An all-new “immersive” Disney attraction inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Encanto, and other Disney animated films is opening later this year, and fans will want to be among the first to experience it.
Walt Disney Animation is approaching its 100th anniversary, and as such, Disney is collaborating with a Toronto, Canada-based company called Lighthouse Immersive to create a new experience for fans around the world who love Disney’s animated films, called Disney Animation Immersive Experience.
Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale is leading the creative team on the project, and he describes the unique, Disney-inspired walk-through experience as “a combination of an art exhibit and movie theater.”
According to Dale, the attraction will incorporate approximately 3/4 of the century of Disney’s animated films, like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, Peter Pan and Encanto and will also include the music from those feature films to create a 360-degree experience using projection mapping.
The attraction will open to fans for the first time in December 2022 at Lighthouse ArtSpace Toronto. Following the experience’s engagement in Canada, the attraction will hit the road, making stops at additional cities in the United States, including Cleveland, Ohio, Nashville, Tennessee, Detroit, Michigan, Denver, Colorado, Boston, Massachusetts, San Antonio, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Columbus, Ohio, in early 2023.
There are also plans for the attraction to visit Disneyland in California, and from there, the experience will be taken to additional cities in the U. S. and abroad.
Dale explains the experience as follows:
“Just imagine journeying through Zootopia with Judy Hopps, diving to the ocean floor with Ariel, flying on a magic carpet with Aladdin, and stepping into Casita with Mirabel and the family Madrigal. This is where the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience will take you.”
Lighthouse Immersive’s global creative director David Korins says the 47-minute experience will begin with a virtual Walt Disney, followed by a “dream wish trail” that will familiarize guests once again with Disney’s animated films and introduce them to the artists.
The gallery experience will take guests on a journey “from script to screen” with stops along the way at costuming and storyboarding.
“We are showing these characters all the way back to the earliest sketches,” Korins explained. He added that the experience will also include intermittent interactive moments.
Walt Disney Animation has worked to create new animation sequences specifically for the new attraction, but Disney didn’t share details about the new sequences.
“We can’t wait for audiences around the world, of all ages, to experience the great moments from our legacy of feature films in this incredible way,” said Disney Animation president Clark Spencer.
For information about tickets, visit DisneyImmersive.com.