“Happily ever after” is a phrase that goes hand in hand with the stories that the Walt Disney Company is famous for, with many of its films and characters finding their true love or happiness. The Walt Disney World Resort is home to many attractions and experiences that celebrate love in all forms by showcasing different versions of happily ever after with beloved characters. From perfect weddings to gatherings of friends, here are all of the attractions in Walt Disney World that celebrate love in one form or another.
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
A perfect example of a true happily ever after that can be found on an attraction is Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. The attraction retells the classic story of The Little Mermaid with memorable scenes that show Ariel falling in love with Prince Eric. The final scene of the attraction is a celebration of Ariel and Prince Eric’s wedding, and the couple can be found beaming and waving to Guests as they head off to start their perfect lives together.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom is home to Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress which uses an innovative rotating theater that follows a family through the years to discover how they can enjoy progress. Each scene showcases the family celebrating a different holiday, and the scene from the 1920s focuses on Valentine’s Day, with the daughter prepping for a dance across town, a vase of red roses on the table, and a reference to John and Sarah planning a romantic evening out. While the scene takes place nearly one hundred years ago, it’s still a great reminder of how the romance of Valentine’s Day is timeless.
“it’s a small world”
Love can absolutely be found in all different forms, including through a celebration found in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. “it’s a small world” brings Guests on a cruise around the world, showcasing dozens of countries along the way, each filled with classic singing dolls who share a message of hope and unity. While the attraction is simple in its style and lyrics of “it’s a small world” and is essentially the same as when it debued in 1964, the message of unity is very clear in that all people of the world are united through their love for each other.
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Another celebration of love and unity can be found in EPCOT’s World Showcase and is brought to life each evening. Harmonious is a nighttime spectacular on World Showcase Lagoon that uses pyrotechnics, dancing water fountains, projections, and more to share music from beloved Disney films like Coco and The Lion King. Each song featured is sung in a different language, and the show comes together to share with Guests the importance of unity, harmony, and love between every nation. Harmonious is a must see any night in EPCOT and a perfect example of how love can be found in all different types of situations and relationships!
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Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to plenty of amazing experiences that bring beloved film and television stories and characters to life including Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. This stage show is performed throughout each day in an open air theater and retells the story of Beauty and the Beast with unforgettable musical numbers and special effects. As all Guests know, Belle and the Beast find their happily ever after when he is transformed back into Prince Adam, and the romantic ending is celebrated with the two characters waltzing through the iconic castle ballroom.
Frozen Ever After
Love doesn’t always have to be romantic, it can also be shared as a bond between two siblings or friends, and some might argue that friendship is the purest form of love. Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase brings Guests on an adventure to Arendelle where Elsa is hosting a summer celebration. After seeing favorite characters and hearing Elsa sing the classic “Let It Go,” Guests enter into a final scene where Elsa, Anna, and Olaf can be found singing happily together. The three characters simply singing and experiencing such joy being together is a wonderful example of how love can be found in friendships.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Another example of love shared through friendship can be found on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. The attraction has Guests board a honey pot and set off to enjoy a retelling of a particularly blustery day in the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh and his friends can be found dealing with high winds, Heffalumps and Woozles, and a flood at the end where Piglet almost plunges over a waterfall, but after it all there is a celebration of love and friendship. The final scene of the attraction shows all of the friends gathered around a table wearing party hats, waving flags, and enjoying a delicious cake together.
Na’vi River Journey
The final attraction that celebrates love at the Walt Disney World Resort might not be one that Guests necessarily associate with love at all. The Na’vi River Journey in Pandora – the World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom brings Guests on a serene boat ride into the bioluminescent forest where all sorts of otherworldly vegetation and creatures are found. The entire experience ends with Guests finding the Shaman of the Songs who is singing and seemingly connected to everything in the forest. The Na’vi River Journey is a great example of how a love and appreciation of nature is necessary for the environment to thrive.