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Disney Villains Invade ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 29th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

I can hardly believe it’s been a year since we shared with you the first details about “Celebrate the Magic,” the spectacular nighttime projection show at Magic Kingdom Park that transforms Cinderella Castle with unforgettable moments of Disney imagination and storytelling. Since that time, the show has been enhanced with the inclusion of special sequences celebrating winter holidays and summer vacations. Today, I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek at the next seasonal update for “Celebrate the Magic,” just in time for Halloween.

Ursula from 'The Little Mermaid' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park Chernabog from Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park

This new segment of “Celebrate the Magic” places the Disney villains center stage. From the sea witch Ursula, lording over the poor unfortunate souls trapped in her underwater lair, to the demon Chernabog from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” spreading his wings across the face of Cinderella Castle, it promises to be a particularly dark and foreboding chapter.
Maleficent from 'Sleeping Beauty' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park

Things heat up as Maleficent casts a forest of thorns around the base of the castle, and then transforms into a wicked, fire-breathing dragon who threatens to destroy the very magic we’ve come to celebrate. Fear not, though. As with all great Disney stories, this one is sure to have a happy ending.

The new Disney villains sequence makes its debut this Sunday night, September 1, during performances of “Celebrate the Magic,” and will be part of the show for a limited time, through November 1, 2013.

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Katherine on August 29th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Does the Villain’s show happen every night during this time period or just for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? My family is going the week of October 20, but we are not going to the Halloween Party. I can’t wait for my trip!


Shawn Slater on August 29th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Katherine – This new sequence will be part of the “Celebrate the Magic” show every night it’s presented, from September 1 to November 1.


Katherine on August 29th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Awesome! Thanks!


Amber on August 29th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I just check the “Celebrate” show dates, they currently only list through Sept’13 and they DO NOT appear to be having the shows on any MNSSHP nights :(


Shawn Slater on August 29th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Amber – The calendar doesn’t list the show on those dates, since it is actually presented after the park’s regular operating hours. On event nights, “Celebrate the Magic” will run at 9:15 p.m. for Guests attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.


Frank on August 29th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I can’t wait to see it.
Katherine – If you have the chance, I highly recommend MNSSHP. I went last year and it was amazing. I am going back to do the party again this year.


Shelly on August 29th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Oh my goodness! <–pun intended. I cannot wait until Sunday! I am a villains gal through and through. We will be there…..thank you for the heads up! Come to the dark side……we have "candy" apples…..


Shawn Slater on August 29th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Shelly – You crack me up! (But I don’t think I’ll be accepting any apples from you. Sorry) 😉


Elantrice on August 29th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I can not wait to see this!!!


Tracey from PA on August 29th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I can’t wait to see this! It looks awesome! We just got our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets in the mail last week for the September 13th party! Yay!


Shawn Slater on August 30th, 2013 at 11:28 am

Tracey – Oooooh! Friday the 13th! Extra spooky night to go!


Jesse on August 29th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Hey, Shawn! I see that you posted that the display will be at 9:15 on event nights (woo!) but the HalloWishes fireworks are at 9:30! Will we be able to see everything from one place? I’m sure I’ll be in MK another night but I’d love to hit it all at one time when we’re there Sept 10th for MNSSHP!


Shawn Slater on August 30th, 2013 at 11:30 am

Jesse – Good news! Grab a spot anywhere on Main Street, U.S.A., or around the Central Plaza, and you’ll be able to see both “Celebrate the Magic” and the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks show. They run one right after the other.


Louise on August 29th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

First time at WDW around Halloween and my husband and I (empty nesters!) are so excited. He plays a mean pirate, so I’m think I will go as one also. I am celebrating my 45th birthday (Oct 25th) at EPCOT, but am most excited about the Halloween extravaganza the night before. Will all the rides and attractions be up and running during the event? Thanks!


Shawn Slater on August 30th, 2013 at 11:33 am

Louise – Happy Birthday! You and your husband are going to have a wonderful time in the most magical place on Earth. There’s just as much fun to be had for adults as there is for families with children. As for the attractions, most of them do operate during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Your event guide map will have all the details.


Michael on August 29th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Going for Christmas I hope they do something fun for xmas


Shawn Slater on August 30th, 2013 at 11:34 am

Michael – Stay tuned!


margaret on August 29th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I can’t wait to see it. We’re going to MNSSHP on Friday the 13th and this will make even better!


Stacey on August 29th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Will there be a video of this? I would love to see! We wont be coming until February so it will be past this time. It would be great if you would post it!


Deborah on August 30th, 2013 at 2:09 am

I moved to Orlando so that I can work at Disney. I’ve always loved Disney and can’t wait to share that love with others that are visiting. I especially can’t wait for the holiday seasons. There is nothing like seeing the awe in children when they see all the decore and their favorite characters. Love it!


Shawn Slater on August 30th, 2013 at 11:36 am

Deborah – Welcome to the Disney family!


Patricia on August 30th, 2013 at 11:04 am

I am trying to plan my trip for next month, but I can’t figure out which nights this display will be shown, other than the MNSSHP nights. Where are the dates listed? I can’t seem to find it on the Disney website.


Cheryl on August 30th, 2013 at 11:40 am

We are coming 9/14-9/26. Can we find out when “Celebrate the Magic” will be presented during that time?


Shawn Slater on August 30th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Patricia and Cheryl – You can visit the “Celebrate the Magic” page at ( and click on the calendar icon (at the lower right, next to the current date and show time). Select the date of your visit, and it will tell you when the show will be performed. On dates when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is scheduled, no time will be listed, since the show is only presented at 9:15 p.m., after the regular park operating hours.


Jennifer on September 6th, 2013 at 11:42 am

This will be my first time to visit WDW at Halloween! It’s my favorite holiday and I absolutely cannot wait! I’ll be there for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler! I’m ready for some Not-So-Scary fun!


Richard on September 7th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

It looks like I was a week early for the villains Celebrate the Magic! The regular show is jaw-droppingly good. Judging from those pictures the villains show will be mind-blowing! Maybe next year for me.