Disney has revealed that Walt Disney World’s “Happily Ever After” fireworks show will return to Magic Kingdom Park in 2023, with updates to revitalize the popular nighttime spectacular for new audiences.
Happily Ever After, a nighttime fireworks spectacular at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park, debuted in 2017 to an extremely positive response from theme park Guests. Notably, the new performance included 18 minutes of increased special effects, including “more projections, lights, and lasers” than preceding shows such as its predecessor, “Wishes.”
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Moreover, the fireworks spectacular’s original score, included by a London symphony orchestra, featured celebrity vocals in the main theme song performed by Jordan Fisher and Angie Keilhauer. Indeed, when the Walt Disney World Resort announced its intention to replace the beloved show with “Disney Enchantment” in honor of its 50th Anniversary celebration, fans immediately began a period of mourning.
In the past, Disney has extended the run of more than one limited-time entertainment offering introduced for a Disney Parks special occasion if Guests receive it positively. For example, the Disneyland Resort introduced “Remember… Dreams Come True” fireworks in honor of its 50th Anniversary in 2005, with the popular show continuing its run on-and-off for 14 years, and the 60th Anniversary’s “Disneyland Forever” fireworks receiving a second run in 2019.
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However, due to the somewhat lackluster response to the new Magic Kingdom show, Disney will now bring back Happily Ever After just two years after initially retiring it. Previously, when Josh D’Amaro attempted to make this announcement at the D23 Expo Parks Panel, fans erupted in such excitement that it caught the Disney Parks Chairman off guard, causing him to stumble over his words, implying that Disney might release an entirely new show with borrowed elements from Happily Ever After’s score.
Assumably, his prepared speech would have confirmed a return for the “Happily Ever After anthem” as part of a new nighttime entertainment offering at Disney Park, which will be an “updated” version of the already popular show Guests are familiar with. Now, the official Disney fan club has clarified this statement, which became the subject of debate for many Disney fans online, in a recent article entry.
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Specifically, D23 states: “Happily Ever After fireworks will once again light up the sky with an updated version of the show in 2023,” with no exact return dates announced. In fact, Disney Parks followed a similar strategy when reopening the timeless classic, “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with all new scenes, characters, and effects.
DisneyTips will continue to update this story when more details on the show’s updated content and run times become available.