Showtimes now available for the return of Walt Disney World firework shows 'Happily Ever After' and 'EPCOT Forever'

Jan 31, 2023 in "Happily Ever After"

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Posted: Tuesday January 31, 2023 10:07am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has released the schedule for the opening night return of two Walt Disney World fireworks shows.

At Magic Kingdom, the eagerly awaited return of 'Happily Ever After' will take place at 9pm on April 3, 2023.

At EPCOT, 'EPCOT Forever' makes its return at 9pm on April 3 2023.

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.

'EPCOT Forever' will return to Walt Disney World as an interim show on April 3 2023, following the final performance of Harmonious on April 2.

The first version of EPCOT Forever which debuted on October 1 2019 featured fireworks and stunt kites. and played until Walt Disney World's closure in 2020. The show resumed on July 1 2021, as fireworks shows returned to Walt Disney World after the pandemic shutdown. The second version dropped the stunt kites but added more fireworks in their place. Its last performance was September 28, 2021, making way for Harmonious on September 29.

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TrainsOfDisney6 days ago

Like a night parade? Or longer park hours? Crazy talk! It’s impossible to do that! Haha Also…. I can’t believe how much enchantment hate there is. You all need to be forced to watch Mickeys Mix magic so you’ll be thankful!!! Haha

mattpeto7 days ago

It's a cool thing they do during that week. It was better when it replaced Enchantment, but still neat.

wtyy217 days ago

Confirmed: Happily Ever After fireworks be replaced by Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime fireworks (previously part of MVMCP) from December 23-29, followed by Fantasy in the Sky fireworks on December 30-31. So, December 21 would be the final performance of the revamped (with Main street projections) Happily Ever After this year and will be return on January 1, 2024. The showtime still at 8pm for non-perimeter version of Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime fireworks.

Fido Chuckwagon8 days ago

Party season.

jrhwdw8 days ago

Tonight's the first night I heard Main Street Capacity Announcements for HEA since the 50th ended, and Main Street was completely full 30min before HEA! Does the Capacity Announcements play most nights? I'm guessing DE never made Main Street full to capacity?

Starship82410 days ago

This is my 4k edit of Happily Ever After, it's not perfect but I did my best with it as I only had one night film and I think it came out pretty good.

TTA94Oct 25, 2023

Saw that to. Interesting. Probably something is in the works for every park other than WDW though lol. Btw nice to hear Steve Davison is still with the company. I was wondering if maybe he had left.

jrhwdwOct 25, 2023

Should be interesting if USF gets their Lagoon working next Summer..and if that affects MK.... Don't know if this is the right place but saw on X(from that site) that Steve Davidson confirmed the more Drones are coming to Disney Parks. No specific Parks were mentioned.

TTA94Oct 25, 2023

True forgot that one and FITS.

Starship824Oct 24, 2023


MisterPenguinOct 24, 2023

Counter example : 4th of July show.

TTA94Oct 24, 2023

They refuse to go back to anything that took place before HEA it seems. Probably because Wishes had no projections and they “assume” that very few would be interested in a show without projections.

SpectroMan93Oct 24, 2023

Interesting they didn't go with Wishes if they're hoping adding fireworks sells the event. Wishes is definitely more beloved and would have the nostalgia factor behind it as well.

TTA94Oct 24, 2023

Imo bringing DE back doesn’t accomplish anything other than the hope it sells the events. They need something to go along with HEA on a nightly basis to help the mass park exit and to keep guests in the park. But apparently they don’t think it’s needed 🤷‍♂️