“Ready to begin!”
It was just a few weeks ago when Disney fans learned that the beloved fireworks spectacular “Happily Ever After” would return to the skies over Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom. Now, as we get closer and closer to that fateful day, the triumphant return is getting more and more real.
Today, according to Theme Park Insider Scott Gustin, “It’s officially on the schedule. Happily Ever After returns to Magic Kingdom on April 3 at 9 pm.”
It’s officially on the schedule. Happily Ever After returns to Magic Kingdom on April 3 at 9pm. pic.twitter.com/sOYyAAYBD5
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) January 31, 2023
“Happily Ever After” returns to Walt Disney World Resort the night before the official opening of TRON: Lightcycle/Run in Tomorrowland, which suggests a week at Magic Kingdom Park to be at unusually high capacity–if not full capacity.
Tips for “Happily Ever After Return”
If you are already planning your trip to see the return of this Disney World nighttime spectacular, there are some things you should keep in mind.
First, keep an eye out for Lightning Lane options. While there has been no official confirmation of this yet, this writer speculates that Lightning Lane access areas–whether available through Disney Genie+ or individual purchase–will be made available for fireworks viewing. Even though this writer has worked to refrain from spending the extra money, this time-saving option might actually be worth the price. It will most likely ensure you and your party will have a decent view of the castle, projections, and fireworks.
Second, choose your spot early. If you don’t plan on spending money on Lightning Lane access–granted, if it even becomes available–you are going to want to stake your claim around the central hub or down Main Street, U.S.A. very early. This writer anticipates eager Guests–families and “Disney Adults” alike–will be getting comfortable in their chosen spots at least two hours ahead of showtime as seen for other special shows like New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. Cast Members will be hard at work to keep all taped-off pathways clear.
Third, if you take videos, DO NOT USE YOUR FLASH! Your phone’s camera will take better pictures without the flash and the bright light ruins the experience for all of those around you. (Yes, boomers, you can control when the flash turns on or off. Ask your kids for help.)
Related: Disney Unveils Some Preview Dates for TRON: Lightcycle/Run
Choreographed around a beautiful song performed by Jordan Fisher and Angie Keilhauer, Disney World describes “Happily Ever After” on its website as the following:
Celebrate Disney Stories
Go on a dazzling journey of color, light and song that captures the heart, humor and heroism of favorite Disney stories. Watch in awe as Cinderella Castle is magically transformed through amazing state-of-the art projection technology you have to see to believe.
This astounding fireworks extravaganza uses lights, lasers and special effects, plus a soaring score featuring contemporary versions of beloved Disney songs.
Discover the magic of stories—and be inspired to find your own happily ever after.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.