Fantasy in the Sky

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Fantasy in the Sky
Opening date1958
January 9, 2015
September 9, 2016[1]
January 11, 2019
Closing date1996
May 20, 2015
January 29, 2017
January 17, 2019
ReplacedRemember... Dreams Come True (2015)
Disneyland Forever (2016)
Replaced byBelieve... There's Magic in the Stars (2000)
Disneyland Forever (2015)
Remember... Dreams Come True (2017)
Mickey's Mix Magic (2019)
Magic Kingdom
Opening date1976
Closing date2003
October 31, 2004 (Special Halloween Version)
Replaced byWishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams (2003)
Happily Ever After (2017)
Tokyo Disneyland
Opening date1983
Closing date1988
ReplacedStardust Fantasy (1995)
New Century in the Sky (2001)
Replaced byStarlight Fantasy (1988-1993)
Starlight Magic (1998-2000)
Disney Magic In the Sky (2003-2012)
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Opening date1993
Closing date2005
Replaced byWishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams
Disney Dreams!
General statistics
Attraction typeFireworks spectacular
DesignerWalt Disney Creative Entertainment
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible

Fantasy in the Sky was the first fireworks performance at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, beginning in 1958[2] and running until 1996 (with short engagements in 2004 and early 2015).[3] The show also appeared at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from 1971 until 2003, at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan from 1983 until 1988 (with engagements from 1995 until 1997, and again from 2001 until 2003) and at Disneyland Paris from 1993 to 2005 in Marne-la-Vallee, France.

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 lasted less than five minutes, and was accompanied by music, with no narration (as is common in Disney parks fireworks today).[4] 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 as tall as 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 early 2000, 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 a 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 spectacular, 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 Year's 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 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 Year's Eve in 2004 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 in the Sky for Independence Day ("Disney's Celebrate America: A 4th of July Concert in the Sky").

Fantasy in the Sky returned for Disneyland and Walt Disney World for 2009 New Year Celebration.

In early 2015, a version of Fantasy in the Sky was brought back at Disneyland Park to bridge the gap between Remember... Dreams Come True ending and Disneyland Forever premiering as part of the park's 60th anniversary. Fantasy in the Sky's last performance was on May 20, 2015.

On August 2, 2016, it was announced that Fantasy in the Sky would be returning to Disneyland Park starting on September 9, 2016.[1]

For the 2020 New Years Celebration, the Disneyland show was not presented, and was replaced by Mickeys Mix Magic, a fireworks show that was used in the 2019 spring season to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday.

Lifetime Changes[edit]


The Disneyland version of the show not only has some major soundtrack changes but it also got other changes which include the pyrotechnics, and the castle's adjacent lighting. Fantasy in the Sky in Disneyland isn't always held during New Year's Eve, and the east coast new year celebrations, but they even host this spectacular during a special event throughout the entire park called Throwback Nite. This event always held in Disneyland Park happens every January or February and not during the New Year's Eve special events. Sometimes, it also has been used to bridge the gaps of shows if one discontinues the show while the others are creating a brand new fireworks spectacular for the park. This fireworks spectacular is operated from the discontinuation of the first show, and runs until the time the new show is set to debut at the park.

1991-2001 2002 2003-2004 2005 2006 2007 2008-2009 2010 2011-2014 2015 2016 2017-2018 2019 2020
No changes Soundtrack completely changed, Fantasy in the Sky retirement year Fantasy in the Sky returned, More pyrotechnics added More pyrotechnics added from Remember... Dreams Come True Fireworks loadout completely refurbished Cancelled due to wind No changes Addition of searchlights No changes some pyrotechnics changed Searchlights from Disneyland Forever added No changes The Show was run 2 days (Dec 31-Jan 1) because firework show was cancelled due to high winds and the fireworks was shown on the following day Replaced by Mickey's Mix Magic

Magic Kingdom[edit]

The Magic Kingdom version of the show has changed so much over the years. The show now inherits pyrotechnics from other spectaculars such as Once Upon a Time, Wishes and more. This fireworks spectacular used to be in Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party for a single year, but it can still be seen during the New Year's Eve special events. The spectacular is presented to the park four times every year from December 30, to January 1. The first performance is at 7:00 PM while the second performance is at 11:50 PM. Until 2017, the 7:00 PM performance of the show was actually Holiday Wishes instead of Fantasy in the Sky but it still has the big New Year's Eve finale.

2000-2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008-2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
No changes Fantasy in the Sky retirement year More pyrotechnics added, special Halloween version debut More pyrotechnics added, special New Year's version debut No changes Fireworks loadout completely refurbished No changes Addition of Dancing searchlights Dancing Searchlights removed Dancing Searchlights return, this time the searchlights are now derived from Once Upon a Time Castle spires are now illuminated from outside of the Castle Fireworks loadout was refurbished this year with more fireworks at the end of the New Years finale.


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

  • Walt Disney World Resort: The Official Album (1999 CD)
  • Walt Disney World Resort: Official Album (2000 CD)

The soundtrack for the Disneyland Paris version was released on:

Show soundtrack[edit]

Disneyland version[edit]




New Year's Eve[edit]

Disneyland New Year’s Eve 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 only[edit]

  • Dramatic End of Year Music
  • Countdown
  • "Auld Lang Syne"
  • Celebrate The Future Hand in Hand
  • When You Wish Upon a Star/Celebrate The Future Hand in Hand

Magic Kingdom version (25th anniversary version)[edit]

Magic Kingdom Version (1976-2003 version)[edit]

Magic Kingdom version (Halloween Version)[edit]

Magic Kingdom version (New Year version) (2007-Present)[edit]

Magic Kingdom version (New Year version) (2005-2006)[edit]

Magic Kingdom version (Millennium Celebration version) (1999-2000 Only)[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)

Tokyo Disneyland Version (1983-2003 Version)[edit]

Tokyo Disneyland Special Version (2001)[edit]

Note: this is not a part


  1. ^ a b Slater, Shawn. "Welcome Back Favorite Entertainment Spectaculars at Disneyland Resort This Fall". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Strodder, Chris (2017). The Disneyland Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). Santa Monica Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-1595800909.
  3. ^ Smith, Dave (1998). Disney A to Z: The Updated Official Encyclopedia. Hyperion. p. 196. ISBN 978-0786862238.
  4. ^ Geryak, Cole (April 5, 2018). "Disney Extinct Attractions: Fantasy in the Sky and Disney Dreams!". The Laughing Place. Retrieved July 17, 2020.