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"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" is a song written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston for the 1950 film Cinderella.

Cinderella (Ilene Woods) encourages her animal friends to never stop dreaming, and that theme continues throughout the entire story.

The song was nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, as one of 15 from Disney and one of 17 from an animated movie to be nominated. The ones that eventually made the cut was: "When You Wish Upon A Star" (#7), "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (#19), "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (#36), "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (#47), "Beauty and the Beast" (#62), and "Hakuna Matata" (#99).

It is also heavily featured in the opening and ending of Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light in Shanghai Disneyland and Disney Illuminations in Disneyland Paris. It was also featured as exit music of Disneyland's fireworks show Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations.

Lyrics

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

(Speaking)
Oh, that clock!
Old killjoy.
I hear you! "Come on, get up," you say!
"Time to start another day!"
Even he orders me around.
Well, there's one thing.
They can't order me to stop dreaming.
And perhaps someday...

(Singing)
The dreams that I wish
Will come true

La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
Hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmmm-hmm-hmm-hmm
La-da-la-da-da-da-da-da-dee
Hmm-mm-hm-mm-mm-hmm-hmm-hmm
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-dee
La-da-da-da-daaa-da-da-da
Hmm-hmm-hmm-hm-hmm-hmm-hm-hmm

No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The Dream that you wish
Will come true

And if you dream, then someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartache
Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're feeling small
Alone, in the night you whisper
Thinking no one can hear you at all

You wake with the morning sunlight
To find fortune that is smiling on you
Don't let your heart be filled with sorrow
For all you know tomorrow
The dream that you wish will come true

A dream is a wish your heart makes
A dream is a wish your heart makes
You wake with the morning sunlight
To find fortune that is smiling on you

Don't let your heart be filled with sorrow
For all you know tomorrow
The dream that you wish will come true
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

(Feel your dream!)

A dream is a wish your heart makes (Yeah!)
When you're fast asleep (In your dreams!)
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep (Oh! You know you gotta have faith!)
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come shining through (See it shining!)
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

(Make your wish!)
(Find your dream! Come on!)
(Make your wish!)
(You gotta dream! Come on!)

So if you have a dream
And believe with all your heart
Then make a wish and watch the magic start

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come shining through
No matter how your heart is grieving (How your heart is grieving!)
If you keep on believing (Just keep on believing!)
The dream that you wish (Yes the dream!)
Whatever you wish (Yes the dream!)
Yes the dream that you wish will come true

(Make your wish!)
(Find your dream!)
(Make your wish!)
(Find your dream!)

Other appearances

Cinderella (2015)

In this version, it is sung by Lily James, appearing during the credits of the film.

Twice Charmed

The song appears in the Spin-off musical, aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic, sung by the Company. It serves as the shows finale, as the Prince and Cinderella get remarried.

Steps in Time

A Latin jazz version sung by Eden Espinosa served as the opening number in the former Hyperion Theater show, Steps in Time. The song, including multiple remixes, has found life in countless Disney events thereafter. It was featured at the grand opening of the Magical Moments Festival, as well as Disneyland's Grad Nite 2006-2009 and California Adventure's New Years Celebration 2006-2009. Alternative tracks without Eden's vocals also showed up at the 2015 Walt Disney Legacy Awards and the finale of Mickey's Showtime.

A pop arrangement was used for Grad Nite 2010, as well as Disneyland's 56th through 59th birthday celebrations. A rock arrangement has been used at Disneyland's Grad Nite from 2011 and California Adventure's Grad Nite 2013 up to the present, though it is usually played in part. Lastly, the Disneyland All-American College Band has performed an instrumental version every summer from 2007 to 2018.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey and Minnie sang this song while Mickey was dreaming in the episode, The Perfect Dream.

Disney Legends 2011 Ceremony

Jodi Benson, Paige O'Hara, Anika Noni Rose, and Lea Salonga sung the song together during the ceremony.


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Media
Films: CinderellaCinderella II: Dreams Come TrueCinderella III: A Twist in TimeCinderella (2015 film)Video

Television: A Poem Is...
Video Games: Cinderella: Magical DreamsDisney Princess: Enchanted JourneyKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepDisney INFINITYDisney Princess: My Fairytale AdventureDisney Magical WorldCinderella Free FallDisney Emoji Blitz
Music: Soundtrack2015 Soundtrack
Books: Disney's Wonderful World of ReadingCinderella's Magic AdventureRoyal WeddingsDisney Princess Beginnings

Disney Parks
Cinderella's Fairy Tale HallCinderella CastleCinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestIt's a Small WorldMickey Mouse RevuePrince Charming Regal CarrouselPrincess PavilionStorybook Land Canal Boats

Entertainment: Cinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney Pirate or Princess: Make Your ChoiceDream Along with MickeyFantasmic!Mickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianOnce Upon a MouseOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Royal Princess Music CelebrationTwice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story
Restaurants: Cinderella's Royal Table
Shops: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Main Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's WaterWorksPaint The Night ParadeSpectroMagicThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Fireworks: Disney in the StarsFantasy in the SkyMagic, Music and MayhemMagicalOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come TrueWishesWonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Hocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney Villains
Christmas: Cinderella's Holiday Wish

Characters
Original: CinderellaJaq and GusMiceBirdsPrince CharmingFairy GodmotherBrunoMajorCinderella's FatherLady TremaineAnastasia TremaineDrizella TremaineLuciferThe KingThe Grand DukeHeraldMaryRoyal Guards

Sequel: Pom-PomPrudenceBeatrice and DaphneThe BakerFlower VendorThe QueenCountess Le Grande
Remake: Cinderella's MotherLizard FootmenMr. GooseCaptainTown CrierSir Francis Tremaine
Deleted: JabberProfessor LeFoofSpink

Locations
Cinderella's CastleCinderella's ChâteauVillageKing's Castle
Objects
Glass SlipperPumpkinPumpkin CoachMagic WandCinderella's Dress
Songs
Films: CinderellaA Dream is a Wish Your Heart MakesSing, Sweet NightingaleWork Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly)Bibbidi-Bobbidi-BooSo This is LovePut It TogetherFollow Your HeartThe World Is Looking Up to YouIt's What's Inside That CountsPerfectly PerfectMore Than a DreamI DoAt the BallI Still BelieveLavender's BlueStrong

Deleted: Dancing on a CloudThe Cinderella Work SongThe Face That I See in the NightThe Dress That My Mother WoreSing a Little, Dream a Little
Twice Charmed: All Because of a ShoeIt's Never Too LateIn a MomentBelieve in Me

See also
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