Disney Enchantment Launches to Less Than Enchanted Crowds at Magic Kingdom
It’s not a small thing when a new fireworks show appears at Walt Disney World, and with the 50th Golden Anniversary of Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom has a new show in the form of “Disney Enchantment”. We talk about the entire experience of seeing the show for the first time on October 1st 2021, of the crowded conditions, and of the show itself. We’ll look at its technical merits and importantly, the sound track of the show. We’ll compare it to its predecessors, especially “Happily Ever After”, and we’ll look at its pre-show Beacons of Light. This is the capstone experience for the Magic Kingdom on its 50th anniversary. How does it measure up?
Beacons of Light: Cinderella Castle
Here is what the press announcement says for “Disney Enchantment”:
In “Disney Enchantment,” we join dreamers like Tiana, Miguel, Rapunzel, and brothers Ian & Barley from “Onward,” and we set out on an incredible journey with adventurers such as Moana, Raya, and Judy Hopps. Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” takes us into “the zone,” where we discover a whimsical world inspired by the style of legendary Disney artist Mary Blair and filled with beloved characters from classic stories like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alice in Wonderland” to contemporary tales including “Luca” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” Everything builds to a climactic moment, as Tinker Bell takes flight, spreading shimmering gold pixie dust and empowering us all to believe in ourselves and the magic all around us.
This all-new spectacular inspires everyone to believe in magic, with captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, immersive projection effects that extend for the first time down Main Street, U.S.A., and an emotional original song, entitled “You Are the Magic,” by seven-time GRAMMY-winner Philip Lawrence. And throughout the show, stunning fireworks fill the sky, providing a great experience for guests throughout the park and neighboring resort hotels.
- You Are the Magic
- Narrative with When You Wish Upon a Star
- Almost There
- Just Around the Riverbend
- We Know the Way
- Be Our Guest
- Under the Sea
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me
- The Silly Song
- I’ve Got No Strings
- A Whole New World
- You Can Fly
- Into the Unknown
- Night on Bald Mountain
- I am Moana
- You Are The Magic–Reprise
In short, there are 5 songs tied to the original golden era of Disney animation; there are 5 songs tied to the second golden era of Michael Eisner, and 5 songs that have come out since 2000. Still, the length of those songs is not the same, and some songs since 2000 dominate in length.
- Sound/Music/Narration by Angela Bassett
- Castle Projection
- Main Street Projections
Issues That Can Blow Up
The following are some issues we cover in the podcast relating to when:
- People are having to assemble closely during a pandemic vs. Disney Cruise Line
- When people join in at the last moment or worse, during the show
- When you don’t have a solid exit strategy
- When bloggers, vloggers and social media merchants choose to focus on the negative
The Disney fireworks shows are all professionally done and out perform any one else’s concept of what fireworks should be about. It is not the show itself that makes it so special, as it is the memories of your time in the parks and all of that coming together in a positive upbeat way that emotionally connects you to the show. Still, if you’re not emotionally connected to the music, and to characters shown, it will be harder–though not impossible–for you to connect. There is no intellectual property, no Disney characters, no familiar movie score that connects you to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. But it is a beloved show that people have connected memories that last a lifetime to. Twenty years from now, with music people already know and will know better, this may be a hard show to part from.
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