Disney’s New Nighttime Show You Have to See to Believe

Fireworks at Disneyland Paris
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Disney is famous for its spectacular nighttime shows. Whether at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, or any of its international locations, the Disney name has become synonymous with nighttime wonder.

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Disneyland Paris


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Last week in Disneyland Paris, the theme Park celebrated Bastille Day with a nighttime spectacle unlike anything else. Disney has released multiple aerial footage of the show, where 1,496 drones flew, hovered, and lit up the sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle. The footage captured the drones mimicking the most significant symbols of French culture, including the Eiffel Tower, the rose window at Notre Dame, the French flag, and Disney characters such as Lumiere and Mickey Mouse.

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In addition to using drones, the show also employed traditional fireworks, water fountains and utilized the colors of red, white, and blue.

Disneyland Paris

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Bastille Day Celebration

For those unfamiliar with Bastille Day, it’s the National Day of France, celebrated every year on July 14. It marks the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille, a significant event of the French Revolution.

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Many people have compared Disneyland Paris’s celebration of Bastille Day with the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida’s celebration of the 4th of July. Meanwhile, other people have commented on social media that the nighttime show at Disneyland Paris was superior to the Independence Day fireworks at Walt Disney World and also better than the entertainment Disney provided to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The video shared on social media is only a little over two minutes long, but the actual nighttime show was over 10 minutes and featured a French version of “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast (1991), “Topsy Turvy” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996).

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)