The Disney Immersive Experience is coming to Los Angeles.
By Phillip Moyer | Published
Los Angeles-based fans of Disney films, new and old, might want to make their way to the Lighthouse ArtSpace this June when the Disney Immersive Experience opens to the public. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 360-degree walk-through experience, created by Lighthouse Immersive, will debut on June 23. It will feature content from Disney animated movies throughout the studio’s 100 years of existence.
The attraction has already been shown in about a dozen other cities, including Boston, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. The exhibition space is similar to Lighthouse Immersive’s previous immersive experience, featuring the art of Vincent Van Gogh. But instead of animating static paintings and sketches, the Disney Immersive Experience makes full use of the iconic animations that have become classics in the minds of filmgoers.
Viewers will find themselves on a roof with art and animations projected on the walls, floors, and ceilings. Patrons will be fully engulfed in Disney, as Lighthouse Immersive provides a 360-degree experience featuring more than 100 films from Disney’s Golden Age, Disney’s Rennaisance, and Disney’s modern 3D films.
The experience can be seen as a celebration of Disney’s history, starting with Snow White and moving through the years to modern favorites such as Encanto, Moana, and Frozen II. The Disney Immersive Experience doesn’t show the films in chronological order, however — the sequence of films is based more on tone and emotional progression than a retread of the Disney timeline.
The one-hour Disney Immersive Experience pays particular attention to the movie’s repertoire of songs. Among others, the attraction features Aladdin‘s “A Whole New World,” Encanto’s “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” The Lion King’s “Circle of Life,” The Little Mermaid‘s “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” and Peter Pan‘s “You Can Fly!”
It’s not just a rehash of the Disney classics, however — the immersive experience also has some interactive elements. The floor projections move with the patrons as they walk around the room, and bracelets light up in sync with whatever projections the audience members are near. At one point, the experience fills the 500,000 cubic foot experience with bubbles.
Besides making the Disney Immersive Experience and The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, Lighthouse Immersive has also created an experience based on the composer Mozart. Titled “Mozart Immersive: The Soul of a Genius,” the experience centers around the music created by the 18th-century composer. The experience features a rearranged version of 17 of Mozart’s songs, combined with a video illustrating the life and world surrounding Mozart.
Unfortunately for California-based fans of Lighthouse Immersive, the Mozart Experience is not currently scheduled to come to Los Angeles any time soon. Unlike the Disney Immersive Experience and the Van Gogh Exhibit, the Mozart experience is, so far, only available in Chicago. However, given Lighthouse Immersive’s habit of featuring its exhibits around the country, it might not stay put in Chicago for long.
Tickets for the Disney Immersive Experience will go on sale on May 12. Prices start at $29.99 per person, depending on the date and time you choose to attend.