A little more than a week after the premiere of “The Magic, the Memories, and You” on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California has debuted its similar show, projected on the facade of “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland.
The new show largely mirrors the Orlando castle show but offers a much wider view of all the activity. The facade of “it’s a small world” is a natural choice for the show, as it is significantly larger than Sleeping Beauty Castle. During the Christmas season, the attraction already featured a projection show, lighting up in dancing colors. Just as in Florida, guests’ photos are mixed in with kinetic bursts of color and character as the attraction’s face comes to life in movement and sound. But unlike in Florida, the show will not necessarily cause a total stand-still around it. The attraction will continue to operate during the show, providing guests waiting in line with an incredible view.
The debut of the show was preceded by introductions given by Disneyland Resort president George Kalogridis and show director Alan Bruun:
It’s a vibrant show that must be seen to be fully appreciated. But if you can’t make it to Disneyland any time soon, enjoy this video of the full world premiere showing of “The Magic, the Memories, and You” on “it’s a small world”:
And a few photos from the new show:
More photos from “The Magic, the Memories, and You”:
Each day, of the thousands of PhotoPass pictures taken of guests by Disney, around 500 are hand selected to be featured in the new show. They’re only seen for a few brief seconds, but it’s a thrill for guests who manage to spot themselves on the iconic attraction’s facade. Guests who want to see their photos on It’s a Small World will need to take a PhotoPass picture prior to 3 p.m., as that is Disney’s behind-the-scenes cut-off time for selecting which pictures to include in the show. Photos for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of the show are chosen in one location, all fed via computer.
It’s all part of Disney’s ongoing “Let the Memories Begin” promotion for 2011, during which they’re encouraging theme park visitors, past and present, to submit photos and videos to disneymemories.com.
“The Magic, the Memories and You” is shown at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 8 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
You can also watch the Walt Disney World version on Cinderella Castle as well as a split-screen comparison between the two!
(Thanks to Jeremiah Daws and Jarad Isham for the coverage!)