New “Happily Ever After” Fireworks and Projection Spectacular to Debut May 12 at Magic Kingdom Park

It’s no secret that every ‘once upon a time’ story ends with ‘happily ever after.’ Beginning May 12, Walt Disney World Resort guests will discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the newest, most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park – “Happily Ever After.”

"Happily Ever AfterÓ Fireworks and Projection Spectacular Debuts May 12 at Magic Kingdom Park

Beginning May 12, 2017, Walt Disney World guests can discover the newest, most spectacular fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park with “Happily Ever After.” The stunning new nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, lights, and projections than any Magic Kingdom Park show before it. (Disney)

In addition to fireworks, the stunning new nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, lights, and projections than any Disney show before it. “Happily Ever After” is also an entirely new kind of Disney storytelling, one that will take guests on an inspiring journey filled with heart, humor, and emotion. Guests become part of the journey themselves as they follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after.

The 18-minute spectacle will feature scenes from classic Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” to modern blockbusters “Moana” and “Zootopia.” Cinderella Castle will become part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing heartfelt Disney stories to life on and around the iconic 18-story-tall castle. Quasimodo from “Hunchback of Notre Dame” swings from the turrets. Woody and his pals from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” recreate the castle entirely out of toys. And Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” envelops the castle in her signature green flames.

The story begins with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Disney villains soon become part of the story, attempting to quash those beautiful dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Overcoming their fears, the heroes triumph and are celebrated with spectacular fireworks.

Because no Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display is complete without this little bit of magic, Tinker Bell will fly across the night sky, reminding guests that with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, everyone can find their own happily ever after.

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films will be featured through state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks. Paired with an emotional score, the new spectacular will drive the message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they are brave enough to listen to what guides them and bold enough to pursue their destiny.

The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Jungle Book” and many more.

Happily Ever After” will be presented nightly. Show times vary based on park hours.

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

At the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each. This announcement marks an unprecedented time of growth in the company, with exciting developments happening around the world – from Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration to the anticipated opening of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.

Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney's largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks) (PRNewsFoto/The Walt Disney Company)

Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each. (Disney Parks) (PRNewsFoto/The Walt Disney Company)

Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney's largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks) (PRNewsFoto/The Walt Disney Company)

Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each. (Disney Parks) (PRNewsFoto/The Walt Disney Company)

These authentic lands will have two signature attractions. Along with the thrilling battle experience, another attraction puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission.

rom the D23 Expo comes a new commemorative poster for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens featuring artwork by Drew Struzan.

From the D23 Expo comes a new commemorative poster for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens featuring artwork by Drew Struzan.

Sharing concept images of the proposed Star Wars-themed lands, Iger said, “I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney's largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks) (PRNewsFoto/The Walt Disney Company)

Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each. (Disney Parks) (PRNewsFoto/The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company Star Wars Launch Bay Coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort -- This interactive experience will take guests into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind the scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings.  Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney's Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. (Disney Parks) (PRNewsFoto/The Walt Disney Company)

The Walt Disney Company Star Wars Launch Bay Coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort — This interactive experience will take guests into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind the scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings. Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. (Disney Parks) (PRNewsFoto/The Walt Disney Company)

D23 is the official Disney fan club and hosts a yearly convention. Named in honor of the year 1923, when Walt Disney left Kansas City, headed for Hollywood and founded what would become the Disney Studios, D23 celebrates the wonder and excitement that began that year and has only increased over the decades as Disney’s stories, characters, songs, and experiences have continued to capture imaginations the world over.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallee, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. A sixth resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, is currently under construction in Pudong New District, Shanghai. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

The announcement did not include plans to extend (or expand) future Star Wars-themed attractions in the other properties and/or on Disney Cruise Line ships. With the latest movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set to open in early December 2015, it’s a safe bet that, much like the extremely successful Frozen franchise, that would eventually be the case.

The partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm dates back to 1987, when the successful Star Tours attraction, inspired by George Lucas‘s legendary Star Wars film series, opened at Disneyland. The attraction was then redesigned, emerging as “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” in 2011 and featuring more than 50 different story outcomes and the possibility to visit five different planets. Disney later announced plans to acquire Lucasfilms and closed the deal in December 2012, with a closing total value of approximately $4.06 billion.

