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Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 13, 2003 12:36 am/pm

Dazzling New Fireworks Spectacular Delights Magic Kingdom Guests with Story in the Sky at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney's "Wishes" Lights the Night with Color and Sound


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The power of a wish combines with magical moments from cherished Disney films and dazzling pyrotechnic effects to create "Wishes," the biggest, boldest fireworks show ever presented for Magic Kingdom guests at Walt Disney World Resort.

Narrated by Jiminy Cricket, who memorably served as Pinocchio's conscience in Disney's animated masterpiece, the new story-in-the-sky spectacular tells a thrilling, heart-tugging story about making a wish come true.

"I bet a lot of you folks don't believe that -- about a wish coming true, do ya?" Jiminy says as the 12-minute spectacle begins. "Well, I didn't either. Of course, I'm just a cricket, but let me tell ya what changed my mind. Ya see, the most fantastic, magical things can happen -- and it all starts with a wish!"

At several times the size of "Fantasy in the Sky," Magic Kingdom's previous fireworks show, "Wishes" takes guests through treasured tales of adventure and romance from classic Disney films, accompanied by brilliant bursts of color and light above -- and around -- Cinderella Castle. Guests will discover excellent viewing locations all throughout the theme park.

" 'Wishes' takes us into the heart of Disney storytelling and shows us that wishes can come true if you believe in them with all your heart," said Steven Davison of Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, who created "Wishes" and Disneyland's popular "Believe... There's Magic in the Stars" fireworks spectacular.

"The goal of the show is to move guests in a very special way, to fill them with a magic only Disney can create and, most of all, to give everyone a magical memory to treasure for a lifetime."

The story of "Wishes" blends classic Disney songs and character voices with pyrotechnic effects never seen before in a Disney theme park, including several new sites for launching fireworks that create moments both breathtaking and intimate.

The warmly emotional show was created in honor of the launch of Magical Gatherings, a celebration of the magic that occurs when friends and extended family reconnect at Walt Disney World Resort.

"What 'Wishes' is created to do is bring everyone together at night," Davison said. "They all may have different experiences during the day but at night we're asking everyone to come to the Magic Kingdom to watch what happens when family and friends all make a wish together and see what happens in the sky."

While "Wishes" replaces "Fantasy in the Sky," which premiered in the 1970s, one fondly remembered element remains -- a certain mischievous pixie who flies high above Magic Kingdom to demonstrate the power of believing in a wish.

"We'll make people cry, we'll make people laugh," Davison said. "It's a show about emotions, and really what Disney does best."

"Wishes" is presented most nights at Magic Kingdom. It premEARed on October 8, 2003.

Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 13, 2003 12:44 am/pm



Storm in the Sky

"Wishes," the biggest, boldest fireworks spectacular ever staged at the Magic Kingdom, weaves a thrilling "story in the sky" that blends music and character voices from cherished Disney animated films, original narration by Jiminy Cricket and dazzling pyrotechnic effects never seen before in a Disney theme park. The new show debuts in October 2003 and will provide the perfect "goodnight kiss" for a gathering of family and friends at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 13, 2003 12:45 am/pm



Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 13, 2003 12:47 am/pm



Wishin' and Hopin'

Steven Davison, creator of "Wishes," a new Magic Kingdom fireworks extravaganza, stands in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort with Jiminy Cricket, who delights audiences as the show's narrator. "Wishes," the biggest, boldest fireworks spectacular ever staged at the Magic Kingdom, weaves a thrilling "story in the sky" by blending music and character voices from cherished Disney animated films, original narration by Jiminy Cricket, and dazzling pyrotechnic effects never seen before in a Disney theme park. The new show debuts in October 2003 and will provide the perfect "goodnight kiss" for a gathering of family and friends at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 13, 2003 5:00 am/pm

