Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration 4K Disneyland Paris Nighttime Spectacular Galactique


Disneyland Paris STAR WARS: A Galactic Celebration spectacular nighttime show on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney Studios Park, using sound, lights, projections, fireworks and lasers to bring moments from the epic saga to life – with on-stage appearances from Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Captain Phasma, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2. Filmed in 4K Ultra HD 25fps on 26th March 2017.


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Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration

This was always going to be the most exciting part of the events, and it doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it probably exceeds the expectations of most of us: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror proves a superb projection surface for the 16 high definition video projectors covering 2,500 m² of its walls.

But not just a blank canvas, the way these scenes have been designed around and integrated into the building’s structure is truly a wonder; projection mapping that even rivals Disney Dreams!. During the Cantina scene, for example, the hotel suddenly resembles a representation of the famous musical eatery itself, with characters in its windows.

The 28 m² LED screen is also used to great effect, often playing out video of a famous Star Wars clip while a projection-mapped backdrop gives us the wider scene. For example, on the screen we see Han Solo inside the Millennium Falcon — “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.” — while the asteroid field and meandering ship itself are projected behind, even giving a new dimension to the classic movie scenes themselves.

While pre-opening blurbs clearly stated this being a projection — not a fireworks — spectacular, pyrotechnics are still used in some considerable number, particularly at the beginning and the impressive finale, exploding from all over the Hollywood Tower Hotel’s rooftops.

A huge collection of powerful spotlights are also well-placed and well-used, situated behind and on top of the tower and even amongst the audience on new lighting rigs. Production Courtyard has new speakers hidden under building canopies all around, to give a “360-degree” immersive sound.

One final striking stunt is to have live characters actually appear on the new stage, creating a multi-layered and very three-dimensional feel to what could have just been a flat projection show.

Captain Phasma appears with First Order Stormtroopers, Darth Maul conducts lightsaber swordplay and Kylo Ren is surrounded by red flames, appearing and disappearing from a stage lift. At the end, in a stirring finale, they join the full gathering including Chewbacca, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C-3PO.

There’s no real storyline here, just a triumphant celebration of the franchise, successfully leading us through mystery, action, drama and suspense to an heroic finale.



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