When Walt Disney World launched Wishes Nighttime Spectacular in 2003, it fired off the biggest and most extravagant pyrotechnic show in Magic Kingdom history. Most evenings throughout the year 683 individual fireworks pieces set from 557 cues burst dazzling color and light above and around Cinderella Castle.
The breathtaking display is choreographed to 15 songs from 10 classic Disney animated films:
• Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
• Pinocchio (1940)
• Fantasia (1940)
• Cinderella (1950)
• Peter Pan (1953)
• Sleeping Beauty (1959)
• The Little Mermaid (1989)
• Beauty and the Beast (1991)
• Aladdin (1992)
• Hercules (1997)
Jiminy Cricket (a.k.a. Pinocchio’s conscience) narrates the “story in the sky,” weaving an intimate tale of adventure and romance that features the voices of Pinocchio, Cinderella, Ariel, Peter Pan, and several others.
At a key moment of the Spectacular, a petite little pixie named Tinker Bell flies overhead sprinkling magic over the crowd. Except during inclement weather or high winds, Tinker Bell has flittered from Cinderella Castle to Tomorrowland nightly since July 4, 1985. The 750-foot trip takes about 34 seconds at a rate of 15 miles per hour. As Jiminy says, “Ya see, the most fantastic, magical things can happen!”
In January of this year, the Disney Parks introduced the 2011 theme, Let the Memories Begin, with an amazing multimedia presentation, The Magic, The Memories, and You!, which projects onto Cinderella Castle photos and images of Guests experiencing the Magic firsthand. The show lasts about 10 minutes and occurs approximately 15 to 30 minutes prior to Wishes.
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular and The Magic, The Memories, and You! are both presented most nights except when the Magic Kingdom closes early for special events. Be sure to check Park schedules for showtimes.
Bring the Magic home!
Tie-dye t-shirts to replicate the bright bursts in the evening skies over Magic Kingdom. Purchase one or more white cotton t-shirt (or clothing item of your choice) and a kit such as this one available at your local craft store and follow directions for mixing the dyes.
To make a Mickey Mouse pattern, use a washable-ink marker or pencil to trace round shapes to silhouette his head and ears. Then, thread a sewing needle with embroidery floss and loosely sew along the outline. Pull the string taut, making sure the gathered fabric protrudes outward, and tie a knot. Use rubber bands for desired effects (kits will give instructions for desired looks), and follow kit directions to complete the dying process.
Let shirts dry several hours (per kit directions or overnight). Open them up to reveal cool, fun patterns! If you sewed the Mickey Mouse, carefully cut remove the string. Hang shirts up to dry completely. Make sure they don’t drip on anything below.
Proudly wear your Wishes Ts on your next visit to the Magic Kingdom!
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