Just caught my first performances of TDL's summer nighttime castle show "Starlight Dreams". I *LOVE* it. It's like a mini-Fantasmic on the castle stage.
Some spoilers below... read at your own risk.
Me being a sucker for nostalgia, the show nicely pays tribute to TDL's history with a small montage of photos from the past as it starts.. This is very nicely done with projected photos on the castle, whihc are edited to fit into the castle architecture and move about.
Then the show goes into Sorcerer Mickey mode, the way Fantasmic does at DL/DHS.... only that Mickey, being live on the castle and with the help of water cannons and laser graphics, bring this sequence to life in a much more magical way than just seeing it projected on film on a water screen as Fantasmic does. The technical aspects of the show here are simple yet impressive... the lasers add sparkle to the jumping water in eye-popping choreography, and the effect is stunning to watch, especially up close when you are lucky to be seated in the lotto winning area.
(Special Mention to fellow Micechatter Ichigopara and her husband for being such wonderful people and Disney fans for allowing me so graciously to use their winning lotto ticket to sit close to the action. I am eternally in debt to them. THANK YOU Ichigopara.)
From this energetic first act.. the show then goes into history mode... and reproduces some scenes from the original Starlight Fantasy show from back during the 15th anniversary show... with some new twists.. Mickey and the gang show up on the stage to unlock the dreams of magic...and dancers join the party as well. It has always intrigue me how these performers can be so cool and collected, especially when dealing with the water and fire effects and a very wet surface on which they do their very elaborate dance moves! There has got to be a degree of difficulty here and I hope there never is an accident here.
Anyways... as I mentioned, the show reproduces some scenes from the original Starlight show... like the passing of the seasons of the year, in which we see the castle turn from spring flowers to fallen leaves in the fall, to snow flakes in the winter...
Then, just like Fantasmic!, the villains want to join in the fun as wreck the fun... Dancers in bright red fire-like costumes join on the stage as Disney villains join the show via the water mist screens. Here... huge balls of fire dance about the stage and over it, roasting us in the audience with intense heat. The castle begins to catch fire (with marvelous technical touches as fire projection and pyrotechnics)... and even the stage is set on fire as well.. Finally, the castle looks destroyed...
But Mickey comes to the rescue. With the help of an elevated podium, Mickey "flies" over the stage as he furiously tries to dissipate the flames and save the day... Fun part is seeing Mickey doing his thing as he travels thru the water mist and other effects. This is by far the most spectacular part of the show...and ends with a huge bang. Poor Mickey then is seeing panting hard up on his podium. (KUDOS to the CM playing Mickey for playing him so impressively and acting this "exhausting panting" out under the rubberhead).
IN true magical fashion, Mickey's power of imagination restores the castle to it's full bright glittery self and the show ends in a magical celebration of fireworks, lights and magic.
TDLFAN rates this show a solid 4 stars of fun ****.
The music is great (buy the cd please) and the new song of the show "Dream Again" is catchy and ends the show in a most magical, tear inducing way. At 18 mins long, the show is perfect. Do not bother watching online videos of this.. as videos do not do justice. GO to TDL and enjoy. (I know, easy said than done, but you gotta!) I agree with most japanese fans and say that this show should have been the main event of the 25th anniversary celebration since April. For added fun, TDL is offering an exclusive line of merchandise for this show as well... which include teeshirts, postcards, pins, plushes, lightup-buttons etc etc... get your souvenirs while they last during the summer months as they will sell fast.
Again.. if you go to TDL this summer, make a point to watch this show. Play the lotto for a spot in the viewing area close to the action (good luck since I lost). Show plays until the end of august!! HURRY!!