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VIDEO: 5 Years Ago We Said Goodbye to Disney’s Best Nighttime Spectacular

When you wish, upon a star, Makes no difference who you are, Anything your heart desires will come…to…you…”

Take a journey with us into Disney nostalgia. It’s hard to believe but it has been FIVE years since we said our final goodbye to what has been deemed Walt Disney World Resort’s best nighttime spectacular ever. Of course, you all know it… Wishes.

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“Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams” was Magic Kingdom’s nighttime spectacular that debuted on October 9, 2003, and held its final performance on May 11, 2017. Its nearly 14-year run was a memorable one for Disney Park Guests of all ages.

The nightly show was hosted by Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy with the theme of wishes from beloved Disney Characters and even evil Villains pulled from the many Disney animated films. The lighting patterns on the iconic Cinderella Castle would change, adapting to the incredible “Wishes” soundtrack.

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As the fireworks erupted, Disney fans stood in awe as the story of good and evil wishes unfolded, eventually ending in inviting Guests to “dream a dream” of their own.

The show was replaced on May 12, 2017, with Happily Ever After. While Happily Ever After hung in there until it too was replaced by the new Disney Enchantment which debuted on October 1, 2021, for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary, neither nighttime spectacular has seemed to measure up to the magic Wishes offered.

Alas, Disney fans, let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? Grab the tissues, your loved ones, and sit back and remember the timeless “Wishes” nighttime spectacular we’ll never forget!

Today, you’ll still hear Wishes played at Magic Kingdom Park on rare occasions after the Park’s operating hours. Just recently, Wishes was heard during a Cast Member after-hours event and private party/wedding receptions. Now, if we can just convenience Disney to bring them back for good!

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.