Remember... Dreams Come True

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Remember... Dreams Come True
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Disneyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 1, 2005 (Original)
February 3, 2017
September 7, 2018
Closing dateNovember 2, 2014 (Original)
April 7, 2018
ReplacedImagine... A Fantasy in the Sky (2005)
Disneyland Forever (2016)
Fantasy in the Sky (2017)
Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular (2018) (Pixar Fest only)
Replaced byFantasy in the Sky (2015)
Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular (2018) (Pixar Fest only)
General statistics
Attraction typeMultimedia and Fireworks spectacular show
DesignerWalt Disney Creative Entertainment
ThemeDisneyland's attractions
MusicGregory Smith (original compositions and arrangements)
Duration17:11 (original)
16:19 (current version)
HostJulie Andrews
SponsorHonda
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available

Remember... Dreams Come True is a fireworks display at Disneyland commemorating the 50th anniversary of the park. Described by director Steve Davison as an "E ticket in the sky", the show features fireworks, lower level pyrotechnics, isopar flame effects, projection mapping, lasers, searchlights, and lighting set to the soundtracks of some of Disneyland's most famous rides and shows. It was created as an homage to Disneyland and Disney parks worldwide, its lands and attractions, and its continuing legacy.

The show was produced by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, under direction of VP Parades and Spectaculars Steve Davison and fireworks designer Eric Tucker.

The show was offered seasonally since 2009, showing Remember... Dreams Come True from winter to spring, Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations during the summer time, Disney's Celebrate America: A 4th of July Concert in the Sky during the first week of July, Halloween Screams during Fall, and Believe... In Holiday Magic during December. To date, Remember... went on hiatus twice - the first time in late 2014 to make way for Disneyland's Diamond Celebration (and fireworks show Disneyland Forever), and on April 7, 2018 for Pixar Fest (and fireworks show Together Forever).[1] The show returned on February 3, 2017,[2] and September 7th, 2018, respectively.

Show summary[edit]

Opening[edit]

Main Street U.S.A.[edit]

The original announcement from the Disneyland Railroad is heard, as is the whistle and bell of DLRR #1, C.K. Holliday. Then music from Main Street, U.S.A. such as Maple Leaf Rag and Main Street Electrical Parade is heard. The "old world" segment shows the Main Street Station, complete with American Flag bunting projected onto Sleeping Beauty Castle while one of the trains seems to leave from it. Then, Old Glory is projected while the stars start to move on it. In the "new world" section, not much happens in the way of projections until the final fanfare explodes with multicolor stars eminating from the center of the castle.

Music[edit]

Voices[edit]

  • Jack Wagner as the synthesized parade voice and the railroad announcer

Adventureland[edit]

The "Enchanted Tiki Room" segment

Music from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and the Indiana Jones Adventure are played. Now, the castle has very colorful projections of the Tiki Room with all the rooks and the Matterhorn being transformed into the Totem Poles while the birds are projected on the second and third stories of the castle. During the Indiana Jones segment, the eye of Mara is projected onto the Matterhorn and the snake room of Indiana Jones Adventure is projected onto the castle. Also, six jets of fire shoot from the sides of the castle during the segment.

Music[edit]

Voices[edit]

New Orleans Square[edit]

Plays music from The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. The exterior of the Haunted Mansion is projected onto the castle followed by the stretching room portraits. During the "Wicked Waltz," Madame Leota is projected floating around the castle as instruments are projected above her. At the end of the segment, Little Leota is projected as she says her "Hurry back" spiel.

During the Pirates of the Caribbean segment, a skull is projected onto the castle and Matterhorn as flare fireworks are launched from the mountain's peak (however, since mid-2017, the effect has been removed from the Matterhorn and flares are now launched from atop the "Alice in Wonderland" show building). There is a "cannon fight" of diagonal fireworks between Fantasyland and Frontierland.

Music[edit]

Voices[edit]

  • Paul Frees as the Ghost Host, the "dead men" pirate, and the Pirate Ship Captain
  • Eleanor Audley as Madame Leota
  • Leota Toombs as Little Leota

Frontierland[edit]

Plays music from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Rivers of America. During the Rivers of America scene, the Mark Twain Riverboat is projected on the castle steaming across it.

Songs

Voices

Note: The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad portion of the show was removed in 2009 and moved right into the music for Critter Country, Fantasyland, and Toontown. The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad portion can be seen in Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland.

Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown (Laughin' Place)[edit]

Music and sounds from various rides in Critter Country, Fantasyland, and Mickey's Toontown are heard. Attractions featured include (in order) Splash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Alice in Wonderland, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Mad Tea Party, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Country Bear Vacation Hoedown, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, It's a Small World, and America Sings.

The segment starts with the Buzzards asking if we have found our "Laughin' Place." Splash Mountain is projected onto the castle. From there, Peter Pan flies across it with the Darling children. The Mad Hatter and March Hare are then heard as colored bubbles are projected, followed by Casey Jr. chugging across. As Benny the Cab introduces the second half of the segment, saxons spin next to the castle and a spiral is projected onto it follwed by a barrage of rainbow colored lights dancing across it. Finally, the weasel says "Pop goes the weasel" and the segment ends with a door slamming shut and everything fades to darkness.

