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PHOTOS: Lightning Lane vs Stand-By Use at Magic Kingdom

We’ve been working our way through Walt Disney World Theme Parks to get an idea of how popular the Disney Genie’s new Lightning Lane service is vs. the traditional stand-by queues. If you’re new...

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NEW 50th Anniversary Wishables Arrive at Creations Shop!

Even though the official 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World has passed, the 18-month celebration is just getting underway- and Disney is already releasing more new merchandise for the occasion! Recently, Disney announced a...

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PHOTOS: Lightning Lane vs. Stand-By Use at EPCOT

On Tuesday we saw the launch of Disney Genie and Lightning Lane services, and I was on the ground at Animal Kingdom checking out the usage of the paid Lightning Lanes vs. the traditional...

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DON’T Save Your 50th Merch Shopping for Animal Kingdom!

Today, we visited Animal Kingdom to check out the new Disney Genie and the introduction of Lightning Lanes. While we were testing the waters of the new app system, we made our rounds visiting...

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PHOTOS: There’s Been a BIG 50th Anniversary Addition to Magic Kingdom

There's a gigantic new sign in front of Magic Kingdom for the 50th Anniversary!
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BREAKING: Chip and Dale Join Magic Kingdom Statue Collection

The penultimate, mischevious chipmunk pair, Chip and Dale, became the latest of Mickey’s pals to join the Disney Fab 50. The collection of golden statues debuts at the Walt Disney World Resort this fall...

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Cinderella Castle Golden 50th Crest now installed in the Magic Kingdom

Overnight, Disney Imagineers installed the much-anticipated golden 50th crest to Cinderella Castle, completing the royal makeover as Disney ramps up to “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” beginning October 1st. Related – Orlando Airport to receive special Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary decorations The crest completes the castle’s royal, EARidescent makeover,

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The History of Magic Kingdom’s Nighttime Spectaculars

Have you ever heard of the phrase “rope drop to fireworks?” When someone says this, they are referring to how long they plan to stay at Magic Kingdom — from rope drop at park opening to the fireworks show at park close. After all, no Disney day is complete without watching fireworks light up the night sky at Disney! We’ve received a lot of recent news about fireworks shows and nighttime spectaculars at Walt Disney World over the past few weeks, so I thought it would be fun to take a trip through the history of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks shows.   Fantasy in the Sky (1971-2003) Fantasy in the Sky was a fireworks show that was originally created for Disneyland back in 1956. Being Disneyland’s first-ever fireworks show, it only makes sense that its legacy would live on with the same title for the east coast park when Walt Disney World opened in 1971. The original Magic Kingdom version of this show was about five minutes long, short and sweet. It featured classic Disney songs like “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Hear Makes,” and “Mickey Mouse March” — just to name a few. For the 25th anniversary, Magic Kingdom’s version of Fantasy in the Sky featured “When You Wish Upon A Star” at the beginning and “Remember the Magic” as the encore. After the anniversary celebration ended, the music went back to its original score until the show saw a change in music in 1999. From 1999 until its farewell in 2003, Fantasy in the Sky featured songs related to the attractions and some of the company’s most popular films at the time, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.  Fantasy in the Sky has a special New Years Version that takes place on New Year’s Eve at Magic Kingdom! (With the exception of last year due to COVID-19.) <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams (2003-2017) On October 9, 2003, Magic Kingdom’s second fireworks show made its debut. Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams was designed by Steve Davison, Lead Creative Executive of Parades and Spectaculars at Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. This show was hosted by Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy from Pinnochio. Guests would watch Tinker Bell fly, over 650 fireworks take off, and a special “wishing star” firework that would appear several times throughout the show. Several versions of this show were created over its almost 15-year run including Happy HalloWishes: A Grim Grinning Ghost Spooktacular in the Sky, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, Disney’s Celebrate America, Magic, Music, and Mayhem, Summer Nightastic!, and Fantasy in the Sky: New Year’s Eve Countdown. Both HalloWishes and Holiday Wishes would take place during the holidays’ special ticketed events until 2018. Wishes became a staple of ending a day at the Magic Kingdom, so when its farewell finally happened on May 11, 2017, there was a live stream from the Disney Parks Blog, Farewell Wishes merchandise for sale, and thousands of Disney fans still singing its praises years later.   Happily Ever After (2017-Present) Magic Kingdom’s newest nighttime spectacular is the most magical one yet. From its debut on May 12, 2017, it has left guests feeling mesmerized and inspired all at once. From the powerful soundtrack and stunning projections to the breathtaking display of fireworks lighting up the sky, this is a nighttime spectacular that every Disney fan needs to experience in person. The show’s main theme song shares the same title — “Happily Ever After” and it’s sung by Jordan Fischer & Angie Keilhauer. Happily Ever After covers seven segments through popular Disney songs and corresponding scenes from the films projected on the castle. The featured segments are Wish, Adventure, Friendship, Love, Adversity, Heroes Fight Back, and Peace Restored. March 12, 2021 made one year since any guests have experienced this show in person. On July 1, 2021, Happily Ever After will light up Magic Kingdom’s night sky once again!   What’s Next? Since Disney’s recent announcement about “Disney Enchantment” debuting for the 50th-anniversary celebration, there has been a lot of worry among Disney fans that this is the end for Happily Ever After. While we don’t have a confirmed “yes” or “no” just yet, I ask you to keep the following factors in mind before panicking: With past nighttime spectacular closing dates (Wishes and Illuminations) we were given advanced notice and Farewell merchandise available for purchase. (We aren’t to this point just yet, so stay calm!) When Disneyland celebrated its 60th Anniversary back in 2015, there was a special fireworks show created for the event called Disneyland Forever. Once the event ended, Disneyland went back to its previous nighttime spectacular, which just happened to be Fantasy in the Sky! Magic Kingdom’s other two nighttime spectaculars lasted in the parks for well over a decade. (Fantasy in the Sky lasted for over three decades!) Happily Ever After has only been around for four years, and we lost one to the global pandemic. I’m going to go ahead and assume they’re going to want to get their longevity out of this spectacular as well! While I don’t have any idea what’s actually going down and I don’t speak for the company, I just thought I’d share that food for thought based on the park’s firework history! I’m personally very excited for a new nighttime spectacular for the 18-month anniversary celebration. This will be Magic Kingdom’s first nighttime show with projections stretched all the way to Main Street U.S.A. You can read all about the 50th anniversary announcements from earlier this week here! It’s hard to believe that Magic Kingdom turns 50 in less than 100 days. Year after year and night after night, guests gather under the stars to experience fireworks, powerful soundtracks, and a certain kind of magic you’ll only find there. Even after five decades, fireworks on Main Street U.S.A. is still the best way to end a Disney day. Which Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular is […]

