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It’s Time to ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Back in August, we told you about “Celebrate the Magic,” a new nighttime projection show coming to Magic Kingdom Park. Well, our Creative Entertainment team has been working around the clock to get everything ready, and now it’s almost show time!
'Celebrate the Magic' Debuts This Week at Magic Kingdom Park

“Celebrate the Magic” pays tribute to the artistry and imagination of Disney stories, from beloved classics to contemporary favorites.

As the show begins, Tinker Bell appears to fly around Cinderella Castle, weaving in and out of the turrets. She splashes pixie dust on the castle, transforming it into a spectacular piece of living art. As the pixie dust subsides, we are taken back to the beginnings of pencil animation, and we see Walt Disney, the original magic maker, drawing Mickey Mouse. With a little magic from Tinker Bell, Walt’s paintbrush flies off the page and comes to life, creating imagery that carries us away on a fantastic journey.

Scenes from 'The Lion King' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park Scenes from 'The Lion King' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park

We travel down the rabbit hole with Alice, soar high above the Big Top with Dumbo and visit the African savanna with Simba. Our adventure takes us into the worlds of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Brave,” and at one point, Cinderella Castle is even reimagined as the 8-bit video game home of the Nicelanders in Disney’s newest smash, “Wreck-It Ralph.” The whole show comes full circle for a magical finale filled with wonder and emotion.

Scenes from 'The Lion King' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park Scenes from 'Wreck-It Ralph' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park

“’Celebrate the Magic’ draws its inspiration from the love we all share for Disney’s memorable characters, their stories and the imagination that brought them to life,” says Show Director Katy Harris. “The team has been able to combine advances in technology with spectacular imagery and a stirring musical score to create a stunning and immersive way of storytelling. ‘Celebrate the Magic’ takes us on a journey full of wonderful moments our guests will never forget.”

As a special treat, “Celebrate the Magic” debuts with a segment of the show created just for the holiday season, featuring the return of the gingerbread castle seen during our original projection show, “The Magic, The Memories and You!”

Fans of the seasonal updates to that show will also be pleased to learn the tradition will continue with “Celebrate the Magic.” Look for the arrival of favorite Disney couples in January, a trip to the beach with “Lilo & Stitch” and “The Little Mermaid” during the summer months, and an influx of Disney villains in time for next Halloween.

“Celebrate the Magic” will be presented most evenings at Magic Kingdom Park, beginning this week! Please check or the in-park Times Guide for specific dates and times.

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  • … and what time please? Thank you

  • Hello Shawn, Is there any way to confirm what nights the show will play between 2/12 and 2/14?

    Specifically regarding Feb 13… on this day the park closes earlier, at 8pm, than the rest of the week. This is the day we want to hit Magic Kingdom but not if Celebrate the Magic will not be shown. Can you please help? Thank you!

  • Wow! This look like a fantastic addition to the Magic Kingdom evening schedule – I’ve been coming from the Uk for many years and will be at WaltDisneyWorld Orlando again in April 2013 – I hope Celebrate The Magic will still be playing then!

  • We saw it last night. Mostly we loved it, although we still sentimentally miss MM&Y! 🙂 Our biggest complaint is they removed (what we believe to be) the most spectacular moment: The Tangled launching of the lights. I was shocked to see it was no longer included. 🙁 The other observation we had was that there were no “wow, the whole crowd just gasped in unison”, moments at all. In MM&Y, that happened several time each and every time in played. Our review: it was good, but it should have been better.

    • Don’t worry! The Tangled lantern moment will be back in the show soon…

  • Will Celebrate The Magic show on December 18th during the MVMCP? Please please please say YES

    • Kelly – Yes! It should be performed at 9:15 that evening.

  • :’-( I wanted to see this very badly. We decided to go to the Halloween party instead. Due to travel problems we missed the Halloween party. Now I didn’t see either. This was our last trip to Disney. *sigh* :’-(

    If it’s any consolation, I think neither show was happening on the Castle at all this year, any night, from early/mid Sept through Oct until the recent debut this week. It was the transition period between the 2 shows.

  • I pulled up the dates for our upcoming trip in December, and I don’t see this listed on the daily entertainment schedule anywhere. Is this just included in Wishes? Will this play during MVMCP?

    • Ana – may not have had a chance to update their information yet, since the show doesn’t officially debut until tonight. It typically runs at least once each evening, often about 15 minutes prior to the scheduled performance of Wishes (Ahead of Holiday Wishes during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party).

  • For everyone asking about “Glow with the Show” Ears at the Walt Disney World Resort, we don’t have anything to announce at this time. “Glow with the Show” is currently exclusive to the Disneyland Resort, with functionality at “World of Color,” Fantasmic!, “Believe… In Holiday Magic” and select locations in Cars Land.

  • headed there for my birthday on Thursday!! Can’t wait to see this!

  • Cant wait to see it Check in 12/1/12 for a whole week.

  • I LOVED “The Magic, The Memories & You” and can’t wait to see “Celebrate the Magic”!!!! Is there someplace on-line or a phone number I can call to get specific dates and times for this new show? I would be very disappointed if I drove to see it on a night it’s not scheduled.

    • Debra – “Celebrate the Magic” is scheduled during regular park operating hours, most nights when the Magic Kingdom is open late and isn’t hosting a special event (like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party). To double check before you head out, you can pull up the park calendar at or call 407-W-DISNEY.

  • So looking forward to seeing this for the first time next month! (I also want to Glow with the Show in FL too!) The projections look amazing!

  • When will the DisneyWorld calendar be updated to show specific dates and times for the new “Celebrate the Magic” schedule? It’s currently not listed….

  • Can’t wait to see it. My wife and I are headed there in 4 short days!

  • Thanks Shawn! Can’t wait to see it then!

  • Any chance this might be a future “Glow with the Show”?

  • We will be there Thanksgiving weekend and wondered if it will be showing then.

  • Are there any plans to add “glow with the show”ear hats?That would be awsome.

  • How long will this show run? Will it be there Sept. 2013?

    • Samantha – Entertainment is always subject to change, but “Celebrate the Magic” is expected to be presented at Magic Kingdom for the foreseeable future.

  • I cannot wait to see this!

  • Will there be a little pyro at the end like Magic, Memories and you?

    • Justin – I don’t want to give away everything, but I think you’ll be pleased with the way the show concludes.

  • So excited we will be there to experience this. We did the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert experience last year and might need to factor that in again this time around. Thanks for creating more magic!!

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