Sunday Fun Day

Sunday Fun Day!

Last week we opened the parks with Rope Drop, this week we are closing the parks with nighttime shows. The announcement of new shows has me excited! I am ready to start planning a trip to watch them all!

Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular—Opens May 14 in Magic Kingdom. Disney Parks Blog announced “The spectacular will inspire guests to seek out and find their own “Happily Ever After” by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams.” I always appreciate change in the Parks and I love the theme of finding your own happily ever after. Nighttime shows are epitome of Disney magic; they meld primal fire and state of the art technology with the emotion of originally created scores. I cannot wait for this show to debut!

Wishes – Ending May 11 in Magic Kingdom. I am also heartbroken over the closing of Wishes. This nighttime show has been running for almost 10 years. I love watching this show with my boyfriend. Ending the night next to him, humming along with the music and following along with the story always make me feel like I am right where I want to be. I know the replacement will be just as good, but to me, this is the end of an era.


Rivers of Light Animal Kingdom – Opened February 17th at Animal Kingdom. I have not seen this nighttime show yet, but from what I’ve read, I know I am going to love it! Animal Kingdom is a beautiful park and the first ever permanent nighttime show must live up to those standards. There are no fireworks in this show, they don’t need to be waking up those animals! Boats, lights and fountains are the main events; the technology behind the driverless boats means that these boats are practically dancing across the water. The two viewing locations, DinoLand USA and Asia, offer great views since the whole show moves across Discovery River.

IllumiNations – The fireworks, lasers and Earth Globe show at EPCOT centers around the story that we are all one people on this planet. What I love most about this show is that there are three distinct parts. Part One is the birth of Earth. There are balls of fire and booming fireworks. As the Earth Globe glides over the water, Part Two begins with the Globe lighting up and show the stories of humanity over time. Part Thee brings everything together with the globe opening and the colorful fireworks bursting in the sky. This show definitely brings the emotion! The final song and rain of fireworks is not to be missed! IllumiNations holds a special place in my heart. Read the About Me page to get the full story!

In the early afternoon, you can watch the Globe for IllumiNations glide out in to the middle of the World Show Case. Stand by the very inconspicuous drawbridge between the China and Germany pavilions. 

Fantasmic – Hollywood Studios has two nighttime shows. Fantasmic has been showing for almost 20 years! To watch this show, you must wait for seating in the open-air theater, which holds up to 10,000 people. The trick to getting a good spot if to NOT be the first in line. Cast members direct guests to fill in the farthest most seats first, so if you want to sit in the middle, have patience and don’t get in line first! This show includes many villains, so if you are looking for a more sinister show, this one is for you!.Fire, fountains, boats, a mountain and characters that are not normally seen in the parks…so many visual effects are used, this full on productions is a wonderful way to end your night at the park that highlights grand productions!

Star Wars: a Galactic Spectacular – This is the second nighttime at Hollywood Studios. It is located at Gramin’s Chinese Theater, so no lines for seating. Again, this show uses fireworks, lasers and projections on the building similar to the shows at Magic Kingdom. What is different about this show is that all the footage and music are from the Star Wars movies. The show brings the viewer through the movies and uses the fireworks and lasers as enhancements. What I also like about this show is that, if you plan it right, you can catch Fantasmic and Star Wars: a Galactic Spectacular in the same night!


Tune in next week for another Sunday Funday. Next week’s theme will be announced on Instagram!

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