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Happily Ever After Fireworks and Projections at Disney World

Heather and Steph have a review of the Happily Ever After fireworks and projections show at Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Tips for where to view it, when to get a spot, and Steph's suggestion for getting a great viewing location the show without waiting too long.

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Steph (Capturingmagic_ on Twitter and Instagram) and ModernPhotoSolutions on Instagram and Facebook
Heather (I Love Characters. heatherw25 on Twitter and Instagram. ilovecharacters on FB)
Tanya (everymagicmoment.com. TanyaH666 on Twitter and Instagram)

 

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Steph:
Hey everyone welcome to Capturing Magic I am Steph Clay and I am here today with Heather Winfeld who can be found at heatherw.com/character and at heatherw25 on social media. Hi Heather.

Heather:
Hi.

Steph:
And we also have Tanya Hickman from every magic moment. Why am I having problems? Everymagicmoment.com and tanyah666 on social media. Hi Tanya.

Tanya:
The problem is you like distract yourself by laughing in the middle of it and it makes it even worse.

Steph:
I distract myself by … I can't think straight and so like laughing is to fill time while I get my brain going and catching up with my mouth. ‘Cause that's usually the problem, my brain's a little bit behind my mouth. So okay, today we are talking about happily every after, the new fireworks show at magic Kingdom. Heather and I were both able to see it on recent trips and it's really great. I know a lot of people were … Was that not the right adjective? It's heather's pretty. It's really pretty. Really pretty. I know a lot of people were sad to see wishes go and I … Wishes, you know, it has a special place probably for everybody that's been Disney World in probable their family story and in their memories and so it's been a really long time. A really long time. It was sad to see it go but I have to say I love Happily Ever After. What do you think Heather?

Heather:
Yeah, I was actually fine with it going, it was kind of like okay, it's been around a long time, how many new fireworks shows Disney Land has had in the time that like Disney World has had Wishes. So even though it was great and everything I was kind of like not going to see it all the time, so I was really happy when they announced that they were gonna have a new show even though you know, you never know, I was kinda worried if it would be too much of the projections and not enough fireworks like the one at studios but no, there was still a ton of fireworks and it's beautiful. I mean, I didn't use the word pretty, it's beautiful. But it's also very … It's still emotional. Because it's just-

Steph:
Yeah I totally cried.

Heather:
It's not just like “Oh, it's like pretty to see.” It's like … It's so well done and everything about it is great. I loved it.

Steph:
Yeah, it pulls at your heartstrings, for sure. I totally cried. It is, 'cause the projections are incredible with the detail, so beautiful, and I do really love how they've incorporated lots of fireworks. ‘Cause that was one thing I was disappointed with the show at studios compared to the-

Heather:
The last one.

Steph:
The last day, fireworks show, it was a huge letdown, disappointment for me. Because that fireworks show during star wars days is so fire filled. I mean it's so, so much-

Heather:
Even when they had … yeah. After the Star Wars week and they had a Star Wars fireworks show and it was fantastic and you could see it anywhere in the park and then they changed to this one and they changed where they left the fireworks off from, so all of it's like on the side and there's not that many of them, so you pretty much have to be in one spot to see it otherwise you're really not seeing anything.

Steph:
Yep.

Heather:
So that was like a huge disappointment because it, like you said, it went from so great to like “Uh, it's okay.” So that was the only thing I was really worried about this, it would be more of the projections and not enough of everything else.

Steph:
Yes.

Heather:
So thankfully those fears did not come true.

Steph:
Yes, I agree. It's a beautiful show with a wonderful message and my kids loved it too, they really loved it a lot so it's yeah.

Heather:
I saw it, on like, it was like the third or fourth day after it started and so like most people I think hadn't seen it yet. I mean I'm sure it's still gonna be like that for a while but it was like … I was next to this guy and he was just like freaking out over every new character like “Oh my goodness it's Wilma like ahh!” Like it was so cute, like I loved that even more than the show at some point 'cause like his reaction was the best.

Steph:
For sure.

Heather:
But it … ‘Cause they had so many like, they had several like, more unusual ones than they-

Steph:
Yes.

Heather:
Normally would have in these kind of things. Like, they have a whole thing with hunchback, with Quasimodo, like-

Steph:
Loved that part.

Heather:
Going up the … So cool, I mean so I love when they do that, it's not just okay, the same like five characters or whatever that they use-

Tanya:
Elsa and Anna over and over.

