The fireworks exploded over Cinderella Castle as the designer responsible for their beauty watched, feeling goosebumps even though she had seen this show time and time again.
For more than a year, 30-year-old fireworks designer Tess Santore Bland choreographed the display on her computer. Now, on a chilly November night, she could see her designs unfiltered.
All around her, thousands of Magic Kingdom visitors tilted their heads up to the sky and pulled out their cell phones to capture the first new holiday fireworks display at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party since 2005.
“I love to watch it with people who haven’t seen it before,” Bland said.