Five Years Ago: We Said Goodbye to ‘Wishes’

Wishes, Disney World

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I might. Have the wish I wish tonight. Just make a wish and do as dreamers do, and all your wishes will come true. 

Who still remembers “Wishes”?

The beloved “Goodnight Kiss” that capped off the day at Magic Kingdom for years came to an end, and “Happily Ever After” made its debut.



But all these years later, there is still a contingent of Disney Fanatics who still yearn for the fireworks spectacular.

“Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams” was hosted by Jiminy Cricket and The Blue Fairy from Disney’s Pinocchio, the nighttime spectacular incorporated Disney’s heroes and villains to remind the Guests gathered around Cinderella Castle just what dreams and wishes can do, and ended with the call for us all to “put our hearts together and make a wish come true.”

In honor of the special show’s retirement, here is a video of the final magical performance.

Take a look:

“Wishes” did not need fancy Castle projections to bring the Magic to life. Just colorful pyrotechnics timed to a timeless medley of Disney songs. From “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “Someday My Prince Will Come” to “Friend Like Me” and “Go The Distance.”

Just a few days prior to this anniversary, we at Disney Fanatic reported how “Wishes” made a small comeback for a special medley with “Happily Ever After and other retired show songs for a Cast Member Celebration. Click the link below to read more about that story.

Wishes, Happily Ever After

Credit: Disney

Read More: Video: Disney World Brings Back ‘Wishes,’ ‘Happily Ever After’ for One Night

Nowadays, Disney World Guests are shown “Disney Enchantment”–a special show presented especially for The Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and fans continue to debate among the three shows to figure out the all-important question: Which is the most magical?

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to share Disney Park news and stories with our readers as new developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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