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'Happily Ever After' fireworks debut at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

May 12, 2017, 5:27 PM · Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom tonight debuted its new night-time fireworks and projection show, Happily Ever After.

The 18-minute nightly show features the expected fireworks blasts high above Fantasyland, complemented by an orchestral score of songs from multiple Disney films, including Aladdin, Brave, The Lion King, The Princess and the Frog, and Tarzan, as well as lasers and projection mapping on Cinderella Castle. Disney is live streaming the debut performance tonight. (*Update: The performance starts at 15:24 in this archive of the live stream.)

Happily Ever After presents a classic good versus evil story, presenting Disney animated heroes before introducing the villains that will challenge them. Don't despair, though, for the good team wins in the end, but not without blowing up what seems like an enormous amount of pyro in the process — as loyal fans expect at the end of their day in the Magic Kingdom.

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May 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM · Watched it twice online already and it's safe to say I like it more than Wishes. To see disney start this projection test with Celebrate the Magic to see if all add up to this is amazing. Bravo
May 13, 2017 at 1:14 PM · We were happy to drive down from Jacksonville for the final Wishes and the first Happily Ever After. We love the new one!! It was real awesome to be there with all the people too...even if it was super crowded.
May 13, 2017 at 1:25 PM · I don't watch spoiler videos, but we'll try to get a decent view during our visit in October.
May 14, 2017 at 6:45 AM · I liked it a lot. It's visually stunning and has great music. My only complaint is that there is so much going on that it's hard to focus on everything. If you watch the fireworks you miss the castle and vice versa.
May 15, 2017 at 9:10 AM · (SPOILER ALERT)


I was so pleased that first song sung by a character in this show is Tiana singing the prologue from The Princess and the Frog. Those four lines are the perfect way to begin this show. I also love that Cinderella Castle itself (actually "himself" it seems), comes to life and sings during the show too. It's hard to fine fault in a show that delivers so much of what the audience wants in a show like this. Can't wait to see it in person some day.

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