Once Upon a Time Show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!

We were both working at Disney World when Disney Parks announce they were replacing our favorite evening show at the Magic Kingdom – Celebrate the Magic – with a new show called Once Upon a Time.

We were there for its premier in November 2016 and have seen it many, many times since then.

We really love it!


“Once upon a time”…

“Tell me a story!” Chip asks his mother and Mrs. Potts begins to tell stories that all begin with “Once upon a time…” As she speaks, the pages of the towering storybook change to show scenes from various animated Disney movies.

The Once Upon a Time Show premiered at the Magic Kingdom on November 4, 2016, replacing the previous evening show Celebrate the Magic.

Peter Pan

Hosted by Mrs. Potts, the show has her telling bedtime stories to Chip, including sequences showcasing Alice in Wonderland, Tangled, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Frozen, and finally Beauty and the Beast which culminates in the battle between Gaston and Beast fighting on the castle itself and Beast’s transformation back into the Prince kicking off the finale.

As Mrs. Potts and Chip say together, “And they lived happily ever after,” the performance reaches its grand finale. The show ends with an brief fireworks display over the Castle.


Our very favorite scene…the floating lanterns of Tangled.    ♪♫♪ And at last I see the lights…♪♫♪

Join Mrs. Potts and her son Chip for a captivating bedtime story that recounts cherished moments from tales that begin with the classic line—“Once Upon A Time.”

Get swept away to far-off lands as scenes from some of your favorite Disney animated films―Cinderella, Peter Pan, Frozen, Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast―are beautifully projected onto the Cinderella Castle.

This evening show runs approximately 14 minutes.

Link to check daily show time:  Once Upon a Time at the Magic Kingdom

Show time for Saturday, November 24, 2018:  10:45 PM

The wicked sorceress offering the prince a rose…
Belle and the Beast sing and dance.
Beauty and the Beast, a tale as old as time scene.
“and they all lived happily ever after”…


Adventure Book Cover
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom



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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!


In front of Cinderella Castle with Dream Lights turned on.
We love seeing the Dream Lights turned on at the Cinderella Castle!  ❤


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