Why I’m OK Saying Goodbye to Wishes

I’m on my way to Orlando this week for a work conference. But of course, I’ll be popping over to Disney. That Annual Passport needs to be justified, eh?

So saying goodbye to “Wishes” is on the list of things to do, and if I’m lucky, I’ll make it back in time on Friday night to say hello to “Happily Ever After.”

Saying goodbye to Wishes at Disney World

Saying goodbye to Wishes at Disney World

And by lucky I mean I feel like I need to experience it at least once in person.

I’m not a fireworks hater, per se, but I am not a huge fan either.

If you’ve ever gone to Disney with me, you know I don’t set my schedule by the parades of fireworks. (One exception: I did LOVE Paint the Night and hope it shows up somewhere again soon.)

When can we do this again… whoa ohhh ohhh ohhh… I never want this to end…

Paint the Night Parade at Disneyland

Paint the Night Parade at Disneyland is my favorite!

In fact, I probably groan and roll my eyes a bit when you insist we go see “Wishes”… again. Right, Tania?

What many of you feel is a requirement of a Disney trip, I see as a missed opportunity.

Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate #allthefeels the shows evoke. I have my own favorite part of the show when Tink flies toward us. I remember the first time my kids spotted her in the air. It was one of those Disney awwwww moments that you can’t replicate anywhere else.

Saying goodbye to Wishes at Disney World

Photo: Heather Doyle


It’s just that I appreciate the uber short lines on my favorite attractions even more.

While you are all listening to Jiminy Cricket and crowding around Main Street and Cinderella Castle hub, I’m getting a repeat walk-on ride on Seven Dwarves Mine Train while fireworks explode overhead.

Multitasking at it’s finest!

A few of my friends have spent special memories with their family in front of the Castle during the “Wishes” run. One was even proposed to.

It’s a  sentimental show to a lot of people and I know Disney did not take this decision lightly.

Saying goodbye to Wishes at Disney World

Wishes shot by http://www.themickeybar.com

I understand the sentimentality, but I also love the fact that Disney recognizes the importance of pushing forward and ever evolving. Change isn’t bad- even though I do resist change at times.

I’m looking forward to seeing how they incorporate some of the more recent additions to the Disney family like Moana and Big Hero 6.

And I hear the music is breathtaking and goose-bumpy.

As my buddy Olaf says, all good things.

So how about you? Are you ready to say goodbye to “Wishes” or is Disney breaking your heart a little bit with this change?

Saying goodbye to Wishes fireworks at Disney World

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Patty Holliday

Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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