Steph:
The hunchback part and then the brave part too, with Merida.

Tanya:
Yeah, yes.

Steph:
Was really good too.

Heather:
Even you know, you mentioned Frozen and y'all know how I am about Frozen and these things, but even how they used that in this, I liked it. It wasn't the same, it was like a different version of what was it, Frozen First Time in Forever, that's the one they used I think. And so it was like, it was completely different and it was like a slower, like … I don't know, I even liked how they incorporated that it wasn't just like “Oh, we're sticking Let It Go, here you go, it's Elsa.”

Tanya:
It's like there's so many songs in that movie, spread it out a little. Like sheesh.

Heather:
Like I didn't roll my eyes when they did it.

Tanya:
You only rolled one eye.

Steph:
Just a sigh, no eye rolling.

Heather:
And it has like Hercules, I love his anniversary today and so they had like that in it, and they had-

Steph:
Yes.

Heather:
And like, Moana, which I know is like new, so it shouldn't be as much of a surprise, but still it's nice 'cause it's not, I guess maybe as big as the other ones so they have a whole thing with Moana and the really cool, they had like her the spiral, you know symbol, they had fireworks of that, like during her thing. So they have a lot of … That's another thing with Wishes as it was going on, they took away a lot of the shape, you know, of fireworks as it went on.

Steph:
Yeah.

Heather:
But this one has a whole tone of them, so that was really cool too.

Steph:
Yeah, it's an incredible, incredible show. So let's give people some suggestions on where and when, how early, 'cause I looked to you when we were there for my advice, on that, and then I ended up doing something totally different.

Tanya:
You're just like whatever, that wasn't aimed at you.

Steph:
So, I mean, 'cause I read a lot of different sites and heard from a lot of different people that you do want to be close up and even a cast member told me that you want to be close up.

Heather:
Yeah, 'cause again there's so much going on, it's not even just on the castle, like they have stuff going on on the turrets.

Steph:
Yes.

Heather:
And they have lasers, they have everything. So normally my favorite place to watch fireworks isn't in front of the castle, so but for this one, I'm like have to, even just to start off with to see it, and maybe as it goes along, I'm gonna go back to my other spot, 'cause there still is a lot of fireworks, so I know I can still see it from back there but I mean … I saw it twice and both times I got stuck behind people putting their kids on their shoulders.

Steph:
That's the worst.

Heather:
I couldn't, like the first time, like I said, it was like the fourth day or so that it started, I like with Pandora, I was being a spoilsport, so I didn't see anything about it, I went there the first night that I could, I got there I want to say like an hour and a half maybe more, I don't remember exactly. Because we got to the park early and we didn't go and get a spot for a bit, we just kind of sat down and waited 'cause there were already people like, camped out. That's the thing we might have mentioned on another show, like since there's no night parade, people just all camp out for the fireworks so the hub is kind of a mess.

Steph:
I couldn't believe how early people were starting to camp out for spots, like after the 3 o'clock parade.

Heather:
Yeah, it's kind of ridiculous but it's … That's what happens when you have nothing else to like get people off the street, I guess. But, it's, I waited and I was by, I said in the like the hub, so it was like just where the hub area, like where the partner statue is but in the hub area right towards the end. I thought like this is good, I'm like not too close but I'm still close enough that I can see. ‘Cause I was more about the projections, 'cause like with anything, if you get too close up, you don't really see all the fireworks, but with this thing, the projections are such a big thing you want to see that.

Steph:
Yeah.

Heather:
Kind of like from my spot, was like I said, I was sitting there for all this time and then of course, they're like stand up and move because they want to push everybody in there, so it's always a thing like you're waiting there for hours and then like, they want to make sure people who walk up like ten minutes before, you know.

Steph:
Yeah.

Heather:
So I ended up moving a lot closer to the partner statue than I wanted, and then of course like I said, the kid on the shoulders, the phones up in the air, so like I, when I was standing I was trying to see, I sometimes kind of saw but I didn't really get to see as much as I wanted to. So the second time I was like ‘I'm gonna stand, I want to stand kind of where Casey's is and then I'd be like okay, that would be a good spot.” But I got there later, so I stood a little bit farther down main street than I wanted. But I felt that it was okay because I was stood right behind where the, like a cross walk is. So I had space, like this is good, so like if someone you know like … But no, like two seconds before the show started, like directly in my sight line, they had the kid on the shoulder and so I ended up moving up to like, the first, the next spot in front of me, 'cause there was an empty spot so I stood there so, but yeah the shoulder kids are like staggered throughout the whole place. And now that you're like, you know when you're like closer together, like you don't have as much room to maneuver around and see.

