New Fireworks Show and Nighttime Entertainment Top Disney Changes

by Desiree Miller on March 8, 2017

Happily Ever After Disney Fireworks

If there’s one thing you can count on at Disney, it’s that things are always changing, improving in most cases, with the end goal to hold on to the magic that we all love, while incorporating exciting updates into everything from the parks to the cruise line to the movies we see in theaters.

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect in the coming months:


Animal Kingdom launched its new Rivers of Light show in mid-February. This dazzling display on the water rivals what many love at World of Color at Disney’s California park. Here’s some video of the show that will have guests pouring into Animal Kingdom at night. And here’s a fun fact: several of the scenes reflected in the lights display are from the Disney Nature shows that come out each Earth Day (speaking of which, you won’t want to miss Born in China—the next release—which features video in places that sometimes took several days to get to—they were that remote!).

The Avatar exhibit opens on May 27th. This is going to be a thrill for fans of the movie and another big draw to the park that used to be considered more a zoo than an amusement park. Avatar will change that!


At the Magic Kingdom there’s a new fireworks show set to launch. The Vice President of the Magic Kingdom explains more about Happily Ever After in this video:



The renovation is pretty much complete, with Disney Springs now featuring a dining, shopping, and entertainment district.

It includes World of Disney –the largest Disney merchandise store in the world, along with Planet Hollywood Observatory and Guy Fieri’s new restaurant.


You all already know Beauty and the Beast is launching this month, but there are many more Disney movies being released this year—and they’re good ones!

May 5:

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (and by the way, there’s going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy ride called Mission Breakout at Disney’s California Adventure!)

May 26:

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales

June 16:

Cars 3 (and here’s another park update: There is a Cruze Ramirez topiary at the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot.) Also–be sure to pay attention to the short at the beginning of Cars 3. It’s about LOU, which you can read more about here.

November 3:

Thor Ragnaraok

November 22:

CoCo (a bright, colorful, vibrant, beautiful story you’ll be hearing a lot more about)

December 15:

Star Wars The Last Jedi (was called Episode 8)



A new Beauty and the Beast show is being launched this November on the Disney Dream cruise ship. It’s a Broadway quality show with new music, humor and heart.

And there’s much more, but these are the highlights.  What are you looking forward to most?  Personally, I can’t wait to walk through the land of Avatar!

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