Changes Coming to Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom

Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom
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Happily Ever After is the beloved nighttime show at Magic Kingdom. This show takes place most nights at the Magic Kingdom, creating the perfect end to the day.

When browsing My Disney Experience, as all Disney fans do when they aren’t at Walt Disney World, we noticed a change coming to this nighttime show that could impact your trip.

Fireworks and projections on Cinderella castle during Happily Ever After show Disney robbery

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Happily Ever After Debuts in Magic Kingdom

Happily Ever After debuted on May 12, 2017, and replaced the extremely popular Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams. This show quickly became a must-do experience for guests visiting Magic Kingdom.

Guests quickly fell in love with the theme song written by Adam Watts, Melissa Peirce, and Andrew Dodd and performed by Angie Keilhauer and Jordan Fisher. The nighttime spectacular brought new projection mapping to the Magic Kingdom, transforming Cinderella Castle into beautiful scenes from beloved Disney and Pixar movies as we had never seen before.

Happily Ever After features outstanding projections, impressive fireworks, and a magical soundtrack with beloved songs from the movies we love.

Disney Enchantment ends, Happily Ever After Begins

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As part of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration, Happily Ever After was retired on September 30, 2021. Disney Enchantment replaced the show. This show was met with mixed reviews from Disney guests.

Related: Disney Star Desperately Wants Disney to Bring Back Happily Ever After Fireworks


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During D23 in 2022, it was announced that Happily Ever After would return to Magic Kingdom on April 3, 2023, and Disney guests rejoiced. The show returned to Magic Kingdom with the beloved theme song and a few additions to the projections and songs.

Related: Destination D23: New EPCOT Pavilion, More Figment, a Nighttime Parade (and Other Things We’re Hopping For)

New Time Released

Typically, Happily Ever After takes place at 8:30 p.m. on select evenings. As we looked at the official Disney calendar via My Disney Experience, we noticed a change to this as we entered into October.

Starting October 2, 2023, through November 15, 2023, Happily Ever After is scheduled at 8:00 p.m. on select evenings. Although a half hour might not seem like a huge change, it can significantly impact your Walt Disney World vacation.


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Before you head down to Walt Disney World, make sure you check the official calendar. Disney makes adjustments like this often. You won’t want to miss out on critical must-do experiences during your trip. Check the calendar often. As Disney gets a better handle on crowds, they will finalize their hours and entertainment schedule.

We often recommend checking the evening schedule before heading to a Disney park. This will give you the most up-to-date schedule. It would be heartbreaking to miss out on Happily Ever After because you didn’t realize the adjustment to the performance schedule.

Will you watch Happily Ever After during your next Walt Disney World vacation?

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.

One comment

  1. Great info to be prepared for early starts and also planning dining if you want to watch from a nearby restaurant!