Once again, snow is falling on Main Street, U.S.A during the end of the year celebrations. But the Christmas tree located on Town Square and its new lighting ceremony holds the greatest surprise of all. Disneyland Paris visitors have often said how much they would like to see the Disney Characters during the most iconic moment of the Christmas season. Their wish has become a reality since they will see Mickey and Minnie together with Father Christmas in the new show, “Mickey’s Magical Christmas Lights”, with a new tree animation as an added bonus. From candles and lasers, to lightbulbs and projectors, the Lighting Director must programme all the effects before the season opens.
The Tree Lighting moment has been completely renewed, and now involves the various trades in the Entertainment teams to bring this new story to life. Lighting designer Jérôme Schmit works in the shadows, surrounded by his team and contributes his know-how to this enchanting moment, “Mickey Magical Christmas Lights”.
It all started with the script written by Show Director Katy Harris. Based on the script, Jérôme designed the lighting for the show. Said Jérôme, “My role is to offer my expertise, according to the technical possibilities we have, to develop the creative team’s artistic vision. From programmable LED systems changing colours, to glimmering effects, to candle light.”
As of mid-October, the tree was prepared in the backstage area to begin the encoding phase. Together with his stage managers and the computer operator, Jérôme programmed and synchronised the lighting effects in line with the music and Katy’s creative vision. This season, for the first time, work on the lights had to also take into account the parade float that will be placed in front of the Christmas tree, as well as the presence of the Disney characters who will bring this enchanting moment to life.
Work is not over once the Christmas season is launched. Settled at the production desk on the floor above Flora’s Boutique, the Entertainment Lighting team watches over each show since November 7. “Our teams always have a great feeling of pride when the show is unveiled to our Guests. They love to see the amazement and wonder in Guests’ eyes as they admire the result of our work, not to mention the number of photographs taken, by day or by night.” confides Jérôme.