Now I might have to postpone my return trip to Disney until Oct.! Good thing I haven't made any reservations yet. Any dates on when it will premiere - Oct.1 for their anniversary maybe? :confused:
Posted by: Cyril Proudbottom on Aug. 14, 2003 10:09 am/pm

WOW!! At the time I booked a trip, I thought October was going to be a quiet time. Between Philharmagic, Mission:Space and this, I suddenly feel Disney's gonna get pretty crowded in Oct!
Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 14, 2003 10:25 am/pm



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Now I might have to postpone my return trip to Disney until Oct.! Good thing I haven't made any reservations yet. Any dates on when it will premiere - Oct.1 for their anniversary maybe? :confused:
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There hasn't been an official premiere date announced yet, but I bet they'll be showing it to the press the night that Mickey's PhilharMagic is being shown to them. That's an early closing day for the MK, however, because of the party -- but you could still see the fireworks from the top of the Contemporary Resort or the beach at the Polynesian Resort that night.
Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 14, 2003 10:27 am/pm



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WOW!! At the time I booked a trip, I thought October was going to be a quiet time. Between Philharmagic, Mission:Space and this, I suddenly feel Disney's gonna get pretty crowded in Oct!
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I hope I see it in October!

And there are reports from Guests that even now Disney is slipping in the newer fireworks effects into the current show, testing out the new fireworks a bit.

Posted by: Disneywacko on Aug. 14, 2003 11:12 am/pm

WOW!  Those pictures look amazing!  I have to say, after looking at other discussion boards, I've actually been getting a little depressed about my upcoming trip.  But then I see those pictures of fireworks soaring over Cinderella's Castle and I remember what the magic is all about.  Can't wait for my trip and I'm only going to look at this discussion board!
Posted by: BriansPyxie on Aug. 14, 2003 12:47 am/pm



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I bet they'll be showing it to the press the night that Mickey's PhilharMagic is being shown to them. That's an early closing day for the MK, however, because of the party -- but you could still see the fireworks from the top of the Contemporary Resort or the beach at the Polynesian Resort that night.
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Hey, that's right smack in the middle of our trip!  :buttrock:
We may have to wander over the the beach on the 8th, and check it out!!   :tounge:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 14, 2003 1:03 am/pm



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Hey, that's right smack in the middle of our trip!  :buttrock:
We may have to wander over the the beach on the 8th, and check it out!!   :tounge:

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I wonder what would happen if someone just had to stay in the MK that day, even after the closing hours -- say, having to wash ones hands for quite a long time or somethin'... then emerging hours later...

Just daydreaming!

:shifty:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 14, 2003 1:08 am/pm



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WOW!  Those pictures look amazing!  I have to say, after looking at other discussion boards, I've actually been getting a little depressed about my upcoming trip.  But then I see those pictures of fireworks soaring over Cinderella's Castle and I remember what the magic is all about.  Can't wait for my trip and I'm only going to look at this discussion board!
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Yoo Hoo, Disneywacko!

You've just made my day. Thank you for just kind words!
:coolgrin:

I've just got to give you this welcoming gift of a Minnie-style sorcerer pair of Disney EchoEars:


Thanks for joining us and for choosing the Disney Echo as your favorite! And please, share details about your trip planning with your fellow Disney EchoEars (it helps us live vicariously through your trip planning and anticipation! )
:nod:

Posted by: swall918 on Aug. 14, 2003 1:18 am/pm

The fireworks pictures you posted Rich are just "magical".  Really brings the magic right to my lap top. Just 78 days until I'm at the Poly watching those fireworks.

Do you know if the fireworks are presented evey night in November since it is off season? I'm thinking of adding California Grill to my list of PS, but want them to be on a night when there are fireworks.

Thanks

:happydance:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 14, 2003 1:32 am/pm

They sure are magical pictures, Sue -- they came from Disney!
:nod:

Disney hasn't posted the MK hours for November yet, so no word how often the new fireworks show will be shown that month -- but keep your ears on!
:)

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on Aug. 14, 2003 8:36 am/pm

Excellent Pictures!!!!

