This Friday, May 12, “Happily Ever After” presented by Pandora Jewelry will take its place in Disney theme park history by becoming the third nighttime fireworks spectacular to ever blast off at Magic Kingdom Park. Be sure you to tune in to see the show’s grand debut performance!
The Disney Parks Blog will host a #DisneyParksLIVE stream of the show’s debut for all of you to watch this Friday, starting at 8:55 p.m. ET. Be sure to join a few minutes early, as they will kick off the broadcast with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of “Happily Ever After.”
A fresh blog post will appear at the top of the blog on that day/time for viewing.
To follow along on Twitter, use the hashtags #DisneyParksLIVE and #HappilyEverAfter.
It’s the place that turns kids into pirates, princesses, fairies and knights. It’s where children – of all ages – come face-to-face with their heroes. It’s where romances began, where engagements happen, and here family “firsts” and milestones are celebrated. It’s charming and thrilling, adventurous and romantic, and full of heart all at the same time. In short, Magic Kingdom Park is the place that so many Disney fans consider…home. And on Saturday, October 1, this magical place will officially celebrate 45 years of creating unforgettable experiences like this for thousands of families from around the world.
Plans to build a Disney theme park in Central Florida were first announced by Walt Disney and his brother Roy O. Disney at a press conference in Winter Park, FL, in 1965. Six years later, Walt’s “Florida Project” had grown into a full-blown multiproperty vacation destination – the Walt Disney World Resort, which on opening day 1971 included Magic Kingdom Park, Contemporary Hotel and Polynesian Village Hotel. (Check out the video above for some amazing construction footage of the park before it opened).
Magic Kingdom Park opened to feature lands and attractions similar to those at Disneyland park, but with a few striking differences, including the addition of a Liberty Square section and new park-specific attractions like Country Bear Jamboree. One of the biggest differences to debut at Magic Kingdom Park was the park’s castle, a towering 189-foot-tall Cinderella Castle that served as the focal point of the park.
Constructing a property of this size was no small task – and neither was celebrating the accomplishment of opening the world’s largest Disney property to-date. To celebrate, the resort held a three-day series of grand opening festivities that culminated on October 25 with the grand opening of Magic Kingdom Park. In the video above, which we shared for the park’s 40th anniversary, opening day cast member Forrest Bahruth shares his memories of this massive celebration, which featured a 1,076-piece marching band, 50,000 balloons and more.
In case you forgot about or otherwise missed one of July’s Disney Parks Live Streams from Walt Disney World or Disneyland, we have you covered.
We’ve scoured the Internet and found links to captures of the live streams on YouTube! To save you the trouble, we’ve collected them all here in one place for you.
The “Awaken Summer” Disney Parks event kicked off with a live stream of the “Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Independence Day fireworks show from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on July 4th.
As part of the Disney Parks Blog series of live-stream events every Monday in July, the next #DisneyParksLIVE stream will showcase the brand new stage show, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,” live from Magic Kingdom Park on July 11.
If you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, the stage show brings beloved Disney stories to life in a spectacular performance that features an original song, memorable music, dancing, delightful costumes and magical special effects.
You can expect to see favorite Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy, plus a wonderful cast of characters from some of Disney’s newest classics, including “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
The live stream will begin at 4:10 p.m. ET. Join the stream minutes before the show starts to learn more about how new shows and entertainment are created for Walt Disney World Resort. (A fresh blog post containing the live stream feed will be ready and waiting at the top of the blog on July 11).
The next live-stream event will be Monday, July 18. Be sure to check back with The WDW Pensieve for details.
This week, the owner and host of The DIStracted Life Podcast, Kim Slusher, needed to care of her son so she used a phone-a-friend to help her out with her latest podcast episode.
Being a part of the Disney podcast community means watching out for and helping each other spread the Disney magic, so The WDW Pensieve shared some of our park audio with her and her podcast’s listeners. Kim also has a listener question and her weekly DIStractions segments in addition to the binaural audio we supplied to her.
Take a listen to Kim’s podcast (click the banner):
The WDW Pensieve is happy to share that the next in the Disney Parks Blog series of #DisneyParksLIVE events – a live stream of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” – will take place Monday, March 21.
Thelive stream will start on the Disney Parks Blog at 8:50 p.m. EDT. While “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” starts at 9 p.m. EST, you can join them beforehand for a behind-the-scenes look at the operation of this nighttime favorite. (A fresh blog post containing the live stream feed will be ready and waiting at the top of the blog on March 21).
In case you aren’t familiar, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” is Epcot’s nighttime spectacular that celebrates the spirit of humanity through fireworks, lighting effects, moving music and more. The centerpiece of the show is a 350,000-lb “Earth Globe” that serves as a spherical video display system, around which, all of the action takes place.