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Posted: Aug. 13, 2003 12:36 am/pm Quote

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.
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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.

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Posted: Aug. 13, 2003 12:47 am/pm Quote



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.

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Posted: Aug. 13, 2003 5:00 am/pm Quote

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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Posted: Aug. 14, 2003 10:09 am/pm Quote

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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Posted: Aug. 14, 2003 10:25 am/pm Quote

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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:

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.

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Quote (Cyril Proudbottom @ Aug. 14, 2003 9:09 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!

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.


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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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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.


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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