On 2 July 2015 the American Ambassador in Paris held a party to celebrate the American independence. A magnificent lights and sound show, produced by Disneyland® Paris, was projected on the façades of the residence, the hôtel Pontalba. A peek into this prestigious event that allowed the company to once again shine and show its know-how beyond its borders.
A little history
Every year the American national holiday celebrates the declaration of independence from Great Britain: 4 July 1776. July 2 is also an important date since it was on 2 July 1776 that the continental congress secretly voted in favor of independence. John Adams, one of the founding fathers of the American nation, even declared, “The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable day in the history of America”. France played a major role in this war and gave its support to the British colonies that wished for their independence from The Crown.
A celebration signed by Disneyland Paris
For the American Embassy in France, the fact of celebrating the independence is also a way of thanking France, “the oldest ally” of the United States. The American authorities, convinced of the Disneyland Paris know-how, entrusted our teams to design a lights and sound show including a “mapping” of images on the façades of the hôtel Pontalba, the residence of the U.S.A. Ambassador in France. Different chapters of the country’s history filed by: the arrival of the French ship Hermione in front of the bay of Boston with La Fayette on board, the signing of the American Constitution by the Founding Fathers combined to images that enhanced American landscapes. The whole show was wrapped up by a digital fireworks show above Liberty Island.
Disneyland Paris experts honored
By asking Disneyland Paris to develop this show the American embassy saluted our excellence in entertainment and in the production of special events. The success of the show impressed and moved the spectators, and Ambassador Jane Hartley herself very enthusiastically and warmly thanked Disneyland Paris for this event.
The Business Solutions teams have offered this type of architectural projection since it started in 2012 on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle for the Christmas press event for example. Today they have become a reference in this field. The ride was not seamless though, as the teams had to face certain difficulties to prepare the show for the event on 2 July. Jean-Paul Faure, in charge of developing and producing this type of event worked on the graphic design of the show. He told us how the very short delays – one month- and the limited access to the building for security reasons made it difficult for them to get their bearings. In order to have the right measures our teams worked a lot with photographs. The heat in this beginning of July was also a test for the machinery and made the exercise increasingly dangerous.