“Happily Ever After” Fireworks and Castle Projection Show Magic Kingdom
The newest, most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park debuted on May 12, 2017 — "Happily Ever After." In addition to fireworks, the stunning new nighttime extravaganza features more lasers, lights and projections than any Disney show before it. "Happily Ever After" takes guests on an inspiring journey filled with heart, humor and emotion. The 18-minute spectacle features scenes from classic Disney films such as "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" to modern blockbusters "Moana" and "Zootopia." Cinderella Castle is 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 "Beauty and the Beast," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Jungle Book" and many more.
The "Happily Ever After" theme song is sung by country music artist Angie Keilhauer and singer Jordan Fisher. This emotional song encourages people to find the courage to reach for their own "happily ever afters" and in addition to the duo of Angie and Jordan, also features the talents of a full orchestra and 90-voice gospel choir – combining into the perfect recipe for an amazing finale song.
"Happily Ever After" will be presented nightly. Show times vary based on park hours.
"Happily Ever After" replaces "Wishes," which debuted October 9, 2003. Wishes replaced the long-running Fantasy in the Sky fireworks, which had premiered in 1976.