Lucasfilm’s assets include its massively popular Star Wars franchise, operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production, as well as a substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies. It operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound.

Signature Four Seasons Guest Service, Combined with the Magic of Disney and Amazing Resort Amenities, Ensures a One-of-a-Kind Experience at the New Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Italian native Fabrizio Schenardi to oversee the culinary operations of the Resort’s five innovative dining options

The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts group, in partnership with the Walt Disney, announced that reservations are now being taken for the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort and its proximity to the Walt Disney World® Resort. The property is set amid the palm-tree lined, gated Golden Oak community, a Disney-developed residential enclave of custom single family homes. Located in a lushly landscaped area with many mature trees, lakes and protected wetlands, the community serves as an oasis – close to all the action and entertainment nearby, yet with a feeling of seclusion. With views of the Magic Kingdom® Park nightly fireworks from the rooftop of Capa restaurant, an on-site character breakfast and Disney Planning Center, plus availability to offer In-Room Celebrations, the experience is nothing short of wondrous.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is now accepting reservations for August 3, 2014 and beyond. The extraordinary introductory offer is the Stay Longer- Third Night Free, providing guests with an extra day to explore all Orlando has to experience.

One of the distinguishing factors of Four Seasons is its renowned service culture. As such, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will have approximately 1,000 team members on property, and to date, more than 70 have transferred to the Resort from various Four Seasons properties worldwide – from as far as the Serengeti in Africa and Sydney, Australia to as near as Palm Beach. Four Seasons hotels are known for creating personalized guest experiences that embrace the local surroundings. With a 23-acre (9.3 hectare) recreational paradise, and connectivity to Disney, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will provide guests with a very special destination experience.

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The Disney Planning Center, conveniently located near the front desk on the lobby level, provides the perfect spot for guests to meet one-on-one with a Disney Cast Member and plan some wonderful details of their stay.  Guests can receive assistance with their ticket arrangements for the Disney theme parks and dining reservations at Disney restaurants. The Disney Planning Center is a one-stop central hub that seamlessly organizes a guest’s entire Disney experience – even supporting the planning process before guests walk in the door.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is excited to offer the “Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals” character breakfast, twice weekly at Ravello restaurant.  The buffet-style breakfast will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays, and also on Tuesdays during peak school break periods, and will feature a wonderful assortment of traditional breakfast offerings and an omelet station. A photographer will be available to capture the memories of the families with the stars of the breakfast, the always entertaining Goofy & Pals.

For guests who wish to host events incorporating Disney, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is working closely with the Disney Event Group to offer access to events in some of the Disney parks. Events held at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort can feature Disney décor, entertainment acts, character appearances, and more.

It’s always the little details that give a guest that over-the-top impression and special welcome, and one wayFour Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will be able to “wow” guests is through In-Room Celebrations. The Resort will offer themed in-room welcome gifts, so that upon a guest’s arrival, a surprise can be waiting in their guestroom. The “Presenting Your Royal Princess” In-Room Celebration, for instance, includes a banner hanging outside the door of the room, a personalized royal princess proclamation, a letter from the Fairy Godmother, and a large pink box filled with princess treasures, including a tiara and magic wand. From princesses to pirates, there are several options of In-Room Celebrations available for Four Seasons guests.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will have complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Luxury motor coaches will transport guests every 30 minutes to the Magic Kingdom® Park and every hour to the additional parks. For guests who’d rather not wait, or who are visiting other area attractions, Four Seasons also will offer a fleet of white vehicles, available to rent for a small fee.

Due to the Resort’s special location and proximity to the Disney Theme Parks, guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort can arrange to have park souvenirs delivered directly to the Resort, instead of carrying purchases around all day. Same day delivery is offered conveniently at all four of the Disney parks.

Due to the Golden Oak location within the Disney grounds, many areas of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort have a perfect vantage point for the night time spectaculars. All of the Park View Rooms offer a view of the Magic Kingdom® Park special fireworks displays. Select rooms offer views of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®. Guests can enjoy the show from the comfort of their furnished balcony. In addition, Capa restaurant on the 17th floor rooftop offers al fresco dining on the terrace, and views of these fireworks.

