Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams is the new fireworks display at Magic Kingdom. It replaces the very popular Fantasy in the Sky which made its debut in 1976.
Jiminy Cricket acts as narrator for the wonderful musical story that accompanies the display. Beautiful bursts of light and color fill the sky as some of your favorite Disney characters make wishes while assuring guests that "Anything your heart desires will come true".
REVIEW: July 10, 2004 (by Jo!)
I've seen a lot of fireworks but I had heard so much about Wishes that I was actually quite excited but apprehensive. I've heard people rant and rave about fireworks shows before and then after seeing them being disappointed, especially considering how much I love Illuminations at Epcot. We just went to see Wishes so we weren't in any hurry so we actually didn't park until around 8:30 and were just getting into the park at 9pm (just in time for the SpectroMagic parade). The crowds were enormous but we didn't really care because we had plenty of time to get up near the castle and find our spot. We got up on the bridge between Main Street USA and Tomorrowland and decided to go to the Merchants of Venus (which I always call the Stitch Store) to look around until the parade was over. After the parade let out we headed over to the end of Main Street USA and spotted the perfect viewing area for the fireworks. At five minutes until show time Jiminy Cricket came on to tell us we only had five minutes and give us some rules and information. Then it seemed like an eternity later the lights went down and the lights on Cinderella's Castle started changing.
I can't even explain the feeling that this fireworks display gives you. It's like being a child that can't quit imagining how wonderful the world really is or could be. I laughed, I cried, I viewed in total awe at the spectacular job that WDW has done on this fireworks display. And all around me were people going through the same joy and amazement as me. It's amazing to be surrounded by so many people enjoying the same thing all at once. Usually you'll have one or two people around you complaining but not at this show. It seemed to go on forever but in retrospect it seems like it lasted way too short (it's actually approximately 15 minutes long). I have now found a new favorite fireworks show as have a lot of other people by the comments I heard coming from people as we left the park. I think that WDW has hit a home run, ran a touchdown, and kicked in that final game winning GOAL!!!! with this fireworks display. I will definitely recommend this one from now on and will be returning to see it as much as I possibly can.