning nighttime extravaganza features more lasers, lights and projections than any show at Magic Kingdom Park before it. “Happily Ever After” is also an entirely new kind of Disney storytelling, one that takes guests on an inspiring journey filled with heart, humor and emotion. Guests become part of the journey themselves as they follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after.
The 18-minute spectacle features moments from classic Disney films such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin to modern blockbusters Moana and Zootopia. Cinderella Castle becomes part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing heartfelt Disney stories to life on and around the iconic 18-story-tall castle. Quasimodo from Hunchback of Notre Dame swings from the turrets. Woody and his pals from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story recreate the castle entirely out of toys. And Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty envelops the castle in her signature green flames. The story begins with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Disney villains soon become part of the story, attempting to quash those beautiful dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Overcoming their fears, the heroes triumph and are celebrated with spectacular fireworks.
Because no Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display is complete without this little bit of magic, Tinker Bell flies across the night sky, reminding guests that with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, everyone can find their own happily ever after.
Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films are featured through state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks. Paired with an emotional score, the new spectacular drives the message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they are brave enough to listen to what guides them and bold enough to pursue their destiny.
The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including Aladdin, Brave, Tarzan, The Lion King, and The Princess and the Frog.
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NOTE: Happliy Ever After fireworks replaced WISHES on May 12, 2017.
This event is subject to availability. The Dessert Party begins one hour before nighttime fireworks, so the time will change depending on the night. You may want to double check your reservation time a couple of weeks before your trip.
Guests are able to choose between the standing view in the Plaza Garden or seated viewing at Tomorrowland Terrace; either way the party includes a self-service buffet at the Tomorrowland Terrace with sweets, beverages and exclusive viewing of 'Happily Ever After', the nightly fireworks. Guests will be able to enjoy a selection of desserts, such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, hand-scooped ice cream, create-your-own cookies and cupcakes, ooey gooey toffee cake, action station s'mores, eggrolls, spinach dip, and Disney character-themed desserts. A sparkling cider toast will take place as the fireworks begin. Other beverages include hot drinking chocolate, signature lemonades, coffee, and tea, plus a selection of beer and wine for guests 21 and older in the Tomorrowland Terrace viewing area.
Reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. To reserve a space, prepayment is necessary.
Guests who book same day reservations for the dessert party will have their viewing area reserved in the Plaza Gardens, which was the former FastPass+ viewing area for fireworks. Guests with Advance Dining Reservations will have their choice of watching the fireworks from either the Tomorrowland Terrace viewing area or the Plaza Gardens.
The cost is $79 for standing Plaza Garden viewing ($47 ages 3 to 9); Reserved seating at Tomorrowland Terrace is $99 for adults; $59 ages 3 to 9. Both include tax but not gratuity. Gratuity isn't required, but is an option if you so desire. Separate Magic Kingdom Park admission is required but not included in the cost. The fireworks experience may be changed or canceled without prior notice. The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted for this party.
There are reserved tables and seating for the Tomorrowland Terrace location, but the Plaza Garden is standing only.
Reservations can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
Magic Kingdom has extended their very popular fireworks dessert party options with their After Fireworks Dessert Party. Attending guests will be treated to a reserved viewing space in the Plaza Garden to watch the nighttime spectacular, followed by an exclusive dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace after the show’s finale.
An ehanced menu including chocolate-dipped strawberries, hand-scooped ice cream, create-your-own cookies and cupcakes, ooey gooey toffee cake, action station s'mores, eggrolls, spinach dip, and Disney character-themed desserts, plus sparkling cider, hot chocolate, signature lemonades, coffee, tea, and a selection of beer and wine for guests 21 and over.
Admission to the party is $89 for adults and $53 for children (ages 3-9).
Reservations for the After Fireworks Dessert Party can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
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