To end with a bang (literally!) my show coverage of my recent trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, today I’m featuring the non-Star Wars fireworks and projection light shows that I experienced at the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I covered Star Wars-related spectaculars in a separate feature already.
For a few of these, I only had the opportunity to see the show once, so I had to choose between video or photography. In the cases where I only shot video, I’ll embed them for you to watch, or you can go to my YouTube playlist for my trip, where you can see all the shows I filmed there.
Let’s start off in the Magic Kingdom!
For non-holiday nights, the Magic Kingdom has (unless canceled for weather issues) both a fireworks show and a projection light show on Cinderella Castle. Check the My Disney Experience app for specific showtimes.
As someone who really appreciates the lights and music more than the loud bang of fireworks, I have really enjoyed the continuing evolution of the nighttime shows to include more projections. I suspect ultimately the Disney Parks will continue to move towards this and away from pyrotechnics, but time will tell.
That said, I actually found the fireworks show to be the more emotionally moving one (and a worthy successor to the impressive Wishes), whereas the fast twirling style of this projection light show actually triggered my motion sickness a few times. So I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have if it had been a bit slower and there were less flips and quick motion in it. I would absolutely go see the fireworks show again any chance I could catch it, but would probably skip staying for the lights show afterward although it’s certainly worth watching once.
Here are videos of the fireworks show, Happily Ever After:
And the projection lights show, Once Upon a Time:
But please don’t ask me why ‘Happily Ever After’ comes BEFORE ‘Once Upon a Time’!
Moving over to EPCOT, I was fortunate enough to watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at the World Showcase lagoon on two different nights (one drizzling rain down on me, one not). Continue reading