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Happily Ever After Returning to Magic Kingdom in 2023

To the delight of millions of fans, Disney has just announced the popular Happily Ever After fireworks show is coming back to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in 2023!

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In this post, we are going to explain to you everything we know about Happily Ever After and its glorious return to Walt Disney World.

We will break down the latest announcement from Disney, potential reopening dates, and any changes and improvements that may be made to the show for its return. We’ll also answer any FAQs you may have about it.

Keep in mind, that this is a new announcement, so Disney still hasn’t released all the details. More news will be coming out in over the coming weeks, so keep checking back for the latest.

Happily Ever After Coming Back April 3

Happily Ever After Fireworks over Disney's Magic Kingdom Park

After months of waiting, Disney has now announced that the reopening date for Happily Ever After is April 3, 2023, at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

This confirms what we thought when Disney first told us the fan-favorite show was coming back and that it would return shortly after the 50th Anniversary ends on March 31, 2023. Our best guess was that Happily Ever After would return to the Magic Kingdom as soon as April 1, 2023, as long as there are no delays in getting the show ready in time.

Partners Statue in the shadows of Happily Ever After Magic Kingdom

Since Disney Enchantment debuted with the 50th celebration, it made sense that Disney would at least leave it in place through the entire celebration, but Disney doesn’t want to keep Enchantment around longer than that.

April 3 is pretty close to our original guess and they probably just needed a couple of days to transition to the new version of the show.

The new version of Happily Ever After will include all-new projections down Main Street U.S.A. using the projection mapping system that was installed for Disney Enchantment. That should make for a nice upgrade and add an additional level of fun to an already awesome show.

EPCOT Fireworks show Disney Harmonious

The other surprising news we learned is that Disney Harmonious in EPCOT is also being replaced by an all-new nighttime show once the 50th anniversary is over. Disney Harmonious will have its final performance on April 2, 2023.

The new show will not be ready in time once Harmonious closes, so EPCOT Forever is coming back as an interim show starting April 3, 2023.

I don’t know who exactly is leading that division of the company, but for 2 shows to only last 1 1/2 years is a pretty sad result of the millions of dollars spent to develop them.

One thing is for sure, this story is still developing and we are going to be getting a bunch of new info about it over the coming months so stay tuned for more! Check out below what we know so far about Happily Ever After…

Overview

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Who says that Disney doesn’t listen to its fans? Ever since Disney Enchantment debuted for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration and replaced Happily Ever After, fans of the prior show have been very vocal about their displeasure with Enchantment and the desire to see Happily Ever After return.

So to see Happily Ever After come back to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, after all, is a small victory for Disney fans and proof that every once and a while their voice is heard.

Originally, this is not what was supposed to happen. Even after “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” comes to an end in 2023, Disney made it known that Happily Ever After was being permanently replaced by Disney Enchantment and it wouldn’t be coming back after September 29, 2021.

fireworks bursting over Cinderella Castle

Instead, during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products panel at the 2022 D23 Expo, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Josh D’Amaro announced that “the popular anthem ‘Happily Ever After’ will play again when an updated nighttime spectacular returns to light up the skies over Cinderella Castle.”

You may recall that artist and singer of the original Happily Ever After theme song, has been championing its return to the Magic Kingdom, and it was a pretty clear sign that’s indeed what was happening when Fisher led off the Parks, Experiences, and Products presentation performing the song on stage.

What is Changing?

Happily Ever After Fireworks Magic Kingdom

While Happily Ever After is coming back, it’s not a guarantee that it will be 100% exactly as it was before it closed in 2021. In fact, Disney has confirmed some big changes to the show.

Josh D’Amaro did say that “an updated” version of the show is coming back, which tells us that there will be some changes. What’s guaranteed is that the theme song is returning, not the exact projections or fireworks displays that were there previously.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however. There were some really cool additions to the projection technology for Disney Enchantment, such as projections down Main Street U.S.A. that the original Happily Ever After show didn’t have.

Happily Ever Fireworks over Cinderella Castle Magic Kingdom

In fact, Disney announced that Happily Ever After will use this projection system to map projections down Main Street U.S.A. which are synchronized with the music. That was the only part of Disney Enchantment that was an upgrade, so we’re happy it’s sticking around.

That technology will be really easy to adapt to a new show and it should look amazing. It’s likely that those changes, and perhaps some new ones, will be included in the new Happily Ever After. We should be hearing more about what’s different for the show soon!

We can’t wait to see what this updated version of Happily Ever After looks like when it debuts!

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How do you feel about it?

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about Happily Ever After returning to the Magic Kingdom…

  • Are you happy it is coming back?
  • Which new fireworks show are you most excited to see?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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BeBop

Tuesday 17th of January 2023

More tech, less pyro tech.

Cost cutting

Light shows are cheaper, and add IP to your show to self promote. Where fireworks are not a sales pitch for Disney merch. And the fire hazard is less.

So don't think it will be like it was.

They will find a way to charge you for SOMETHING during the show. Premier viewing spot or a dessert party 😚 (UGH ! Buffy and Chaz and the deductions). They could also kick you out in favor of THE elite hotel guests, and have you pay extra.

You know pay enterance fee to get in to stand in line while upcharged throngs pass by you because you won't pony up to the mouse's wallet genie 💸, or pay to get on a ride or wait a few hours to, order food hopefully thoroughly cooked and eat while standing, wait until brokedown rides are up again, get tracked as you move around the park hearded by suggestions of shorter wait times, run up a tab, as your phone YOU ! provide to accomodate their sales system while you pay for your providers signal to buy anything (but a straw that won't wilt after 5 minutes of use.)

I'll see free fireworks, at another location, where I won't tear an ACL by getting hit in the ankel by an entilted electronic "adult stroller" operator with an attitude.

Kerry

Sunday 6th of November 2022

Well, the theme song was nice but that is not the reason the show was a hit. It was the storyline, continuity, musical and visual selections, and overall directorial elements that made it so strong. So, if they want this show to be as good as it was or better, they had best recruit the same writer/director as last time (James Silson) and not hand it off to someone else who us going to take it in a whole new more sloppy direction. Fingers crossed. But If it does go back to the original director, I am sure he'll be able to really do a lot with the added time, budget and tech elements which come along with the revision.

Aiks

Saturday 17th of September 2022

THANK GOD Chapek"s morons (not to be confused with him as Moron #1A) came to their senses. Happily is one of the, if not THE greatest fireworks in Disney history, Barr none. And I've seen em all since they started in the 80's.

That other Fiasco, whatever it was, was an absolute disconnect, un-emotional complete disaster MESS.

marion

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Yay. Looking forward to it. After all the hype, IMO Enchantment was a disappointment. Hopefully the changes won't change it too much. Happily Ever After had a positive, upbeat vibe. Very happy it will return.