Hong Kong Disneyland will showcase a whole new light at nighttime this coming fall/winter as the brand new nighttime parade "Disney Paint the night" will start October 1st, and HKDL did a special presentation about it today, as well as about what's new in the upcoming Halloween season. Let's have a closer look at all this, and i also remind you that a parade of the same kind, if not identical, is rumored to come to Disneyland Anaheim for DL 50th Anniversary next year.
From October to December, guests visiting Hong Kong Disneyland at nighttime will see the Park in a whole new light. The brand new “Disney Paint the Night” parade starting from October 1, together with “Disney Haunted Halloween” and “Disney Sparkling Christmas”, will amaze and mesmerize HKDL guests as light creates vibrancy, mystery and romance at the Park.
“Disney Paint the Night”, a first ever fully LED parade created by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, is a state-of-the-art, vibrant wonder that immerses many of Disney classics and Pixar stories in magical, luminescent worlds. Disney Paint the Night features seven original floats containing over 740,000 individual lights. This fantastical parade will bring to life guests’ favorite Disney and Disney∙Pixar stories in unexpected and thrilling ways, illuminating the whole parade route every night.
Above, the Tinkerbell opening unit.
Tinker Bell will lead the way before a dazzling “color spiral” of sparkling fairy dust! She will magically fly within this “color spiral” while capturing and harnessing all of the colors and pixie dust.
Above: Disney Paint the Night: Belle Candlelight Unit
Giant imageries projection features unforgettable chapters from Belle’s love story. Following Belle are giant glowing candelabras that are framed by lovely Dove Performers and a series of illuminated Court Couples who provide grace and elegance and add the right touch of royalty, majesty and brilliance to this nighttime “ball on the street”.
Above, The Little Mermaid unit.
Life under the sea is an underwater, watercolor wonderland of vibrant, glowing hues! King Triton, Ariel and a school of glowing “sea creatures” show the guests their own briny brilliance!
New technology with imagination unleashed to wow the guests!
“Disney Paint the Night” is composed of seven units of creative floats including Tinker Bell Opening Unit, Monsters Inc. Unit, Cars Unit, The Little Mermaid Unit, Belle Candlelight Unit, Toy Story Unit, Mickey & Friends Finale Unit. In this all new technologically advanced parade, Mickey is going to “paint the night” in dazzling Disney dreams of light, and with the scintillating powers of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Mickey and his friends create fantastic visions, which come to “light” the streets of Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade features many beloved Disney and Disney·Pixar characters, and for the first time are invited Lightning McQueen, Sulley and Mike to join the parade at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Above, the Disney Paint the Night: Cars Unit.
The Cars unit includes Piston Cup champion, Lightning McQueen, Mack and DJ. The Mack float is over 54 feet long, 18 feet tall. He is driving along in larger-than-life fashion, equipped with giant “light display” panels affixed to his sides!
Above, the Toy Story Unit.
Slinky Dog scampers along with Woody and Buzz holding on for dear life! Slinky’s ever-moving, ever-changing “coils” glow with eye-popping, ever-changing, iridescent patterns, as does Woody’s lasso.
Above, the Monsters Inc. Unit
The Scare Floor in Monstropolis comes to crazy, vivid life as Mike and Sulley navigate an array of vibrant, twirling doors! The doors contain embedded hi-res screens that feature an endless array of appearances by “surprise visitors”.
From the design of the floats, props, costumes and cosmetology, to the lighting, music and choreography, innovation and strong story telling have driven the creation of “Disney Paint the Night”.
The vibrant lights feature not only on the floats, but also on Disney characters, dancers and props. More than 80 Cast Members per night are involved in presenting this never-seen-before nighttime parade.
Above, concept Art for Belle Candlelight Unit: It’s the very first time that Hong Kong Disneyland will feature female performers on peg stilts as Rose Goddesses.
Over 25 different styles have been applied in the design and construction of the costumes and many of them have been developed specially for this parade. Each costume has its own very sophisticated system of lighting controls. The team used new technologies in ways that have never been used on costuming before to bring a new perspective to our guests.
