Launched in April 2012 to mark the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland® Paris, Disney Dreams! yesterday crossed a symbolic threshold with its 1000th performance. The sign of a quality recognized by both professionals and the general public, who can admire this innovative show everyday thanks to a dedicated team of professionals.
The IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) awarded Disney Dreams! in 2013 with the prize for Best Overall Production in the “Live Entertainment” excellence category. Building on this success and total public support (90% of guest satisfaction two years after its launch), Disney Dreams! was extended along with the 20th Anniversary celebrations in April 2013. To renew the experience, two new sequences (taken from “Brave” and “The Lion King”) were created in the show, after a consultation of both fans and visitors. An interactive element was also introduced with the launch of Disney Light ‘Ears, a pair of Mickey ears that sync via infrared technology with the effects of the show.
If Disney Dreams! primarly wows the visitors, it’s thanks to the unexpected way in which Disney stories and music come to life on and around the Sleeping Beauty Castle. For this unique project, teams from Walt Disney Animation Studios have worked with Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. New hand animated sequences had to be made for the occasion, and others edited to be projected as a mapping effect on a 2500m² surface made of the castle’s facade and turrets, with 16 digital projectors recalibrated twice a week to ensure optimum accuracy. To support these images full of emotions, a battery of special effects is deployed every night by the technical teams: 15 pyrotechnic flamethrowers who shoot to 15m high, water jets climbing up to 40m, a huge motorized star or even lasers are part of the production, and synchronized with precision. Finally, the soundtrack of the show was recorded by the composer Joel McNeely in the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, with an orchestra of 100 musicians and many choristers.
One advantage of Disney Dreams!, apart from its high capacity viewing area -almost half of the visitors to the Disneyland Park attend the show, representing more than 13 million viewers since its debut-, is its flexibility: in a few weeks of programming (and an additional period of creation), sequences can be alternated or changed according to public taste. Thus, Disney Dreams! began adding Christmas colors in 2013 with a completely new storyline and new technologies. Disney Dreams of Christmas! returned in 2014, putting the spotlight on Frozen, the largest Disney animated success in recent years. A Frozen segment will also reappear in the upcoming summer version of the show, during the Frozen Summer Fun season. A permanent renewal strategy that promises to keep Disney Dreams! fresh for a long time.