Remember... Dreams Come True

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Remember... Dreams Come True
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Status Operating
Opening date May 1, 2005
February 3, 2017
Closing date November 2, 2014
Replaced Imagine... A Fantasy in the Sky(2005)
Fantasy in the Sky(2017)
Replaced by Fantasy in the Sky (2015)
General statistics
Designer Walt Disney Creative Entertainment
Theme Disneyland's attractions
Music Gregory Smith (original compositions and arrangements)
Host Julie Andrews
Sponsor Honda
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available

Remember... Dreams Come True is a fireworks display at Disneyland commemorating the 50th anniversary of the park. Described as an "E ticket in the sky", the show features fireworks, lower level pyrotechnics, isopar flame effects, projection mapping, lasers, and lighting set to the soundtracks of some of Disneyland's most famous rides and shows. It was created as an homage to Disneyland, its lands and attractions, and its continuing legacy.

The show was produced by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, under direction of VP Parades and Spectaculars Steve Davison and fireworks designer Eric Tucker.

The show was offered seasonally since 2009, showing Remember... Dreams Come True from winter to spring, Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations during the summer time, Disney's Celebrate America: A 4th of July Concert in the Sky during the first week of July, Halloween Screams during Fall, and Believe... In Holiday Magic during December. Remember... Dreams Come True was replaced by Disneyland Forever in 2015 for the park's 60th anniversary, but returned on February 3, 2017.[1]

Show summary[edit]


Main Street U.S.A.[edit]

The original announcement from the Disneyland Railroad is heard, as is the whistle and bell of DLRR #1, C.K. Holliday. Then music from Main Street, U.S.A. such as Maple Leaf Rag and Main Street Electrical Parade is heard as Old Glory is projected onto Sleeping Beauty Castle.



  • Jack Wagner as the synthesized parade voice and the railroad announcer


The "Enchanted Tiki Room" segment

Music from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and the Indiana Jones Adventure are played. During the Indiana Jones segment, the eye of Mara is projected onto the Matterhorn. Also, six jets of fire shoot from the sides of the castle during the segment.



New Orleans Square[edit]

Plays music from The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. During the Pirates of the Caribbean segment, a skull is projected onto the Matterhorn as flare fireworks are launched from the mountain's peak. There is a "cannon fight" of diagonal fireworks between Fantasyland and Adventureland.




Plays music from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Rivers of America.



Note: The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad portion of the show was removed in 2009 and moved right into the music for Critter Country, Fantasyland, and Toontown.

Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown[edit]

Music and sounds from various rides in Critter Country, Fantasyland, and Mickey's Toontown are heard. Attractions featured include (in order) Splash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Alice in Wonderland, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Mad Tea Party, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Country Bear Vacation Hoedown, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, It's a Small World, and America Sings.




Plays sound effects, narration, and music from Space Mountain, Submarine Voyage, Adventure Thru Inner Space and Star Tours.




The conclusion is also provided by Julie Andrews. She tells the audience that Disneyland has grown to become the "Happiest Place on Earth". The song "wishes" plays and Tinker Bell comes back for a return flight. The show ends in a cavalcade of fireworks then Julie Andrews says "Remember...Dreams Come True!". After the show the song "Remember When" performed by LeAnn Rimes is played throughout the park. This song was the official song of the Happiest Homecoming on Earth, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and Disney Parks worldwide. For Christmas in 2005, however, while Disneyland opted to continue with Remember... Dreams Come True for the 50th anniversary, the snowfall finale still returned and the song "White Christmas"; both from Believe... In Holiday Magic; would be played instead of "Remember When" by LeAnn Rimes with Julie Andrews commenting that the most special time for believing in dreams is during the holidays with family and friends.

Show facts[edit]

Main Street U.S.A. segment of Remember... Dreams Come True
  • Grand opening: May 1, 2005 The 1,000th performance was on April 15, 2012
  • Closing: November 2, 2014
  • Show length: 17:11 16:19 after the removal of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Segment
  • Show cost: $33,000 per showing[citation needed]
  • The music used during the opening and finale of Remember... Dreams Come True originated from Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. However, the narration is performed by Julie Andrews instead of Jiminy Cricket.
  • At the conclusion of the display, "Remember When," written by Richard Marx and performed by LeAnn Rimes is played throughout the park. Later during the second season of running the fireworks show, a second song, Wishes!, performed by Peabo Bryson and Kimberley Locke (which was from the album Disney Wishes!, an album who proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation) was added to play after Remember When. After both songs, the lands' normal area loop music returns.
  • For the 2005 holiday season, "Remember When" was replaced with the "White Christmas" segment of Believe... In Holiday Magic, complete with magical snowfall. This version of the "White Christmas" segment contained a short introduction by Julie Andrews.
  • In acknowledgment that Disneyland is now more than 50 years old, current showings feature the following changes to the Julie Andrews narration:
    • "Fifty years ago" has been replaced with "In 1955"
    • "Fifty years later" has been dubbed over with the word "Today"
  • The show closed November 2, 2014 for the integration of the new launch system that will be installed. A special engagement of longtime fireworks spectacular Fantasy in the Sky played in the interim until Disneyland Forever's debut on May 21, 2015.
  • Coinciding with the limited return of the Main Street Electrical Parade for the Spring 2017 season, the show began a return engagement on February 3, 2017, featuring the searchlights and projection technology developed for Disneyland Forever.

Occasionally shows are canceled due to high winds at high elevations. The shows could be canceled at the beginning or, very rarely, during the show.[citation needed].


The entire soundtrack to the show can be found on A Musical History of Disneyland and on The Official Album of the Disneyland Resort. The soundtrack reappeared on the Official Album for the Year of a Million Dreams with new narration to coincide with the end of the 50th Anniversary. The score was arranged by Greg Smith.

This fireworks show was also used during the 2006 and 2007 Grad Nite programs - the show itself remained almost unchanged except for the soundtrack being replaced with one consisting primarily of contemporary music (different each year) and projection to match it. The show is renamed to Grad Nite Explosion for these events and runs for approximately 10 minutes at 1:00am and 3:00am. Video screens along with additional lighting effects are also added on either side of the hub (already in place as part of Club KIIS).

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