The talented Cosmetology team (hair, wigs and make up) at Hong Kong Disneyland has developed a new technique to create fiber optic wigs that can be styled to create a beautiful glowing effect. They also developed exquisite fiber optic eyelashes that can change color which significantly enriches the whole parade performance.
Interactivity allows Guests to immerse themselves in the experience of “Disney Paint the Night”.
Interactivity is always a key to enhancing guests’ immersive experiences. There are special magic enabled merchandise items developed for the parade. The Park especially designed the all-new interactive merchandise - “Mickey Magic Paint Brush” which allows guests to interact with performers.
During two show stop moments of “Disney Paint the Night”, guests will be able to “paint the night” with the Paint Brush. It can literally change the colors of the performers’ costumes at the touch of a button. The floats can also ‘talk’ to all other magic-enabled merchandise items, including “Mickey Glow Mitt” and “Minnie Glow Bow” and change the colors of the items to give guests a chance to really become a part of the parade.
The Park has also prepared a series of specialty food and beverage options with a glowing and glittering theme to further complement this latest nighttime experience.
To further celebrate the vibrant spirit of “Disney Paint the Night”, guests can pay a visit to the Tomorrowland Bootique and to be “painted” in luminous make up by our professionals and join the dance party with DJs and an all new illuminated stage performances in the Tomorrowland Party Zone.
Lights of mystery permeate the Park during Haunted Halloween
Featuring an all-new show “Horrors of the Amazon”, “Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire” and more ominous entertainment offerings, the Haunted Halloween footprint will spread from Adventureland and seep into many other themed lands. Available from October 2, on every Friday to Sunday in October, guests will see a different Hong Kong Disneyland at night time as they journey through many new eerie and mysterious stories.
The all new “Horrors of the Amazon” show will be staged at the Theatre in the Wild. The show will feature local celebrity Power Chan Kwok-pong who will act as the adventurer Jonas Brisbane and narrate his thrilling tale of his adventures in the Amazon. His illustrious adventures and foreboding encounters will capture and enthrall guests. This is the very first time Hong Kong Disneyland is engaging a local celebrity as a performer in a show.
The mysterious world of lights seeps across the Park and presents a different nighttime atmosphere. In Fantasyland’s Fantasy Garden, Mickey and his friends are hosting a masquerade ball this Halloween. The popular “Sideshow Extraordinaire” in Adventureland, “Grizzly Gulch Halloween Fair”, “Graves Academy” and “Revenge of the Headless Horseman” will return this year for more haunting fun. Toy Story Land, has been invaded by more of Sid’s mutant toys including “Babyhead”, ”Ducky” and “Legs”, who have all taken up residence in an attempt to escape their ever destructive owner.
Night tickets for Disney Haunted Halloween are priced at HK$340 and will be available as of September 1.
Hong Kong Disneyland embraces Guests in the light of romance during “Disney Sparkling Christmas”
The vibrant party of lights will extend into Christmas with “Disney Sparkling Christmas” as the climax. Commencing in mid November (November 13), guests can soak up the Christmas spirit with seasonal lights and sparkling ornaments in which will decorate the entire Main Street, U.S.A.
Frozen, the highest grossing animated film of all time, will become one of the highlights of this season. Frozen’s Queen Elsa and Princess Anna have arrived and are eager to meet guests in Hong Kong Disneyland for the first time. In addition, a series of Frozen-themed merchandise items and food and beverage options are the perfect complement to this snowy Disney experience.
To celebrate the holiday season, Duffy will also introduce his friend ShellieMay for her first appearance at Hong Kong Disneyland, to share their friendship during this romance filled season, along with an array of new and exclusive themed merchandise items.
“Through the ‘Disney Paint the Night’ nighttime spectacular and special seasonal events during this coming fall and winter period, we are inviting guests to explore a never-before-seen experience of vibrant lights and to immerse themselves into a Disney night that is beyond imagination,” concluded David Lightbody. “The nighttime enjoyment continues after the parade as guests enjoy the climax of their evening by viewing ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks Spectacular.”
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