Yesterday evening, Disney World finally played through Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom in full for the first time in over a year. Although this was purely a fireworks test, and Guests had to leave the Park before the testing began, many did not want to.
With Happily Ever After returning on July 1, Disney is getting ready to ensure. Guests get a fantastic show on that first night. Considering Disney World has not seen fireworks or any nighttime spectacular since March 2020, this return is a big deal for Guests. Yesterday, Disney announced that they would be testing fireworks in the Magic Kingdom area that evening and on June 29 after park close.
Well, it seems that the news of fireworks returning had Guests so excited they did not want to leave the park. Guests were cluttered in front of the castle at 10:00 p.m. yesterday evening in hopes of seeing the fireworks go off. Many Guests were chatting with each other about the fireworks, and one Guest even approached me to let me know that there would be fireworks that evening.
I personally have not seen crowds in front of Cinderella Castle like this since Christmas, and although the crowds were not massive, one thing is clear — Guests cannot wait for Happily Ever After to return. By 11:00 p.m., Guests were being cleared out of Main Street, U.S.A., and fireworks began promptly at 11:30 p.m. once everyone left the Park.
Many Guests went to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and watched the show from the fireworks viewing balcony where Disney ran the show as they would on a regular night, piping in the music to the resort as well! The show ran flawlessly, and Tinkerbell even flew across the night sky. All Guests watching from the resort cheered as the show began and ended.
After such a challenging time in all of our lives, Happily Ever After is even more magical than ever. Once the show ended, many Guests discussed how the show’s return represents a huge milestone of progress regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When Rapunzel sings, “And at last, I see the light, And it’s like the fog has lifted, And at last, I see the light, And it’s like the sky is new, And it’s warm and real and bright, And the world has somehow shifted,” the show will surely move Guests in an entirely new way.
Happily Ever After begins on July 1 and, for the month of July, will run at 9:15 p.m. each evening.
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