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Old 04-04-2017, 06:20 PM   #16
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It's not like Disney is ending a show. It'll still be a show, it will have people who love it (and a few people who will say 'You know, Wishes was better!') and people who don't. I loved wishes, I loved the Electric Main Street Parade, but I love the Light Up The Night one very much too!

It'll be ok, and thanks to YouTube, I can always watch Wishes anytime I want now too.

We are counting down to the 180 day mark until our next vacation and...PP and videos on YT are the only things getting me through!! lol
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Originally Posted by Her Dotness View Post
Smells of more costcutting to me. Those big fireworks are horribly expensive.

"Although the exact cost of nightly fireworks shows is confidential, estimates of firework expenditures range from $41,000 to $55,000 per show. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park offer nightly fireworks displays."


"Disney does not disclose the cost of fireworks, but just the nightly – and sometimes twice a night – ‘Wishes’ fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom costs anywhere from $41,000-$55,000 a night. (The special New Year’s Eve fireworks at MK are estimated to cost over $100,000!) That means it costs at least $15 million a year for Magic Kingdom fireworks alone."


That's a bundle of bucks shot into the sky daily.
They're charging $200/night for "value" resorts on some nights. They can afford it.
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Wishes will always have a place in my heart . I will remember watching Wishes the first time my boyfriend and I went to the park together and we held hands watching Wishing the entire show. I will never forget that. The soundtrack of Wishes is my favorite at this time and I don't know how long that will stay that way. I will also love Happily Ever After and I and my Boyfriend have already got to see that spectacular show once before we both headed back to our homes from college for the Summer. We will definitely have many more memories to make while watching Happily Ever After. Wishes will never be forgotten.
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Wow, I just realized that "Wishes" had been around almost as long as I have. It made it debut in 2003 and I made my debut in 2002. I have seen the show several times in my 5 visits to WDW in my 15 years and it was amazing. I am looking forward to "Happily Ever After" as well. Disney knows how to make these shows awesome and I know this new one will be just that.
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