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Happily Ever After is a fireworks and projection mapping show that debuted at the Magic Kingdom on May 12, 2017. Unlike its predecessor Wishes, the show includes more advanced technology such as projection mapping, lasers, and searchlights, as well as pyrotechnics.[1] The music also includes a theme song from Angie Keilhauer and Jordan Fisher.[2]

On March 12, 2020, Walt Disney World announced that all fireworks shows were suspended and temporarily closed, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, on June 15, 2021, following Walt Disney World Resort's reopening, Walt Disney World announced that the fireworks show would return on July 1, 2021, along with an updated version of Epcot Forever at EPCOT.

On September 29, 2021, the show had its final performance and was replaced by a new show, Disney Enchantment, as part of Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary celebration, although the show has recently been enhanced to include Cinderella Castle's 50th anniversary facade. During the D23 Expo on September 11, 2022, Disney announced that the show will return on April 1, 2023 with new updated contents.

Show summary[]

The spectacular inspired guests to seek out and find their own “Happily Ever After” by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. The show featured the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score. And thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show. The show was promised to feature the largest and most technologically advanced projection mapping display in Disney theme parks history.[3]

Show scenes[]

Trivia[]

  • The title and the theme song both came from Hong Kong Disneyland's 10th Anniversary celebration.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean is the only live-action film in the show.
  • Moana is the only non-Pixar film in the Adventure scene.
  • Shere Khan himself does not appear in the show. However, during the "That's What Friends are For" sequence, a voice clip of either George Sanders or Bill Lee as Shere Khan was used to make it look like the castle itself is sentient and appears to be "singing" the last line before looping into "Friend Like Me".
  • Unlike past fireworks shows at the Magic Kingdom, Tinker Bell descends from the castle at the very end (weather permitting), rather than the beginning.
  • As part of #DisneyMagicMoments, and because of the ongoing pandemic, Disney Parks released the full fireworks show (which taken from the live-stream for the first show in 2017) on their official YouTube channel as a "virtual fireworks display at the end of your day".
  • Due to the makeover of Cinderella Castle for the 50th Anniversary in 2021, the projection at the beginning and the end of the show also received several detail update.

See also[]

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