Area news stations are reporting that some local residents were not thrilled with the early morning testing of Magic Kingdom’s new “Happily Ever After” Fireworks Show. In preparation for the trial run of the new show, Disney had put up signs at the resorts to let guests know that fireworks testing would take place on Tuesday evening between 11:45pm and 1:00am. Area residents complained that the testing was loud and went beyond 1:00am. Some residents took to social media to voice their frustration, including a post that read: “Somebody needs to teach the rat how to tell time. It’s 1:30 now.” A Disney spokesperson told local news station FOX 35 any further testing of the “Happily Ever After” fireworks will be done earlier. She said Disney regrets any inconvenience they may have caused.
Magic Kingdom’s current nighttime spectacular, “Wishes,” will wrap up its last performance on Thursday, May 11. Magic Kingdom is expecting heavier than normal crowds to say goodbye to “Wishes” and to welcome “Happily Ever After”. To accommodate the extra guests, Disney is opening up an additional viewing area in the cast member parking lot located next to the Main Street bypass (behind Tomorrowland) on May 6, 11, 12, and 13th. It is possible that the backstage bypass, located between Main Street and Adventureland, will also be opened for guests if crowd levels get high enough. It is unknown at this time if Disney will be charging for parking at these locations.
“Happily Ever After” will debut on Friday, May 12. Unlike Wishes, this show will feature projection mapping, lasers, searchlights, and a brand new fireworks display. Click here to see some amazing photos of the new show as well as a video sneak peek of the new fireworks show.
Join the Chip and Co. Facebook page for a live broadcast on May 11 of the final performance of “Wishes.” Tune in a little before 9:00pm EST and say goodbye to a little piece of Disney history.
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