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

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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.

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  • 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.

    • “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.

    • 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?

    • I think if you could ask Walt how he felt about Wishes being replaced, he would say, “What’s Wishes?”

    • I agree. This made me cry. I went to Disney World ONCE and only went to the Magic Kingdom once. WISHES made me tear up and get emotional because it was so beautiful. This is one of the worst decisions Disney has ever made. I’m sure that if Walt Disney were alive today he wouldn’t have allowed this. My dad worked there for the college program, and he said seeing Wishes was like coming home. Once again this is an awful decision.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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!”. :)

    • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Does anyone know where I can purchase the Disney Wishes Firework Spectacular poster?

  • I’m literally crying! I could see it everyday and it will never get old! I feel like it was timeless!!!! :(

  • Can’t believe it!!! Absolutely gutted! I’m going in June and was looking forward to seeing Wishes ????

  • I remember going to wishes when i was 5 years old and now i am 16 and they have been apart of my life ever since i can remember. It is a tradition to watch these fireworks and now they are gonna be gone. They are the reason we go back every year because they make me feel like i am away and 5 years old again. The very first song wishes with the little girl singing gives me chills everytime and now i dont think the new ones will. i personally do not like the new disney movies and nothing will replace the classics which i think they are trying to do with all of the star wars lands and avatar land. Those movies are not disney movies and will never be but yet they make a bigger deal about them rather than the classics. I WISH that they will alternate the fireworks with one day be happily ever after and one day be wishes that way everyone can be happy because right now i am feeling sad and feeling like a part of my childhood and all the memories i made with my parents are gone because i have nothing to look forward to like the little girl singing or the go the distance orchesta part. I will forever miss these fireworks and i hope disney will open their eyes and take every ones comments to consideration because clearly we are all upset about it so @waltdisneyworld please keep wishes part time and dont get rid of it all together because it can help keep memories like mine and i would keep coming back just to see wishes so please ask everyone who goes in the park because we all love it and will always. I was looking forward to seeing them in April and now i dont even see a reason to come back to your parks but i will anyways but i wont be watching the fireworks so open you eyes and see what people are saying about you taking them away because it can damage people in ways you cant imagine.

      • Replacing the with the new garbage. Made for DVD releases. The last good Disney movie was the Lion King or the Little Mermaid. New stuff is garbage.

  • Going July 4th weekend. Will not see them. I heard it features the computer animated garbage. I prefer the classics. So will avoid

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