Fantasy in the Sky

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Fantasy in the Sky
Magic Kingdom
Status Closed
Opening date 1971
Closing date 2003
Disneyland
Status Closed
Opening date 1958
Closing date 1999
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Status Closed
Opening date 1993
Closing date 2005
General statistics
Attraction type Fireworks spectacular
Designer Walt Disney Creative Entertainment
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

Fantasy in the Sky was a fireworks performance at Disneyland Paris from 1993 to 2005 in Marne-la-Vallee, France, Disneyland in Anaheim, California from 1958 to October 1999, shortly again in 2004, and at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, until 2003.

Walt Disney requested a fireworks show against the backdrop of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in 1958, to keep guests at the park for longer hours and provide much needed night-time entertainment. Early shows were performed by having cast members manually launch hand flares. The show was extremely popular, and became a vital component of the Disneyland experience. When the second Disney park, the Magic Kingdom, opened in Florida in 1971, it was only natural to duplicate the show there. The predecessors to Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the company who create all the entertainment for Disney parks worldwide, were able to produce a much larger show with a bigger budget and more space to work with - Cinderella Castle is almost three times taller than its Californian cousin.

As the shows aged, many guests began to miss out the fireworks in their visits as they had seen them so many times. In late 1999, to celebrate Disneyland's 45th anniversary, the Disneyland Entertainment team produced a lavish fireworks production to replace the old show, Believe... There's Magic In The Stars. Many guests formed an sentimental attachment to the show, especially when the company created a new additional section of the show, for Christmas, Believe... In Holiday Magic. Believe was itself replaced in 2005 with a special fireworks extravanganza, Remember... Dreams Come True, celebrating Disneyland's fiftieth birthday, making it the most expensive fireworks show Disney has ever developed, with shells all around the park and projects, pyrotechnics and creative lighting. Believe was actually discontinued in 2004, while WDCE were developing Remember, Disneyland Entertainment created a new, smaller show using elements from both Fantasy in the Sky and Believe was created to bridge the gap between Believe and Remember; Imagine... A Fantasy in the Sky.

At the Magic Kingdom, Fantasy in the Sky was only discontinued in 2003. Following the example of Believe at Disneyland, Walt Disney Creative Entertainment developed another show aimed at creating emotional responses among guests, and the result was Wishes. The show was an instant hit, and the theme of the show became the official Magic Kingdom song, as well as forming the base music for Remember at Disneyland. In 2005, the show was extravagantly updated with two additional tags (like the Believe holiday tag) for Halloween and Christmas respectively - both included additions such as releasing fireworks all around the theme park from launch sites surrounding the Seven Seas Lagoon, not just the castle area. HalloWishes and Holiday Wishes became hits in their own right. A third special themed fireworks show, Magic, Music and Mayhem was created in 2007 for Mickey's Pirate and Princess Party and has become a hit in its first two seasons. Two more special fireworks shows debuted in 2008 themed to Independence Day and New Years' Eve, listed below.

At Disneyland Paris, Fantasy in the Sky was discontinued in 2005 to make way for Wishes, a multimedia version of the Magic Kingdom's night time fireworks display. Wishes has been performed every year since 2005. The new show was produced in honor of Disneyland's fiftieth anniversary. Fantasy in the Sky was sometimes known as Tinkerbell's Fantasy in the Sky or Fantasy in the Sky with Tinkerbell! in Disney literature.

Special performances[edit]

At Disneyland, Fantasy in the Sky was brought back from retirement to feature at the 2004 and 2005 July 4 celebrations and on New Years Eve in 2005 through 2007. A 2008 revival was cancelled due to high winds. At the Magic Kingdom, it has been performed every year on the December 30 and 31, as well as on July 3–4; the July 3 and 4 shows being held in 360 degrees around the park and the Seven Seas Lagoon concurrently. However, WDW has announced new fireworks shows to replace Fantasy for Independence Day ("Disney's Celebrate America: A 4th of July Concert in the Sky"). Fantasy in the Sky did return for Disneyland and Walt Disney World for 2009 New Year Celebration.

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for the Magic Kingdom 1990s version was released on two official albums:

The soundtrack for a Disneyland Paris version was released on:

  • Disneyland Paris: Main Street Electrical Parade (2000 CD)

Show Soundtrack[edit]

Disneyland version (1958-1966)[edit]

Disneyland version (1966-1999)[edit]

Disneyland New Year Version[edit]

Magic Kingdom version (1971-1998)[edit]

Magic Kingdom version (1999-2003 version)[edit]

Magic Kingdom version (New Year version)[edit]

Disneyland Paris version[edit]

  • Peter Pan
    • "You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly"
    • "Following the Leader"
    • "What Made the Red Man Red"
    • "Never Smile at a Crocodile"
    • "A Pirate's Life"
    • "The Elegant Captain Hook"
    • Reprise of "You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly"
    • Reprise of "Never Smile at a Crocodile" (plays as the exit music for the show)

Trivia[edit]

  • While guests are in the first room of the pre show for Star Tours the Adventures Continue, the info screen advertises the "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks spectacular.

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