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||Posted: 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.