Chinese Theater Great Movie Ride

Disney Movie Magic Premieres

It seems like Disney’s Hollywood Studios is completely dedicated to Star Wars these days. They even premiered a new nighttime show featuring the saga called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. If Star Wars isn’t your thing, there isn’t much else to enjoy at the moment.

However, on Friday, May 26th, 2017, Disney surprised guests with a new nighttime projection show called Disney Movie Magic. The 10-minute show follows A Galactic Spectacular and shows nightly on the Chinese Theater. Right now, it’s not clear whether this is a summer special or whether it will continue. If it’s successful, it’s likely to continue to add more robust content to the Studios.

As Disney Movie Magic begins, a narrator welcomes guests to Hollywood, but the Hollywood that they’re about to enter is “not a place on a map but a state of mind” that exists only in the imagination where “illusion and reality are fused by technological magic.” It’s a place that “never was and always will be” thanks to your host for the evening, Walt Disney.

The Chinese Theater transforms into an incredible movie screen at night.
The Chinese Theater transforms into an incredible movie screen at night.

The theater begins to look like a vortex as live-action images of greats like Robin Williams, Glen Close, Johnny Depp, and Whoopi Goldberg join relative new-comers like Emma Watson, who plays Belle in the new Beauty and the Beast movie.

Movies like Mary Poppins, Three Musketeers, Jungle Book, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Tron: Legacy, and Guardians of the Galaxy are represented along with well-known songs like When you Wish Upon a Star and Step in Time.

The live-action lends the show to a more mature audience though kids will probably like it, too. It is Disney-style sophistication with a dream-like feel. The last scene stays true to Disney’s roots when Cinderella Castle and fireworks are juxtaposed onto the Chinese Theater. The show ends with the narrator thanking you for watching and bidding a fond farewell with “We’ll see you at the movies.”

What I like about this show is that it is recognizably Disney while representing Hollywood Studios appropriately.

Check out Disney Movie Magic for yourself here:

Disney Movie Magic projection show at the Studios. Good idea?