Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations

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Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations
Disneyland
Status Closed
Opening date June 12, 2009
Closing date October 2, 2014
Replaced by Disneyland Forever
General statistics
Attraction type Fireworks spectacular
Designer Walt Disney Creative Entertainment
Sponsor Honda
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations was a fireworks show at Disneyland. The show features recorded music and dialogue, fireworks, lower level pyrotechnics, 10k spotlights, and projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Matterhorn. The show's main musical theme is an adapted rendition of the main theme from Tokyo Disneyland's It's Magical 10th Anniversary Castle Show. Magical was intended as a replacement for Remember... Dreams Come True and as a nighttime entertainment offering for Disneyland's Summer Nightastic promotion.

The show was produced by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment.

The show ran in the summers of 2009-2014, alternating with Halloween Screams in the fall, Believe... In Holiday Magic in the winter, and Remember... Dreams Come True in the spring.

Show summary[edit]

Opening

The show begins with a fanfare of the Magical theme while new lighting effects on the castle shimmer and twinkle, and behind the castle 10k spotlights shine up into the night sky.

Magic of Childhood

A comet is launched across the sky and Tinker Bell sweeps past the castle as the chorus sings the show's main theme. The show transitions into a Neverland theme. Eden Espinosa sings a rendition of "The Second Star to the Right," from the Disney film Peter Pan.

Magic of a Wish

As the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" (from Disney's 1940 film Pinocchio) is played, Geppetto is heard making a wish on a star for Pinocchio to become a real boy. The Blue Fairy is heard saying, "Little puppet made of pine, wake. The gift of life is thine." We now hear the song "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee" with an array of multicolored comets shooting up from behind the castle. Excerpts from the songs "Give a Little Whistle" and "I've Got No Strings" are played.

Magic of Imagination

Eden then sings "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from the film Mary Poppins and the voice of Mary Poppins says, "See, children? Everything is practically perfect in every way, or my name isn't Mary Poppins!". "Jolly Holiday" plays, followed by "Step in Time", "Let's Go Fly a Kite", and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".

Magic of a Mother's Love

Eden Espinosa sings "Baby Mine" from Dumbo. Timothy Mouse is heard saying, "You can do it, Dumbo! You can fly! You don't need a magic feather!" An airborne puppet of Dumbo appears above Sleeping Beauty Castle, flapping his big ears and moving his legs. (Note: Dumbo does not fly every night.) Blue shells are shot in the background. The music softens and Dumbo makes his exit.

Magic of a Kiss

"True Love's Kiss" from Enchanted plays, followed by a short excerpt of "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella. Cinderella is heard saying, "I can't believe, not anymore. It's just no use." The Fairy Godmother says, "Come, come now, Cinderella. Dry those tears, and you shall go to the ball!" She says the magic words, "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!" and a short passage from "So This Is Love" plays, followed by music from Beauty and the Beast and "Once Upon a Dream" from Sleeping Beauty.

Good Fairies Pink/Blue Battle

The three good fairies of Sleeping Beauty are heard reminiscing over the enchantment of the dazzling show. Merryweather and Flora get themselves into a fight over a Pink or Blue finale, which becomes chaos for a short time. Fauna stops the fight and tells them, "It's all beautiful!" and explains that when we believe, any wish can come true. A Mickey Mouse-shaped firework then appears in the sky.

Conclusion

The Magical theme music is heard once more, and "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" is reprised. "Gold Chrysanthemum" fireworks and stimulating bulbs (fireworks that explode and show flashes of light on the ends of the trails) are heavily used in the finale. Tinker Bell makes a return, and the show ends as confetti is launched from the rooftops of Main Street.

Show facts[edit]

  • Soft opening: December 25, 2008
  • Grand opening: January 1, 2009
  • Closing: October 2, 2014
  • Show length: Approximately 13:45 minutes
  • Show cost: $25,000
  • The music played during the opening and finale of Magical originated from It's Magical, Tokyo Disneyland's 10th Anniversary Castle Show.
  • The show featured vocal performances by Eden Espinosa, a Anaheim native and a former Disneyland cast performer.[1]
  • The music played after the fireworks display is "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes", performed by Kimberley Locke.

Occasionally shows are canceled due to high winds at high elevations or rain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "D23 Presents: Q&A With Eden Espinosa". D23.com. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 

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