Disney has announced today that a new nighttime projection show, “Once Upon a Time,” will debut at Magic Kingdom Park on November 4. Now this isn’t 100% a new show, as this one is getting it’s inspiration from an existing show of a similar name at Tokyo Disneyland Park.
This new show will feature Ms. Potts from “Beauty and the Beast” sharing bedtime stories with Chip, taking them (and all of us) on a magical trip through the most adventurous scenes from favorite Disney films like “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”
Scenes that are expected to be guest-favorites include a flight with Peter Pan from London to Never Land, the Mad Hatter’s whimsical tea party, and a daring duel between Gaston and Beast. Mrs. Potts and Chip end their bedtime story with a grand finale that includes appearances by characters from even more Disney films.
The Once Upon a Time Show in Tokyo Disneyland uses really awesome effects, uses projection mapping technology to completely cover every inch of Cinderella Castle in vibrant images that appear almost three-dimensional. It uses projection mapping, pyrotechnics, lasers, fire, etc, to make all this happen and I would think this Magic Kingdom version will probably use the same. It’s good because the current lighting and projection system for Cinderella Castle sorely needs upgrading as it is now the oldest, least technological of all of the Castle Parks.
The Tokyo version is extremely popular and there is even a lotto system in certain seasons to get a position close to the Castle. It’s also very long, coming in at 18 minutes. I don’t expect the Magic Kingdom version to be quite that long, probably more like 10-12 min. I’m sure it won’t be a direct clone of the Tokyo one, it will be interesting to see which scenes they keep and what gets changed.
“Once Upon a Time” will replace the current “Celebrate the Magic” projection show, which finishes on November 3rd. It will also fill the void in nighttime shows now that the Main St Electrical Parade has moved on to Disneyland. I for one am happy about this news and feel like it’s going to be a big upgrade over the existing show.
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