In addition, Fabrizio Schenardi has joined the opening team of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort as Executive Chef and will oversee the culinary operations for the Resort’s five on-property restaurants, plus in-room dining and catering culinary operations.

Schenardi is from Rivoli, Italy, and speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.  His expertise is in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Schenardi has worked for the Pelagia Trattoria at Tampa Hotel International Plaza; the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California; Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles, California; and numerous other fine properties around the world. He received his Culinary Arts Diploma from the Istituto Alberghiero Ravizza in Torino, Italy and lived in the Tampa area before joining Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2010 as Executive Chef for Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will offer a variety of dining concepts, available to both Resort guests and local Orlando area residents. From a swanky rooftop steakhouse concept to a lakeside Southern rotisserie grill and an Italian pizza and pasta family style restaurant, there is something for everyone.

A true highlight of the Resort will be Capa, the 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar, featuring Spanish influenced cuisine in a romantic setting like no other.  Capa’s diverse offerings range from freshly shucked oysters and Florida seafood to incredible small plates and expertly grilled cuts. An open kitchen and wood-burning grill allow diners to get close to the action, while those dining on the outdoor terrace enjoy views of the nightly fireworks. Capa, Spanish for a matador’s red cape, is decorated in black and white with bold hues of crimson accenting the space.  An abstract painting conveying the movement of dust as it rises during the matador’s performance appears near the bar. Six traditional matador jackets flank the entrance to the private dining room, and a flowing red art installation travels across the ceiling, representing the flow of the matador’s cape. Capa, serving dinner only, will open in September 2014.

Named for the Italian seaside town situated above the Amalfi coast, modern Italian cuisine is the specialty at Ravello, the all-day dining restaurant at Four Seasons. Breakfast offerings include an omelet station and traditional breakfast favourites. Dinner offers fresh pizza and bread from the wood-burning oven, regionally influenced Italian specialties, and the open kitchen’s pasta bar. Ravello will offer a “Goofy & Pals” Disney Character Breakfast on Thursdays and Saturdays, and select Tuesdays during peak school break periods.

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Whether taking a break from hitting the greens, or seeking a serene retreat, Plancha will delight with its fresh, bold flavour Cuban-American cuisine.  Located at the Golf Clubhouse, Plancha – Cuban for grill – offers a picturesque lakeside setting.  Signature dishes such as the Cubana sandwich, empanadas and chorizo burger offer an authentic taste of Cuba, and vibrant cocktails from the Mojito to the Hemingway Daiquiri are sure to please.  Plancha will open in September 2014.

For guests on the go, Lickety-Split provides delicious quick bites throughout the day. Café lattes and breakfast pastries, savoury quick bites, gelato and more will be offered at the colorful Lickety Split.

Premium American barbecue dishes, fresh salads, frozen cocktails and mocktails, an extensive kids’ and teens’ menu with lots of healthy options: the Pool Bar & Grill offers a lively, fun and casual atmosphere. This smokehouse and rotisserie serves up pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, smoked brisket and house-made hot dogs and burgers with plenty of Southern charm.  Brightly painted picnic tables, teak floorboards, and whimsical lighting elements such as lanterns and stringed lights give the space a fun vibe.

For those looking for a day off from the parks, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had without setting foot off the Resort. A highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is the five-acre (two hectare) Explorer Island water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more. Family fun abounds, with activities including table tennis, bocce ball, beach volleyball, a rock climbing wall, and more all found at Explorer Island. The Hideout at Explorer Island is a separate freestanding building offering the latest gaming systems, and even an Italian gelateria. Additionally, The Mansion at Explorer Island is home to the Kids For All Seasons program, providing a complimentary kids camp for children ages 5 to 12 on a daily basis during the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – a one-of-a-kind offering in central Florida.

While children are having a blast at Kids For All Seasons, moms and dads can enjoy relaxation at the 18-treatment room Spa, or unwind in the paradise of The Oasis adult pool, for ages 21 and up, featuring cabanas and poolside cocktail service. In addition, golfers will love the 18-hole golf course, newly redesigned by Tom Fazio, and tennis aficionados will enjoy the three Har-Tru tennis courts and a variety of clinics, matches and more offered in partnership with Peter Burwash International.  A spacious lakeside fitness centre is available 24-hours a day, with fitness classes ranging from yoga to cardio offered on a daily basis.