Question though - will Tink :pixiedust: still fly through the sky at the beginning of the show?

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 14, 2003 9:08 am/pm

I have heard that she will... but we'll really just have to wait and see.  :bigsmile:
Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 14, 2003 9:45 am/pm

I think I missed it....When is the "Wishes" firework show going to start?  

Kelly D. <>< :)

:flag2:  :music:  :bigsmile:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 14, 2003 9:51 am/pm



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I think I missed it....When is the "Wishes" firework show going to start?
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Yoo Hoo, Kelly D!

Look on the first page of this thread for Disney's press release -- they say October 2003 (nothing more specific has been announced yet than that, although we expect it to be in the early part of October).

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 14, 2003 9:59 am/pm

Kelly D. <><  dizneluver9!

Oh! And welcome to the Disney Echo, Kelly D.!! I just noticed that was your first message you've ever posted to the Disney Echo.  :bigsmile:

I've got a pair of Disney EchoEars for you right here:


Thanks for joining in the fun here, Kelly D!

Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 14, 2003 10:13 am/pm



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they say October 2003 (nothing more specific has been announced yet than that, although we expect it to be in the early part of October).
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Thanks Rich TTFN :) KD <>< :)

:flag2:  :music:

Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 21, 2003 10:47 am/pm

HEY EVERYBODY!!!

I recieved the answer to my question today when i picked up today's issue of EYES AND EARS (WDW CM Newsletter)


"WISHES" DEBUTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8
(the day before the press event at EPCOT)

Not sure of the time yet...but I think I am goign to go into the park after work that night to see them :)  PM me if you will be in the park to meet up :)

They are going to almost double the length of the show and have almost twice as many shots (fireworks) as the current "Fantasy In The Sky"  I CANT WAIT TO SEE IT!!! :)

If anybody wants to read the article PM me and I will type it out for you :) Cant get to online unless you are a CM :(

TTFN  :D

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 11:26 am/pm

That's great news! Thanks for letting us know!
Posted by: JEANYLASER on Aug. 22, 2003 4:43 am/pm

:bowdown: I think that the new fireworks in the Magic Kingdom will be the best show in the whole world. :sorcerer:
Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 24, 2003 3:27 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

I know of at least one Disney EchoEar who was smart enough to get Priority Seating at the California Grill high atop the Contemporary Resort -- you know, where you have a great view of the Magic Kingdom and they pipe in the music from the fireworks when they're presented in the park -- for October 8th!

Seems smart to me... If the park will be closed that night but "Wishes" will actually be presented to the media in an invitation-only party, California Grill seems to be an even better place to view the fireworks than the beach at the Polnesian Resort!
:idea:

Hmmm, if EchoEars who'll be at WDW that night get enough PS reservations for October 8th, we could have a meet 'n greet Disney EchoEars get-together right there!
:wwww:

Posted by: MKBaughan on Aug. 28, 2003 3:59 am/pm

:tear:   Between these great pictures and the wealth of coming events... I feel "homesick" for WDW.... wish I had a trip coming up..... :nod:
Posted by: Heather on Aug. 28, 2003 10:39 am/pm

Hi all! I called a few days ago to get my VIP viewing set up for my Oct. 8-15 trip and was asking about the difference b/t the Hall. fireworks and the reg. ones. The girl told me that on the nights there were Halloween parties, that the only fireworks would be the special Hall. fireworks. I think that the 8th is one of those nights but I am not sure. I know the hours are shorter so I thought it was due to the party. She also told me about the new show and said it was going to be great. I know she said it would start on the 9th but there may be a special showing on the 8th.
Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 28, 2003 10:51 am/pm

Thanks for the report, Heather!
:clap:

Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 30, 2003 12:29 am/pm

October 8th is a Wednesday night....