Music[edit]

Voices[edit]

Tomorrowland[edit]

Plays sound effects, narration, projections, and music from Space Mountain, Submarine Voyage, Autopia, Rocket Jets, PeopleMover, Adventure Thru Inner Space and Star Tours.

Many Tomorrowland attractions and show scenes are projected onto the castle including the Rocket Jets, Submarine Voyage, Adventures Thru Inner Space, The Peoplemover, and Autopia. The main part of the segment is cemtered around Star Tours, with the logo being projected to start the scene. As the fanfare begins, we appear to go through Hyperspace and meet a few Tiefighters, however, maibly stars are projected onto the castle.

Music[edit]

Voices[edit]

Conclusion[edit]

The conclusion is also provided by Julie Andrews. She tells the audience that Disneyland has grown to become the "Happiest Place on Earth". Tinker Bell returns to fly over the castle as a reprise of Wishes and When You Wish Upon A Star plays. The show ends in a cavalcade of fireworks as Andrews says "Remember...Dreams Come True!".

After the show the song "Remember When" performed by LeAnn Rimes is played throughout the park. This song was the official song of the Happiest Homecoming on Earth, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and Disney Parks worldwide. For Christmas in 2005, however, while Disneyland opted to continue with Remember... Dreams Come True for the 50th anniversary, the snowfall finale still returned and the song "White Christmas"; both from Believe... In Holiday Magic; would be played instead of "Remember When" by LeAnn Rimes with Julie Andrews commenting that the most special time for believing in dreams is during the holidays with family and friends.

Show facts[edit]

Main Street U.S.A. segment of Remember... Dreams Come True
  • Grand opening: May 1, 2005 The 1,000th performance was on April 15, 2012
  • Closing: November 2, 2014
  • Show length: 17:11 16:19 after the removal of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Segment
  • Show cost: $33,000 per showing[citation needed]
  • The music used during the opening and finale of Remember... Dreams Come True originated from Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, which is performed by Charity Farris. However, the narration is performed by Julie Andrews instead of Jiminy Cricket.
  • At the conclusion of the display, "Remember When," written by Richard Marx and performed by LeAnn Rimes is played throughout the park. Later during the second season of running the fireworks show, a second song, Wishes!, performed by Peabo Bryson and Kimberley Locke (which was from the album Disney Wishes!, an album who proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation) was added to play after Remember When. After both songs, the lands' normal area loop music returns.
  • Although Remember When and Wishes! are exit musics of this show, in the past, this portion can be altered due to special occasions:
    • Prior to introduction of Disney's Celebrate America in 2008, there was special Independence day tag fireworks finale in every July 4th, namely A Salute to America's Golden Dreams, replacing two exit musics in regular version. This theme song was borrowed from Epcot's The American Adventure and Disneyland's Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attractions. This special show using combination of former Believe and current Remember... pyro equipment.
    • For the 2005 holiday season, "Remember When" was replaced with the "White Christmas" segment of Believe... In Holiday Magic, complete with magical snowfall. This version of the "White Christmas" segment contained a short introduction by Julie Andrews.
  • In acknowledgment that Disneyland is now more than 50 years old, current showings feature the following changes to the Julie Andrews narration:
    • "Fifty years ago" has been replaced with "In 1955"
    • "Fifty years later" has been dubbed over with the word "Today"
  • The show closed November 2, 2014 for the integration of a new fireworks launch system. A special engagement of longtime fireworks spectacular Fantasy in the Sky played in the interim until Disneyland Forever's debut on May 21, 2015.
  • Coinciding with the limited return of the Main Street Electrical Parade for the Spring 2017 season, the show began a return engagement on February 3, 2017, featuring the searchlights and projection technology developed for Disneyland Forever.
  • Occasionally shows are canceled due to high winds at high elevations. The shows could be canceled at the beginning or, very rarely, during the show.[citation needed].
    • On occasions where it's predetermined that high winds will affect a performance close to showtime, an alternate version is shown. Consisting of the intro and finale, slightly different projections and searchlight choreography are used. This precedent started in 2007 for Believe... in Holiday Magic snowfall finale and in 2015, during Disneyland Forever's engagement.

Soundtrack[edit]

The entire soundtrack to the show can be found on A Musical History of Disneyland and on The Official Album of the Disneyland Resort. The soundtrack reappeared on the Official Album for the Year of a Million Dreams with new narration to coincide with the end of the 50th Anniversary. The score was arranged by Greg Smith.

This fireworks show was also used during the 2006 and 2007 Grad Nite programs - the show itself remained almost unchanged except for the soundtrack being replaced with one consisting primarily of contemporary music (different each year) and projection to match it. The show is renamed to Grad Nite Explosion for these events and runs for approximately 10 minutes at 1:00am and 3:00am. Video screens along with additional lighting effects are also added on either side of the hub (already in place as part of Club KIIS).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pixar Fest Brings Celebration of Friendship Throughout Disneyland Resort Beginning April 13, 2018".
  2. ^ "'Remember … Dreams Come True' Joins the Line-Up at Disneyland Park Beginning Feb. 3".

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