Disney History – January 30

This Day in Disney History January 30


Illuminations - Epcot 1988

1988: IllumiNations debuts at EPCOT

From D23:
At the time of its premiere, IllumiNations was the most dazzling, high-tech nighttime spectacle ever produced by Disney. Taking place around World Showcase at EPCOT, IllumiNations included lighting effects, lasers, fountains, fireworks and projected images all set to a lush orchestral score.
[read more] – you need to log into a D23.com account to access article (D23 General Membership is free)…

From Disney Parks Blog:
The 12-minute, three-part show takes place on World Showcase Lagoon and tells the history of our planet through music, fireworks, lighted torches, and more. The nighttime show originally debuted at the park January 30, 1988, as a replacement for “Laserphonic Fantasy.” (Check out this blast from the past in the photo above).
[read more]

When IllumiNations was first performed, it was described as a nighttime spectacle that captured the glitter of Times Square, the fantasy of Paris at night and the splendor of Piccadilly in an international music and light show.
[read more] [watch video]


Disney's Newsies the Musical - 2012
Original Broadway Artwork

2012: Tickets go on sale for Newsies – A Disney Broadway production

From NewsiesTheMusical.com:
Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES combines explosive music, high-energy dance and an inspiring New York success story to create a musical you don’t want to miss.
[read more] [watch video]

From Wikipedia:
Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. The show has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 and made its Broadway debut in 2012.
[read more]