Happily Ever After Fireworks Amazes Guests

The Magic Kingdom’s newest fireworks spectacular is the biggest show in the history of the park. “Happily Ever After” clocks in at a stunning 18 minutes of fireworks, 50% longer than the previous show, and is said to have twice as many fireworks.

The show combines fireworks with lasers and digital mapping projection on Cinderella Castle to great effect. For instance, the photo at the top may look like concept art, but it’s actually projected on the castle. This photo below turns the castle into a giant stained glass artwork.

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films are featured through state-of-the-art projections, enchanted by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks. I like the way characters and themes from Disney’s more recent classes are woven into the show and make multiple appearances throughout the show. This works better than there being one segment for Frozen, then one segment for Tangled we never hear those themes again in the show.

Thanks to unique projections on three sides of the castle, “Happily” is large enough that you can see it multiple times and still not have seen it all. Where “Wishes” painted the sky with fireworks, “Happily” floods the sky with its power.

If you missed the livestream from the Disney Parks Blog, you can still see the replay here:

The best viewing of the show is in the plaza/hub directly to the left of the Partners Statue to the middle of the street. If you’re too close to the castle, you’ll miss some of the fireworks. If you’re too far away, you won’t be able to see the detail in the castle projections.

We’ll have more on the show after we get a chance to go back and see it for a second time.

(Photos courtesy Disney. Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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2 thoughts on “Happily Ever After Fireworks Amazes Guests

  1. Shawn Degenhart

    I thought it was amazing and can’t wait to see it in person! However, talking about it being longer can be a bit misleading. When you look at “Wishes” combined with the former pre-fireworks projection show “Celebrate the Magic” (about 11 minutes) or even “The Magic, the Memories and You” (about 9:30) overall the length is shorter. Combined, the two clocked in at about 21 minute or so.

  2. Todd

    Length of show and enhanced technologies don’t create heart and emotion. Wishes was a far superior show to Happily Ever After with much better heart and flow. Many are looking forward to the 50th anniversary when the expectation is that Happily Ever After will be put to rest. The soundtrack is difficult to tolerate. They should have simply enhanced the visual with the existing Wishes soundtrack.

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