according to Disney.com MNSSHP happens on October 3, 5, 10, 14, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30 and the 31st :)

Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 30, 2003 10:30 am/pm

Ok..first of all sorry for the back to back posts

I did some looking at the MK Park hours from Disney.com

On October 8 they do have the park closing at 6 pm as previously mentioned....the weird thing is on the 9th they have Fantesy in the Sky listed as teh firework show...So what do you think the firework show is going to be on the 9th?????

this leaves me very confused :rock:  :(

Posted by: Goofyteer on Aug. 30, 2003 12:49 am/pm

Those pictures were just beautiful. I loved them. :love: I wonder when they'll put its music out on a WDW compact disc? Hopefully asap.
Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 30, 2003 3:40 am/pm

otay folks....

here is the LATEST information that I just got by calling into Disney Reservations...Though he (the CM I talked to) couldnt tell me why MK will be closing early (6pm) and they will not have any fireworks that night.  He said  There will be fireworks (most likely Wishes) on the 9th though they will still be listed as FANTASY IN THE SKY on Disney.com til Wishes  offcially debuts.  I am assuming that the fireworks to be shot off on  the 11, 12 and 13 at 9:00 will be Wishes :)  If I am wrong..which does happen sometime just let me know :D

As usual if I hear anythign else you guys will be the first to know.

TTFN :D

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 30, 2003 4:32 am/pm

Thanks, Kelly!

And there might be sneak previews of Wishes even before the 9th just to make sure it all works before the press event.
:idea:

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 10, 2003 1:12 am/pm

< wdwmagic.com > reports more details are emerging regarding the new Wishes firework show at MK:
  • There will be around 800 shells per show, compared to 300 for the current Fantasy in the Sky
  • Pyrotechnics will be launched from 10 new locations around the MK
  • The theme song is based on Starlight, Starbright
  • The show length is 12 minutes, increased from 7 minutes for Fantasy in the Sky
  • Story elements include:
    • Ariel wishing to be on land
    • Aladdin wishing on the lamp
    • Pinocchio wishing to be a boy
  • Jiminy Cricket is the show narrator

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 16, 2003 11:07 am/pm

It is official!

The Wishes™ nighttime spectacular will officially have its debut in the Magic Kingdom for all Guests on Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 9 pm. You can now see it for yourself at < disneyworld.com >.

A Cast Member-only preview of "Wishes" is reportedly going to be on Tuesday, October 7th -- but all WDW Guests would be able to see it from outside the park. "Wishes" will also be shown during a private party for the news media at an invitation-only event, but once again all WDW Guests would be able to see it from outside the park. The first official showing of "Wishes" for all Guests at the Magic Kingdom is Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 9 pm.

Posted by: swall918 on Sep. 16, 2003 4:37 am/pm

I've got my PS set for Nov 2 at the California Grill to watch the fireworks. First time at the CF and a new show. What a great night! :happydance:
Posted by: BriansPyxie on Sep. 17, 2003 12:32 am/pm

We'll be there to see the first official showing on the 9th....yay!!!!!!  We'll be sure to take lots of pictures to pass along.  :wink2:
Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 08, 2003 11:36 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

I've been reading a lot of trip reports from Disney EchoEars who have just gotten back from WDW who mention they have seen the new "Wishes" fireworks at the Magic Kingdom -- at least from afar and in testing. This new show will be starting tonight!

Please reply here with any comments you have about either the new show or what you saw of it while it was being tested.

I'll start things off. On Thursday, October 2nd, the Magic Kingdom was closed when we noticed fireworks going off there from our vantage point across the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Volcano pool of the Polynesian Resort.

I could hear quite clearly Jiminy Cricket narrating the "Wishes" fireworks and the music. It was very easy to hear where we were, on the walkway between the volcano pool and the beach.

