Nightly 'Happily Ever After' shows on pause at Magic Kingdom as hard-ticket event season begins

Aug 11, 2023 in "Happily Ever After"

Happily Ever After 2023
Posted: Friday August 11, 2023 12:45pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Magic Kingdom's nightly firework spectacular will take a break on 63 nights through the remainder of the year as Magic Kingdom enters the hard-ticket event season.

On nights when the separately ticketed Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place, the nightly firework show will be performed during the event and not during regular park hours. Magic Kingdom will close at 6pm for day guests not attending the party.

Here is a list of all nights through the end of 2023 when Happily Ever After fireworks will not be performed.

The following dates are Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party nights and will feature Disney's Not-so-Spooky Spectacular:

  • August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
  • October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November: 1

The following dates are Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights and will feature Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime fireworks:

  • November: 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30
  • December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

Learn more about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

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SirwalterraleighAug 14, 2023

The revenues from parks are used to the tune of 40%+ to bankroll the whole she-bang Don’t think they “have got us”

SoFloMagicAug 14, 2023

So if attendance was down, they'd invest in adding capacity for the reduced attendance to... Fill?

SirwalterraleighAug 13, 2023

Not true at all.

SoFloMagicAug 13, 2023

If we don't go, they'll see a loss in revenue and cut further. Wouldn't it be better to embrace investment in new attractions by buying all the fastpass es for tron? 😂 We can't win this one

DisoneAug 11, 2023

Amen. Or be like Disneyland APs and make t-shirts that say "undesirables" on them, and then put them on, and then go to the park. Ya... That will show em!!!

MisterPenguinAug 11, 2023

The party nights are sparsely filled to capacity.

SirwalterraleighAug 11, 2023

You know what…I totally get you. Except taking it personally…not at all. I know what the deal is so it’s Never personal. One thing that is far too personal around here is failure to admit Disney rough patches (not you)…as if it matters to us. Actually…it does matter..we should withhold our business more to force them to improve their offerings

DisoneAug 11, 2023

Ok. Perhaps you thought I was going to argue? I am not. Both things can be true at the same time, I can be making light of the situation about how much everyone has talked about attendance being down, while also completely agree with your numbers above. I'm not sure why you took it personally. You shouldn't have. It was not directed at you. Nor anyone else.

SirwalterraleighAug 11, 2023

Bet that sounded cute, huh? Here’s what you should consider: a 5% drop in wdw attendance is a disaster internally…it translates to a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues annually They just copped to a 6% drop…in a veiled sorta way…for the quarter. People who are paid to massage numbers as much as possible for financial gain.

DisoneAug 11, 2023

Well theoretically according to the news, v bloggers and many people on this forum, every day is a low crowd day at the match kingdom now. 🙂

nickysAug 11, 2023

Which actually makes it the perfect day to go to MK - unless you really want to see the fireworks. Especially if you have hoppers and can hop to another park afterwards. The non party days are far more crowded right from rope drop. Many guests feel the lower crowds on a party day more than makes up for the shorter hours.

Disney AnalystAug 11, 2023

Absolutely. They should heavily discount early close days. It's gross.

SirwalterraleighAug 11, 2023

I avoid it because they want 250% for use of the park that day 👍🏻

Disney AnalystAug 11, 2023

They never have, even when you only have until 6pm as a regular day guest in the park. Why many avoid MK on party days.