Wishes to be replaced with new 'Happily Ever After' nighttime spectacular

Feb 09, 2017 in "Wishes"

Posted: Thursday February 9, 2017 10:19am EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

Wishes at the Magic Kingdom will have its final performance on May 11 2017, to be replaced with a brand new nighttime spectacular.


Debuting May 12, the new 18 minute show is titled "Happily Ever After," and will feature fireworks, projections and lasers.

Like the recently opened "Once Upon A Time," the show will draw on Disney films, including "Pirates of the Caribbean," The Jungle Book," "Beauty and the Beast," "Moana," "Brave," "Big Hero 6," "Zootopia," "The Princess & The Frog," "Aladdin," The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King," "Frozen," "Toy Story," "Peter Pan," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Hunchback of Notre Dame."

The crowd favorite moment,Tinker Bell's flight, will continue to be a part of the new show.

The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London under the supervision of Senior Music Producer Roger Butterly and Music Arranger Tim Heintz. James Silson of Disney Creative Entertainment serves at the Show Director. His previous work includes A Frozen Holiday Wish at the Magic Kingdom, Disney Junior Live on Stage and Olaf's Summer Cool Down - both at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The Happily Ever After song comes from a Hong Kong Disneyland show "Mickey And The Wondrous Book." The score used in the upcoming Magic Kingdom show is orchestral, but check out the video below to hear a pop version for an idea of what to expect.

Wishes debuted in October 2003 at the Magic Kingdom, bringing an extensive upgrade to the park's nightly firework spectacular. Rooftop launch locations were added, bringing more depth and precision to the show.

In recent times, the park has been upgrading the lighting package around the castle, culminating in the new lighting show, "Once Upon A Time." The new "Happily Ever After" show will make extensive use of those new lighting systems.

Holiday Wishes and Happy HalloWishes are expected to continue to be shown at the Christmas and Halloween parties.

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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.