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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.

July 16

July 16, 2005 – The Wishes Fireworks Show Begins in Disneyland Paris

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Disneyland Park proudly presents, Wishes!”

On July 16, 2005, the Wishes fireworks show kicked off in Disneyland Paris. Based on the show from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the Disneyland Paris version of the nighttime show ran at 11:15pm every evening, projecting images on Sleeping Beauty Castle. The show ran every summer season until it was replaced in 2008 with The Enchanted Fireworks.

May 5

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May 5, 2005 – The Fireworks Show Remember…Dreams Come True Begins Run

“Rekindle some of your fondest Disney memories during this stirring revival of a classic fireworks show…”

On May 5, 2005, as part of the Disneyland 50th anniversary celebration, a new fireworks show called Remember…Dreams Come True kicked off its run. It features a narration by Disneyland 50th Anniversary Ambassador Julie Andrews, along with several pieces of classic Disney songs, as well as several sounds and songs from Disneyland. The conclusion of the show also features a song called “Remember When,” performed by country artist LeAnn Rimes. The show originally finished its run in 2014, but was brought back as for select nights and currently still runs in the park.

February 17

February 17, 2017 – The Nighttime Show Rivers of Light Premieres in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Embrace the magic of nature during a nighttime scene awash with captivating special effects, music and animal folklore.”

On February 17, 2017, the new nighttime show Rivers of Light premiered in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Discovery River. The show was part of an overall evolution of the park, turning it to a day-to-night park, and features several floating sets, live performances, and water effects, celebrating the beauty and wonder of nature. The show also features scenes from the Disneynature series of films, as well as technology never-before-seen in a Disney nighttime show.

January 25

January 25, 2003 – Cinderellabration: Lights of Romance Show Begins in Tokyo Disneyland


On January 25, 2003, the nighttime show Cinderellabration: Lights of Romance began performing in Tokyo Disneyland. The show was created as part of Tokyo Disneyland’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations, and told the story of how Cinderella was finally crowned as a princess. Many characters made an appearance within the show, including Snow White, Aurora, Belle, and of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. After the 20th anniversary celebrations ended, the show became a winter show, starting in 2003, as part of an overall Cinderellabration event that was held until 2008. A daytime version of the show premiered at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park on March 17, 2005.