Happily Ever After (Magic Kingdom)
|Happily Ever After|
|Opening date||May 12, 2017|
|Replaced||Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams|
|Attraction type||Fireworks spectacular and multimedia show|
|Designer||Walt Disney Creative Entertainment|
Happily Ever After is a fireworks and projection mapping show which debuted at the Magic Kingdom on May 12, 2017. Unlike its predecessor, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams, the show includes projection mapping across Cinderella Castle, lasers, and searchlights, in addition to pyrotechnics. The show includes characters and music from a wide array of Disney films. The music also includes a theme song adapted from Hong Kong Disneyland's 10th anniversary celebration (and its subsequent show Mickey and the Wondrous Book); the song is performed by Angie Keilhauer and Jordan Fisher. The show was promised to feature the most technologically advanced projection mapping display in Disney Parks history.
A keyhole appears on Cinderella Castle. A narration says that each of us has a dream and, when we pursue it, we embark on a journey, only if we look inside and ‘unlock the magic within’.
Magical pixie dust flows through the keyhole and covers the castle and surrounding turrets in royal red and gold as the Happily Ever After theme song plays.
Introduced by Tiana, we see various Disney characters longing for their deepest desires - Ariel wishing to be ‘part of our world’, Remy for his own career as a cook in Paris, Rapunzel for freedom from her tower, and Quasimodo for one day to be ‘out there’ from the tower of Notre Dame.
Introduced by Aladdin, this segment highlights the friendships shared by Disney characters from Tarzan, The Lion King, Toy Story, The Jungle Book, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Inside Out, Monsters Inc., and Aladdin. The segment comes full circle with a showstopping performance by the Genie.
Introduced by Olaf, a full moon rises across the castle that leads into romances and acts of love shared by characters from Wall-E, The Lion King, Tarzan, Zootopia, Finding Dory, Up, and Dumbo. The castle turns into a garden with waterfalls and then transitions to show silhouettes of Disney princes and princesses; floating lanterns from Tangled are seen covering the castle as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider duet and send their own lanterns to the top of the castle.
Introduced by the Emperor of China from Mulan, the show becomes aggressive and loud, highlighting the climactic battles and challenges the characters face including epic scenes from The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The castle and its surroundings are peppered with explosions as many more climactic scenes are shown. When it is over, the castle is left a flaming ruin with gaping holes in its sides.
Music featured include instrumental selections from Frozen and The Lion King, and "He's a Pirate".
The visage constellation of Mufasa appears across a starry sky reminding us to “remember who [we] are”. As an inspirational version of "Go the Distance" from Hercules plays, turret by turret, the castle gradually repairs itself while we see the featured characters in their triumphant moments. As the music swells, the structure turns gold with stained-glass portraits of the characters, all of them accomplishing their 'happily ever after'.
The show ends with the narrator challenging the audience to unlock their own magic and make their dreams come true, just as the characters did. The keyhole reappears and a pixie flies from it, leaving a trail of dust around the central plaza. As the castle restores itself to red and gold, the pixie flies up to the highest spire, where it’s revealed to be Tinker Bell, making her flight over the park to the familiar refrain of "You Can Fly". The castle and illuminated central plaza change color as multi-color fireworks appear in the sky. The keyhole then turns and opens, unleashing a colorful final set of fireworks.
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