Nighttime shows are a massive part of Disney magic. The combination of fireworks, projections, characters, and beautiful soundtracks create spectacular evening shows throughout Disney’s destinations. One Disney Park is preparing for a new nighttime spectacular coming to guests for the first time next week.
Nighttime Shows in Walt Disney World
At Walt Disney World, guests can enjoy evening shows at three Disney Parks.
Happily Ever After lights up the night sky each evening at Magic Kingdom. This beloved show is full of heart, humor, and heroes from Disney movies over the ages. A true display of magic as it reminds viewers that we all can dream and have our own happily ever after.
Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Fantasmic takes the stage each evening. The show features outstanding stunts, special effects including pyrotechnics, and more characters than any other evening show at Walt Disney World. As Mickey takes on epic Disney villains, guests learn the importance of imagination.
Finally, EPCOT Forever is the limited-time evening show on the World Showcase Lagoon. During the show, which celebrates EPCOT, fireworks and laser effects create a nighttime display to wrap up a magical evening at EPCOT for guests.
EPCOT Looks For More
Over the past few years, the nighttime show at EPCOT has struggled. Since the removal of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in 2019, the nighttime show at EPCOT has struggled.
Replacing IllumiNations was EPCOT Forever. This was advertised as a short-term replacement in preparation for the big reveal of Harmonious. As part of the big celebration in 2021, Harmonious debuted “among controversy.
Many guests were already frustrated with the huge displays that found their home in World Showcase Lagoon for the show. These displays blinded many, blocking the once magical view across the World Showcase Lagoon.
This major nighttime spectacular had a concise run, ending in April 2023. Guests celebrated the removal of the large barges but were disappointed the EPCOT Forever would be returning once again.
There Is Hope
The good news is that a new show will be debuting in EPCOT for guests to enjoy this coming week. Luminous The Symphony of Us will open on December 5, 2023.
This new show will have fireworks, fountains, music, and lights all set to a new, original musical score. The show, according to Disney’s website, will “come together to remind us that we are more alike than we are different.”
We don’t know much about the new show or what it will bring to EPCOT. After what could be considered a disaster of Harminnous, we hope this new show will live up to the beloved IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
Nighttime shows are a huge part of the Disney magic. The combination of fireworks, projections, and magical storytelling creates the perfect way to end the day at Disney Park. We hope this new show at EPCOT will bring guests just that- a spectacular nighttime show worth sticking around for at the end of the evening.
We will soon know as Luminous: The Symphony of Us will debut next week for all to see.