Disney to test 'Happily Ever After' fireworks after hours tonight at Magic Kingdom

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Posted: Thursday March 9, 2023 10:35am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has announced to nearby residents that there will be an after-hours test of 'Happily Ever After' at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom March 9 2023.

This is likely to be one of the final tests before Disney hosts a special Cast Member and media preview opportunity on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 11:30pm – 12:00am.

The updated 'Happily Ever After' will feature all-new projections down Main Street, U.S.A., using the new projectors installed for the 50th anniversary. The 50th anniversary show, "Disney Enchantment" will be offered through April 2 2023.


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gerarar1 day ago

Less than a week to go!!

Squishy4 days ago

Seems like these have returned to Epcot and are currently being used with Harmonious.

zulemara11 days ago

Thanks for posting, bookmarking this. Having a bad day? Take 3 min and turn the day around - no crowds required! Haha

Disney Glimpses12 days ago

They are designed to last for a decade (or longer), so I don't believe they would be considered "retired." My guess is they will return for EF. They likely simply weren't compatible with Harm.

cjkeating12 days ago

If they weren't used for Harm then do we think they are still there? Wouldn't they be 'retired equipment' because they aren't required for the new permanent show? Forever was never meant to come back...

jrhwdw12 days ago

Those were not used for Harm????????

Disney Glimpses13 days ago

I can't imagine with that level of investment, they just abandon them on top of Fantasyland roofs.

Squishy13 days ago

These are also used for Epcot forever so it will be interesting to see if they return with it.

Disney Glimpses13 days ago

Supposedly these things cost upwards of $300,000+ per unit. What I don't understand is that if some are in need of repair, it would certainly be a fraction of that. Can't imagine a scenario they would need replacement that would not be covered by warranty or something. Unless maybe there are parts on back order for many months; which is certainly a possibility. The ones on the Fantasyland roofs are the Falcon Beam 2 by AO Lighting.

gerarar13 days ago

It's from the original bts video right before HEA debuted. They even dedicated like 10 secs to highlight them; from installation of the mega lights, to programming, to them in action in the show. That's how you know it was a super important element in the original show. Happens around the 3 mins mark Side note, I always go back to this video because not only does it always gives me chills, it's so nice to see all the pieces come together beautifully. They didn't do anything like this for DE or Harmonius afaik..

Disney Glimpses13 days ago

Weather enclosure when not in use. They are incredibly, incredibly expensive (which makes me think one or several are in need of repair/replacement and that's why they are not running). Hopefully temporary.

jrhwdw13 days ago

Do we know why they're covered up with a Tarp?

Disney Glimpses13 days ago

@gerarar is like the ultimate spotlight sleuth! great work. I don't recall ever seeing them up close.

gerarar13 days ago

Well good thing they haven't removed them yet. The mega spotlights are still there, just been covered up with a white tarp or something for the past 7+ months. Hopefully they're just awaiting repairs or something. I really want them to come back.. From @bioreconstruct last month: Up close: