Walt Disney is famous for saying something like "Disneyland will never be finished." His intentions were always to have the park grow, evolve, and change. Sometimes it's hard to say goodbye to my old favorites (like the surfer doll in "it's a small world," muscled out by that rascal Stitch) or I feel nostalgic when I peruse blogs like Yesterland, wishing for just one more ride on PeopleMover. But, with all the changes come the chance to see new endeavors by the always mind-blowingly creative teams at Disney.
These days World of Color is my new favorite shows and I'm looking forward to the opening of The Little Mermaid's Underwater Adventure this summer and Cars Land next year. The newest show at Disneyland is inspired by this year's ad campaign–Let The Memories Begin. "The Magic, The Memories and You" is a 10 minute show projected on to "it's a small world" that features photos taken of guests in the park from that very day.
If you've seen "it's a small world" Holiday, it's that same idea, but "The Magic, The Memories and You" takes giant imaginative leaps away from Holiday by incorporating thousands of photos (500 of them guest who had their photos taken using PhotoPass that day in the park), high definition video and customized graphics that fit the facade of "it's a small world" down to the very last curve and peak. Although the soundtrack is original for the show, it has Disney classic tunes sprinkled though out. Team up the soundtrack with the images, lights and graphics, top off the whole show with fireworks and you have 10 minutes well-worth planning your day so you make it down to "small world" in time for the show.
I was most impressed with the clarity of the photos and video–so large and so far away–and the overall movement of the show; it never stayed too long on one theme, easily bouncing from fast-paced and colorful, to dreamy and sentimental. My favorite part was a toss up between the old-school style segment that had graphics and sound that played like an old film projector coupled with old photos from Disneyland or the coloring effect that seemed to paint "it's a small world" one stroke at a time. How on earth…
Here 's my video from the night along with my interview with Alan Bruun the show's director and footage from "The Magic, The Memories and You."
The lowdown on "The Magic, The Memories and You."
* The best places to view the show is from Fantasyland, anywhere in around "it's a small world," from the Matterhorn Bobsleds to Mad Tea Party.
* The show lights up "it's a small world" at 7:30 pm, Monday-Thursday, and twice a night on the weekends at 8:00 and 9:10 pm.
* You must use the PhotoPass durning the day to be eligible to be in the show. You won't know you've been selected until you see yourself on "it's a small world."