What We Know So Far About Disney World’s New Nighttime Shows
There’s a lot of changes coming to Walt Disney World in the year ahead from dazzling new lands to new state-of-the-art attractions. Disney is also re-vamping a few of its evening shows. To get you up to speed on the exciting changes coming your way in the weeks and months ahead here’s what we know so far about these new evening line-ups.
Wonderful World of Animation:
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is slated to get a brand new evening show starting on May 1st dubbed the “Wonderful World of Animation.” It features laser lights, special effects and state-of-the-art projections in celebration of the theme parks 30th Anniversary.
This new nighttime projection show will use projections to paint moving images on the park’s central landmark – Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The projection show will feature vignettes from many of Disney and Pixar’s much-loved films including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, “Sleeping Beauty,” “Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Hercules,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “The Incredibles,” “Zootopia,” “Coco” and so much more!
In addition to all of the incredible films that will be included, the 12-minute show will also include tributes to every feature animated film made by Disney and Pixar! To accompany this visual feast will be a new soundtrack that will add an extra layer of magic!
Tree of Life Awakenings “The Lion King”
Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is about to get a Simba-Style makover to it’s nightly “Tree of LIfe “Awakenings” projection show to celebrate 25 years of this beloved Disney film.
As many of you know the colossal Tree of Life serves as the primary landmark of the theme parks with overs 300 animal carvings etched into the massive 50-foot trunk. The new Tree of Life “Awakenings” projection show paying tribute to the 25th anniversary of “The Lion King” debuts in late May at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Currently, the nightly tree lighting show dubbed “Awakenings” turns this beloved Disney landmark into a storytelling focal point with animated images projected onto the tree’s massive trunk. The show currently has several phases. One features a fox delivering gifts throughout the forest. Then there’s the hummingbird love story. Others feature elements of much-loved Disney films including “Avatar,” “Finding Nemo,” “Pocahontas” and “Jungle Book.”
With Disney’s live-action version of “The Lion King” slated to open in theaters on July 19, 2019, Disney will add an additional phase dubbed “Awakenings: Lion King.” This show will feature the animated animals, themes and musical score found in the original 1994 picture.
As you may have heard, Disney is preparing to say a fond farewell to their longstanding evening fireworks show “IllumiNations” later this Summer. After concluding its 20-year run, “IllumiNations” will be replaced by a new seasonal show dubbed “Epcot Forever.” This nighttime entertainment spectacular will celebrate the 37-year history of the park with fireworks, lasers and lighting effects. Adding to the mood will be a soundtrack of familiar Epcot songs.
This new show should be a sight to behold as many sources are reporting that it will include special lighted kites that will provide a choreographed show from the air. According to a recent piece in blooloop. the kites will be controlled by teams aboard Jet -skis which will provide the wind required to keep these magnificent props afloat.
“Epcot Forever” is an interim show while Disney makes preparations for a new permanent nighttime offering. A new IllumiNations show is slated to make its debut in 2020. The theme of this new nighttime extravaganza will be how Disney music inspires people all over the World. The show will include pyrotechnics, lasers, and massive floating set pieces. Visitors can also expect choreographed fountain displays and images projected on a giant LED panels.
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