The next night, the 360-degree fireworks were added to the Fantasy In The Sky fireworks we saw at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. These effects are amazing! From the beach they looked like all of the Magic Kingdom had skyrockets going up all over the place. And when we were actually experiencing that from inside the park on Friday night we were awed to see how perfectly synchronized each fireworks blast was to all the others, not only in the timing but in the height of the blasts and the colors.

It is magical to watch these from the Polynesian Resort's beach and great to be able to hear the music and Jiminy Cricket so well. And seeing the new show from inside the Magic Kingdom is another treat not to be missed!

Starting tonight, "Wishes" officially begins. Be watching for (and please report here about) these parts of the show: the romance section, Disney Villains section, and the "When You Wish Upon A Star" finale.

Let's hear it from the other Disney EchoEars who have seen this new show or parts of it being tested!
:ears:   :pixiedust:

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 08, 2003 11:42 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

I've add a new topic (found by clicking here) for first-hand reports about the new "Wishes" fireworks show (which has its official premEAR tonight at the Magic Kingdom) for people who have either seen the entire show themselves, parts of the show added to "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks, or special testing of "Wishes" that went after hours in the weeks leading up to tonight's premEAR.

Please go here to add your comments about "Wishes" in this temporary thread, which will eventually be merged into this topic.

And here is the latest picture, direct from Disney, about the new "Wishes" fireworks show:



Story in the Sky

"Wishes," the biggest, boldest fireworks spectacular ever staged at the Magic Kingdom, weaves a thrilling "story in the sky" that blends music and character voices from cherished Disney animated films, original narration by Jiminy Cricket and dazzling pyrotechnic effects never seen before in a Disney theme park. The new show debuts in October 2003 and will provide the perfect "goodnight kiss" for a gathering of family and friends at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

And right-click here to download a 1024 x 738 size montaged wallpaper image of "Wishes" for your desktop.

Posted by: swall918 on Oct. 08, 2003 1:26 am/pm

We'll be watching Wishes from the California Grill on Nov 2nd; PS @ 6:00 - fireworks at 7:00.

I hope the new Undiscovered Disney show on the travel channel didn't give too may other people the same idea.

Posted by: DisneyWidower on Oct. 08, 2003 9:00 am/pm

On the 30th of September my wife and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary in WDW ( site of our honeymoon).

After dinner at Ohana with friends we went back to our room in the Contemporary tower overlooking the park.

At around 10:00 pm long after the park closed we could hear music coming from the Magic Kingdom and then the sky lit up with one of the most amazing fireworks shows I've ever seen.

We sat out on the balcony sipping wine and enjoying the show. The fireworks were huge! and perfectly in sync with the music. Many of the mortars were so loud that car alarms were being set off in the parking lot.

After what seemed to be 20 minutes (not really sure -- it was good wine) the show ended with a brilliant grand finale -- which was then followed by a huge round of applause by all of our fellow guests on their balconies.

It was quite the experience!

Even better than this though -- throughout the night, more rehearsing was being done -- so occasionally we would hear the blare of the steam engine's whistle -- a few strains of recorded music -- and then a few bursts of fireworks. It went on all night.

My wife and I laid in bed all night with the curtains and patio doors open so that we could take it in music and all.

It was a very memorable anniversary. Not to be easily topped.

(We also got re-hitched at the Garden Grill -- I'll post the details on the priority seating page)

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 09, 2003 8:44 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Everyone can get an online preview of "Wishes™: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams" by going to < DisneyWorld.com >!

Get a taste of what it is like to be inside the Magic Kingdom where fireworks explode all around you with incredible new effects like red hearts, star shapes, and even faces!

Remember: "Anything your heart desires will come true."
:pixiedust:

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 10, 2003 2:30 am/pm

"Mickey's PhilharMagic," New Fireworks Debut at Walt Disney World Resort

October 9, 2003: A groundbreaking new attraction and dazzling new fireworks debuted Wednesday in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.
The previews were part of a gala week of grand openings and announcements at the Vacation Kingdom that drew media, celebrities and company executives. Astronauts joined in the festivities, which included the dedication of Mission: SPACE, a new Epcot attraction that offers guests the experience of space flight to Mars.

