Is “Disney Enchantment” Worth The Crowds And Find Out The Best Viewing Spots
I was able to experience the new nighttime fireworks show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom before its premiere on October 1st, 2021. This all-new extravaganza takes you on a journey beyond the ordinary to a land of magic.
The Disney website states the following about this new show.
Be swept up in a world of wonder filled with friendship, love and fun as you watch this nighttime spectacular unfold. Inspiring everyone to believe in magic, Disney Enchantment will feature captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and—for the first time—immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom park.
Let’s break this down.
Is it “captivating”? I was not amazed by the arrangement for this new show. The focus is more on the latest movies from Disney and Pixar like Luca, Onward, Moana and others. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, but it just doesn’t “grab” you. The theme song is “You Are The Magic” and can be heard for the first time from today’s promo shoot at the Magic Kingdom. The theme song by itself is very good, but when put into the entirety of the fireworks show it loses some of its uplifting feel. Take a listen below.
Disney states the show has “enhanced lighting” and I would have to agree with this. One of the things I noticed was the trees around the hub have lighting that syncs up with the music and storytelling. There is a great usage of spotlights throughout the show to really give it a nice “boom”.
Disney says these are “stunning fireworks” and I would have to politely disagree. There was no pizzazz and flare that I saw in previous shows. Quite frankly, there could have been more fireworks. There was more focus on the projections which is a trend we have been seeing when it went from “Wishes” to “Happily Ever After“.
For the first time ever Disney has projections on Main Street during its nighttime show. But, is it “immersive projection effects”? The first thing I noticed was that the images were very blurry so I’m hoping they will clear these up before the premiere on Friday night. Maybe it was just a focusing issue? There are two scenes where you feel like you’re actually moving and I think this is what Disney means by “immersive”. Therefore, I will agree with their statement. Great work!
Best Viewing Spot
So, where’s the best place to view the show? If you want to be fully immersed, the best spot would be in the mini hub by the train station or at the corner of the Emporium or Confectionary. This will allow you to see all the projections on Main Street.
How Does It Compare to Wishes and Happily Ever After
I do not think anything can top “Wishes”. “Happily Ever After” did grow on me, but not as much as “Wishes”. “Disney Enchantment” ranks last compared to these two… for now. What I mean is, I feel that for me to have a solid opinion I would like to watch the show a few more times.
Is It Worth the Crowds?
I’ll let you make that decision based on my thoughts above. It’s definitely worth seeing, but wait it out for when the crowds are lower. For now, take advantage and go on your E-ticket rides during the show. 😁
Overall, I would give this show a 3 out of 5 stars.
Disney Enchantment is scheduled to premiere at the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2021 during the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration.