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November 3

November 3, 2000 – The Fireworks Show Believe…in Holiday Magic Debuts

“Does your heart hold the magic of the holidays?”

On November 3, 2000, the special fireworks show Believe…in Holiday Magic debuted in Disneyland. It was a spinoff of the 45th anniversary show Believe…There’s Magic in the Stars, and featured a variety of fireworks accompanied by a medley of holiday music. As the show ends, a simulated snow flurry starts falling in various areas within the park. The 13-minute show has been running in Disneyland almost every holiday season since its premiere.


February 18

February 18, 2000 – The Nighttime Fireworks Show Believe…There’s Magic in the Stars Begins in Disneyland


“I wish I never had to leave this magical place.”

On February 18, 2000, the nighttime fireworks show Believe…There’s Magic in the Stars began in Disneyland Park. The show, replacing Fantasy in the Sky that had run since 1956, was created to help celebrate the park’s 45th anniversary, and was the most complex show to date. For the holiday season, the show was retooled to Believe…In Holiday Magic. The show used clips and music from several Disney animated features, as well as an interwoven song created just for the show. The song was later released on the park’s official album. The show closed on November 1, 2004, and was replaced by Imagine…A Fantasy in the Sky.

April 23

April 23, 1983 – The Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks Show Starts in Tokyo Disneyland


On April 23, 1983, the fireworks show Fantasy in the Sky began its run at Tokyo Disneyland. Premiering almost a week after the park’s opening, the show was similar to the Disneyland fireworks show that began in 1958. The show ran until 1987, and was replaced with Starlight Fantasy. The show was then brought back in 1995, and ran until 2003.

January 30

January 30, 1988 – The Nighttime Fireworks Show IllumiNations Begins in Epcot’s World Showcase


“Behold the past, present, and future of Earth at this stunning fireworks show that celebrates the spirit of humanity.”

On January 30, 1988, the nighttime fireworks show IllumiNations began its run in Epcot’s World Showcase area, replacing the Laserphonic Fantasy. This show, featuring fireworks, lasers, fountains, and music, was originally sponsored by General Electric, although General Electric ended its sponsorship in December of 2002. Each area of the World Showcase was individually showcased with music highlighting the country, along with a spectacular laser show. The show ended with a fireworks show and symphonic music before the Epcot park closed for the night. Variations of the show have been created: IllumiNations 25 celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, and IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth was introduced to celebrate the millennium. IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth has continued since its introduction in 1999, although it has dropped “2000” from its title.

October 15

October 15, 1998 – The New Version of Fantasmic! Opens at Walt Disney World


“The power of dreams blazes before you in this breathtaking 30-minute fireworks and water extravaganza.”

On October 15, 1998, the nighttime show Fantasmic! opened at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The original version of the show opened at Disneyland on May 13, 1992 and underwent a major refresh starting in 2007. The Walt Disney World version has not undergone any such change, save for some minor upgrades and technological updates. The show is located in Hollywood Hills Amphitheater of the Hollywood Studios park, and is 27 minutes in length. The stage for Fantasmic! is much larger than the Disneyland version, and the amphitheater can seat about 8,200 guests. The show weaves together a tale from several Disney classics, including Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Aladdin, The Lion King, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and 101 Dalmatians.