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New ‘Disney Dreams!’ promo photos, press release promise “explosion of lights and colours”

Friday, 24th February 2012 at 20:29

The buzz for Disney Dreams! has finally hit the Disneyland Paris press website, with both a complete press release for the new nighttime show and several publicity photos from recent after-hours tests. Showing simply a multi-coloured test projection on Sleeping Beauty Castle and a burst of pyrotechnics radiating outwards from behind the château, they’re hardly the most revealing sneak peeks, but at least confirm the surprisingly important presence of fireworks in the show. Disneyland Paris has long had problems with the noise and cost of fireworks, limiting them to just two summer months and special events. Since we all really thought the fountains, projections and other effects would be there to make up for a move away from pyrotechnics, avoiding those perceived problems, it’s exciting to see that they will truly be an important element of the new, nightly and year-round spectacular.

A third image was also released alongside these two, and has been published elsewhere online. However, a quick look at the flowery projections on the castle — and more tellingly the photo’s EXIF data — reveals it was taken at 23:05 on 13th July 2011, in other words during The Enchanted Fireworks, so probably doesn’t offer a glimpse at Disney Dreams! at all.

What does come packed with information about this 20th Anniversary spectacular, though, is a new press release dedicated to the show. Detailing the music, the story and all the “elements” it’s a revealing read — but only in French. Lucky then we’ve translated it all into English!

Complete translated press release follows…

An explosion of lights and colours in Disney Dreams®!, a new nighttime spectacular

From 1st April 2012, Disneyland Paris invites you to discover its incredible nighttime spectacular, Disney Dreams®!. This grand European premiere is a blend of sensational special effects, magic and emotions. Disney Dreams®! is an all new show unique in the world to celebrate the most spectacular of anniversaries at Disneyland Paris.

Disney Dreams®!

From 1st April 2012, Disney Dreams®! will dazzle visitors as night falls with a burst of lights, colours and magic. This unmissable show goes beyond the limits of imagination thanks to special effects created especially for this world premiere at Disneyland Paris. For the first time, visitors will be at the heart of the action thanks to images projected onto Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant. Presented every evening at Disneyland Park, Disney Dreams®! is a pure blend of magic like nothing ever seen before at Disneyland Paris.

A real-life fairytale

Above all Disney Dreams®! brings to life a magical tale, filled with emotions. Guided by Peter Pan, visitors rediscover the most memorable Disney stories, from Beauty and the Beast to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, not forgetting Tangled and many more still.

Imagine a nighttime show where special effects create incredible illusions. Using state-of-the-art animations, Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant will transform, tower by tower, into a starry sky for Peter Pan to fly across, a replica of Notre Dame Cathedral with the hunchback Quasimodo on its rooftops or even a fantastic place of fun and games for the chimney sweeps straight out of Mary Poppins.

Revolutionary special effects

Disney Imagineers have worked many months to develop a nighttime spectacular unique in its field which will move young and old. New special effects have been specially developed to create brand new illusions and transform Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant. This world premiere will combine dazzling lasers, spectacular jets of water and truly incredible pyrotechnic effects to culminate with a spellbinding grand finale.

Water takes centre stage in the show, with new fountains installed all around Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant. Some of those fountains are powerful enough that the jets of water climb many metres high! Elsewhere, Disney characters will take life on the façade of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant and on two water screens located either side. These screens, completely unique, will project animations bringing to life your favourite Disney characters. The water comes to life like magic thanks to wonderful, shimmering colours.

As well as all these incredible effects, the creative teams have decided to combine jaw-dropping pyrotechnic effects. Fire will shot up from either side of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, given a truly blazing effect itself. For the first time at Disneyland Paris, the action will take place all around and in front of Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant, making Disney Dreams®! a truly magical and never-before-seen spectacle.

An all-new original score

In a show like Disney Dreams®!, music takes on an important role. In effect, the story is told by the music, whisking visitors between different scenes. Walt Disney himself said “I cannot think of a story without thinking of the music that will accompany it. Often, the music comes first.”

