Will NEW Pixar Mini Show At Disneyland Save This Movie At The Box Office?

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In a promotional effort to highlight Disney and Pixar’s new feature film, Elemental, Disney Parks announced a new, limited-time show coming to Disneyland Resort in California. This mini-offering will last two minutes and immediately precede Disneyland’s nightly water spectacular, “World of Color — ONE.”

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Disney’s water short is entitled “Elemental Connection” and will start showings on Friday, June 2, 2023, at Disney California Adventure park. In a post about ‘Celebrating the Wonder of Pixar,’ Disney Parks Blog provided the description below:

Brilliant projections dance across vast water screens in this two-minute pre-show, bringing the land, air, water and fire residents of Element City to life. In this heartfelt story, fire element Ember and water element Wade discover that though the world tells them they can’t coexist, they are more alike than they realize. As whimsical fountains and powerful music fill Paradise Bay, you’ll see that stepping out of your element may help you uncover who you really are, just like Ember and Wade.

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Disneyland’s “World of Color – ONE” features a colorful display of water, fire, lights, and music. Disney and Pixar stories are told through a combination of special effects, fountains, and projections on a massive water-screen. At Paradise Bay, water fountains synchronize with Disney songs and projected movie clips, and of course, the show ends with fireworks.

Elemental takes audiences into the daily lives of fundamental elements such as water, fire, air, and earth. Personified fire element, Ember, voiced by Leah Lewis, ventures out of her comfort zone and into Element City with a new companion made of water, Wade (Mamoudou Athie). The duo have adventures and learn about themselves even though “elements don’t mix.”

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Current critical response expects Elemental to flop and predicts disappointing box office numbers. Director Peter Sohn found the heart of his film in his Korean upbringing and describes the story as a “cultural clash.” It premieres in theaters June 6.

Will the two-minute promotional show help Guests turn out for this new Pixar film? Or will Elemental fizzle instead of spark?

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!