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Disney World Changes Beloved Show

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Walt Disney World Resort stands as a testament to Walt Disney’s vision of creating a place where dreams come true, but that doesn’t mean that changes won’t happen every now and then.

Walt Disney World Resort is home to four major theme parks, two water parks, numerous resort hotels, and countless other attractions. One of the most popular Disney World parks is Magic Kingdom.

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As Disney World guests pass beneath the iconic Walt Disney World train station and step onto Main Street, U.S.A., they are transported to wonder and enchantment. Magic Kingdom is divided into six themed lands, each offering its own unique adventures and experiences.

Cinderella Castle stands at the heart of Magic Kingdom, a symbol of magic and fantasy. Standing at 189 feet tall, the majestic castle serves as the focal point of the park. It provides a stunning backdrop for various entertainment offerings, including parades, stage shows, and the beloved fireworks display, Happily Ever After.

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Happily Ever After is not just a fireworks show; it’s a breathtaking celebration of Disney’s most beloved stories and characters. As the sun sets over Magic Kingdom, hundreds of guests gather around Cinderella Castle in anticipation of the nighttime extravaganza.

While this show brings hundreds of guests in to see this wonder, Disney World has recently changed this popular show. The change became evident right from the show’s start, with the introduction of the iconic Happily Ever After music. Previously, the castle was illuminated with lights that had a specific appearance.

However, there has been a return to using full-beam searchlights, enhancing the dramatic effect of the opening sequence.

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Fans love this show for several reasons. One main reason is for how the castle transforms into a canvas for dazzling projections, bringing to life scenes from classic Disney films such as The Lion King (1994), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and many more. Beside the stunning visuals is a musical soundtrack that tugs at the heartstrings and ignites the imagination.

But perhaps the most magical aspect of Happily Ever After is its message of hope and inspiration. As the show reaches its climax, the narrator reminds guests that the magic of Disney resides within each of us, encouraging them to believe in themselves and pursue their own happily ever after.

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Happily Ever After takes place nightly at Magic Kingdom Park. The show is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. but will transition to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 10. In April, the nighttime spectacular will move back to 8:45 p.m. and, eventually, 9:00 p.m. Keep an eye on the official Disney website and the My Disney Experience app for the latest developments and the show’s status.

What do you think about these changes? Let us know in the comments!

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.

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