The grandest Disney classics from Aladdin to Tangled, passing through Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins can be relived in Disney Dreams®!. Orchestrated by Joel McNeely, the music of Disney Dreams®! was recorded in the mythical Abbey Road Studios in London. To ensure Disney Dreams®! will be even more exceptional, the action and the special effects collide perfectly with the music to bring visitors right into the heart of the story.

Steve Davison, the creator of this nighttime spectacular, promises that “Disney Dreams®! is a magical and perfect gift which people will want to see with their whole families to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris.”

In an explosion of colours, lights and magic, experience a brand new, never-before-seen and unforgettable spectacular when you see Disney Dreams®!, THE unmissable show from 1st April 2012 at Disneyland Paris.

Translation by DLRP Today.

Just for completion — the third image released today, possibly not Disney Dreams!-related:

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  • It looks fantastic, it really does. And I just saw one of the advertisements on tv for the first time! I don’t know if I can get anymore excited lol

  • We were due to be coming home from DLRP on the 1st April so I booked an extra day to ensure we didn’t miss this. Great relief to see they’re doing after hours testing with over a month to go, gives me good confidence that it will all kick off on time.

    Only got one chance to see it…. How early will we need to stake our place for a good viewing position?? ;-)

  • For the first time I truly see the pyro fan bursts behind the Paris castle but not on the sides brightlier than ever! Did they add new launch position behind the castle, is there any photo of it?

  • Look’s like it will be brillant ,but do you know if this will continue after SEPT ,it does state that it is from APRIL TO SEPT ,We go every November for Christmas season and would be gutted if this was not happening then
    ALSO any idea if any flash sale’s will be happening ,apart from the 40 per cent offer ,can only seem to get 25 per cent or 1 day/night free ,thanks

  • KES — Disney Dreams! is so far confirmed to be showing every night until March 2013, and is expected to be with the park for many years yet to come.

  • OOOPS Do you mean 2013 ,If so look forward to seeing it in November ,that’s if don’t try and sneak a short break before lol

  • Looks great.. They’re not going to go to all that engineering trouble for a temorary show. They might not do fireworks all year round and of course, there might be a chance of the fountain jets freezing in winter but it will be good to have an all year closing show.

    I was soooo disappointed with World of Colour at Disney California Adventure park. Poor view without hours of queuing and many major rides now close early because of the show’s pyrotechnics. I think Paris could be about to trump the other parks. Roll on 6th June for me – Disney trip number 20.

  • KES — Yes, 2013 of course! ;-)

  • Maybe they say the Disney Dreams will only be showing until September as after that it’ll turn to a Halloween version, then after that a Christmas version?

  • Did they think about the drawbridge when it will be absolutely soak and slipper after the show, sometimes in the winter, it may froze and maybe causes danger to guests and not to mention about mosses on the castle and water lost in the moat. Maybe I just encourage myself that I may see icicles on the drawbridge in winter and at the end of the day, we can walk away and go :”Wow! That one’s cool!”

  • Can’t believe my luck! We booked to go to Disneyland next June back in September. I guessed they would be doing something for the 20th Anniversary, but I thought, going in June, that we would miss anything that would be done as a nighttime show! I’ve just spent that last half an hour screaming with delight! Who cares about the Queen’s jubilee when you can get something like this at Disneyland instead!

  • There will be no Halloween Season this year because they are to busy with the aniversairy only at halloweennight and terrorific nights they will cellebrate halloween this year.

  • Kevin – Philippe Gas said at the AGM that Halloween this year would be spectacular.

  • I went for Halloween season for the first time last October, in the first week, and did find the decorations very disappointing. Many of the fast food restaurants and food stands in the parks were closed, so it was hard for people to find somewhere to get a hot drink. In the Studios only one food stand, RDS buffet and En Coulisse were open.
    Hope this Halloween season is better, as Graham suggests. The two Halloween shows in the DL Park were good though.
    Really looking forward to my June trip and watching Dreams on 4 nts!

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