LIVE VIDEO - 'Happily Ever After' debut performance at 9pm from the Magic Kingdom

May 12, 2017 in "Happily Ever After"

Happily Ever After preview

The Magic Kingdom's new firework spectacular, Happily Ever After, makes its public debut this evening, and Disney is providing a live video stream of the performance.

The show begins at 9pm EDT, but join in a few minutes before for some behind-the-scenes of the show. Click the video below to join the live stream.

If you can't wait until tonights debut, here is a new sneak peek video of Happily Ever After.

Happily Ever After press release

It’s no secret that every ‘once upon a time’ story ends with ‘happily ever after.’ Now, Walt Disney World Resort guests can discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the newest, most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park – “Happily Ever After.”

In addition to fireworks, the stunning new nighttime extravaganza features more lasers, lights and projections than any show at Magic Kingdom Park before it. “Happily Ever After” is also an entirely new kind of Disney storytelling, one that takesbguests on an inspiring journey filled with heart, humor and emotion. Guests become part of the journey themselves as they follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after.

The 18-minute spectacle features moments from classic Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” to modern blockbusters “Moana” and “Zootopia.” Cinderella Castle becomes part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing heartfelt Disney stories to life on and around the iconic 18-story-tall castle. Quasimodo from “Hunchback of Notre Dame” swings from the turrets. Woody and his pals from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” recreate the castle entirely out of toys. And Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” envelops the castle in her signature green flames.

The story begins with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Disney villains soon become part of the story, attempting to quash those beautiful dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Overcoming their fears, the heroes triumph and are celebrated with spectacular fireworks.

Because no Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display is complete without this little bit of magic, Tinker Bell flies across the night sky, reminding guests that with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, everyone can find their own happily ever after.

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films are featured through state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks. Paired with an emotional score, the new spectacular drives the message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they are brave enough to listen to what guides them and bold enough to pursue their destiny.

The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including “Aladdin,” “Brave,” “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

“Happily Ever After” is presented nightly. Show times vary based on park hours.

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Article Posted: May 12, 2017 / 3:47am EDT
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hpyhnt 1000Aug 22, 2019

Not saying the Castle Cake was a good idea or attractive, but you have to admire how much they embraced the concept and transformed the castle (the front of it anyway). Even looking at this picture I can't help but smile; it's oddly endearing in that "They really did it!" sort of way. As @MisterPenguin said above, certainly no chance we'd see anything as ambitious now because it would screw up the projection mapping. And at least it was actually temporary, unlike certain other "temporary" icon embellishments that long overstayed their welcomes.

SteamboatJoeAug 22, 2019

12 year old me thought it was cool 🤷‍♂️

MisterPenguinAug 22, 2019

My guess is that all such enhancements will never be done again. It would seriously mess up the projection-mapping of the fireworks shows.

monothingieAug 22, 2019

Please tell me they aren't going to cakeify the castle again.

MisterPenguinAug 22, 2019

A new 50th fireworks was the default rumor until HEA did so well that, according to insiders, they started toying with the idea of just tweaking HEA. Now that they just threw together two new projection-mapped shows this year for Halloween and Christmas... it's easy to see them deciding to make a new show just for the 50th that will be all about the 50th.

Notes from NeverlandAug 22, 2019

HEA is an outstanding show. If true, hopefully a new offering would truly be an improvement rather than just something different for the sake of being different.

monothingieAug 22, 2019

monothingieAug 22, 2019

End of the month needs to boost the clicks.

cjkeatingAug 22, 2019

That site is churning out more unsubstantiated rumours than normal this week.

marni1971Aug 22, 2019

Not really

gerararAug 22, 2019

Shhh, be careful of what you say around here...but I totally agree!! 😛😉 My wishlist is just perimeter fireworks nightly for this supposed new show, even if it's just the side launches directly adjacent to the main launch. Also, they somehow have to top the grand finale with Tink we have currently....You Can Fly!!!!

eddie104Aug 22, 2019

I think that site may have meant a special fireworks show just for 50th which they have done in the past but maybe if it's successful it will stick around longer.

iMaxAug 22, 2019

A replacement as in for the 50th or permanently? Cause I don't see this show going anywhere until WDW's 60th tbh..

TouchdownAug 22, 2019

I still question it, with how highly rated HEA is you would think they would just upgrade it (add Main St projections) and add a tag. However, if we get a Remember Dreams Come True style (E ticket in the sky) show I certainly wouldn’t complain.