Disney’s Happily Ever After Show and Fireworks Part 3

What You’ll Love About Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After Show & Fireworks – Part 3

Disney’s “Happily Ever After” fireworks show is an 18-minute spectacle that features moments from classic Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Brave and Aladdin to modern blockbusters Moana and Zootopia. Cinderella’s Castle becomes part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing favorite Disney stories to life on and around the 18-story-tall castle.  While some die-hard Walt Disney World fans were sad to see the “Wishes” fireworks display leave, the new show had Disney fans filled with anticipation about the new nighttime entertainment that would replace Wishes.

Here are some more reasons to love “Happily Ever After”!!!

Environmentally Friendly

Not only is nighttime projection beautiful, it also may be better for the environment. While there is no proof that fireworks are actually bad for the environment, this nighttime show is a step in the right direction if theme parks are looking to reduce the size of their fireworks shows. Fireworks are still a part of the new show but reducing the number of fireworks and length of time they are used in the projection show is likely cheaper for the company and easier for Disney cast members.

Happily Ever After

Great for Smaller Kids

Again, there are still occasion fireworks used in the Happily Ever After show.  However, the reduced number of fireworks used may generally mean happier little kids in the parks.  Most Walt Disney World veterans have seen small kids terrified by fireworks burying their face in their parent during the show or crying hysterically.  Seeing favorite characters projected larger than life on the castle walls is likely much more fun than being startled by the fireworks.

Happily Ever After

Hub Grass Approved

The only thing that makes this awesome nighttime celebration any better is viewing it from the hub grass (the artifical grassy area in front of castle) with a snack in hand. Arrive for the show early to get a comfy spot on the grassy area in front of the castle, snag a snack from the Confectionary or a hot dog from Casey’s Corner and prepare to be amazed.

Nighttime Entertainment Updated

Happily Ever After is the magical something that Magic Kingdom’s evening schedule needed.  There are some classic Disney fans that didn’t want to see the former Wishes fireworks display leave the park.  Still, the new show is a crowd pleaser that is bringing guests back to the park at the end of the day to check out the new show.

Happily Ever After

I personally thought that Disney’s previous fireworks show “Wishes” would be hard to replace.  I quickly changed my mind after viewing “Happily Ever After”.  This show should not be missed on your next trip to Disney World.  I have watched the show several times now and it is truly magical.

Stay tuned for more about Disney in another installment!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

Happily Ever After Show and Fireworks – Part 1

What You’ll Love About Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After Show & Fireworks – Part 1

Disney Happily Ever After 6

One of the newest additions to The Magic Kingdom in 2017 was The Happily Ever After castle projection show and fireworks.  While some die-hard Walt Disney World fans were sad to see the Wishes fireworks display leave, the new show had Disney fans filled with anticipation about the new nighttime entertainment that would replace Wishes.

Having seen the new show several times, I am happy to report that it is nothing short of amazing.

Nineties Disney Babies Rejoice

If you grew up singing along to music from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame this show is perfect.  The show really focuses on more recent Disney films and shows relatively few clips of classic Disney films like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and Snow White. Depending on your preference in films you may or may not love this change.

Happily Ever After-Lion King

Pixar Fans

If you are a Pixar maniac you will be excited to learn that Pixar films get their fair share of screen time in this new show.  Clips from Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Brave are all included in this awesome show.

Happily Ever After-Toy Story

Precise and Beautiful

Technology has come a long way and the precision and expertise of the Disney Imagineers are on display every night as guests marvel at the technology that brings the show to life. The projection technology is incredible and I have watched the show several times.  

Happily Ever After

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Stay tuned for more about Happily Ever After in Part 2 of this series!

(some information obtained from HowToDisney.com)

 

Tips to Save you Time and Money on a Disney World Vacation – Part 1

Tips to Save you Time and Money on a Disney World Vacation – Part 1

Saving time and being prepared are key factors in making sure you you have a magical time at Disney.   Budgeting is important — have an idea how approximately what you plan to spend each day at the parks.  Most restaurants have menus and prices posted on line. Plan with your family what park you will go to each day  — that will save both time and dollars. Planning which attractions your family will visit helps save time and creates less stress. Here are a few other great tips for saving your time and money at Magic Kingdom Park in Disney World.

Bags or No Bags

Skipping the bag check line completely by going bagless during your park day is a great way to save time at the park entrance and as you load onto each ride during the day.  If you cannot go bagless, bringing a small bag with only a few compartments is a good idea.  Have all the compartments unzipped and ready to be checked upon entrance to the park.

disney-bag-check

Bring Your Own Stroller/Scooter

If you decide to bring your own stroller or scooter to The Magic Kingdom you will eliminate the time it takes to rent one at the park gate. Sure, the rental process is pretty quick and seamless, but going straight into the park without the need to wait in a line is a perk of bringing your own.  Plus you will save money not having to rent a stroller or scooter.

Plan Before the Day

Speak to your family/group about the park plan before entering the park to cut down on dead time discussing what is next attraction visit when you arrive at the park.  This will ensure that you can head straight to your first attraction after rope drop.

Reserve Fast Passes Before the Trip

If you complete all your fast passes during the park day you will be eligible to reserve additional Fast passes on the MyDisneyExperience app.  Take the opportunity to snag those additional fast passes if you are able to.  Otherwise, try to do all your preliminary fastpass booking prior to your trip, to cut down on dead time in the park spent searching for fast passes and discussing the choices with the group.  Again, pre-planning is the key.

Starbucks Coffee Order

Pool cash and make one Starbucks order on Main Street U.S.A. to avoid sticking around to wait for multiple orders.  Better yet, get coffee at your resort before the park day so you can be caffeinated and ready to go at rope drop without the need to juggle a coffee in line for rides. If you are staying at a WDW Resort, purchase a refillable cup for coffee or fountain drinks at the resort.  Although guests cannot refill the cups at the parks, this will save money for coffee and sodas.  On my last trip to Disney, I purchased the refillable mug — the savings on coffee and sodas more than paid for the mug.  Plus you have a Disney souvenir cup to use at home.

disney-refillable-mugs

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from HowtoDisney.com)

 

Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 2

Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 2

Get Crafty

As you prepare for Disney World, it’s fun to bring everyone together with some DIY projects. Lots of families will wear homemade matching shirts to Disney by using iron transfers or tie dye. When your Magic Bands arrive, consider decorating them with each person’s favorite character. Even if you’re not super crafty, you can still have fun with a FB countdown  or by making paper chains with your children or grandchildren. On my recent trip to Disney, I saw several families with DIY Disney shirts.  Cool idea!!

disney-family-tshirtsdisney-family-tshirts

Pre-Shop

Unless you plan to eat all your meals and snacks in restaurants, you’ll need to have some groceries in your room to feed your group. If you’ve got a car you can always make a grocery run nearby Disney World, but why waste precious vacation time in a supermarket? Order your groceries before you leave to ease your mind and save your sanity. Research the options on grocery delivery services.  There are several in the Orlando area.  Pack some snack items in your carry on luggage.  Bring an empty backpack in your luggage and bring snacks and water to the parks.

Get in the Zone

Athletes often have a routine to psych themselves up for competition. Think of Disney World as the Super Bowl of vacations. Have a Disney movie marathon before leaving. Create a Disney playlist or Pandora station. Start collecting quarters and pennies for the pressed penny machines.  That will save time and effort looking for change once there! My daughter still has her pressed penny collection from several years of Disney vacations.  Take regular walks—in your park shoes to get in shape and used to lots of walking.  Do not wear brand new (not broken in) shoes to the parks!

Disney Mickey bar

Pack Like a Pro

As you pack for your Disney vacation, remember that you’ll need to pack the travel basics (clothes, shoes, swimsuits, toiletries) AND you’ll need to prep a park bag (sunscreen, water bottles, wet wipes, Magic Bands, lightweight plastic rain suits). My family usually brings an empty backpack that we take turns carrying.  Develop a Packing List for Disney.  There is a list on HowtoDisney.com.  It includes space for you to customize the list for your own family’s specific needs.

disney-world-shuttle-bus

BONUS TIP: Consider planning and booking your next Disney trip with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner you can trust. They’ll help you get the best Walt Disney World deal, share expert advice and their services are totally FREE!  Research, research, research!!!  Also, if you go to Disney at least once a year, think about becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from HowtoDisney.com)

Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 1

Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 1

Planning a Disney vacation can be stressful! The decisions to be made and the vast many choices is enough to make your head spin. Fear not — a well-planned Disney trip can be accomplished by taking a deep breath and focusing on the following tips.

