"Happily Ever After" debut at Magic Kingdom tonight, with live streaming being shown on Disney's YouTube Channel. This is the nighttime show that replaced "Wishes".
My verdict after viewing the live feed is that I did not have the same emotional reaction to it as I did with "Wishes". "Happily Ever After" may be technically more superior, and more complex, with lots of intricate fireworks. But it didn't grab me as "Wishes" did. The show is trying to do too much, and in the process, the story or theme that it is trying to convey becomes diffused. The message goes in all different directions, from being with "friends" to following one's dream, etc., and somehow this will lead to one's "happily ever after". It is weak! "Wishes", on the other hand, was very clear and consistent with that it was trying to convey throughout the entire show.
The over-reliance on the castle projection makes this even more difficult to follow and to get the full impact, because one has to actually be able to see the castle, and be close enough to make out what is being shown. This is basically a castle projection show with fireworks, rather than a fireworks show enhanced by the castle projection.
I don't know. Maybe I'll change my mind when I view this in person. But as of right now, this show looks awfully beautiful on the outside, but not much heart on the inside.