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September 3

September 3, 2018 – Pixar Fest Ends in Disneyland

“Celebrating friendship and beyond!”

On September 3, 2018, the biggest Pixar celebration to come to Disney parks, called Pixar Fest, ended its run. Beginning on April 13, 2018, the celebration featured tributes to the beloved Pixar films, such as the nighttime show Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular, the new Pixar Play Parade, and a limited-engagement return of the popular Paint the Night Parade. Pixar short films were also on rotation at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure, while guests could also enjoy the musical stylings of The Pixarmonic Orchestra in the Paradise Gardens area. Guests were also treated to special merchandise and food offerings during the event.

May 28

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May 28, 2016 – The Nighttime Show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic Premieres at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“…we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate The Jungle Book with this new live show. It’s going to be a perfect fit for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.” – Creative Director of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, Michael Jung

On May 28, 2016, the limited-engagement nighttime show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic premiered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. The show featured clips from the live-action feature film version of The Jungle Book, projected onto massive curtains of water, accompanied by live music, special effects, and a variety of performers. The music in the show was reimagined, Indian-inspired arrangements of popular songs from the film, including “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”

May 22

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May 22, 1999 – The Nighttime Parade SpectroMagic Ends Original Run

“And now, the Magic Kingdom proudly presents, in a million points of musical light, the magic words of Disney…in SpectroMagic!”

On May 22, 1999, the Magic Kingdom nighttime parade SpectroMagic ended its run. It began on October 1, 1991, as part of the park’s 20th anniversary celebrations, replacing the Main Street Electrical Parade (which had been sent to Disneyland Paris). SpectroMagic took the lights of Main Street Electrical Parade and multiplied it, adding more fiber optic elements and including over 45 Disney characters, such as Roger Rabbit, Chernabog, and the Three Little Pigs. The parade also featured a new song: “On This Magic Night.” The parade was brought back to the park on March 26, 2001, and officially ended its run in 2010.

May 11

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May 11, 2017 – The Nighttime Fireworks Show Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams Ends

“Wishes, dream a dream; Wishes, set it free…”

On May 11, 2017, the nighttime fireworks show Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams ended its run at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. It was narrated by Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. Replacing the Fantasy in the Sky in 2003, the show became popular with guests, with a variation of the show opening in Disneyland Paris on July 16, 2005. Special variations of the show were created to celebrate specific holidays, including Happy HalloWishes: A Grim Grinning Ghost Spooktacular in the Sky; Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season; and Fantasy in the Sky: New Year’s Eve Countdown. The show was replaced by the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular, which focused heavily on projection mapping on Cinderella Castle.

January 27

January 27, 2011 – The Nighttime Show The Magic, The Memories, and You! Premieres in Disneyland

“It turns [it’s a small world] into an animated, coloring pad; it coaxes the singing dolls from inside the attraction to appear outside in the show; and it weaves hundreds of guest photos into a giant, surprise mosaic.”

On January 27, 2011, the new nighttime show The Magic, The Memories, and You! premiered in Disneyland, after a January 19 premiere in Walt Disney World. This show was created as part of the “Let the Memories Begin” year-long promotion. Although this kaleidoscope-style visual was intended to be broadcast on Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World, the effects were brought to a smaller stage for Disneyland, where it was broadcast on the it’s a small world attraction. The ten-minute show uses technology to change the attraction’s outside façade, and also features around 500 photos and videos that guests submitted to the “Let the Memories Begin” online repository.

November 9

November 9, 2001 – The Holiday Nighttime Show LuminAria Begins in Disney California Adventure

“Come on in and be a star in our holiday show.”

On November 9, 2001, the holiday-themed nighttime show LuminAria kicked off its run in Disney California Adventure. This was the first holiday celebration for the park. Guests could contribute to the show by drawing images of what the holiday means to them and providing them to a special reception area; these images were then broadcast on screens that were sent out on the water on giant gift boxes. The show also featured low level pyrotechnics accompanied by a variety of holiday music, such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” This was the only season for LuminAria, as it was never brought back to the park.

October 26

October 26, 1971 – The Electrical Water Pageant Begins in Walt Disney World

“Great sea creatures and twinkling flags cross the lagoon to electronic tunes in this playful nighttime water parade.”

On October 26, 1971, the Electrical Water Pageant began its run on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon in Walt Disney World. The precursor to the Main Street Electrical Parade (which opened in 1972), this parade featured a variety of floating structures against the illuminated background of the Contemporary Resort, with the lights blinking in time to synthesizer music. The floats were usually in the shape of aquatic figures, such as whales and dolphins. As of 2018, the pageant is still in operation at Walt Disney World.