Steph:
Yeah.

Heather:
So, I still have to experiment, there's a couple other places I want to try to see it where I can actually see the castle and like, the whole time, not just a couple times, like “Ooh I found this spot I can sort of see it!” So, I'm gonna try to do that and if not, I'll just be like whatever, I'll go watch it from the fence, like and just can't see fireworks. there's just so much going on, like I really want to be able to see. I couldn't even see the turrets either spot, even when I was close up 'cause it was like so packed in with people and I couldn't really see around, so hopefully one of these other times I'll get a better spot or thinking about what Steph did, I might do that. We'll see.

Steph:
Steph did the cheater's version, the “I am being lazy and don't want to wait.” So I had done a little bit of research about the dessert party before we left and decided not to book it, there were openings available. And then as we started, we were able to get a Be Our Guest reservation at 6 and then we had our mine train reservation and I was like “When are we gonna get a spot for the show?” And I knew that I needed to get there early based on what we had talked about, and I wanted to have a decent spot to view it, and it's hard to find a spot where either there's not a tree or a light post or a kid in your way. Then I decided “Okay, I'm gonna look into the dessert party again.” And it was all full, and then the day of, that morning of, I thought “I'm just gonna look one last time.” I looked, and there was availability for five people, so I booked it. And that was my splurge for this trip.

I, usually, every trip have one surprise kind of splurge thing that I do for my kids, for my family and so this was that splurge thing. I'm really glad that I did it. It's not cheap and it was super … And this is the thing, okay I complained about it before, this is the thing that I don't like about fast pass plus, because we were able, we had mine train fast pass tickets for like seven to eight, I think, something like that, and the fireworks were starting at eight, does that sound right heather?

Heather:
Maybe?

Steph:
Or is it nine?

Heather:
It might be nine. Yeah.

Steph:
Okay, so we had the fast pass tickets for like seven thirty to eight thirty or eight to nine, something like that, something close where it was gonna make it difficult to fit everything in. And then I was able to get Be Our Guest, which is the one restaurant that everybody in my family loves and is a must do, and so I was able to finally get an earlier reservation. We had a nine o'clock reservation, at night, like who wants to eat dinner at nine at night?

Tanya:
Hate eating that late. I mean I eat at like four pm or something.

Steph:
Me too. Especially when I'm in Florida-

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
My body's totally off when I'm in Florida. Yeah. We were able to get that moved to a little bit earlier, but then we have all of these things back to back to back. And I'm like “Dang we're barely gonna have enough time to eat dessert.” So I have to look at this at the dessert party, so I'm like “I have to look at this more of a, I'm paying to get priority seating for the show.”

Heather:
Yep.

Steph:
And we did dinner at Be Our Guest, and I told our waitress that we had the dessert party and I just went and told her away from the kids, I said “Hey, we have this dessert party for the fireworks show, the kids don't know about it, so just don't offer anyone dessert and as soon as we're done eating, give us our check and then we'll head out.” And she was great about it, super nice, and got us our check quick, but the bad thing is, is that it made that meal a little bit more rushed than what we want. And we told the kids that we were rushing because we had fast passes for mine train, which was absolutely true. But then we had this other thing, too that they didn't know about. And then we ran on in, rode the mine train, and it was tight and then we went over.

We were supposed to check in for the dessert party like, at 6:45, I think, really early, a lot earlier than the fireworks start, like an hour and a half earlier than when the fireworks start. And we didn't, because we had dinner, and we had the fast passes for the mine train. So, we got there about 45 minutes before the fireworks started and that worked out okay. We were able to go in and each of us get a plate full of desserts and we ate them, but there again, we were rushed. And the desserts, super yummy, they have a whole big variety of thing sot choose from, tons of macaroons, so that made me happy. And then they also had cheeses, which made my girls really happy, and the fruit and just lots of really good stuff. What I wish I would have done was when … And then they escort you, so there's two different levels of the dessert party that you can do. You can do the tomorrow land terrace and then you can also do the garden one. The garden view one, which is what we did.

