The new Cinderella Castle projection show called “Celebrate the Magic” has been announced to officially begin on November 13 for all guests to enjoy at the Magic Kingdom. But it won’t be the first time the new show is performed.
Guest attending separately-ticketed Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Monday, November 12 will have a chance to “preview” the show, which will be performed just before the fireworks begin.
“Celebrate the Magic” is Disney’s update to “The Magic, the Memories, and You!“, which first premiered the projection technology in January 2011, enabling Cinderella Castle to come alive through animation, characters, color, and song. The new show will incorporate some elements from the original, but with plenty of new music and visuals.
The Disney Parks Blog has described the story and visuals of the new show:
As the show begins, Tinker Bell appears to fly around Cinderella Castle, weaving in and out of the turrets. She splashes pixie dust on the castle, transforming it into a spectacular piece of living art. As the pixie dust subsides, we are taken back to the beginnings of pencil animation, and we see Walt Disney, the original magic maker, drawing Mickey Mouse. With a little magic from Tinker Bell, Walt’s paintbrush flies off the page and comes to life, creating imagery that carries us away on a fantastic journey.
We travel down the rabbit hole with Alice, soar high above the Big Top with Dumbo and visit the African savanna with Simba. Our adventure takes us into the worlds of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Brave,” and at one point, Cinderella Castle is even reimagined as the 8-bit video game home of the Nicelanders in Disney’s newest smash, “Wreck-It Ralph.” The whole show comes full circle for a magical finale filled with wonder and emotion.
Like “The Magic, the Memories, and You!” the new show will also receive periodic updates, including Disney couples in January, “Lilo & Stitch” and “The Little Mermaid” for the summer, and Disney villains for Halloween next year.
During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, “Celebrate the Magic” will be shown at 9:15pm. On regular park nights, it will be displayed twice, at 7:45pm and 8:35pm.
Guests standing anywhere on Main Street USA and in front of Cinderella Castle will be able to see the spectacle as it’s performed nightly starting next week.