Disney Enchantment Review and Photos: “Projection Technology Steals the Show”

by | Oct 1, 2021 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW News

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Check out what we thought about Magic Kingdom’s newest nighttime spectacular in our Disney Enchantment review, and if you couldn’t catch the livestream, browse our stunning Disney Enchantment photos below.

Well, folks, we finally made it: TODAY IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF WALT DISNEY WORLD.

And while today officially marks the debut of new fireworks shows Disney Enchantment and Harmonious, Disney gave us a sneak preview of the EPCOT fireworks show on Wednesday night (read our review here) and, of course, the preview of Disney Enchantment last night.

And while WDW Magazine co-owners Steph and Danny Shuster were on the ground in Orlando, taking in the amazing sights live, I was also able to tune in for the debut of Disney Enchantment via livestream.

In our Disney Enchantment review below, I’ve sprinkled in perspectives from Steph, Danny, and myself, plus our communications director Tatjana Lazar.

Disney Enchantment Review

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Photo by Danny Shuster

The night started with a performance by Christina Aguilera (perfection) and some comments by the Bobs (Bob Chapek and Bob Iger), but our favorite part outside of the actual show was waving to Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their new 50th anniversary costumes on our way out.

But not before too long, the lights all faded, and the show began. Here’s what we all thought:

“The projection technology has just grown by leaps and bounds,” Steph told me. “Even since the debut of Happily Ever After. It truly looks fantastic.”

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Photo by Danny Shuster

And although Steph couldn’t see it from her vantage point in the park, I was blown away by the projections all down Main Street. Someday, I’d love to see all the lands in the park get special projection technology during the show, so no matter where you are in the park, you get a little extra dose of Disney magic.

“The lasers were really cool, too,” Danny added, and I concur. Lasers always give a totally futuristic element to a fireworks show. More lasers, always.

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Stephanie absolutely loved the new song, “You Are the Magic” (more on this below), but did note that most of the songs were at the beginning and end of Disney Enchantment. The middle was mostly instrumental, although Frozen II‘s “Into the Unknown” made an appearance, and there was some great audio as Lightning McQueen raced through.

In her personal review of Disney Enchantment, Tatjana said she was happy that it follows the same formula as Happily Ever After. As a Happily Ever After fan, she had been worried about a new format of Disney Enchantment, but the 50th anniversary fireworks show left her satisfied.

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Steph did wish there was more of a story element. In Wishes, we saw characters like Hercules and Cinderella making their special Disney wishes. In Happily Ever After, characters and audience members alike explored what their happily ever afters were. Disney Enchantment falls short in that regard.

But the lacking story element almost doesn’t matter, according to Steph because it “LOOKS SO GOOD!

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Danny, Steph, and I all dub Harmonious to be the better of the two shows, but I’m a little biased because I could spend all my time at EPCOT and be happy.

What did you think about Disney Enchantment? Give us your own Disney Enchantment review on our Facebook.

Disney Enchantment Photos

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Danny captured breathtaking photos of Disney Enchantment, as well as the EARidescent Eight ahead of the show. Check out all our Disney Enchantment photos from night one below:

EARidescent Eight at Disney Enchantment Photos

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About Disney Enchantment

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Disney Enchantment builds on the amazing projection technology that we came to know and love about Happily Ever After. This time, the whole of Main Street is included in the experience. We see projections from films like SoulFrozenMoanaBeauty and the BeastAlice in Wonderland, and Wreck-It-Ralph.

Plus, our favorite Disney magical leading man and woman, Merlin and the Fairy Godmother, are there to cast their magic on Cinderella Castle.

The story of Disney Enchantment is one of empowerment and self-belief. Disney wanted guests to leave with a feeling of inner strength.

The centerpiece song of Disney Enchantment is “You Are the Magic” by Grammy winner Philip Lawrence. And, just as exciting, Angela Bassett narrates the whole thing.

Does Tinker Bell Still Fly in Disney Enchantment?

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Tinker Bell flies in Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom. Photo by Danny Shuster

And don’t you worry. Tinker Bell still flies in Disney Enchantment.

We all get our happily ever after … even if there’s no more Happily Ever After.

Thanks to Disney for hosting us on a 2-night Media Preview of the Most Magical Celebration on Earth where we got to tour and experience many of the exciting updates made for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. #disneyworld50

Written by Timothy Moore

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Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as a WDW Magazine contributor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).
Timothy Moore

Written by Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as a WDW Magazine contributor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).