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New: Happily Ever After Returns to Disney World, but not in the way you are hoping for

New: Happily Ever After Returns to Disney World, but not in the way you are hoping for
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Did you hear what may be the biggest news from D23 yet? There was talk of Happily Ever After returning to Magic Kingdom next year, and fans everywhere broke out in happy tears! However, things aren’t always as they seem and it appears there was some confusion about that update. Find out exactly what is happening with Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom. Are you happy about this news?

Happily Ever After

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Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After fireworks show is an 18 minute, spectacular journey through Disney’s most beloved films. This show uses projection mapping, lights, fireworks, and music to tell the story of heroes, love, and friendship from so many of the Disney movies we know and love.

This show is incredibly beloved and missed by Disney fans everywhere! Happily Ever After retired September 29, 2021, and there has been something missing from Magic Kingdom ever since.

The show was replaced with the 50th anniversary nighttime spectacular, Disney Enchantment, leaving many fans...disenchanted.

D23 announcement

Credit: Jamie F

As D23 Parks panel opened, fans were greeted by Jordan Fisher, singing a fantastic rendition of “Happily Ever After,” the beloved fireworks spectacular’s theme song.

In the first few minutes of D23, Josh D’Amaro announced Happily Ever After would be returning to Walt Disney World in 2023! However, we were so excited we may have misheard this announcement.

Happily Ever After returns….sort of

Credit: Jamie F

It appears we are not going to be seeing the return of Happily Ever After like we thought. Disney has clarified their announcement about the role Happily Ever After will play going forward in Walt Disney World.

The song “Happily Ever After” as part of an updated nighttime spectacular is coming in 2023.

It appears we will see the return of the song “Happily Ever After” as part of an updated nighttime spectacular coming in 2023. I don’t know about you, but I (Jamie) am incredibly sad about this news!

Are you disappointed to learn Happily Ever After Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular will not be returning to Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments below, or tell us on Facebook.

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  1. The Happily Ever After Firework show should be brought back as it was. Why Disney felt they should replace it after such a short run is unexplainable. And to replace it with the inferior Enchanted, which does not bring the goose bumps I always got when watching fireworks over the Castle clearly is not in step with fan’s wishes

  2. Seeing all the excitement and happy tears this announcement brought perhaps they should heed the desires of the fans and bring back HEA in it’s entirety!

  3. We are SOOOOO HAPPY about this news, especially for Jordan Fisher and his wife. Our hearts broke to watch her tears fall the last showing, and we did too. If the changes to the show mean less fireworks, more projections, thats okayyy. As long as the changes involve homage to Walt, like theyve added to enchantment. BUT DONT let the creators of Harmonious & Enchantment near this!!! TEST it on TRUE FANS 1st! PLEASE!!! Uhm in the words of Cogsworth “hmmnum,,. if it aint broke, dont fix it”!

    And for PETESAKE, dont wait til March… Start the 100th year celebration January 1st, 2023 off right, BRING BACK HAPPILY EVER AFTER to kick off the new year!!!

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