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“Disney Enchantment,” “Harmonious,” and more debut on October 1 at Walt Disney World Resort

October 1, 2021, will be here before we know it, which means “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” countdown is on! Walt Disney World Resort turns fifty this year and Disney Parks Blog just dropped some exciting news around the 18-month celebration. Disney Enchantment Magic Kingdom Park will offer a new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” along with the start of the celebration on October 1, 2021. This new nighttime spectacular was created  just for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” and is said to take guests on a journey filled with adventure, wonder, and empowerment! “Disney Enchantment” will feature enhanced lighting, showstopping fireworks, special music, and, for the first time in Magic Kingdom Park, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle all the way to Main Street U.S.A.    Harmonious The long-awaited EPCOT nighttime spectacular “Harmonious” will also debut on Walt Disney World’s anniversary this year, October 1, 2021. (Fun Fact: Both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT share the same anniversary, just 11 years apart — so on this day next year it will be EPCOT’s 40th anniversary!) “Harmonious” is said to be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. Guests will gather around World Showcase Lagoon to experience this grand, powerful tribute to the stories and songs that unite us. “Harmonious” incorporates pyrotechnics, choreographed moving fountains, lighting, and more new technical magic. You’ll travel the globe through new interpretations of classic Disney songs like you’ve never heard them before! These songs have been reimagined in more than a dozen languages, thanks to a diverse group of 240 artist from around the world.   Disney KiteTails DIsney’s Animal Kingdom will be getting some new daytime entertainment for the 50th anniversary celebration, too! “Disney KiteTails” will bring the Discovery River Amphitheater to life several times daily starting on October 1, 2021. Performers in this production will fly vibrant and larger-than-life kites and windcatchers in a truly unique Disney experience. Some of these elaborate three-dimensional kites will stretch up to 30 feet long, and will depict Disney animal friends like Simba, Baloo, Zazu, and King Louie. Match these vibrant kites with some of your favorite Disney songs and you’re in for an exciting new Disney’s Animal Kingdom experience!   Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade As you know, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are your hosts for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” and they will be sporting new EARidescent fashions for the 50th anniversary. As pictured above, it’s clear that everyone in the crew will be experiencing an EASidescent upgrade — including Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Goofy, and Pluto. These new outfits will debut on October 1, 2021, along with a new daily experience, the “Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade.”   Disney Fab 50 Mickey and friends — Let’s call them “The EARidescent Eight” (You heard it here first!) — will also be featured on special golden character sculptures at Magic Kingdom Park. Starting October 1, 2021, there will be 50 characters in total, and the series of sculptures will be displayed across all four theme parks. For now, we’re waiting to find out which other characters will be included in the Fab 50 — but I have a feeling an update will be coming soon! I can’t wait to see how all fifty of these new sculptures will be infused into the four theme parks.   “Walt Disney World: A Portrait of the First Half Century” It’s no secret that I love Disney coffee table books, so y’all already know I’m snagging this in the fall! “Walt Disney World: A Portrait of the First Half Century”  will be available for purchase beginning September 28, 2021 at Walt Disney World, shopDisney.com, and anywhere books are sold. This book will give readers an insider’s look into the history and evolution of Walt Disney World, and it’s written by Kevin Kern, Tim O’Day, and Steven Vagnini. There will be even more special books publishing this year for the 50th anniversary, so click here to get more information on that! “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” is almost here and it’s clear that it’s going to be a magical time for guests and cast memebers alike. We will see the grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, EARidescent decor all across the resort, and all four parks transforming into Beacons of Magic at night. Walt Disney World cast members will be wearing new EARidescent nametags designed especially for the celebration, and they are looking forward to the start of the celebration! There’s still plenty more excitement to be revealed over the next few months, so keep checking back here for more updates. Are you visiting Walt Disney World for the 50th Anniversary?

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BREAKING NEWS: More Exciting Details Emerge For Disney’s World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

As we first reported yesterday, Disney World used Good Morning America this morning as a platform to reveal more exciting details about Disney World’s 50th Anniversary “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” which officially kicks...

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Disney Characters to receive new looks for The World’s Most Magical Celebration!

Cinderella Castle isn’t the only thing getting updated for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. Your favorite Disney Characters will be receiving new looks for The World’s Most Magical Celebration! Beginning Oct. 1st, 2021, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will host “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring the 50th anniversary of Walt

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