Disneyland Forever was a nighttime spectacular at Disneyland that premiered alongside the Paint the Night parade and World of Color—Celebrate! on May 21, 2015 as part of the park's 60th anniversary celebration. The show was produced by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, under direction of Steve Davison. Disneyland Forever incorporates fireworks, projection mapping, fire, lasers, and searchlights to depict scenes from Disney films. The show closed on September 5th, 2016 upon conclusion of the Diamond Celebration. The shows exit song "A Kiss Goodnight" would be later be released on CD with a book bearing the song's name.
Disneyland Forever features fireworks launched both from backstage areas and from selected locations within the park, as well as the largest projection mapping display ever presented in a Disney park (prior to introduction of Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom Park on May 12, 2017). During the show, video and images are projected on Sleeping Beauty Castle, the buildings along Main Street USA, the Matterhorn, the facade of It's a Small World, and along the Rivers of America (on the water screens from Fantasmic), using a total of 25 projectors. The projections in each area are different in order to evenly distribute crowds and to encourage people to view the show multiple times from different locations. The show also features fire effects, lasers, searchlights, and other effects, and is approximately fourteen minutes and forty-seven seconds long.
The projections installed for Disneyland Forever would remain after the show concluded its run, having been already implemented in Disney's Celebrate America, Halloween Screams and Believe... In Holiday Magic for the 2016 Holiday Season. Remember... Dreams Come True, the show it temporarily replaced during 60th anniversary celebration, would also incorporate the projection technology at Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Main Street projections are currently being used for Disney's Celebrate America, Mickey's Halloween Party, Believe... In Holiday Magic (and related shows such as Wintertime Enchantment and snowfall) and is planned to be used in an upcoming Pixar Fireworks show as part of "Pixar Fest".
Two new songs were written for the show: the theme song "Live the Magic" and the exit song "Kiss Goodnight", the latter of which was written by composer Richard M. Sherman and sung by Broadway star Ashley Brown. Other songs co-written by Sherman and his late brother, Robert B. Sherman, including "Step in Time" from Mary Poppins and "Heffalumps and Woozles" from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh are also featured in the show. The rest of the soundtrack includes music, songs, and audio from Disney and Pixar films and archival footage of Walt Disney.
The show features seven themed sections:
- "Open": A traditional fanfare, complete with 94 high powered searchlights - ultimately forming a diamond over Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street USA - opens the show. As images of orange groves are projected around the viewing areas, the opening narration describes how, 60 years ago, the area where Disneyland currently stands was an orange grove. As the projected oranges grow larger, they burst into pixie dust. Walt Disney’s declaration that "as long as there’s imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be complete" ushers in Peter Pan and a live action Tinker Bell. Peter encourages Tinker Bell to sprinkle her pixie dust on the castle as they show the audience "how magical this place can be", leading into "Live the Magic."
- "Clouds": Projections of the rooftops of London accompany the song "Step in Time" from Mary Poppins (Dick Van Dyke recorded new chants as the character Bert for this sequence). Projected kites then segue into floating lanterns as "I See the Light" from Tangled is performed.
- "Enchanted Places": A projection of Winnie the Pooh floats to the top of the castle and dives into a honeycomb to introduce a sequence featuring the songs "Rumbly in My Tumbly" and "Heffalumps and Woozles" from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
- "Jungle": The song "Circle of Life", a fireworks "sunrise", and projected animals recreate the opening scene of The Lion King. The scene then transitions to Angkor Wat from The Jungle Book as King Louie performs "I Wanna Be Like You". A "wild jazz number" punctuated by rainstorm effects and waterfalls follow.
- "Sea": Giant inflatable coral structures and projections of underwater scenes accompany Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid as they perform "Under the Sea". The number ends abruptly as projections of the Tank Gang from "Finding Nemo" encourage a Nemo puppet suspended above the castle to swim through the "Ring of Fire". Projections, smoke and lighting effects on the Matterhorn transform it into Mt. Wannahockaloogie.
- "Snow": The projected smoke and ash from the volcano transition into snow as artificial foam snow begins to fall in the viewing areas. Queen Elsa of Arendelle appears to perform "Let It Go" and projections on the Matterhorn transform it into her snow palace.
- "Finale": The narrator declares that Disneyland will continue to grow and that "the magic, as Walt assured us, will never end." Searchlights, lasers, and projections of Sleeping Beauty Castle, the buildings on Main Street, and the facade of It's a Small World moving and dancing accompany "When You Wish upon a Star" from Pinocchio and a reprise of "Live the Magic." As the buildings 'disintegrate' and the finale culminates, a projection of Walt hand-in-hand with Mickey Mouse is shown and Peter Pan is heard exclaiming that "(Disneyland) is yours…forever!" A bright ensemble of fireworks punctuate the finale.
- Show Name: Disneyland Forever
- Soft opening: May 21, 2015
- Grand Opening: May 22, 2015
- Closing: September 5, 2016
- Show Length: 14:52
- Show Cost: $80,000 per showing
In cases where the fireworks cannot be deployed due to inclement weather, an alternate version consisting of the finale is shown. Slightly different projections are seen in their respective viewing areas, while the searchlights and lasers still function. This precedent was first used in 2007 for Believe... In Holiday Magic snowfall finale and later in Remember... Dreams Come True, but in the latter show the alternate version consisted of an intro and a finale version.
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