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Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 8:44 am/pm Quote

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."
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Posted: Oct. 10, 2003 2:30 am/pm Quote

"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.
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Posted: Oct. 10, 2003 12:14 am/pm Quote

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.


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Posted: Oct. 10, 2003 8:41 am/pm Quote

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


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Posted: Oct. 10, 2003 10:08 am/pm Quote

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!
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Posted: Oct. 13, 2003 8:35 am/pm Quote

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.


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Posted: Oct. 14, 2003 2:07 am/pm Quote

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.

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Posted: Oct. 14, 2003 8:19 am/pm Quote

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)


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Posted: Oct. 15, 2003 11:12 am/pm Quote


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.
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Posted: Oct. 25, 2003 11:25 am/pm Quote


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.


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