Disney sets closing dates for two firework shows - 'Happily Ever After' and 'EPCOT Forever'

Jul 21, 2021 in "Happily Ever After"

Posted: Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:11pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

'EPCOT Forever' and 'Happily Ever After' will be closing in September to make way for new shows debuting as part of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebrations.

'Happily Ever After' at the Magic Kingdom will have its final performance on September 29 2021. Beginning October 1 2021, Magic Kingdom will debut its new nighttime show 'Disney Enchantment.'

Replacing Wishes, the 18 minute 'Happily Ever After' debuted on May 12 2017.

'EPCOT Forever' will end its run with a last showing on September 28 2021. The show will be replaced by Harmonious, which officially debuts on October 1 2021.

Opened as an interim show between Reflections of Earth and the start of Harmonious, 'EPCOT Forever' made its debut on October 1 2019.

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wtyy2130 days ago

If i remember, the similar castle rooftop pyro cut also happened at Disneyland in 2019, when they showing Disneyland Forever (2nd run) but with some, but significant castle rooftop pyro cut. I believe at DL, they cut some rooftop pyro due to the effects of refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle, which they needs to reconfigure the castle pyro, as well as budget cut. As a result, all older firework shows predate Mickey's Mix Magic (Halloween Screams, Believe in Holiday Magic) saw their some castle pyro cut beginning in 2019 performance. And the 2021 performance of these firework shows were or will also likely similar to 2019. Example: Halloween Screams In 2018, we found this for the opening: However in 2019 (also this year), we found the opening like this: In 2018 version, it saw more castle rooftop fireworks at Oogie Boogie segment However, in 2019 onwards, most of castle rooftop pyro had been cut in this segment 596790 The same goes with finale. In 2018 version: 596778 However, in 2019 (also this year), saw far less castle pyro seen in the finale. 596774 Source: 2018 version : www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJUBbMBekjI 2019 version : www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRiksrche1o

gerarar30 days ago

Here’s a good recording of last nights test with music. They rehearsed Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. From the looks of it, some castle/FL rooftop fireworks were cut and/or reduced. Also perimeter shells were reduced (most notable section is the finale before the line “It’s my favorite time of the yearrr!” — time stamp 11:20 in video). Also some quick comparisons of the castle/FL pyro cut (all from the finale song): Before — There were comets going along with the hearts: Now — No comets, just the hearts: Before — 5 streams on either side: Now — just 3 on either side: Sure, this is just a test; regardless, sad to see what is missing and probably cut from the show that’s re-debuting in a week..

ToTBellHop30 days ago

…’cuz you are the Magic! …too soon?

gerarar30 days ago

Our journey may have ended (exactly) a month ago, but yours continues on…

MouseMelly30 days ago

And now I'm crying

Vinnie Mac31 days ago

Uhhhh.... why? 😂 The hopeful side of me is saying this is for Mickey's Not So Spooky Spectacular. The level headed side of me is saying it's something completely unrelated or perhaps the Christmas event.

jrhwdw31 days ago

True, I get that. That's why I said Stupid Long Shot. The Halloween themed notice threw me off. I was expecting a Generatic(sp)? Notice.

ToTBellHop31 days ago

I doubt it. They just didn’t want a Christmas tree on a 10/28 graphic.

jrhwdw31 days ago

With that notice, it sounds more like Not So Spooky than Minnie's....... Stupid long shot but a normal Halloween Night?????

ToTBellHop31 days ago

Christmas, I presume. It’s not HEA!

DCBaker31 days ago

Vinnie MacSep 29, 2021

Yeeees. Very excited. It's hard to believe that it's actually here now. To think that Epcot's current show is HarmonioUS, not Epcot Forever, not Illuminations. It feels strange lol. I'm just ready to see those barges in action!

Vinnie MacSep 29, 2021

This will be a very historic day for Disney's entertainment. The sad ending of one of Disney's best shows ever and the new beginning of (potentially) one of Disney's best shows. Sad but very happy today!

ToTBellHopSep 29, 2021

I’m looking forward to Harmonious tonight. Should be a spectacle.