Behind-the-Scenes of Disney D-Light – Where Technology Meets Emotion

The 30th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris marks the beginning of an era of transformation, creativity, and new technologies. Over the past 30 years, we have demonstrated our ability to reinvent ourselves to exceed guest expectations, using innovative technologies to create more magical and immersive experiences than ever before. Disneyland Paris can also count on the talent of its Cast Members and partnerships with French and European specialists recognized for their expertise in technology. 

For the 30th Anniversary, a new moment of intense emotion accompanies the guest-favorite Disney Illuminations show each night.  Disney D-Light is a new magical sequence mixing video projection, luminous water jets, lighting effects, fog, lasers, and famous Disney music, ending with a moment of pure magic as drones appear above Sleeping Beauty Castle.  [Update September 14th, 2022: Disney D-Light was named Best Live Entertainment 2022 by Park World Excellence Awards in London]

A true technological feat and a first for a Disney Park, Disney D-Light is the result of a more than eight-month collaboration between the Disneyland Paris show teams and Dronisos, an official technology supplier based in Bordeaux and the European leader in drone shows.   

For this unique project, Dronisos recruited 4 telepilots from the world of entertainment and trained them specifically for Disney D-Light. They are responsible for the flights and the 2 teams of 4 people who operate the sequence in rotation to offer this moment of magic every night. 

Go behind-the-scenes of the development of this spectacular moment with the show’s producer Ben Spalding and Dronisos general manager Laurent Perchais.

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Disney D-Light in a few figures:

Music reorchestrated and recorded in Abbey Road Studios in London with 66 musicians
100% of the creative and production was done in Disneyland Paris by our own Cast Members
8 Months of production
15 Nights of in-park programming

4 Drone rehearsals in Bordeaux
7 Drone rehearsals in the park
1 Night of Technical Rehearsals
2 Nights of General Rehearsals
4 Lasers
12 Video projectors
3D Mapping
42 fountains
Fog
New pyrotechnique design for Illuminations

Disneyland Paris is proud to collaborate with and count on the expertise of many companies to make the guest experience even more unforgettable. 

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