Disneyland Cancels Fan-Favorite Nighttime Show Through 2023

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Mickey Mouse scared and Maleficent grinning at the announcement of Disneyland cancelling its nighttime show "Wondrous Journeys"

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Disneyland has announced the cancellation of a fan-favorite nighttime show through 2023, likely saying goodbye to the spectacular for good.

The Disney100 celebrations have brought many new offerings to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, from themed decorations to all-new nighttime spectaculars, limited photo ops, new outfits for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and their friends, merchandise that ignited a heated debate online, and more. And while some of these offerings instantly became favorites among Disney fans, Disneyland has announced the departure of a beloved nighttime show, likely abandoning performances for good.

Disney100 banner with Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background at Disneyland Resort
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Disneyland’s brand-new nighttime spectacular “Wondrous Journeys” — which debuted earlier this year as part of the Disney100 celebrations at the Southern California Disney Park and instantly became a fan-favorite — is scheduled to make its final performance on August 31, 2023.

Theme park and entertainment journalist Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) shared the sad news through his Twitter account, commenting, “NEW: “Wondrous Journeys” at Disneyland Park will make its last performance of the year on Aug. 31.”

Disneyland cancels nighttime show Wondrous Journeys via Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin)
Credit: Screenshot from @ScottGustin via Twitter

Disneyland officials have stated that this will be the final “Wondrous Journeys” performance of 2023 but haven’t shared official plans for a return date in 2024, making fans wonder if the beloved nighttime show will return in 2024. Inside the Magic will update you as more information becomes available regarding a possible return of “Wondrous Journeys” to Disneyland Park.

Disneyland Wondrous Journeys new nighttime spectacular
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“Wondrous Journeys” will cease performances to make way for “Halloween Screams,” a new nighttime spectacular that will summon supernatural projections, special effects, and music on Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, Rivers of America, and in front of “it’s a small world.”

Per Disney Parks Blog, “Halloween Screams” is set to have nightly performances at Disneyland Park through October 31 as part of the Resort’s Halloween celebrations. And while Disney officials have not announced the date to kick off the holiday celebrations at the Anaheim Resort, Sleeping Beauty Castle will surely welcome a holiday-themed nighttime spectacular toward the end of the year.

More on “Wondrous Journeys,” a beloved Disneyland nighttime show

“Wondrous Journeys” debuted at Disneyland Park on January 27, 2023, as part of the Disney100 celebrations at Disneyland Resort, together with “World of Color — ONE” at Disney California Adventure.

“Wondrous Journeys” celebrates Walt Disney’s legacy through nods to all 60 Walt Disney Animations Studios films to date, including Encanto (2021), Hercules (1997), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Peter Pan (1953), Frozen (2013), Treasure Planet (2002), Big Hero 6 (2014), Moana (2016), and moreThe fan-favorite nighttime spectacular takes viewers on a journey filled with artistry, music, storytelling, and heart, featuring the original song “It’s Wondrous,” created specifically for the breathtaking show.

Sleeping Beauty Castle with Encanto projections during Wondrous Journeys, Disneyland's latest fireworks show
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Disney describes “Wondrous Journeys” as follows:

A Spark of Inspiration

Gaze in wonder as Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A. become a marvelous canvas for 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios storytelling. Thrill as talented artists transform empty pages brimming with possibility into beloved Disney characters and vivid animated worlds awash with magic.

All of this and more is brought to life by soaring music, stunning state-of-the-art projection technology—and on select nights, sensational pyrotechnics!

Sleeping Beauty Castle with Encanto Overlay for Wondrous Journeys, New Disney Nighttime spectacular
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Did you enjoy “Wondrous Journeys” at Disneyland Park? Will you miss the nighttime spectacular? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments below! 

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