New ‘Once Upon A Time’ castle projection show debuts November 4 at Magic Kingdom

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The new ‘Once Upon A Time’ castle projection show starts November 4 at WDW’s Magic Kingdom.

Celebrate The Magic will soon see its final performance at Walt Disney World, as the Magic Kingdom prepares for the brand-new Once Upon a Time castle projection show to debut on November 4.

The new castle projection show uses projection-mapping technology to produce a dazzling three-dimensional effect that fits every nook and contour of the Castle, from its base to the tips of its towers and turrets.

The result: Cinderella Castle opens like a storybook and becomes the canvas for kaleidoscopic eye-candy. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast, the new projection show is narrated by Mrs. Potts who shares “once upon a time” bedtime stories with Chip.


Projected scenes let guests fly with Peter Pan above the rooftops of London to Never Land, drop in on a whimsical tea party hosted by the Mad Hatter and watch Winnie the Pooh rise to the top of the Castle while he hangs from a colorful balloon. The show culminates with classic scenes from Beauty and the Beast – the Beast waltzing with his beloved Belle, his duel with Gaston, and finally his transformation back to the Prince. As Mrs. Potts and Chip conclude their bedtime story, the show moves to its grand finale including appearances by characters from Disney’s animated tales, with fireworks bursting above the Castle adding to the magic.


Once Upon a Time joins the long-running fireworks show Wishes among the Magic Kingdom’s evening entertainment, and takes its inspiration from a projection show that has been performed at Tokyo Disney Resort since May, 2014.


The new show replaces the Celebrate the Magic castle projection show that will end its four-year run on Nov. 3. If you can’t make it to the Magic Kingdom in time to catch the old show one last time, here is a full video of the holiday version from last year to remember it by:

Disney's Celebrate The Magic with Holiday Ending at Magic Kingdom

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