Animated Disney movies have the power to capture the hearts of anyone, young and old alike, with inspiring and touching stories, adorable and memorable characters and soundtracks resounding with messages of love, hope and adventure.
That’s why representations of these movies — may it be costumed characters, installations, or songs playing in the background — never fail to instantly light up one’s face.
This Christmas season, the public will have their fill of the Disney charm as Ayala Land and Walt Disney Company Philippines team up to bring “Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights,” set to kick off on different dates across distinct Ayala Land estates in the Philippines.
The show, which debuts today, 9 November, at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, features as its centerpiece a giant Mickey Mouse head structure that lights up and gets surrounded by an amazing display of lights, dancing to the tunes of four captivating sets of medleys.
The medleys include the orchestral rendition of pieces from the Disney Princess movies—songs like “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin and “I See the Light” from Tangled, as well as soundtracks from the movie Frozen including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” “Love is an Open Door” and “Let It Go.”
The show also has modern and upbeat takes on classic Disney tunes such as the “Mickey Mouse March,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “It’s a Small World After All,” among many others. The intermission, on the other hand, features a string of well-loved Filipino Christmas songs such as “Pasko na Naman,” “Kumukutikutitap” and “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit.”
Seasoned composer and former musical director of Hong Kong Disneyland spiced up the tunes for “Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights,” while premier lighting designer Voltaire de Jesus took charge of its lighting direction.
Veronica Cabalinan, country head of Walt Disney Company Philippines, said, “By weaving our well-loved soundtracks to Ayala Land’s festivities, we hope to bring magical moments to families and Disney fans of all ages. This forms part of our commitment to build lasting memories and powerful connections with Filipinos.”
The press launch was made more special with a “listening party” with a teaser of the medleys featured at the lights-and-sounds show, an opportunity to snap photos against a Disney Princess backdrop or a big and cuddly Mickey Mouse stuffed toy, and a taste of some Disney-themed desserts and pastries courtesy of Holiday Inn and Suites Makati.
A landmark light-up
The partnership with Walt Disney Company Philippines comes at a momentous time for Ayala Land as it celebrates its 30th year as a company and the 10th year of its Festival of Lights.
Manny Blas, estate head of Makati and Bonifacio Global City, shared, “The 30th year of Ayala Land is all about ‘co-creating the future,’ which is also about reimagining and innovating to suit the evolving needs of our stakeholders.”
He added, “Through the years, the lights show continued to improve and become even more spectacular with new touches and special effects that now attract millions of people across the country.”
“Reimagine The Magic: A Festival of Lights” opens in six Ayala Land estates such as Ayala Malls Centrio in Cagayan de Oro City (9 November), Ayala Center Cebu (10 November), Bonifacio High Street at the Bonifacio Global City (15 November), Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna, (24 November) and Vertis North in Quezon City (29 November).
To know more about the Festival of Lights, visit Ayala Land’s website at www.ayalaland.com.ph, its Facebook page at https://web.facebook.com/officialayalaland/ and the social media pages of each of the Ayala Land estates.