Welcome to Extinct Sights. This week, we’ll be leaping again to a few of the early days of Tokyo Disney Sea and taking a look at a present that definitely knew easy methods to carry the tunes all around the globe.
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Thanksgiving is right here … which actually does not imply a lot in relation to Disney as a result of a lot of the parks have been in Christmas mode because the starting of November. Thanksgiving principally simply will get omitted, which does make some sense as a result of the vacation is nowhere close to the dimensions of Halloween or Christmas and skews American. However as soon as we get previous Thanksgiving, we will go all in on Christmas time, with all the enjoyable winter attributes that include it.
Within the American parks, they do not often use totally different exhibits at totally different instances of the yr (most likely as a result of the California and Florida climates do not change a lot). Nonetheless, the worldwide parks take a distinct method, typically having totally different exhibits for various instances of the yr, with Tokyo Disney Sea being no exception.
In 2004, simply three years after the opening of Tokyo DisneySea, a brand new winter present debuted within the New York portion of the American Waterfront referred to as Disney’s Rhythms of the World, and I actually cannot consider a extra apt title for a Disney attraction. . Your entire expertise was an enormous band present with a number of dancers representing totally different areas from around the globe, so principally precisely what you’ll anticipate from the title of the present.
The present started with Mickey and Minnie operating round with the primary few band members because the present began, saying a couple of phrases, however then rapidly made method for the primary of our 4 areas represented, Europe. Together with the dancers, we received Donald, who was additionally wearing his personal European garb, trying notably regal and princely. The group carried out to European music, with some Irish dancing thrown in, earlier than transferring on to the following space, Asia.
Chip and Dale appeared with the dancers representing Asia, wearing what gave the impression to be Chinese language garb. The 2 of them had been fairly cute dancers, going round and interacting with the forged members and actually entering into the circulation of the music. One attention-grabbing be aware about this present was that there was a really distinct lack of lyrics or narration. There actually wasn’t a narrative to the present, with the musical adjustments actually transferring friends by the expertise.
Subsequent up on our areas represented was South America the place Pluto confirmed up wearing a really conventional South American outfit and received his personal highlight second of dancing to impress all of the friends on the market. His starring function de él rolled proper into Goofy’s Africa look the place he confirmed up in some Pharoah-like garb and tore down the home. At instances, it did really feel like they had been near cultural appropriation, however they managed to reign it in every time and make it possible for each space felt correctly represented. To shut the present out, all the dance teams got here on stage and did a quantity that everybody within the viewers might dance alongside to.
On the entire, the present itself did not actually really feel like the traditional Disney expertise, particularly coming throughout as extra of a live performance than a standard present. Plus, with the restricted characters all through, the present actually felt like one thing that would slot in completely at Epcot, particularly through the Worldwide Meals & Wine Pageant. It was huge and enjoyable, however lacked a few of that quintessential Disney really feel and finally ended up being changed by Huge Band Beat (which remains to be there right now) in 2006. Nonetheless, three winters of exhibits is an effective run, and it looks as if Huge Band Beat is not too dissimilar of a present. Disney’s Rhythms of the World was enjoyable, however finally simply not fairly Disney sufficient to outlive as Disney started diving deeper into the world of IP.
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As all the time, do not forget to take a look at my interactive maps of the Disney Parks all through the years the place you possibly can watch or study extra about all of the sights from each Disney park around the globe.
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