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Watching Disney’s Nighttime Spectaculars at Home

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The other night I had an idea as we were getting our toddler ready for bed. “Let’s watch some Disney fireworks,” I said and pulled up YouTube to cast onto our TV. I found the video that Disney posted earlier in the week of the entire “Happily Ever After” fireworks show. They had done so as part of their “#DisneyMagicMoments” effort to create magical Disney content for fans to enjoy at home while the parks are closed. Little did I know the effect watching this video would have.

As the “Happily Ever After” show played before us, in our home, our son’s expression of delight lit up the room. Naturally, I began to cry. We’ve only seen “Happily Ever After” twice: Once during our stay-at-home honeymoon, and the other when we announced our pregnancy. I fell in love with the show so much that its poster is framed and hanging in our living room. Watching it at home, with our son, while we wait for this difficult time to end, I became emotional. I hadn’t really cared for watching videos of Disney’s nighttime spectaculars all that much, until now.

Here are some recommendations for YouTube Channels and videos that are great for watching and enjoying Disney’s nighttime spectaculars at home.

  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, “Rivers of Light” marked the park’s entrance into the realm of night. Prior to this show’s debut, Animal Kingdom did not have much of a nighttime presence. Check out YouTube up and comer David Mitchell and his video of “Rivers of Light – We are One”:

  • Not too long ago Disney debuted the “EPCOT Forever” spectacular that is supposed to be temporary. We’re not sure what the new timeline looks like for this nighttime show, so check out its debut on DisneyParks official channel:

  • Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the nearly 30 minute epic nighttime spectacular of “Fantasmic!” still draws major crowds despite its age. Check out JohnYChen’s YouTube of “Fantasmic!” in HD, filmed earlier this year (which feels like a lifetime ago):

  • At Magic Kingdom the nighttime show “Once Upon a Time” was one of the first large-scale uses of projection mapping technology. Here’s our own recording of the show, which generally follows the fireworks at Magic Kingdom as a sweet way to end the day:

  • Of course, we’ll wrap up with DisneyParks official YouTube channel, which recently released Magic Kingdom’s “Happily Ever After”:

I have a new-found love for watching these type of videos. Enjoying the Disney nighttime shows from home is a great way to add some magic and pixie dust during this difficult time.

Do you have any favorite Disney YouTube Channels (besides TouringPlans, of course)?


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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife