News 'Disney Enchantment' coming to Magic Kingdom October 1 2021

photoginit

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As someone who was at the debut of Happily Ever After and the public debut of Disney Enchantment on October 1st the audience reaction to both can't be more different. I had never seen an audience react the way they did to the segments of HEA that night. Loud cheering, people singing along with the songs especially during "How Far I'll Go". People were going nuts and then after the villians segment people were cheering so loud you could barely here Mufasa speak and then the set up to and Tinks flight people were going nuts. After the finale the ovation that show got was one of the longest I've ever seen after a fire works show. DE was a complete 180. A smattering of applause after some segments. The only thing that got any real applause was when the Main Street projections happened, after Into the Unknown and once people realized Tink was flying. The applause at the end was polite but no one was cheering or going nuts. The word of mouth on this show is going to be bad and already is. I am going to watch it a few more times but I doubt this will be a must do anymore like HEA was.
 

mattpeto

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As someone who was at the debut of Happily Ever After and the public debut of Disney Enchantment on October 1st the audience reaction to both can't be more different. I had never seen an audience react the way they did to the segments of HEA that night. Loud cheering, people singing along with the songs especially during "How Far I'll Go". People were going nuts and then after the villians segment people were cheering so loud you could barely here Mufasa speak and then the set up to and Tinks flight people were going nuts. After the finale the ovation that show got was one of the longest I've ever seen after a fire works show. DE was a complete 180. A smattering of applause after some segments. The only thing that got any real applause was when the Main Street projections happened, after Into the Unknown and once people realized Tink was flying. The applause at the end was polite but no one was cheering or going nuts. The word of mouth on this show is going to be bad and already is. I am going to watch it a few more times but I doubt this will be a must do anymore like HEA was.

I think if Disney Enchantment followed up Wishes, it would have gotten similar buzz.

DE is a good show, it's just not HEA.
 

Purduevian

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I'm really trying to avoid spoilers as I will be seeing the show soon. Where is the best place to watch Enchantment? I know there are projections on main street, but is it worth moving away from the castle for them? If so, how far down main street would people suggest?
 

gerarar

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I'm really trying to avoid spoilers as I will be seeing the show soon. Where is the best place to watch Enchantment? I know there are projections on main street, but is it worth moving away from the castle for them? If so, how far down main street would people suggest?
Try to avoid places where there’s walkways/through-ways nearby. They’re very noisy from the people passing by to the CMs directing traffic.

Idk if it’s just me, but it seems harder to hear the soundtrack/narration in DE. So I would avoid noisy places as a must. (this comes from watching dozens and dozens of livestreams/videos, so my viewpoint depends on the video quality and such..)
 

Bocabear

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Could it be that projections are just becoming the usual and not special anymore?
I saw the castle show at Shanghai Disneyland and found it almost unwatchable... 20 minutes of cartoon characters projected on the caste with a smattering of pyrotechnics...
Could have been my location which was off to the side, but after HEA and shows like it, it just now seems like "more of the same" and not truly special anymore. Also the new show doesn't seem to have a story or through line...just a lot of random film clips...Same thing I would say with the Harmonious show...Pretty, but ponderous...
 

Brian

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Could it be that projections are just becoming the usual and not special anymore?
I saw the castle show at Shanghai Disneyland and found it almost unwatchable... 20 minutes of cartoon characters projected on the caste with a smattering of pyrotechnics...
Could have been my location which was off to the side, but after HEA and shows like it, it just now seems like "more of the same" and not truly special anymore. Also the new show doesn't seem to have a story or through line...just a lot of random film clips...Same thing I would say with the Harmonious show...Pretty, but ponderous...
I've always been of the opinion that projections should complement the show, not make the show. The latter seems to be the case more and more as new shows are introduced, although it's easy to see why.
 

Bocabear

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I've always been of the opinion that projections should complement the show, not make the show. The latter seems to be the case more and more as new shows are introduced, although it's easy to see why.
That is the thing...to walk that fine line between overuse and effective entertainment...Seems like these new shows are just TV projects on buildings...more and more....
 

disneyglimpses

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I can't believe they did not add the fountains that Paris and the other castle parks now have...that would have added a fresh new element rather than more and more projectors.
The truth is, I think if we could peek into a world where COVID-19 does not exist, we'd be floored by how much they planned on doing and ended up not doing. The 50th is sadly a wash due to the pandemic. Obviously, much bigger problems re: pandemic than a theme park celebration, but for the purposes of this conversation, I think we're seeing 5-10% of what was planned.
 

mikejs78

Premium Member
Could it be that projections are just becoming the usual and not special anymore?
I saw the castle show at Shanghai Disneyland and found it almost unwatchable... 20 minutes of cartoon characters projected on the caste with a smattering of pyrotechnics...
Could have been my location which was off to the side, but after HEA and shows like it, it just now seems like "more of the same" and not truly special anymore. Also the new show doesn't seem to have a story or through line...just a lot of random film clips...Same thing I would say with the Harmonious show...Pretty, but ponderous...
I actually think that DE has *more* of a story and throughline than HEA - although I still think HEA is the better overall show.
 

TDLFan

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The truth is, I think if we could peek into a world where COVID-19 does not exist, we'd be floored by how much they planned on doing and ended up not doing. The 50th is sadly a wash due to the pandemic. Obviously, much bigger problems re: pandemic than a theme park celebration, but for the purposes of this conversation, I think we're seeing 5-10% of what was planned.
That's what makes me scratch my head with Enchantment. We don't know what was cut, but Disney certainly did and they knew Enchantment would be the only big offering from the Magic Kingdom, so the fact that the show is so half hearted and lackluster is inexcusable.
 

mikejs78

Premium Member
DE has a story?
In response to “it has no story”.

We set out on an adventure to find the magic of dreams come true (typical of MK shows).

Joe Gardner transports the park into “the zone” to then enter a variety of dream worlds in search of “the magic.” As is typical of MK shows, this involves entering a number of well-known fantasy worlds. Eventually, we move “Into the Unknown” and the villains are unleashed.

In the end, the heroes save the day and we discover the truth: “the Magic is you.”

I don’t honestly think it’s that hard to follow. Listen to the soundtrack without watching the visuals. It’s about as straightforward as HEA’s story. Much more straightforward than ROE. I think some here are being intentionally obtuse because they are angry about not hearing “it’s a small world.” While Harm may be jumbled due to some unfortunate late edits, this really isn’t.

I think it has beautiful score. The blending of instrumentals in the middle is wonderful and feels like Wishes and even FitS. The start and finish feel like HEA. Can we not see that the design team tried to give us a blending of all previous MK firework shows for the 50th?

The Castle projections were simplified due to complaints that most people (especially kids) can’t see them. We all loved Wishes and it sometimes turned the castle blue with stars. That was it. It was determined that they went too-detailed for HEA so this is a middle ground. Further, this was developed during the pandemic. They needed to think of ways to move guests away from the Hub.

The music swells as Tink flies with a path lit by a line of fireworks. Pretty dramatic to me…
 

DznyGrlSD

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In the Parks
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As someone who was at the debut of Happily Ever After and the public debut of Disney Enchantment on October 1st the audience reaction to both can't be more different. I had never seen an audience react the way they did to the segments of HEA that night. Loud cheering, people singing along with the songs especially during "How Far I'll Go". People were going nuts and then after the villians segment people were cheering so loud you could barely here Mufasa speak and then the set up to and Tinks flight people were going nuts. After the finale the ovation that show got was one of the longest I've ever seen after a fire works show. DE was a complete 180. A smattering of applause after some segments. The only thing that got any real applause was when the Main Street projections happened, after Into the Unknown and once people realized Tink was flying. The applause at the end was polite but no one was cheering or going nuts. The word of mouth on this show is going to be bad and already is. I am going to watch it a few more times but I doubt this will be a must do anymore like HEA was.

Rumor has it the main street projections are not working. They weren't (as far as I could tell...i was in the hub) on Tuesday
 

MisterPenguin

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You can have a story, but that doesn't mean:
  • it's a good story
  • it's told well
  • the songs fit in well with the story
  • the visuals fit in well with the story
I don't know if any of that is the case, I haven't done a deep dive yet on DE to make up my mind on those criteria.
 

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