013 February 12, 2016 – Wishes


Hi, and welcome to Memory Thread number 13 in the WDW Pensieve, thanks for sharing my family’s memories of our trips to Walt Disney World.

As I record this episode, we’re just 42 days away from our Walt Disney World vacation. We’re getting more excited each day as we get closer and closer to going home.

PHOTO: Jane Collins
PHOTO: Jane Collins

The memory I’ll be sharing with you today is an attraction we never miss, and if we can, we see it each time we’re in the Magic Kingdom. It’s “Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams.”

The past couple of trips we’ve made, we’ve usually booked the Wishes Dessert Party to get a good view of the fireworks. We haven’t booked that for our upcoming trip, but we’ll be sure to catch the show nevertheless.

Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams is a fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom theme park of Walt Disney World.

The show debuted at the park on October 9, 2003, and was developed by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, under the direction of VP Parades & Spectaculars, Steve Davison, who was assigned to create a replacement for the 32-year-old Fantasy in the Sky fireworks.

Several variations of the show at Walt Disney World include Happy HalloWishes during “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party”, Holiday Wishes during “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party”, and Magic, Music and Mayhem during the 2007 event Disney’s Pirate and Princess Party.

The show at the Magic Kingdom is currently sponsored by Pandora Jewelry.

The show is hosted by Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy, and revolves around the wishes of famous Disney characters – good and bad.

The lights on Cinderella Castle change colors throughout the show, reflecting the different stages of Wishes’ narrative.

PHOTO: Jane Collins
PHOTO: Jane Collins

During different parts of the show, a “wishing star” firework shoots, cresting approximately 100 feet above the castle’s bright spires.

While most of the characters in the show are only heard as part of the show’s music track, Wishes also features an appearance from Tinker Bell as she flies from the tallest spire of Cinderella Castle to a spot right above where the Wishes Dessert Party is held.

Wishes includes 683 fireworks that fire during the 557 cues.

Thanks for experiencing this great event with us again.

I really appreciate you taking time out to share my family’s Walt Disney World memories.

Sorry for the long gap between episodes. Sometimes work and the holidays gets us so busy that by the time we stop to take a breath, 3 months have passed.

I’ll be sure to record more binaural audio on our upcoming trip. This year, we will be going to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

I’ll even be conquering my roller coaster aversion by going on Expedition Everest to get unique binaural audio of that attraction. You might even get to hear me screaming.

And I’ll be going on Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get binaural audio of me screaming on a totally different coaster just for you, our listeners.

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That will do it for memory thread number 13 in the WDW Pensieve. Once again, I appreciate you sharing our memories with us.Thanks for listening and be sure to please stand clear of the doors!

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