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Did Walt Disney Studios win the New Year fireworks?

Tuesday, 13th January 2009 at 10:53

ImageThough when Christophe Leclercq officially confirmed in our Media Magic column that both parks would host New Year's Eve fireworks this year he said they'd be equal and almost identical, did Walt Disney Studios Park actually "win" the show?,

It was a night of firsts, that’s for sure. For the first time ever, Walt Disney Studios Park stayed open for regular guests beyond 9pm. For the first time ever, it let guests see in the New Year within its gates. And, for the first time ever, it hosted fireworks for those same, regular guests.

But, in the process, did it surprise us all and come out on top, with the most dazzling, sky-filling show of the two? Let’s compare…

New Year’s Eve 2008/09 – Walt Disney Studios Park

Video by Kayshaman.

New Year’s Eve 2008/09 – Disneyland Park (Part 1)
New Year’s Eve 2008/09 – Disneyland Park (Part 2)

Videos by Daviddu59.

For a start, there’s one obvious downside to the Studios’ celebrations — the lack of an icon or “weenie” at the foot of the fireworks. When the New Year’s Eve celebrations were confirmed, many expected The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to be the focal point, or Hollywood Boulevard.

However, as the clock edged toward midnight, guests were instead asked to make their way to Backlot and Place des Stars, along the “Rue Georges Méliès” of the park, with the fireworks themselves launched from the convenient base of Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular.

This downside could also have been the park’s advantage, though — not only does the lack of a large icon make the fireworks seem bigger and more impressive in the sky, but the location may have allowed the resort a little more freedom with the bigger shells and rockets, should restrictions still be imposed on New Year’s Eve.

What’s your verdict?

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  • WDS seems the perfect park for a show like this especially when you think of how packed the other park is.With its wide streets there would be room for everyone.
    BUT New Year without the castle just wouldnt be the same for me.

  • Nicholas Carter  21st January 2009, 23:28

    The fireworks in Disneyland park seem alot more magical than the ones in the studios, Thanks to the castle mainly. The studios with no focal point seem to lack that disney magic in the fireworks, But hey, Thats just my view ;)

  • WDS is prepared for night entertainment, specially now, after the opening of Toy Story Land. I think it would be great have a Fantasmic! show in Paris!

  • Both displays looked amazing…!! But I agree that they’re more magical in the main park, and fireworks are not fireworks in Disneyland without the castle!!!

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