Video: “Magic, Memories, and You!” show premieres projected onto Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World’s Magic KIngdom

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Tonight at a special media-only event, Disney premiered their new “Magic, Memories, and You!” show on Cinderella Castle. That’s right, it takes place ON the castle. That is, the entire show is projected onto the castle’s surface.

Months ago, Disney digitally mapped the nooks and crannies of the famous Cinderella Castle to produce this new nightly show that makes each and every castle “brick” come alive with movement, color, and character, all to the tune of peppy music. And as part of Disney’s new Let the Memories Begin campaign, the new show features 500 pictures taken of Disney guests using PhotoPass throughout each day.

I can best describe “Magic, Memories, and You!” as hyper-real kinetic entertainment. While it’s entirely a 2-dimensional show, there are many occasions when items (bricks, springs, balloons) seem to burst out from the castle, though nothing is actually moving. It’s all an impressive trick that must be seen in person to appreciate.

But… if you can’t make it to the Magic Kingdom any time soon, I bring you a full high-definition video of “Magic, Memories, and You!” Just hit play:

The video is considerably darker than the show appears in real life, with vibrant colors popping off the castle at a frenetic pace. This high-resolution photo does a much better job at showing just how bright the show is:

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It’s hard to keep up with the show, as you can see, as the scenes change rapidly. The projections look fantastic and my only gripe would be with the photos, which are somewhat blurry, and often too small to even make out who is in them. If my photo ever did appear on the castle, I would likely not know it unless it happened to be one of the larger ones to show up in the middle. I’m tempted to say the show suffers for the inclusion of the photos and I’d rather see only the animated projections zip around the castle, minus guests’ pictures.

Highlights of “Magic, Memories, and You!” for me include bricks seemingly popping out of the castle, projected fireworks lining up perfectly with real fireworks, and a sequence that simulates the sun passing by the castle, creating animated time lapse-style shadows – but in real life. The technology is fantastic and should be quite incredible as it is utilized in future shows. (Here’s hoping for a new fireworks show!)

“Magic, Memories, and You!” is certainly a show worth waiting around for and worth nabbing a good spot close up to the castle. Distance viewers will find themselves squinting to see what all the fuss is about. In addition to the “Wishes” fireworks show and glowing parade, this new show makes the Magic Kingdom the best place to be at night at Walt Disney World and will do the same for Disneyland’s It’s a Small World in California attraction when a similar show appears projected onto its facade in the coming weeks.

The final moment of “Magic, Memories, and You!” shows the arched opening of Cinderella Castle seeming to breath a sigh of relief, as if exhausted from the colorful commotion that exploded on to its surface. And viewers will likely leave feeling the same way, overwhelmed but also overjoyed.


  1. Otto

    I love the projections but I hate the guest pictures in it. It makes it tacky and cheap. A more story driven projecten with all the awesome effects would be perfect but please let them loose the guest pictures!

    1. Renee

      I agree…it is a wonderfully awe insipiring show but would definitely be better with out guest photos.

  2. Avery

    Is that projection screen going to remain up, or do they take it down during the day?

  3. Jason

    I cant even begin to describe how awesome that looks. I am speechless.

    1. Chris Thom

      I’ll be there next wek so I’m curious to see this.

      I’m wondering about a couple of things though. Is there anything being also projected onto the back of the castle or do you have to be on Main Street? Also, does this mean that there are no fireworks?

      1. Ricky Brigante

        It is only on the front of the castle. The Wishes fireworks show takes place shortly after this show.


    As always the Mouse adds that extra little bit of magic – from the precise angle of the fireworls to the projected image to the exact mapping of the near 3D image to the castle. – Fast paced, magical and brilliant. I suspect inspiration came from the sound and light shows at the Chateau of Chambord and Azay Le Rideau in the Loire Valley in France where they have been using this technique for several years.

  5. Hey ricky thanks so much!! at 3:45 those are my parents from the DCL footage we submitted!! (they are also the people hugging in your still) we nearly fell off our chair when we watched it!! Thank you!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      That’s fantastic! Congrats. I wonder if anyone who is featured in a smaller image or picture high up on a castle turret will even be able to notice their photo. Your parents’ image was big and clear, but others may not be so lucky.

  6. spencer

    i have to admit the show kind of sucks. But I love some of the effects they use. some of the are more amazing than words can describe while others……. I am sooooooo excited to see if they incorporate these projectors into the halloween party. they better!!! I would be really happy if they did.

  7. DeAndra

    Wow, Disney always thinks of something new and amazing to do! I have a couple questions however: Are the pictures that are displayed on the castle only the pictures that are taken by Photopass castmembers for that day? Or, are they personal pictures by the guests via the Disney Memories website?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Roughly 500 photos are chosen from the thousands of PhotoPass pictures taken each day. It’s a bonus for those who are in the park.

  8. chelsea

    im planingg a trip to disney land soooo what should i expect in january?i missed chrismass time so i was wondering do they do this in january or is it in walt disney world or disneyland

    1. Ricky Brigante

      The show will continue, but without the recent Christmas additions.


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