And anchoring it all: a whole new Disney vacation called Magical Gatherings, treating larger groups to special trip planning and activities options. In addition, to celebrate the launch of Magical Gatherings comes a new offer from Visa, a “Kids Stay and Play Free” promotion.

Wednesday night’s exciting openings included:
  • “Mickey's PhilharMagic,” a new 3-D film spectacular presented by Kodak, stars Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other favorite Disney characters -- the first attraction ever to feature classic Disney characters in computer-generated animation. Set in Fantasyland Concert Hall, the musical experience unfolds on the largest seamless screen ever created for a three-dimensional film, a 150-foot-wide canvas.
  • “Wishes,” a new fireworks show in Magic Kingdom created especially for the Magical Gatherings inaugural year, was the evening’s finale. Narrated by Jiminy Cricket, the show is several times the size of “Fantasy in the Sky,” the park’s previous show which debuted in 1975. The story of “Wishes” blends classic Disney songs and character voices with pyrotechnic effects never before seen in a Disney theme park.
  • Later today at Epcot, astronauts Wally Schirra, Jim Lovell, Buzz Aldrin, Bruce McCandless, Mae Jameson and Guion Bluford Jr. are scheduled to join Michael Eisner, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Carly Fiorina, chairman and CEO of HP, for the grand opening of Mission: SPACE presented by HP. The new attraction launches guests into an out-of-this-world adventure using a custom-designed ride system based on actual NASA astronaut training techniques.

Posted by: sleeping beauty on Oct. 10, 2003 12:14 am/pm

We too saw the "Wishes" display during our week stay 9/28 - 10/5.  And several nights.  It was quite a surprise when we saw fireworks starting at 9:45 ir 10:30 and even one night at 12:00 right from our LV room at the Tahiti building.  With small children we didn't go out late at night, so it was nice to have the added entertainment after the kids were asleep and my husband and I had a quiet moment on the balcony.
I must say that it was spectacular.    The fireworks shooting up along the horizon looked like water fountains.   And it lasted a longer time than the previous display.

The finale lite the sky and lagoon with brilliant colors.  It is wonderful.

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 10, 2003 8:41 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

< Click here > to view a slideshow from Orlando's WESH-TV of the opening events for Mickey's PhilharMagic and "Wishes"
:sorcerer:

And also click here to see more photos from the premEARS of Mickey's PhilharMagic and "Wishes".

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 10, 2003 10:08 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Here are pictures of "Wishes" as it appeared during its premEAR at the WDW media event:

STORY IN THE SKY

"Wishes," the biggest, boldest fireworks spectacular ever staged at the Magic Kingdom, weaves a thrilling "story in the sky" that blends music and character voices from cherished Disney animated films, original narration by Jiminy Cricket and dazzling pyrotechnic effects never seen before in a Disney theme park.


STORY IN THE SKY

The new show had its grand premiere Oct. 8, 2003, with an introduction by entertainment legend Julie Andrews.

Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.


See more pictures from the WDW media event here on the Disney Echo!

Posted by: t2simon on Oct. 13, 2003 8:35 am/pm

We also saw the previews from our patio in Tuvalau when we were there 10/4-11.  It woke me around 12-1 o'clock in the morning one night.  But, what a fantastic wake up it was!!!!!

I think they surpassed the MNSSHP fireworks, which were beautiful themselves.

Posted by: BriansPyxie on Oct. 14, 2003 2:07 am/pm

We were there this past Thursday.  The show is great!  We loved how the lighting on the castle changed as the themes changed.  My favorite was when they turned the castle into a :sorcerer:   mickey hat.  I have some pictures, but they didn't turn out very well.  (I'm hoping that the pictures that the in-laws took turn out better.)  I do have a pretty good picture of the heart fireworks and the star.  We taped the whole show, if we had a digital cam I would love to share the show with everyone......maybe Rich can help me post the pics.
Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 14, 2003 8:19 am/pm

Stacey, I'd be happy to help you post the pictures.

