The “Wondrous Journeys” nighttime fireworks spectacular at Disneyland Park is still not operating in the Rivers of America section of the park after a fire during “Fantasmic!” devastated the Maleficent dragon.
Wondrous Journeys is described by the official Disneyland website as a journey through the history of animated Disney artistry:
For over 100 years, Walt Disney Animation Studios has unlocked a special kind of wonder in our lives. These films have inspired us to dream bigger, unleash our spirit of adventure, discover the power within—and realize that it’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Wondrous Journeys is an enchanting celebration of the wishers, dreamers and artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios who have shared their imagination and talents with the world.
While the main canvas for the show is Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A., guests can also hear the audio and see unique projections and effects throughout the park. All of “it’s a small world” is lit up and utilized in Fantasyland, whilst water fountains and water projections normally adorn the river forefront of Tom Sawyer Island. Since the fire, though, this area remains dark and empty throughout the presentation’s duration.
Much like “Fantasmic!,” which remains dark through at least mid-May, “Wondrous Journeys” utilizes the water screens built into the Rivers of America. But these systems are the same ones used for the beloved battle between good and evil nightly, meaning the ongoing investigation of the incident and efforts to ramp “Fantasmic!” back up probably take precedence over continuing “Wondrous Journeys” on the river.
Additionally, pyro used in “Wondrous Journeys” has been cut for the moment, along with pyro at every other Disney park save for “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
“Wondrous Journeys” was introduced to Disneyland in January this year as part of the 100 Years of Wonder celebration honoring a century of The Walt Disney Company. The show takes place nightly above the park using projections, and fireworks on select days. During the show, eagle-eyed guests can spot nods to every Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film to date, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Strange World.” You can watch a full performance of the show above courtesy of our YouTube channel.
Additional projections can be seen on the façade of “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland, which we also have a video of above.
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