New ‘Happily Ever After’ nighttime fireworks display coming May 12 to Magic Kingdom, replacing ‘Wishes’

Walt Disney World has announced a brand new nighttime fireworks spectacular “Happily Ever After” at Magic Kingdom park that will begin performances May 12.

Featuring more laser, lights and projections than any Disney show before it, the 18-minute show will not only feature some incredible-looking fireworks but also 50 choreographed spotlights and thrilling state-of-the-art projections against the Cinderella Castle with scenes from 25 classic and modern Disney moves such as “Zootopia,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Toy Story,” “Aladdin,” and “Moana”. Examples given by Disney of how the scenes will play out include Quasimodo from “Hunchback of Notre Dame” swinging from the turrets as well as Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” enveloping the castle in her signature green flames.

If that wasn’t enough, the score features a 75-piece orchestra will revisit some of the most popular songs from the soundtracks of “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” among others.

From Disney’s press release:

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 will fly across the night sky, reminding guests that with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, everyone can find their own happily ever after.

This unfortunately also means that Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams at the Magic Kingdom will have its final performance on May 11. Wishes debuted at the park on October 9, 2003, when it replaced the 32-year-old Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show.

“Happily Ever After” will be presented nightly. Show times will vary based on park hours.

Be sure to visit Theme Parks and Beyond in May for the complete 4K video of what promises to be an incredible new addition to Walt Disney World!

Image courtesy of Disney

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