Sorcery in the Sky

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Sorcery in the Sky was a firework spectacular at Disney-MGM Studios with it's first performance in the summer of 1990. Using multiple firing locations throughout the park, Sorcery in the Sky also featured a giant inflatable Mickey, rising from the rooftop of the Chinese Theater. The show ultimately closed with the opening of Fantasmic!


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Opening date: May 29, 1990
Closing date: June 25, 2005

Sorcery in The Sky made it's debut at the Disney-MGM Studios in the summer of 1990 and ran primarily during summers and peak seasons. It's Creative Director was Don Dorsey. Produced by John Haupt and Fireworks Design by John Albert.

Through the years slight changes would be made to some portions of the show to showcase Disney's latest films. In 1991, the Chariots of Fire sequence was replaced with a Rocketeer segment when a stunt man with a jet pack dressed as the Rocketeer would fly around the Chinese Theater. This ran for one summer and then reverted back to Chariots of Fire. In 1995 Chariots of Fire was replaced with the song "Out There" from the Hunchback of Notre Dame movie. The show remain unchanged for the most part until 2001 when a complete redesign of the fireworks aspect was done. Chariots of Fire returned with a fireworks redesign by Eric Larsen. Sorcery's last and final performance was to the Pampered Chef convention group on June 25th, 2005. Original narration of the show was performed by Vincent Price until 1996 when the narration was re-recorded by Citizens of Hollywood performer Michael Marzella. The score was recorded in Paris using musicians and singers from the Paris Opera. The first portion (the movie medley) was arranged by Bob Krogstad (who composed the "IllumiNations" opening music). The latter portion (the Fantasia section) was arranged by Ken Whitcomb, Bruce Healey and Don Dorsey.

Many thanks to Boo52 for details of the show.
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