Disney officially announced today that May 11th will be the last showing of their nighttime spectacular ¨Wishes¨ at the Magic Kingdom. Wishes will be replaced by a new show, ¨Happily Ever After¨ which will debut May 12th. The details aren't yet set in stone but you can expect the new show to feature Projections on Cinderella Castle, Lasers, and a brand new fireworks show. You can watch the full Video here:
Wishes debuted at the Magic Kingdom way back in October of 2003 and as been a favorite of park goers ever since. Happily Ever After will be representing many Disney films including ¨Aladdin,¨ ¨Moana,¨ ¨The Little Mermaid,¨ ¨Zootopia,¨ ¨Sleeping Beauty,¨ and ¨The Hunchback Of Notre Damn.¨
Just like in ¨Wishes,¨ Tinker Bell will continue ¨Flying Across the night Sky¨ according to a Disney News Release
¨Happily Ever After¨ will feature music from Disney favorites including ¨The Princess And The Frog,¨ ¨Brave,¨ ¨The Lion King,¨Aladdin,¨ and ¨Tarzan.¨
The news wasn't all doom and gloom this morning though, Walt Disney World officials announced that ¨Rivers Of Light¨ the first nighttime spectacular planned for Disney World's Animal Kingdom, will debut February 17. The show was originally planned to begin last April but it was delayed numerous times for unspecified reasons.
In March 2016, a debut date of April 22 (Animal Kingdoms Birthday) was announced, but, due to unspecified reasons, ¨Rivers Of Light¨ along with other nighttime activities including a Nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris where postponed.
On April 19, media members were shown a portion of “Rivers of Light” but also were told that another show called “Jungle Book: Alive With Magic” would be the first production to appear in the 5,000-seat amphitheater built for “Rivers.” It ran through the summer months. Recently, the open-air theater space had been left open for day guests to use as seating.
In late 2016, Disney cast members watched a preview of the full production of ¨Rivers Of Light¨ and a group of social-media moms saw ¨Rivers Of Light¨ earlier this week.
Curtains of Water with projections of Animals, floating barges with illuminated animal figures, giant drifting lotus blossoms with their own enclosed water features and an all new soundtrack can be seen in this video filmed by one of those lucky moms.
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