There are just two nights left of the Magic Kingdom’s second-ever nightly fireworks spectacular – Wishes. Just two more chances for wishes and dreams to come true as Jiminy Cricket narrates the music from Disney’s classic animated movies. Wishes debuted as “Wishes: A Magical Gathering… Read More »Final performance of Wishes fireworks at the Magic Kingdom is tomorrow night
This is your reminder that Magic Kingdom is replacing the current nightly fireworks show “Wishes” with a new show that combines digital projection on the castle, lasers, and fireworks called “Happily Ever After.” The last performance for “Wishes” is Friday May 11, with the new… Read More »New Magic Kingdom Fireworks show “Happily Ever After” – recording the score
One word – drones. After patent filings and a display of their potential at Disney Springs, we’ve been expecting Disney to update their nightly fireworks show with new drone technology replacing the existing ‘Wishes’ fireworks show. We still don’t have confirmation that drones will be… Read More »“Wishes” at Magic Kingdom to be replaced by new “Happily Ever After” fireworks show
After I moved to Orlando, I worked at Give Kids The World for four years. It was some of the most fulfilling work I’ve done in my life. The look on the faces of children and their families as they were able to forget everything… Read More »Inside the Disney Wish Lounge with Princess Jasmine
With “it’s a small world” down for an extended refurbishment, Disneyland Paris has an opportunity to collect all the coins that were ritually thrown in the water ways and fountains by guests. Last Monday Cast Members and Disney VoluntEARS were fitted with boots, shovels, brooms… Read More »What happens to all those coins you toss in fountains at Disney?
Ever wonder where the coins you toss into Disney World’s many fountains and wishing wells end up? They become donations to Central Florida nonprofit organizations that help children in need. A few of the fountains are dedicated to a specific organization, Give Kids The World,… Read More »How your ‘wishes’ become dreams come true for children
Last night I was invited to attend a gala party to re-open the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. In addition to a revamped menu, they remodeled the dining area with a mid-century modern look inspired by Disney artist Mary Blair, added a new show kitchen, even upgraded the exterior with new windows and allowed easy access to the south observation deck for the first time. On both observation decks they added new lights and a new sound system that delivers the fireworks soundtrack clearer than ever before.
After dinner we were all invited outside to watch Wishes performed in the air over the Magic Kingdom. We choose the new south observation deck which allows a better view of the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle. You’re able to see the front of the castle, which if you have great vision or a zoom lens, lets you get the digital projection show too and I’m sure will be spectacular when it’s lit up for Christmas season.
Below is a video of Wishes taken from the very end of the deck.Read More »California Grill: A New View for Magic Kingdom Fireworks
If you ever made a wish and tossed a few coins into one of Walt Disney World’s fountains or wishing wells, you may have seen the signage stating that your donation was doing to ‘Disney Hand’ and would be earmarked to help children everywhere. Have you ever wondered what type of wishes those donations are making come true? Cinderella’s Wishing Well at Magic Kingdom is one of those designated locations and has been host to millions of wishes being made. Today, it was the place where one of those wishes came true.
Gathering up the small coins and pennies tossed by hopeful guests, Walt Disney World Resort donated $15,000 to the Foundation for Foster Children. The non-profit organization helps children living with foster families realize some of their own wishes such as access to summer camps, art classes, social activities, tutoring and even cakes on special occasions.
“One of our goals is to increase public awareness and support for more than 1,400 foster children who live in Central Florida,” said Betsey Bell, executive director of the Foundation for Foster Children. “This donation enables us to give these kids new opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed and become contributing members of our community.” Read More »Where Do The Wishing Well Coins Go At Disney World