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What’s Next for Walt Disney World Nighttime Spectaculars

Chelsea Eagle

by , Senior Manager, Communications, Walt Disney World Resort

Happy 2023! A new year means fresh memories waiting to be made at Walt Disney World Resort, and one of the best moments for many of us is watching fireworks pop above the skies to wrap up a perfect Disney day.

Well, I hope you’re “Ready to begin…” because fan-favorite nighttime spectacular “Happily Ever After” returns to Magic Kingdom Park on April 3, featuring all-new projections down Main Street, U.S.A. “Disney Enchantment” will be offered through April 2. Whether it’s your first time, or the park is your home away from home, get ready to reach out and find your happily ever after with us at Cinderella Castle soon.

And as we shared at D23 Expo in September, an all-new nighttime spectacular is planned to debut at EPCOT later this year. Before the new show launches, we will bring back “EPCOT Forever” as an interim show over the skies of World Showcase Lagoon starting April 3. Similar to how it appeared in 2021, “EPCOT Forever” is the perfect offering while our Entertainment team preps the Lagoon, including a phased removal of fireworks platforms following the final “Harmonious” performance on April 2. A limited-time spectacle of lasers, lighting, special effects, and fireworks, “EPCOT Forever” returns with a collection of songs that offer both a trip down memory lane and a look toward the future.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for the latest news from Walt Disney World Resort, including much-anticipated details about EPCOT’s all-new nighttime spectacular planned to debut later this year.


  • Can we please get a new larger, updated globe and give us illuminations back.

  • Epcot and “IllumiNations” just belong together. To get an updated version of that might be exactly what pleases the guests the most. After all, “We Go On”.

  • But why are you doing Epcot Forever without the ski-doos and kites? It’s a much better show that way.

  • Bring back Illuminations! Please

  • Since we’re getting Epcot Forever back as an interim show, perhaps a revamped version of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is a good course of action. The thesis statement of the park is muddled and a night time spectacular that cements what the park is truly about can help fix that. It can include the newly named lands such as world discovery, world show case (etc.)

    A new bigger and better globe that’s able to move as the previous globe did would be perfect as it would not obstruct the view that previous imagineers carefully crafted of the world showcase lagoon.

    It is not an exaggeration when I say that this park, it’s message about humanity, and this night time spectacular inspired me to work in public service. I’m sure you can spark that again in other children to believe in something greater than themselves and to want to help create a future in which we do go on.

  • Yay, no more floating tacos blocking the gorgeous view in EPCOT! And Happily Ever After will be back to pull at our heartstrings once again.

  • When you say “removal of the fireworks platforms” are you talking about the barges in the lagoon or the launch points?

  • When will be get a MK nighttime parade???

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