So, there's seated patio viewing and then standing garden viewing, and we did the standing garden viewing because it's like, $20 per person less, we'll stand, that's fine, and but everyone meets, at the beginning at the same, in the tomorrow land terrace eating area. The people that have the seated, you know, the terrace seated viewing, are sent to the lower level and they're put at tables there, where they will stay to view the fireworks. And then those of us that are doing the garden viewing, we're up a little bit higher where you would never be able to see the fireworks from at all. And then they'll escort people in groups over to the garden viewing area where you can claim a spot on the grass. And when we got over there, I saw a lot of people with to go boxes filled with desserts. And I was like “Why didn't I think to ask?” Because, they usually they won't let you take a to go box when it's like an all you can eat dessert buffet.

Tanya:
Yeah, usually they don't usually do that.

Steph:
No. But they did let a few people and so I should've, I guess, thought to ask that, especially where we had those other fast passes and dining reservations and stuff, I'm sure they would've worked with us, they're usually good about that kind of stuff. So I wish I would've done that, 'cause we could have had more desserts. My husband did end up, once we got our seats picked out, he did end up going back and getting a whole bunch of desserts in his hands and bringing them to us. Drink wise, they had lots of different juices and water, the only thing sugar free option was water, which is a bummer for me because I can't do all the sugar juices and all of that other stuff. I get sick. And I don't love water, it's not my favorite I know that.

Tanya:
Yuck, water.

Steph:
I know right? Put some diet soda out there.

Tanya:
Right, like I had lemon and cucumber and I'm still just like “It's still water!” It's still just water.

Steph:
Totally agree, I totally agree. So, yeah it was, I mean it was great, really good, more desserts than we could ever possibly eat, lots of different options, really good yummy stuff.

So the fireworks, the garden viewing, it's $60 for adults, everyone 10 and older is considered an adult, and then the seating in the terrace is $79 per adult for those seats. I have to say that I was super happy with our viewing area, we weren't blocked by anybody, everybody in there was very considerate and made sure that they weren't standing in front of you, and not blocking your view if they were standing in front of you. There was a lot of room to move around and we had several options. We got in there, we were one of the very last families to get in there and we had a lot of different options of where our family of five could sit. ‘Cause everyone was sitting and then some people stood once it started and some people just stayed sitting on the grass.

Tanya:
Good.

Steph:
Yeah, it worked out great, I'm really glad that we did it and my family was all really glad that we did it. And then, even a bonus, was that once the fireworks were over, then they have that other projection show afterwards and so we just stayed right there. They opened it up so other people could come in, but hardly anyone came in, but we were just able to stay right there for that and then the crowds cleared and we didn't, we could just stay right there while everyone was moving around that little fenced in area. It was awesome. We didn't have anybody pushing us, nobody shoving us, nobody in my space, it was great and then once it cleared out, we headed over and rode some more rides, so it worked out perfect for us. My kids loved it, my husband loved it and everybody was happy.

Tanya:
I was always feel like these dessert parties and stuff are always worth it when it's a new show and it's the first time you're seeing it.

Steph:
I agree.

Tanya:
Like, I mean I know it's a lot of money, but you're only going to have to do it once.

Steph:
That's my thinking on it, too. It's not something, you're not gonna do it every single time. It is a treat, it's a splurge, and like I said we usually do one fun exciting new thing every trip and that was the thing that we did.

Tanya:
Yeah. I mean, you eliminate one sit down meal and it pays for the dessert party.

Steph:
Yeah.

Tanya:
You know, it's the same price practically.

Steph:
Yep, totally.

Heather:
And I think like where you would see it from, is better than from the other, the terrace.

Steph:
Yeah, a lot of-

Heather:
Because we-

Steph:
Go ahead sorry.

Heather:
Yeah, no, 'cause that's why I got confused before the show, when we were saying about the two prices, and I thought there was only the one 'cause I thought like, I didn't realize they still had that one, because I thought that would be a bad view, like you can't really see the castle that well from there. I mean, projection-wise.

Steph:
I agree with you. Because, and I'll put this map, I took a screenshot of the map to show Heather after it was all done, to show here where we were and to show here some pictures that we got from our viewing spot, so I can include those in the show post as well, so people can kind of get an idea of where we were. The tomorrow land terrace, you're in the seating area and you're looking out over the water, at a definite angle to the castle. And, you're kind of even behind one of the spires that's out front, the new spires that they included in the projections. And then the grassy area that we sat in is just to the left of the grassy area right off of the partner statue, and then between the partner statue and tomorrow land terrace, I guess I'll say. And it's all fenced off and they did a really good job of not letting in unless you had a wrist band.