Book Early

Yes, it is possible to do a “last minute” trip to Disney World. But if you don’t want your choices to be limited, book your vacation as early as you possibly can. For large groups who want rooms next to each other, this tip is especially important. Booking rooms early helps you “cross off” a major item from your to-do list, gives you a home-base from which to plan your itinerary, and gives you ample time if you opt to make payments. But don’t forget to continue watching for deals and specials after you book — if your reservation qualifies for a discount, call Disney and they will honor it.

0423ZW_1581MS-640x426
Seven Dwarfs

Research Early

Once your room is reserved, it’s time to start planning everything else. First, do your research on: which parks you’ll visit, what days you’ll visit each park (remember to look up Extra Magic Hours), and how you’ll get from your hotel to the parks (look up transportation routes). Next you’ll want to research: where you’d like to eat on each day and which rides/experiences are on your must-do list. Print a map of each park and highlight points of interest.

Reserve Early

If you’re staying on Disney property, one of the major perks is that you get first dibs on dining and Fast Pass reservations. Don’t let that privilege go to waste! Check out this five step process to make the most of your reservation window for dining reservations. For Fast Passes, the best way to choose your reservations is to cross-reference your must-do list with the wait times shown on the My Disney Experience app. (For example, the Teacups may be on your must-do list, but wait times are usually on the short side. Don’t get a Fast Pass for this one.) Try to get your Fast Passes for early in the day so you have the ability to reserve more inside the park, and remember that you can always make changes if your plans are altered.

The key word to the above tips is EARLY.  Planning and reserving early will relieve a lot of your stress so you can have a magical vacation!  My family and I have planned and booked early and later and it is always much easier and less stress when research and planning is done early.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially Taken from HowtoDisney.com)

Happily Ever After Fireworks

Happily Ever After Fireworks

Disney Happily Ever After 1

Disney’s brand new “Happily Ever After” fireworks show is an 18-minute spectacle that features moments from classic Disney films such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin to modern blockbusters Moana and Zootopia. Cinderella’s Castle becomes part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing our favorite Disney stories to life on and around the 18-story-tall castle.

 

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films are featured in “Happily Ever After” Fireworks presentation. This new Disney display features state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of magical fireworks. “Happily Ever After” through an extremely moving score, brings a message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they have enough courage to listen to what guides them and brave enough to pursue their destiny.

Disney Happily Ever After 4

The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including AladdinBraveTarzanThe Lion KingThe Little MermaidToy Story and The Princess and the Frog.

I personally thought that Disney’s previous fireworks show “Wishes” would be hard to replace.  I quickly changed my mind after viewing “Happily Ever After”. This show should not be missed on your next trip to Disney World.  It is truly magical.

Disney Happily Ever After 5

 

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

 

 

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks – Part 4

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks – Part 4

There is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World than with a Fireworks show. No one does fireworks better than Disney. A lot goes into putting on the shows night after night. Here are some more facts and things that you might want to know about the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Happily Ever After

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular was a much loved fireworks display that delighted guests at the Magic Kingdom for over a dozen years. When it was announced that it was ending, many people thought that it couldn’t be replaced. Disney has outdone themselves with Happily Ever After. The show debuted on May 12, 2017, and the results are amazing. Cinderella Castle becomes the backdrop for the projection show, but that doesn’t mean that the fireworks are scaled back. In fact, they’re bigger and bolder than ever. Seventeen different Disney movies are featured in the show, and the songs have been updated for the score. While most guests will choose to watch from Main Street, U.S.A., there are great viewing areas throughout the Magic Kingdom. Happily Ever After is not to be missed, and even die hard Wishes fans agree that it is incredible.

new years disney

If you are planning a trip to Disney World, be sure to include at least one or all of the Fireworks shows in your plans.  You will not regret staying late for any of the shows.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 3

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 3

No Fireworks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

While fireworks are the perfect ending to a day at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the same can’t be said at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Rivers of Light is the nighttime show, but there are no fireworks in it. The reason is simple, Disney does not want the loud fireworks to bother the animals who call the park home.

