Celebrate the Magic is one of those things that I tend to walk by and take for granted, because it is always ‘there’ when we are trying to find the right spot for Wishes! or the Main Street Electrical parade.
Here is a little bit about Celebrate the Magic if you are like me…
With a little pixie dust from Tinker Bell, watch Cinderella Castle come to life right before your eyes.
Witness a spellbinding show that traces the longstanding legacy of Disney storytelling and imagination. When Tinker Bell splashes pixie dust atop Cinderella Castle, the regal castle is magically refashioned into an enchanted canvas unfurling with spectacular Disney imagery.
Travel down the rabbit hole with Alice, soar high above the Big Top with Dumbo, and wander the African savanna with Simba.
Drawing inspiration from Disney’s many memorable characters and stories, Celebrate the Magic invites you to take off on a breathtaking visual and musical journey, and to experience Disney movies—from beloved classics to contemporary favorites—in an entirely new and unforgettable way.
However what makes Celebrate the Magic so special is that it receives several seasonal updates a year, and this year’s Summer tag does not disappoint! It is full of fun, tikis, and under the sea shenanigans.
The Summer sequence of projections begins right after the Wreck It Ralph section.
Phineas and Ferb kick off the Summer sequence with a, “Ferb! I know what we are going to do today!”
Fun and upbeat music kicks off as the castle is sketched and colored.
Starting at the bottom of the castle and spreading upwards tiki torches appear and “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” plays.
Then the castle is adorned with tikis, torches, and a little blue alien.
Leis are dropped onto the castle turrets before the castle is draped in a pattern that features Lilo, Stitch, and their friends.
The pattern turns into a wave that Nani, Lilo, and Stitch then ride out.
A ‘Sand’ castle is now being projected with a fun kid sung “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.
Waves then wash away the sand castle as beach ball drop all over the castle.
“Under the Sea” rings out as the castle is flooded and the beach balls make way for Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, and their fellow sea inhabitants.
The party ends as some familiar fish friends (not food) swim across the castle with calls of ‘Mine, Mine, Mine’ as the castle goes black.
The summer tag for Celebrate the Magic is a little less than two minutes, but as you can see they packed a lot of great animation and moments into that time.
If you want to catch the Summer tag of Celebrate the Magic, here are some of my best tips!
- There are two showings of Celebrate the Magic a night (usually 9:45 pm and 10:35 pm, but check the daily times guide or My Disney Experience to be sure), and the second show is a lot less crowded to watch!
- If you decide to watch the show during it’s second showing, try to move as close as you can to the castle because you will find the closer you get you will find more opportunities to sit on the ground (a unique perspective for tired feet) to view the show.
- Celebrate the Magic is projected on the front and sides of Cinderella Castle, and each vantage point offers a different experience! If you want to watch from the front try to be center near the hub, the castle forecourt is also open for the show and that is really interesting, and from the side I prefer the Tomorrowland side going towards Merida’s Meet and Greet.
- If you have a pair of Glow with the Show Ears, they will interact with the show’s lighting and effects.
- The show is great to photograph! Make sure that you listen for music cues of when the projections will change and don’t worry too much about using your flash.
I found a great video on YouTube from Steve Gray of the entire Celebrate the Magic castle projection show. The Summer tag begins around the 3:35 mark and ends around the 5:23 mark.
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