A night-time show show has always been the perfect way to end a day at a park, and as the available technology increases, we see shows get more and more elaborate, entertaining, and in short; more spectacular! This year, two major new night-time spectaculars have made their debut. Disneyland Paris’ Disney Dreams, and Universal Studios Florida’s Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories are both absolutely mind blowing shows, but I’m putting them up against each other on three criteria: the Storyline, Water Effects, and of course, Pyro. At the end of the day, we’ll find the superior spectacular! If you haven’t seen one of these amazing shows, check out the following videos:
While Disney Dreams has a very “Disney” storyline of Peter Pan’s shadow leaking the second star to the right’s magic and an underlying theme of dreams, Universal’s almost seemed like a huge advertisement for the company’s movie division. It’s similar to World of Colour in the sense that it just shows a lot of clips, and there isn’t a real plot to it.
EDGE: Disney Dreams
Both shows utilise the latest in fountain and water screen technology, and when marketing these two shows, the fountains have always seemed to be the primary focus. But with Universal’s show, when the screens aren’t being projected onto, because they drop water downward, they can create the illusion of movie film, or other amazing effects that overall add to the experience.
Both shows use pyro, and I’m really glad they do. I’m definetly for using as many mediums as possible in a show, (it makes them way more exciting,) but in the end it comes down to one thing; who used more? Whilst Universal used it every once and a while to highlight certain moments, Disney Dreams seems to launch fireworks like there’s no tomorrow, throwing them in whenever possible, (which I actually quite like.)
EDGE: Disney Dreams
As a park-goer, I love night-time spectaculars and they are a great way to end a day at any park, but between these two shows, it’s obvious which one is superior. Disney Dreams had a basic storyline, great pyro, and varied effects, while Universal cheeped out on effects, and overall it felt like a huge advertisement asides from actually trying to end a guests day with a smile. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for night-time spectaculars, and Universal’s doesn’t disappoint, but in the end, Disney Dreams won the battle, and honestly, I would rather end a day with Disney Dreams, over Universal Cinematic Spectacular.