DISNEY ANIMATION: IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

DISNEY ANIMATION: IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Toronto | Starting Dec. 21, 2022

Lighthouse Immersive Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios Will Bring New
Immersive Experience to 9 Lighthouse ArtSpace Venues across North America
TORONTO (Oct. 18, 2022) – Walt Disney Animation Studios recently
announced that it will collaborate with Lighthouse Immersive Studios, the
producers of the blockbuster Immersive Van Gogh, to develop Disney
Animation: Immersive Experience, which is going to Lighthouse ArtSpace
venues across North America in late 2022/early 2023. Tickets to this one-of-akind immersive experience start at $39.99.
Creating iconic animated stories for all ages for nearly a century, Walt Disney
Animation Studios will join forces with North America’s top creator of
experiential projection exhibitions to present the music and artistry within
Disney Animation’s canon of films—from hits of today like Encanto, Zootopia
and Frozen, to all of the classics including The Lion King, Peter Pan and
Pinocchio. Audiences will feel like they’ve entered the incredible worlds of
beloved Disney characters and become one with them.

Additional cities are currently being scheduled and Tokyo will be the first city
outside of North America to receive Disney Animation: Immersive
Experience.
“The collaboration with Lighthouse Immersive is a first for Disney Animation,”
said Clark Spencer, president, Walt Disney Animation Studios and two-time
Academy Award®-winner (Encanto, Zootopia). “It’s a dream to bring the best
of animated storytelling together with the top experts in the immersive art
experience. We can’t wait for audiences around the world, of all ages, to
experience the great moments from our legacy of feature films in this
incredible way.”
“Like so many of us, I have a life-long love of Disney films,” said Lighthouse
Immersive founder Corey Ross. “I’ve grown up with them since childhood and
so has my family. The work lends itself brilliantly to the immersive experience
and I am confident this program will give our guests the opportunity to be
engulfed in the world of Disney, making them feel like they’re standing next to
their favorite characters and seeing the world through their eyes.”
The creative team for the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience is led
by Oscar®-winning producer J. Miles Dale (Best Picture 2018 -The Shape of
Water) who said, “Trailblazing in a new medium is always exciting, and this is
truly going to be the most challenging and rewarding project of my career.
Being entrusted with Disney’s rich archive of animation is a great honor, but
also a tremendous responsibility. With such a wealth of material and a
treasure trove of memorable characters, it will be a thrill to bring the work of all
the great Disney animators and performers to life in a 360-degree immersive
environment.” Mexico City-based Cocolab is working with Dale and the
Creative Legacy team at Walt Disney Animation Studios to develop the
program for Lighthouse Immersive Studios. Special Projects Producer
Dorothy McKim (Oscar-nominated, Get A Horse!) is spearheading the project
for Disney Animation.
The audience experience will be further enhanced by Lighthouse Immersive’s
Global Creative Director David Korins, (Tony Award®-nominee whose credits
include more than 20 Broadway shows including Hamilton, and an Emmy
Award® winner for Grease Live). Korins will develop never-before-seen
interactive lobby elements that guests can enjoy before or after entering the
gallery.
Ross captures the excitement both Disney and Lighthouse Immersive feel for
the project as he describes how it begins: “Just imagine journeying through
Zootopia with Judy Hopps, diving to the ocean floor with Ariel, flying on a
magic carpet with Aladdin, and stepping into Casita with Mirabel and the
family Madrigal. This is where the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience
will take you.”
Collaborating with Lighthouse Immersive is the Creative Legacy team of Walt
Disney Animation Studios, helping bring their library of films to audiences in a
manner never before experienced.
ABOUT WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS:
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology,
Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio
responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. WDAS
continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first
fully-animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2019’s
Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time, to our 60th animated feature, the
Academy Award®-winning Encanto. Among the studio’s timeless creations are
Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion
King, Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.
ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE IMMERSIVE:
Lighthouse Immersive creates, produces and distributes innovative digital
immersive art experiences through its experiential multiplex digital art
galleries, aiming to cultivate community and creativity through large-scale
events and exhibitions of all art forms. Lighthouse Immersive has produced
the world premieres of Immersive Van Gogh, Immersive Frida Kahlo,
Immersive King Tut and Immersive Klimt: Revolution in more than 21 North
American cities, including Toronto, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago,
Dallas, Las Vegas, Boston and Denver, and is currently expanding into
additional markets. To date, they have sold over 5 million tickets to Immersive
Van Gogh across North America, with Artnet calling it “one of the largest
coordinated art phenomena of all time.”