The skies above Hong Kong Disneyland are going to come alive with the arrival of a new nighttime show this summer called “Momentous.”
Opening mid-June 2022, the show is meant to invoke those precious moments we experience as we grow from children to adults.
Along the way, guests will experience these moments with dozens of beloved characters from Disney Animation and Pixar stories including “Dumbo,” “The Lion King,” “Peter Pan,” “Frozen,” “Zootopia,” “Coco,” “Up,” “Tangled,” and so many more.
“Momentous” will be told in six chapters and a finale, according to Hong Kong Disneyland:
The show starts as “Time Begins.” In this chapter, guests will witness tender moments of new beginnings with beloved Disney and Pixar characters, and celebrate the joyful innocence of tiny infants.
Some of the highlighted characters featured in this chapter are Tarzan and Kala from “Tarzan,” Dumbo from “Dumbo” and Riley from “Inside Out.”
In the blink of an eye, babies soon take their first steps into childhood as shown in the “Time of Your Life” chapter. Disney characters brim with youthful energy as the show celebrates this carefree stage of life, with plenty of toys, color and laughter-filled moments.
Some of the highlighted characters featured in this chapter are Wendy from “Peter Pan,” Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” and Simba from “The Lion King.”
As the beloved characters grow from children to young adults, it is “Time for Change.” This is a momentous stage in life as the characters embark on bigger journeys, leaving what they know behind to find out who they are meant to be, and taking a leap of faith to “Try Everything.”
Some of the highlighted characters featured in this chapter are Moana from “Moana,” Judy Hopps from “Zootopia” and Hercules from “Hercules.”
Love is one of the sweetest and the most precious parts of life. In the next chapter, “Time Stands Still,” guests witness Disney characters’ heartwarming love stories that remind everyone just how special first love is. Guests will remember the tender highs and heart-wrenching lows that make young love such a pure and beautiful experience, one they wish they could pause and relive forever.
Some of the highlighted characters featured in this chapter are Jasmine and Aladdin from “Aladdin,” Eric and Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and Rapunzel from “Tangled.”
Just as things are going well and running smoothly, life inevitably throws challenges and obstacles in our path, and everyone must face the “Test of Time.” In this chapter, guests watch as our beloved Disney characters are pressured by villains to change their course and give up on their dreams. But with heroic determination and bravery, characters fight off evil temptations to make their dreams come true. In this triumphant moment, guests are reminded that they too have the power within themselves to take control of their fate, to stand up against evil, and fight for good.
Some of the highlighted characters featured in this chapter are Dr. Facilier and James from “The Princess and the Frog”, Scar from “The Lion King” and the Evil Queen and Snow White from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Through all the ups and down, there are always people who inspire every one of us along the way. The “Time to Remember” chapter is a stirring, emotional moment that invites guests to reflect on their own mentors and guides, as they watch the Disney characters’ stories unfold, making them thankful for those who have helped them in their journeys.
Some of the highlighted characters featured in this chapter are Miguel and Hector from “Coco” and Russell and Carl from “Up.”
In the Finale, guests will see the characters empowered to live a life full of adventure, love, and friendship: a celebration of all the moments that define Disney characters’ lives.
The Technology will be spectacular
In telling the stories, the Castle of Magical Dreams becomes a canvas, illuminated for the first time with large scale projection mapping technology that is currently in use at other Disney parks.
The projection technology is combined with intricately designed lighting and laser effects, pyrotechnics, fireworks effects, flames, and choreographed fountains to create a spectacle unlike anything ever seen at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Music has always been at the heart of Disney shows. This time, the production is fully decked out with an original soundtrack and a full orchestra to evoke a powerful and memorable performance. The soaring anthem, “Love the Memory,” has been specially created to encourage guests to celebrate each beautiful stage of life and to live each day to the fullest.
And of course, there will be plenty of “Momentous” merchandise for guests to bring the memories home with them.
“More than five years in the making by our world-class talents from Hong Kong, United States and around the world, the long-awaited nighttime spectacular will arrive in mid-June. ‘Momentous’ is a breathtaking, never-before-seen production that explores hope and inspiration, love and laughter, hardship and perseverance, reflection and celebration,” said Alex Clifton, executive director, entertainment and costuming of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
“This magical experience will take guests on an odyssey of life’s cherished moments, as told through the lens of Disney stories, music and multimedia effects. We can’t wait for guests to travel on this journey with us and be reminded of how precious time is.”
Hong Kong Disneyland had been closed due to the pandemic for most of the year, only recently opening on April 21, 2022. The park says for the first two months after its launch, the show will run four to five evenings a week, before running nightly.
Here’s a look behind the scenes as our Disney Live Entertainment team prepares “Momentous” for its grand debut: