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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C33Mom2 hours ago

Awesome, thank you, we can keep our dinner plans at Epcot after all.

Starship82410 hours ago

Anyone get to see the test or find videos of it last night?

Starship82410 hours ago

This and Fantasy in sky, they didn't even change the words in Fantasy in the sky they just re recorded it and it sounds worse, also I noticed every year the speakers are always out of sync and lower volume from every other show. Also the fourth of July show is only ok. I think I'd rather them just do hea with more pyro and fourth tag like Epcot.

ToTBellHop10 hours ago

It moves to 9 pm on August 10 this year.

Squishy15 hours ago

I'm still confused why they redid the whole narration to change a few slight words, new narration sounds worse.

MisterPenguin16 hours ago

The musical selections and their performance for the 4th of July fireworks show is... bad. Remember, I'm a pixie dusting shill. So, if I say that...

Squishy16 hours ago


MisterPenguin16 hours ago

Hopefully the 4th show is updated from the previous awful show whose music was... bad.

C33Mom21 hours ago

It’s very helpful, thank you! We are looking at the second week of August and we only have one shot at it, so I think we need to plan to be there by 8:50. Should have thought about this before making dining reservations. 🤦‍♀️

DisneyFanatic1222 hours ago

The timing varies slightly between years, but should be similar. In 2023, showtimes were moved to 9:00pm on August 9th and to 8:30pm on September 18th I believe. In 2022, Enchantment was moved to 9:00pm on August 8th I believe. Hope that helps!

C33Mom22 hours ago

While this thread is temporarily alive, does anybody know when MK firework shows start shifting earlier again? Wondering if HEA will still be at 9:20 in early August or if we need to arrive even earlier to catch it.

jrhwdw1 day ago

My guess is Celebrate America Testing.

Starship8241 day ago

Guessing its for the 4th of July.

Starship8241 day ago

Record it for us if you can!