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Believe... In Holiday Magic

Believe... In Holiday Magic is a nighttime holiday fireworks show at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The show runs for much of the Disneyland Resort's holiday season, which typically runs from the first weekend of November to the first weekend of the following January.

History

In 2000, Disneyland premiered a fireworks show called Believe... There's Magic in the Stars to celebrate its 45th anniversary. The show was so successful in its first couple of months that the Disney decided to premiere a holiday version the following holiday season. This version fused together music from various classic Christmas songs in order to create a thirteen minute fireworks spectacular. The holiday version was very popular, especially the finale which culminated in "snow" falling in various areas of the park.

Believe... In Holiday Magic has run every holiday season since 2000, with the exception of the 2005 holiday season, when Disney opted to continue performing Remember... Dreams Come True in observance of the Disneyland Resort's 50th anniversary. In returning the show for the 2006 holiday season, Disney has updated it to include some of the pyrotechnic effects presented in Remember.... Most notable is the increased amount of pyrotechnics launched from Sleeping Beauty Castle. On November 16, 2007 New special effects were added to Sleeping Beauty Castle to be seen in Believe... In Holiday Magic.

Show Facts

The Show

Opening

The show begins with a young woman (as of the 2007 christmas season) encouraging everyone to remember and believe in holiday magic:
"Does your heart hold the magic of the holidays? Is it filled with warm memories just waiting to be discovered again? Now is the time to open your heart, believe in that magic, and remember those treasured moments...they're still there, deep within you, waiting to touch you once more. So come along as the magic of the seasons leads the way."

  • AS of the 2007 season, the narrator was changed from an old woman's voice to a new younger voice which is believed to be Kellie Coffey.

There has been a change in some of the narration, The new voice does not include "Well now is the time to open your heart.." or "Oh.. They're still there.."

Can You Remember

The song "Can You Remember", performed by a solo female vocalist, begins after the woman finishes her speech. The lyrics are a Christmas version of the song "Remember the Magic", the theme song from Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary celebration performed by Brian McKnight.

(Lyrics taken from the Disneyland CD "Holiday Magic")

Can you remember
How Christmas makes you feel?
That special magic in the air,
when all your dreams were real.
Can you remember
The smell of gingerbread?
Candy canes and sugar plums
That dance inside your head.

Remember when the twinkling stars at night
Told you reindeer were in flight,
And jolly Santa Claus was on his way?
The warmth of candle glow,
A kiss of mistletoe,
The magic lives when we believe.
It's in our hearts to stay.

Remember the caring,
A season worth sharing.
Believe in the magic in our lives
Just open up your heart,
And relive the feeling.
Just remember the magic,
Yes remember the magic
One more time.

Traditional Holiday Music

Following "Can You Remember" is the fanfare from the Mickey Mouse Club March, then instrumental excerpts from various Christmas carols, including:

Pyrotechnics Conclusion

After the excerpt from "The Christmas Song" is the conclusion to "Can You Remember", now sung by a chorus led by the female vocalist (female vocalist's lines are in parentheses):

Treasure it again (Remember)
It never has to end (Joy of sharing)
Remember the magic in our lives (Remember the magic)
Just open up your hearts
Embrace all those feelings
Just remember the feeling
Yes remember the magic
''For all time (For all time)

A short excerpt from "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" accompanies the final line of "Can You Remember." The woman's voice then says, "Cherish the holidays forever, and always believe", and concludes the pyrotechnics portion of the show.

White Christmas and Conclusion

The lights then return to normal and "magic snow" falls on guests on Main Street, USA, Small World Mall, and the Fantasmic! viewing area while a rendition of "White Christmas" plays. This rendition is performed by Kellie Coffey. The show concludes with the end of "White Christmas."

In 2007, Disney added over 80,000 LEDs onto Sleeping Beauty Castle to make it look like the castle has snow. In addition to that three snowfalls happen each night, one at the lighting of the castle, another after the nightime parade, and the final one during the White Christmas segment of Believe... In Holiday Magic. Each Snowfall can be seen on Main Street, USA, Small World Mall, and the Fantasmic! viewing area.

Technical and Miscellaneous

  • On nights where high winds or other factors prevent pyrotechnics launch, the "White Christmas" segment may be presented alone.
  • Occasionally shows are cancelled due to high winds at high elevations but during the christmas season it has to be blowing hard for them to cancel them since Believe only runs for about two month and its the most crowded time of the year. On nights where high winds or other factors prevent pyrotechnics launch, the "White Christmas" segment may be presented alone. The shows could be cancelled at the beginning or sometimes during the show. No refunds are given if the shows cancled.
  • During the 2005 holiday season, when Disney ran Remember..., the "White Christmas" segment was augmented to the end of Remember..., complete with magical snowfall.
  • Most of the "magic snow" machines are located on stage lighting poles on Main Street, Small World Mall, and the Fantasmic! viewing area. Some are located on their own poles in areas where there are no stage lighting poles, such as Town Square, the Sleeping Beauty Castle forecourt, and the Rivers of America near River Belle Terrace and Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Under normal nighttime lighting conditions, the Rivers of America area is typically darker than Main Street and Small World Mall. For this reason, several stage lights mounted on the Fantasmic! lighting towers are used to provide additional illumination during the "White Christmas" segment.
  • Due to large crowds expected for much of the holiday season, as well as Main Street's popularity as a fireworks viewing area, a recorded voice announces over Disneyland's PA system that good fireworks viewing and magic snowfall are available at Small World Mall, in an effort to disperse some of the Main Street crowding. The announcement is made approximately 30 minutes prior to show time.

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