‘Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season’
‘Wishes’ has to be one of my favorite parts of a vacation at Walt Disney World. The first time I saw it I cried, and I have to admit I still tear up every single time. I think that’s the moment when it sets in that you’ve made it to Disney.
‘Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season’ is an extra magical version of the show that runs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and regularly from December 9th to the 30th. It features Jiminy Cricket as its Emcee as well as a new soundtrack composed just for the event. The music starts with the ‘Spirit of the Season’ from the Polar Express and features other classics like ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘The march of the Toys’, ‘The Nutcracker’ and more.
Something that I absolutely love about the show is the integration of the fireworks display with the projection technology Disney uses for its ‘Celebrate the Magic’ shows. If they ever decided to update Wishes I think the addition of this technology would be the only change I’d be happy about, that’s how much I liked it. It adds another dimension to the fireworks by turning the castle into the centerpiece of the show in a more complete way turning the fireworks into a frame for the structure.
After the fireworks are finished, stick around the hub for a showing of ‘Celebrate the Magic’, a show that showcases Disney’s animated masterpieces and even Walt himself. (This show was my first introduction to ‘Frozen’ as the entire building became a stage for Elsa to build her Icy palace and ‘Let it Go’.) And just in case you were wondering, Tinkerbell still makes her magical flight during the show.
‘Illuminations: Peace on Earth’
‘Illuminations’ is the nighttime show played in Epcot. It features water, fire and a humongous television shaped like a globe. During the Holidays the show gets an extra special closing as a fireworks and laser display is set off to the tune of ‘Let there be peace on earth’. The very end of the finale is best part as hundreds of fireworks are set off at once making the sky look like its sparkling. As the show closes Spaceship Earth is lit up to look like a globe as the ‘Illuminations’ globe spins and the Peace on Earth tree is relit for the end of the evening.