VIDEO - 'Once Upon A Time' castle projection show debuts at the Magic Kingdom

Nov 07, 2016 in "Once Upon A Time"

Once Upon A Time overview
Posted: Monday November 7, 2016 8:25am EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Magic Kingdom debuted its latest update to the castle projection shows this past weekend, with the opening of "Once Upon A Time."

Taking over from "Celebrate the Magic," the new show centers around Mrs. Potts from “Beauty and the Beast” sharing bedtime stories with Chip, taking them on a magical trip through the most adventurous scenes from favorite Disney films like “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”

Scenes include a flight with Peter Pan from London to Never Land, the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and a duel between Gaston and Beast. Mrs. Potts and Chip end their bedtime story with a grand finale that includes appearances by characters from even more Disney films.

"Once Upon A Time" is a far more elaborate show that its predecessor, including newly installed syncrolites on either side of the castle. and more than double the amount of pyrotechnics.

The show is performed daily, except on party nights, and is currently showing 15 minutes before regular park close after Wishes. Check times guides for the latest.

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Kman101May 01, 2017

Wouldn't HEA sort of make OUAT redudant? I know they're different shows of course but wasn't the plan to just have HEA?

ToTBellHopMay 01, 2017

Or it's just glowing away forever?

Coaster LoverMay 01, 2017

I'm not seeing any performances of OUAT after June 3rd on Disney's page... any word on this going dark a few weeks after HEA has settled in, or have they just not updated the schedule yet?

Next Big ThingMar 05, 2017

It has been noted that there are lasers in the Tokyo version of OUAT and WDW announced lasers for HEA. I would think it only natural to add the lasers into OUAT too, so that could be the reason.

spectromagic04Mar 04, 2017

I have no idea I just know it's down for refurbishment starting tomorrow. My wild guess would be something with the projectors.

jrhwdwMar 04, 2017

Any reason why? Changes? Upgrades?

spectromagic04Mar 04, 2017

Down for about a week for refurbishment starting March 5th.

jrhwdwMar 04, 2017

Saw on Twitter this morning that OUAT is being referbed before HEA???? Anyone know more???

mm52200Feb 26, 2017

If they had updated it a couple years ago there would have been no guarantee that they would have added Tangled to it.

Ryan H. SerowinskiFeb 26, 2017

I love Punzie a lot, I'm just sad that she isn't going to be in the new Magic Kingdom fireworks show(or neither in OUAT), wish Wishes would had been updated a couple years back(then a song from the film would had been in it), but so glad they're getting a new show.

SpectroMan93Feb 25, 2017

So I take it you really like Tangled.

Ryan H. SerowinskiFeb 25, 2017

Still angry about it(since I watched the show on YouTube, and getting angry that one of the scenes isn't in it, and wanting the first show back and at least update it, wish it never existed at MK). :( They better have it in the new Happily Ever After show.

jrhwdwFeb 25, 2017

Umm, they got new projectors in August. Now we know that they're for CTM 's finale, OUAT, and now HEA

Ryan H. SerowinskiFeb 25, 2017

Tell me why even after it debuted, Tangled isn't in it, it doesn't need drones to operate this scene, it could had been re-used from Celebrate the Magic, and I didn't get to see it last August, because for no stupid reason, they decided to black out the show for most of the month that I went :(