Magic Kingdom's newest fireworks show set for Friday debut

by: Shelley Caran Updated:

Tomorrow night at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom a new nighttime fireworks spectacular, Happily Ever After, will make its debut.

Happily Ever After, only the third fireworks spectacular to fill the skies above Cinderella Castle, is an 18 minute show that features the latest in fireworks, pyrotechnics and projection technology, plus fresh animation, a new score, and theme song,

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According to Executive Creative Director Michael Jung, the show will take park guests on a “hero’s journey” that encourages us to dream our biggest dream and never give up.

What sets this fireworks spectacular apart from the others is how old and new technology are being combined to create a nighttime fireworks spectacular like no other.

Happily Ever After will feature new hand-drawn Disney character animation sequences from Aladdin, Big Hero Six, Brave, Frozen, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Incredibles The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Mulan, Tarzan, The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story, Up, WALL-E, Wreck-It Ralph, and Zootopia that will be combined with projection mapping technology to bring these beloved characters to life as part of the show.

“For me, it’s a thrill because ‘Aladdin’ was the first film I worked on and to come back and be animating Aladdin again after 25 years, I’m feeling that same sort of excitement again,” said Randy Haycock, Walt Disney Animation Studios. 

The fireworks spectacular will also showcase the latest technology of fireworks, rooftop pyro, state-of-the-art projections, lasers, and immersive lighting around Cinderella Castle.

“Music is truly at the heart of everything,” said Michael Jung, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “It’s the script, it’s the emotion, it’s the thing that guides us through the show.”

And while the show will feature many familiar Disney favorites, a brand-new theme song titled “Happily Ever After,” a duet sung by country music artist Angie Keilhauer and singer Jordan Fisher.

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Can't make it to the Magic Kingdom for the debut the Happily Ever After fireworks? The Disney Parks Blog will be livestreaming them starting at 8:55 pm EST, but make sure that you tune-in before the start of the show as the Parks Blog will be sharing a Behind-the-Scenes look at how the show was created. You will also want to make sure that you follow along with @DisneyParks on Twitter, using the hashtags #DisneyParksLIVE and #HappilyEverAfter!