Disneyland Diamond Celebration Preview: Part II
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With the Disneyland Diamond Celebration just a little over a month away, The Disneyland Resort announced details of the 60th anniversary event on Tuesday in a media event in Anaheim.
Disneyland revealed more about three new shows that will debut at the Diamond Celebration: the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular, the “Paint the Night” parade and the water show “World of Color—Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney.”
Wednesday, TravelPulse revealed details about the “Disneyland Forever” spectacular. Today, we give you insider knowledge on “Paint the Night” and “World of Color.”
Note: Information via Steve Davison, executive, parades and spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment; Sayre Wiseman, executive producer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment; John Addis, show director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment; and Tracy Halas, show director and choreographer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment.
Paint the Night Parade
Simply put, the “Paint the Night” electrical parade will be a “way-over-the-top spectacle,” said Imagineer Steve Davison.
The parade will be technologically driven, featuring more than 1.5 million lights (many of them LED lights), each of which can be individually controlled.
“Everything communicates with everything else,” Davison said, allowing for a “color flow” that is sure to rival any parade seen before.
And, for those of you who have seen the magical “World of Color” show before, keep in mind that the “Paint the Night” parade features more “universes” and information than World of Color, Davison said…which is hard to do.
Tinker Bell will be featured on a float, complete with her friends and “Fiber Fairies” who have special fiber optics costumes (a light from the original electrical parade will also be featured on Tinker Bell’s magic wand).
There will also be a dance party float themed around “Monsters, Inc.” The song “When Can I See You Again” from the 2012 Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Wreck-It Ralph” will accompany the dancing “Monsters” characters.
Davison said “When Can I See You Again” was chosen because writer and producer Adam Young’s “use of electronics and the way he plays with music” was a “perfect” complement to what Disney was trying to create with the float.
The “Cars” tribute, part of which was performed live during the media event, is sure to be a hit.
The tribute includes the “Cars Crew,” which will dance in front of the famous “Cars” character Mack Truck. Each of the Cars Crew members are outfitted with individually controlled lights, meaning the “totally interactive” costumes will flash different color patterns while the Crew dances and interacts with the audience, Davison said. The costumes were the work of designer Marina Rada, who has worked with Davison and Disney extensively (Believe me: When you see these costumes, you’ll realize the future has officially arrived).
Mack Truck also figures to be a crowd-pleaser. The 54-foot-long tribute to Mack Truck includes strings of LED lights that look like electric beaded curtains and act like a proper light show. Mack Truck alone features more than 20,000 lights that can create a variety of shapes and patterns.
Attendees of the extravaganza will also see tributes to “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Frozen” and “Toy Story.”
One “Little Mermaid” float features Ariel and her dad King Triton (Triton is fully animated). Light creates a wave behind the two famous Disney characters.
Some magical and intricate costumes appear in the “Little Mermaid” tribute, including those created for “Coral Fish Twins.” Some lights on the costumes spread out in a pattern that resembles a coral reef.
Disney also unveiled an electric jellyfish that has to be seen to be truly appreciated. Basically, the jelly part of the jellyfish is worn as a hat by the subject, with the tentacles surrounding the subject. Whenever the subject moves, the tentacles move in unison with him or her, spinning all the while.
Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” is also a major figure of the parade in a display Disney called “Candlelight Dreams.” Colors flow through Belle’s fiber optic dress while her life is told through silhouettes.
Also included: “Frozen Fractals” characters that shoot light beams out of their costumes, a “Toy Story Electric Rodeo” that includes Slinky and his accompanying coils (that rotate at 120 mph or more), and characters playing with LED balls found often today in dance clubs.
“Mickey’s Lighttastic Finale” will include a 12-foot sphere complete with 17,000 lights. Mickey will be dressed in the most lights he’s ever been dressed in for the finale, Davison said.
World of Color-Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Disney
Hosts Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse will present a new “World of Color” water show on a water canvas at Disney California Adventure for the 60th anniversary event.
The show is all about honoring Disneyland’s creator, Walt Disney, and his trusty friend, Mickey Mouse.
Davison said “World of Color” “sets out to tell a story of a wonderful man who was wonderful in everything he did,” while also paying homage to Mickey.
“It’s about wishing upon a star and really following those dreams,” Davison said.
Beginning with an original song called “Celebrate,” animated imagery, live video and Mickey Mouse shorts, fountains, lasers, special effects and music will all come together to honor Walt Disney and the “Golden Age of animation (Davison said he always liked traditional hand-drawn animation).”
Attendees of the water show will learn about Walt Disney’s legacy and incredible imagination that produced so many great productions and movies throughout the decades.
A steamboat will also come out, eventually stirring up the water and producing a storm sequence with music.
“Fantasia” fans will also be happy to know that there will be a tribute to the 1940 classic.
On top of that, projections will tell stories on Mickey’s Fun Wheel (FYI: Davison said the Fun Wheel will become “a new big storytelling device” for Disney moving forward).
Disney also found a timeless piece of video that shows Walt Disney talking about his dream of Disneyland and Mickey Mouse.
In the segment, Walt Disney notes how it’s important to stay true to the past as Disney moves forward.
“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing,” Disney says. “That it was all started by a mouse.”
The finale will end with a look toward the future.
Every “World of Color” show features 1,200 fountains that are infused with color. More than 20,000 points of control and lighting will be used.
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