DAK-Entrance

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

At Epcot the end of the night show is IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Most nights the show takes place at 9:00pm. During the Christmas season it is moved back to 9:30. Fireworks are just one element of IllumiNations. It tells “The Story of Earth”. The tale is in three parts. There is a 350,000 pound globe in the story, and fire shoots 60 feet into the air. The show ends with fireworks in a grand finale that you won’t soon forget.

Disney EPCOT-IllumiNations

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

For years Disney’s Hollywood Studios only had fireworks for special events or holidays. Things changed when Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular debuted. The show received rave reviews from Star Wars fans, but Disney was not done. On June 17, 2016 Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular replaced it. The show uses both fireworks and projection to allow guests to relive some of the top moments from the Star Wars movies. The music of the legendary John Williams adds to the experience. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is adaptable. Scenes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been added, even though the movie was released months after the fireworks debuted. There’s a good chance that there will be more changes, since more Star Wars movies are set to be released.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Stay tuned for the finale in Part 4.

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

Facts About Walt Disney World Disney Fireworks – Part 2

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 2

There is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World than with a Fireworks show. No one does fireworks better than Disney. A lot goes into putting on the shows night after night. Here are some more facts and things that you might want to know about the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Dry Season

During the summer there is a chance of rain most days in Central Florida. The same is not always true during the late winter and spring. Sometimes weeks will go by with no measurable rain, and wild fires start to spring up. At the Magic Kingdom they will water down the pavement to keep down the possibility of fires. The fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a different story. To keep everyone safe, if the weather has been particularly dry Disney will cut back on the amount of fireworks that they use inside the park.

Two Shows in One Day?

In 2016, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For the Christmas season, there was a replacement fireworks show called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!. It ran from the middle of November until the end of the year. While people lined up early for the show, there were also some complaints about there being no Star Wars fireworks. The other show was brought back, and the two both ran most nights through the end of the season. That proves that it is possible to have two fireworks shows running simultaneously in one park. If you consider that there are fireworks in Fantasmic!, that’s three that were running at one time. All three shows were fantastic! Do not miss Fantasmic if you are planning a trip to Disney. Check the schedule at Hollywood Studios for dates and times of the show.

Disney fantasmic

Holiday Shows

Speaking of the holidays, they are always special at Walt Disney World. Special times call for special fireworks. In the past, there have been themed versions of The Wishes Fireworks show to coincide with Mickey’s two parties. Holiday fireworks also take place to celebrate Independence Day, and to ring in the New Year.

new years disney

Stay tuned for more facts about Disney’s fireworks in Part 3.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

 

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 1

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 1

There is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World than with a Fireworks show. No one does fireworks better than Disney. A lot goes into putting on the shows night after night. Here are facts and things that you might want to know about the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Cost

Ever wonder how much it costs to set off all of those fireworks? You’re going to have to keep wondering, because Disney will not release that information. An educated guess is that it costs over $18 million a year. Disney uses over one million fireworks annually, and they are said to be the largest user of fireworks in the United States.

Bills $100 3

Launch

Most fireworks use gunpowder for the launch but that is not the case at Walt Disney World. Instead, they use compressed air. There are two reasons for this. First, the launch is higher this way. Second, gunpowder is known for its fumes. There are no extra fumes for guests to breathe in when compressed air is used. That doesn’t mean that you won’t smell anything, the fireworks still burn. It just means that you won’t be breathing in gunpowder fumes.  Much better for the environment!

Disney Bay Lake Tower

Views

While the fireworks shows were created to be viewed inside the parks, it can be hard to fight your way out once they are finished. Great viewing areas for all the major shows can be found outside of the parks as well. The Magic Kingdom Resort Area hotels all sport fantastic places to watch, ask a Cast Member to point you in the right direction. For something extra special, make a dinner reservation at California Grill located in the Contemporary Resort. You’ll then enjoy arguably the best view outside of the Magic Kingdom.  Also, if you are a member of Disney’s Vacation Club, members can enjoy seeing the fireworks at Top of the World Lounge.  If you want to watch the fireworks from Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Epcot, head to the Epcot Resort Area. There are some great spots to watch along Crescent Lake. You don’t even need to be on Walt Disney World property to enjoy the fireworks. They can be seen and heard in many nearby areas, even if you’re miles away.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Stay tuned for more fun facts about Disney Fireworks in Part 2.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(partially taken from DisDining.com)