Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams

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Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams
Wishes Magic Kingdom.jpg
Show at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
Status Removed
Opening date October 9, 2003
Closing date May 11, 2017
Replaced Fantasy in the Sky
Replaced by Happily Ever After[1]
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Status Closed
Opening date July 16, 2005
Closing date August 25, 2007
Replaced Fantasy in the Sky
General statistics
Attraction type Fireworks show
Designer Walt Disney Creative Entertainment
Duration 12:26
Host Jiminy Cricket & The Blue Fairy
Sponsor PANDORA (2014-2017)[2]
Firework Shells 683[3]
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams was a fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom theme park of Walt Disney World. The show debuted at the park on October 9, 2003, and was developed by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, under the direction of VP Parades & Spectaculars, Steve Davison, who was assigned to create a replacement for the 32-year-old Fantasy in the Sky fireworks.[citation needed] Several variations of the show at Walt Disney World include Happy HalloWishes during "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party", Holiday Wishes during "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party", and Magic, Music and Mayhem during the 2007 event Disney's Pirate and Princess Party. The version at Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris premiered on July 16, 2005 and had its final show on August 25, 2007.[citation needed] The show at the Magic Kingdom was sponsored by Pandora Jewelry.[2] On February 9, 2017 it was announced by the Disney Parks Blog that Wishes would conclude its 14 year run at the Magic Kingdom. The show was presented for the last time on May 11, 2017 at the Magic Kingdom Park and was replaced by Happily Ever After on May 12, 2017.[1]

Wishes at the Magic Kingdom[edit]

Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams[edit]

Wishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom (2014).

The show was hosted by Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy, and revolved around the wishes of famous Disney characters - good and bad. The lights on Cinderella Castle changed colors throughout the show, reflecting the different stages of Wishes' narrative. During different parts of the show, a "wishing star" firework was shot, cresting approximately 100 feet above the castle’s bright spires.[3] While most of the characters in the show are only heard as part of the show's music track, Wishes also featured an appearance from Tinker Bell as she flew from the tallest spire of Cinderella Castle.[4] Wishes included 683 fireworks, that fire during the 557 cues.[3]

Happy HalloWishes: A Grim Grinning Ghost Spooktacular in the Sky[edit]

HalloWishes debuted in 2005 and was performed at the separate-admission event Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom in lieu of the regular Wishes show. Taking its name from the theme song for the classic attraction Haunted Mansion, the show featured fireworks synchronized to classic Disney Villains themes and other Halloween music.[5]

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate The Spirit of the Season[edit]

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season replaced Wishes during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and during the park's regular operating days near Christmas Day. The show featured fireworks performed to remixed classic Christmas songs (including "Spirit of the Season") and an appearance by Tinker Bell.[6]

Magic, Music, and Mayhem[edit]

This fireworks show replaced Wishes at Mickey's Pirate and Princess Party, and features music from the Disney Princess library of animated movies and the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.[citation needed]

Fantasy in the Sky: New Years Eve Countdown[edit]

During New Year's Eve, the regular Wishes show was shown and then supplemented by a special presentation of Fantasy in the Sky, featuring numerous fireworks and instrumental music from an array of Disney films and attractions. The show is hosted by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy.[7]

Summer Nightastic![edit]

In 2010, Walt Disney World replaced Wishes with another fireworks show during a summer entertainment package called "Summer Nightastic!".[8] Disney announced that this would be the Magic, Music, and Mayhem show from Disney's Pirate and Princess Party.[9]

Wishes at Disneyland Paris[edit]

Disneyland Park introduced a fireworks show based on the Magic Kingdom's Wishes pyrotechnics show. The show ran its first year from July 16, 2005 to August 28, 2005, with performances every night at 11:15 p.m. The show ran every summer season from 2005 until 2007 and was replaced in 2008 by The Enchanted Fireworks, and in 2012, Disney Dreams![citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fickley-Baker, Jennifer. "‘Happily Ever After’ Nighttime Spectacular Will Debut at Magic Kingdom Park May 12". Disney Parks Blog. Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Risom Langelund, Jakob. "PANDORA AND DISNEY ANNOUNCE NEW STRATEGIC ALLIANCE" (PDF). PandoraGroup.com. Pandora Group. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "‘Wishes’ – Fast Facts". wdwnews.com. Disney Parks. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Wishes nighttime spectacular". Walt Disney World. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party". Walt Disney World. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party". Walt Disney World. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World Resort". Walt Disney World. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Main Street Electrical Parade Returns To Walt Disney World Resort This Summer". Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Summer Nightastic fireworks show named". Retrieved 2010-03-28. 

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