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A family-friendly immersive experience coming to Dallas will let Disney fans feel like they're part of their favorite films. "Disney Animation: Immersive Experience" will make its Dallas debut at Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas (507 S. Harwood St.) on April 20.
It's from the same team that brought "Immersive Van Gogh" to cities around the world, including a highly successful run in Dallas.
According to a release, the new experience promises to bring to life Disney classics like The Lion King and Aladdin, as well as newer favorites such as Encanto, Frozen, and more.
"Like so many of us, I have a life-long love of Disney films,” says Lighthouse Immersive founder Corey Ross in the release. “I’ve grown up with them since childhood and so has my family. The work lends itself brilliantly to the immersive experience and I am confident this program will give our guests the opportunity to be engulfed in the world of Disney, making them feel like they’re standing next to their favorite characters and seeing the world through their eyes.”
Ross describes how it begins:
“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.”
According to the release, additional interactive features include responsive floor projection design that "moves" with the audience and custom bracelets that light up in sync with the projections and based on the audiences’ movements. A particularly show-stopping moment, organizers say, is when the Gazillion Bubbles special effects team fills the 500,000 cubic feet of galleries with bubbles.
Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale (2018 Best Picture: The Shape of Water) is leading the creative team on the production, a collaboration between Lighthouse Immersive and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
“Trailblazing in a new medium is always exciting, and this is truly going to be the most challenging and rewarding project of my career," Dale says in the release. "Being entrusted with Disney’s rich archive of animation is a great honor, but also a tremendous responsibility. With such a wealth of material and a treasure trove of memorable characters, it will be a thrill to bring the work of all the great Disney animators and performers to life in a 360-degree immersive environment.”
Dallas' opening date is April 20, and and tickets (starting at $29.99) go on sale March 23 at https://lighthouseimmersive.com/disney/.