On the heels of a profitable Disneyland Paris drone mild present in 2022, there’s an even bigger and higher present coming to the French theme park this winter. And this one is about to be fairly tremendous, because it’s a Marvel drone present.
Between Jan. 28, 2023 and Could 8, 2023, the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris would be the web site of a brand-new Marvel drone present. It’s all to rejoice the thirtieth anniversary of Disneyland Paris, which opened on April 12, 1992 (Disney has a historical past of extending celebrations just a little – or quite a bit — longer than the usual birthday celebration time).
Maybe essentially the most standout function is what number of drones carry out on this present. 500 drones will kind a sequence of lighting sequences themed to the powers of heroic Tremendous Heroes reminiscent of Captain America, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch and, for the primary time at Disneyland Paris, Shang-Chi.
And it’s not simply a drone fashion. In traditional Disney fashion, the present goes all out. It’s not simply drones, however somewhat a mixture of music, lights and pyrotechnic results. There’s additionally video projections onto the Tower of Terror, one of the iconic points of interest (and definitely the tallest edifice) within the theme park. And it’s set to a soundtrack of principal themes from Marvel films, orchestrated particularly for the present and carried out by a symphony orchestra of 70 musicians recorded at Abbey Street Studios in London.
A video is price a thousand phrases, so simply try the trailer right here. It’s completely epic:
The Marvel present options projections of in style characters like Physician Unusual, Hulk and Captain America projected on the Tower of Terror. The drones complement the projections, making shapes just like the portals seen in Physician Unusual and Captain America’s defend.
However though the present’s performers are drones, it’s nonetheless put collectively by a staff of greater than 30 individuals. And loads of rehearsals had been nonetheless achieved — in relative secrecy.
“We had to do that at nighttime when everybody was sleeping,” mentioned producer Ben Spalding.
Not solely is that this the primary drone present of its sort and scale for Disney, but it surely’s the first-ever Disney park present devoted completely to Marvel Studios. Disney purchased the then-nascent Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2009 for $4 billion. Since then, it has grown into one of the in style arms of the Disney firm, which has since created Marvel films round superheroes together with Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Shang-Chi, in addition to TV exhibits on Disney Plus, the corporate’s streaming arm that launched in 2019.
Throughout the theme parks, Marvel has had an elevated footprint included a land at Disney California Journey Park referred to as Avengers Campus that opened in 2021 on the Anaheim, California theme park.
May the Marvel drone present save Disneyland Paris?
Disneyland Paris has traditionally been among the many weakest-performing of all of the Disney resorts world wide. Even in its first decade of opening, the park had monetary difficulties and attendance issues. Although, up till 2017, the Walt Disney Firm held solely a minority stake within the theme park. That 12 months, The Walt Disney Firm supplied an off-the-cuff takeover of Euro Disney S.C.A., shopping for 9% of the corporate from Kingdom Holding, which introduced The Walt Disney Firm’s whole possession to 85.7%. The Walt Disney firm additionally promised to speculate an extra 1.5 billion euros to strengthen the corporate plus a full buyout. And ever since then, the park has rotated.
Disney introduced an growth of three new areas themed round Star Wars, Frozen and naturally, Marvel.
There have been new rides and eating places, however among the many greatest investments has been leisure.
And given the grandness of the drone present, the corporate is investing in distinctive leisure about that.
Disney tends to recycle points of interest and exhibits throughout its parks, which is a money-saving measure for them (and likewise a money-saving measure of kinds for vacationers, who may not really feel compelled to fly throughout the nation or world to expertise an attraction that’s largely much like one in a Disney resort nearer to them). However what’s standout about that is that the Marvel drone present is unique to Walt Disney Studios Park. To expertise the grandeur, you’ll need to make a particular journey.
The evolution of Disneyland Paris drones
The Marvel drone present can be not the primary time that Disneyland Paris has performed with drones. Starting in March 2022, Disneyland Paris ran a separate drone present additionally to rejoice its thirtieth anniversary, titled Disney D-light. That present was held throughout the best way from the Walt Disney Studios Park on the Disneyland Paris park, the place it illuminates the skies over the theme park’s iconic Sleeping Magnificence Fort.
The roughly 7-minute present makes use of drones to make shapes like a Mickey Mouse silhouette, in addition to present some sparkle to the backdrop of a lit-up fortress, alongside different options like glowing fountains. It’s all set to some overvalued pop music and it’s made to rejoice the thirtieth Anniversary of the Disneyland Paris theme park. Watch it right here:
Disney additionally supplied a singular, behind-the-scenes take a look at that particular present (that includes a close-up of the drones themselves) on its TikTok account:
And Disneyland Paris did supply a one-off Avengers present in July 2022 when it put drones within the shapes of Avengers-inspired pictures together with the long-lasting A brand and a Captain America defend to inaugurate the opening of the Avengers Campus in Disneyland Paris, which is a themed land very similar to the model in California. Watch a clip of that present right here:
And Disney has lengthy been exploring drones, as seen with UAV-related patents that wee filed way back to 2014, plus one other later patent for a whole “Aerial Present System Utilizing Drones” in 2020. Disney additionally briefly used drones at its Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in the course of the 2016 vacation season to placed on a nighttime spectacular.