During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this week, Walt Disney World premiered the new Cinderella Castle projection show at the Magic Kingdom called “Celebrate the Magic.” This new show replaces “The Magic, the Memories, and You!,” showing off similar high-definition visuals spanning the iconic castle from top to bottom with bright and surprising effects.
Though it borrows a few scenes from its predecessor, Celebrate the Magic features mostly new scenes, painting Cinderella Castle in a rainbow of color across the night sky, just before the nightly “Wishes” fireworks are performed. For the holiday season, the show also features a Christmas segment. But the majority sets familiar Disney faces to music in a wild montage of animated sequences.
The show is best experienced from the middle of Main Street USA, allowing a full view of Cinderella Castle. But for those who can’t make it to the Magic Kingdom, the full show is presented in the video below, featuring binaural audio - so wear headphones while watching for the most enjoyment.
Video: Full “Celebrate the Magic” show on Cinderella Castle
Beginning with black-and-white sketches of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse and ending with a color wheel explosion of characters, Celebrate the Magic does indeed celebrate decades of Disney. Though its flow may not be quite as cohesive as “The Magic, the Memories, and You!” it does benefit from the removal of the PhotoPass pictures of park guests cluttering up the space. Instead, classics like “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Lion King” take center stage along with newcomer hits including “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Brave.” A bit of live action is mixed in with “Pirates of the Caribbean” along with a recurring theme of kaleidoscope-inspired spinning shapes.
Celebrate the Magic can be seen at 9:15pm during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and at 7:45pm and 8:35pm on other regular park nights.