BREAKING: Wishes Fireworks Spectacular to be Replaced with “Happily Ever After” at the Magic Kingdom

After 14 years, the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom will say goodbye on May 11, 2017 to make way for a new show beginning May 12th, 2017.

“Happily Ever After” captures the heart, humor, and emotions of Disney films through awe-inspiring fireworks, state of the art projections, and brilliant lasers.

43 comments

  1. Christine

    This is absolutely not ok… first electrical parade, then celebrate the magic and now wishes. Quit changing stuff. It’s all about tradition. Walt would be very disappointed.

    • Change Is Okay

      “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
      “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” – Walt Disney
      “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – Walt Disney
      Walt believed in innovation and moving forward. I don’t think he would be disappointed with replacing things that have been around for so many years. It’s okay to be sad when seeing old traditions go, but you can’t blame Disney for wanting to bring new events and shows to their parks.

    • Nate

      But Wishes wasn’t the original fireworks show. So we should get rid of Wishes and go back to the original fireworks show they showed in Disneyland?

  2. Batman

    If they didn’t think that people would stay in the park for fireworks, they’ll kill them ALL! Disney does not care about guests. Period.

  3. John Fitzhugh

    Things change all of the time at Disney. And, yes, I do believe that is the way Walt Disney would want it. They aren’t canceling Wishes. They are simply changing the name and adding some more elements. This type of thing is what keeps people coming back. I agree that seeing beloved shows and attractions leave is heartbreaking, but if Disney didn’t update things everybody would be complaining that Disney is outdated. I for one am looking forward to the new show!

  4. Shell

    I am sad to see Wishes leaving because everything is changing. I is one thing if all the shows weren’t changing with in months of each other. I mean it started with “Dream Along with Mickey” to “Celebrate the Magic” to “Electrical Parade” to the welcome show and now this.. I mean really can’t they spread these changes out so that people can have a little more time to be able to see the old shows and adjust to one change before they throw another in the mix.

  5. Cheryl

    For me it’s not so much changes or new, it’s that under Bob Iger, “new” means “less”. Every change is a cut back. And many changes are just dropping something and not replacing it. I’m sure the new show is less expensive. Bummer. Disney doesn’t get it.

    • Fanland Forever

      I think it’s unfair to day this will be “less than wishes”. Especially since we haven’t seen the finished product. And because they are literally showing how they are adding to the experience not taking away in the video. From someone who loves “Wishes!”, (literally belts it’s out every night), the show has definitely had its time and I think we should be excited to see something new. It’s okay to retire shows and try new things. How would people know Paint the Night was amazing if the electrical parade never left Disneyland? If it debuts and flops then we can say “well we liked wishes better”, but until then we can try to be excited and look forward to something new. And if we are lucky, it might even capture the magic better than “Wishes!”. :)

    • Peter Rowe

      I’m sorry but happily ever after has more pyro and more elements then wishes has, even once upon a time has more pyro the CTM sorry your comment make no sense

  6. Lee

    This makes me incredibly sad. Wishes has become an amazing show especially with the beefed up fireworks in the middle of the show. Illuminations could use the help right now. I’ve never understood why the middle of the show is so amazing that people think it’s the finale and then the finale is so disappointing.

  7. Shaun garner

    The issue is wishes is very personal to every single person and the one firework going over the castle takes you back to the start of every Disney movie make a wish especially with jiminy cricket we have been going since 2004 and it bring a tear to all my family every time

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