Right when we checked in, we were given a wrist band and there were people that were trying to get in because they thought that with their fast pass, and they were like “We need to see your wrist band.” And so they would hold up their magic band, they were like “See?” And they were like “No, um this is different.” And they did a good job, they were pushy, pushy people that were insistent that they thought that that was where they needed to be and they did a really good job of not letting them in, which I appreciated. Because I paid a lot of money to be in there and that would be a bummer to have pushy people get in. I loved not having pushy people around me. Battle-

Tanya:
Fireworks just bring out the nasty in people.

Steph:
It does!

Tanya:
I think it is awful.

Steph:
Yeah, and especially when it's new like that and it's, like you said Tanya, it's the first time that a lot of people are going to be seeing it and it does bring out the nasty. So for me, that was worth-

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
The money, to not have to deal with it. And the photos that we got were pretty incredible too, don't you think Heather?

Heather:
Yeah.

Steph:
The ones that I sent you?

Heather:
Yeah, that's why I'm debating, because it'll be my Mom's first time seeing it, and that's like the main thing, that and Pandora, that she wants to see this trip, so I don't know where like-

Steph:
I think you need to do it.

Heather:
Think about it. The only other reason I haven't gotten it is because it's gardens, like I'm not sure, what if it rains? And then you know.

Steph:
Yes.

Heather:
You're out of luck, so I'm just kind of waiting to see, maybe you know that … ‘Cause you said you got, did you say you got it that day or?

Steph:
I did get it that day but I checked the day before and it was booked, but somebody told me and I swear it was you, I swear it was you, that said. ‘Cause I was like … ‘Cause it was raining every single day and I said “Hoping they don't cancel the fireworks!” And you were like “Well, in all the years that I've been going, they've only canceled it once.”

Heather:
Yeah, I know they don't cancel it but I mean, if it's raining and they still have it, and then like, you know, you don't want to be sitting there when it's raining.

Steph:
Rain.

Heather:
Or you know, you do it a different day. I actually had a friend who got the dessert thing and then it was like pouring, awful storm, and so they pushed the fireworks back like two hours or something, and then the park was empty so he didn't even go watch it from there, he was able to watch it from wherever he wanted 'cause the park was so empty. So that was you know, I mean that's good. You were talking about that with Pandora 'cause it rained and so like it was empty-

Steph:
Yes.

Heather:
But you know, so it's a whole thing. So, I'm not, I'm kind of waiting to see, I'll leave it up to my Mom maybe but like do you want to do it or?

Steph:
Yeah.

Heather:
Maybe we should and … Yeah, 'cause it's really cool from what I see, I still keep wanting to watch it too on, like a good video of it so I can see everything that I couldn't see.

Tanya:
Yeah.

Steph:
Yeah. Yeah I agree. I think, here's another thing for you, 'cause I've done this before with parties, where we had tickets for a party and it was raining and so I went to see if we could trade them for another night, and they let me do that.

Heather:
Yeah.

Tanya:
Well, that's true, you can always trade them for another night.

Steph:
Unless you're on a super tight schedule and you won't be able to fit it in another night, which is usually how I roll at Disney World.

Tanya:
That's how heather used to roll and then all of a sudden she's like all lax about everything.

Steph:
Funny, funny. Okay I think, do we have anything else to say or are we good? On Happily Every After?

Heather:
Really good.

Steph:
It's really, really good and you can't miss it, that would be my advice.

Heather:
Yeah.

Steph:
No matter what, you can't miss it.

Heather:
Like, if you're sad about Wishes or whatever, just like it's okay, just watch it.

Steph:
Yeah.

Heather:
It'll be fine.

Steph:
I was sad about Wishes but I knew Disney would, I was hoping, I was hoping, I was a little nervous after seeing that Star Wars one, like I said, but they did a good job, they took care of me.

Heather:
And the music's really good.

Steph:
Yes, yes it's all good.

Heather:
Yes.

Steph:
It's all good. Okay, let's remind our listeners where to find us. Tanya?

Tanya:
You can find me at everymagicmoment.com and tanyah666 on all social media.

Steph:
Heather?

Heather:
My character site is heatherw.com/character and on social media I'm heatherw25, and on Facebook, it's I love characters.

Steph:
And you can also find us at capturing magic underscore on Instagram, and we're on Facebook as well. And you can find me also at modernphotosolutions.com, I've got a great free google photos class, if you're suffering from photo overwhelm, go over there and take that class. Okay. Have a great day and we will see you next time on capturing magic.