Here's 3 mpeg videos LaughingPlace has just posted of Wishes:

Clip 1: < Friend Like Me > (30 seconds, 4.9 megs)

Clip 2: < Firework Fan > (8 seconds, 1.2 megs)

Clip 3: < Finale > (1 minute, 2 seconds, 10.1 megs)

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 15, 2003 11:12 am/pm


BIG WISH

Entertainment legend Julie Andrews, left, joins Mickey Mouse and Jiminy Cricket on Oct. 8, 2003, for the premiere of "Wishes," the biggest fireworks show ever presented at the Magic Kingdom. (Photo: Kent Phillips/Disney)

ROCK THE CASTLE

Brian Setzer rocks the Magic Kingdom on Oct. 8, 2003, during a gala party celebrating the premieres of "Mickey's PhilharMagic," "Wishes" and the kick-off of Magical Gatherings at Walt Disney World Resort. (Photo: Gene Duncan/Disney)

Copyright 2003: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 25, 2003 11:25 am/pm


WISHES LIGHTS THE NIGHT

A new fireworks spectacular called "Wishes" bursts above and around Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort, delighting Magic Kingdom guests. (Photo: Kent Phillips/Disney)

WISHES ROCK THE CASTLE

Narrated by Jiminy Cricket, "Wishes" takes Disney guests through treasured tales of adventure and romance from classic Disney films. (Photo: Kent Phillips/Disney)

WISHES ALL AROUND

Bigger, brighter and bolder pyrotechnics never before seen in a Disney theme park accompany Jiminy's narration and wondrous music. (Photo: Gene Duncan/Disney)

SPECTACULAR WISHES

Wishes are performed most nights in the Magic Kingdom.

Copyright 2003: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

Posted by: swall918 on Oct. 27, 2003 7:47 am/pm

I read on another message board (sorry - I strayed) that the music and narration for Wishes is not piped into the resorts/restaurants as it was in the past. Can anyone here confirm or deny this?

I made PS at the California Grill specifically to watch the fireworks. Now I'm not so sure its worth spending that much on dinner without the "whole show". I'll watch from the
Poly beach for free, maybe with a LavaFlow.

Thanks for any info.

Posted by: WhatsaPooh on Oct. 27, 2003 10:55 am/pm

Hi there,

We just got back from our trip and I do know that the night we ate at the Concourse Steakhouse at the Contemporary, we were able to watch the fireworks after our meal  :pixiedust: perfect timing :pixiedust: out on the observation deck and the music/narration was piped in there.

At the Poly, we had the best view and best audio standing at the marina, near the rental stand... some speakers were louder than others.

We were in the park for one of the Wishes shows, but we actually liked it better from outside the park.  You were really able to enjoy it more, and be able the see the fireworks going off surrounding the park-- in the words of our 6yo

:bowdown: those were AWESOME COOL  :bowdown:

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 27, 2003 12:44 am/pm



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I read on another message board (sorry - I strayed) that the music and narration for Wishes is not piped into the resorts/restaurants as it was in the past. Can anyone here confirm or deny this?
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This is literally true - - the music and narration is not piped into the resorts/restaurants as it was in the past.

Wanna know why? Because the music and narration has changed! It is not the same music and narration that it was when the fireworks were "Fantasy in the Sky" rather than "Wishes"!! (But it is still piped in -- that remains the same.)
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I heard "Wishes" personally on October 2nd alongside the beach at the volcano pool at the Polynesian Resort, when it was being presented at the Magic Kingdom as a CM preview.
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Oh, and it is okay to read other message boards, too... Just don't drink the Kool Aid.
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