A goodnight kiss at a Disney Park is a quintessential part of the experience and at Disneyland, the new nighttime spectacular Wondrous Journey packs in the feels with bursts of color projected on landmark facades around the park — and during select performances, fireworks accentuate the presentation.
See full video of the show below from opening weekend.
How to Watch
While the 13-minute show will run nightly, it’s important to note that it is not strictly a fireworks spectacular. On most nights (usually during the week) the show will actually be presented with only music, lights, and projections and feature NO pyrotechnics. You’ll want to check the Disneyland app or website for the latest details but showtimes each night are expected to take place nightly at 9:35pm, weather permitting.
About the Show
The show features characters and moments from every film released by Walt Disney Animation Studios over the past century, from SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS all the up through to the upcoming animated film WISH. Below are some fun facts about the show, courtesy of Disney.
- State-of-the-art projection effects surround guests with blank pieces of paper, pencil sketches and splashes of color, as the artistry of animators breathes life into beloved characters ranging from Mickey Mouse and Bambi to Ariel and Mirabel.
- The projections are customized for each primary viewing area – Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, Rivers of America and the façade of “it’s a small world” – creating a unique experience for each location.
- During a climactic moment in the story, the thumping bass of the song “Immortals” from “Big Hero 6” can be heard as Baymax takes to the skies over Disneyland Park (for the first time!) with his rocket boosters propelling him into the night.
- Butterflies appear as a recurring motif throughout “Wondrous Journeys,” representing a physical manifestation of wonder. Butterflies are a wonder of nature and show up regularly in Walt Disney Animation Studios films, from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Winnie the Pooh” to “Tarzan” and “Encanto.”
- 18 Disney songs are heard throughout “Wondrous Journeys,” including the original song, “It’s Wondrous.” The new song features music and lyrics by Duddy Brown and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Alex Geringas.
- The musical score was recorded by an 80-piece orchestra and includes 16 lead vocalists and a 33-voice choir.
Photos of the Show
Below are a few images of Wondrous Journeys, courtesy of Disney.
More with MagicBand+
Extra magic can be added to your visit by experiencing the show with a MagicBand+. The extra-cost wristband promises to spring to life during the show with dancing lights and vibrations synchronized to the show.
See it for Yourself
The Disney 100 Years of Wonder campaign kicked off at the Disneyland Resort on January 27, 2023.