If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, I think you’ll agree that one of the highlights has always been the wonderful ‘Wishes’ show at the end of the evening, with fireworks lighting up Cinderella Castle, accompanied by beautiful Disney songs. As soon as the sweet voice started singing ‘star light, star bright’, the goosebumps would start and by the end I’d generally be blubbing (I know, but it’s so beautiful). Unbelievably, the Wishes show has been a family favourite since something like October 2003 and is definitely a bit of a Disney institution, so the brand new show, Happily Ever After at Walt Disney World had a lot to live up to.
When I was at the parks for the dedication of Pandora last month, I was lucky enough to see the replacement for Wishes, a brand new evening extravaganza called Happily Ever After at Walt Disney World, and you’ll be pleased to know that it’s spectacular. There’s still beautiful music and stunning fireworks, but now, thanks to some pretty amazing projection-mapping technology, you can see characters from many of your favourite Disney films actually appearing on Cinderella Castle itself, which seems to constantly transform, changing into various different castles, cathedrals and backdrops, and they’re so crisp and vibrant, it’s really quite breathtaking.
In an emotional show, which is around 20 minutes long, and is said to include more than 25 Disney films, we spotted my favourite, Moana, as well as Toy Story, Up, Tarzan, The Lion King, Brave, Zootopia, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin, Frozen, and some great surprises in the form of The Incredibles, Big Hero 6, gorgeous Wall-E, and Wreck-it Ralph. I loved the intermingling of the classic Disney Films with the new favourites, meaning that it really does appeal to every generation. It’s hard to pick favourite bits, but the ‘Out There’ section from the Hunchback of Notre Dame is spine-tinglingly good, where the castle transforms seamlessly into the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, as is the Moana portion of the show.
We were so lucky to be there to witness a live performance of the title song, Happily Ever After, by Jordan Fisher, who I absolutely love (even if you don’t know the name, you might know his voice from the song ‘You’re Welcome’ at the end of Moana), and Angie Keilhauer (I think she was on the US Voice, and she has an incredible voice). The show features more lasers, choreographed spotlights and fireworks than any show before and is the perfect end to a magical day at Walt Disney World.
I managed to grab a little bit of live video of the performance here:
Happily Ever After is shown nightly at Magic Kingdom Park.
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