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Take a magic carpet ride at the ‘Disney Animation: Immersive Experience’

Photo by Kyle Flubacker Courtesy of Immersive Disney Animation

A new exhibit is bringing Disney’s animation to life, immersing viewers in an unforgettable magical experience.

“Disney Animation: Immersive Experience” is being brought to Boston by Lighthouse Immersive Studios to take people through a world seen only on the screens. 

This exhibit takes viewers on a trip with classical Disney songs and movies, such as “Frozen,” “Princess and the Frog,” “Lion King” and “Aladdin,” to name a few.

The colorfully lit room is lined with floor-to-ceiling screens capturing every detail in the clips shown, while Disney songs play overhead. Upon entering, the room is set in a castle entrance, with a storybook on a podium.

The book opens to begin telling the story of classic Disney animated movies.

As the songs and clips play, the floor also changes color, pattern and themes. From icicles for “Frozen” to a leaf-covered floor for “Pocahontas,” it is hard to miss the bright details that lay under your feet. 

At some points in the show, bubbles are blown over your head, casting a magical effect in the air. During the “Frozen” performance, it appeared frozen bubbles were blowing out of the center of the room. 

Once you enter the portal, otherwise known as the entrance, guests are welcome to sit anywhere in the room, whether it is on the shifting floor or a bench nearby. Either way, guests will feel like they are inside a Disney animated movie. 

Before entering the large immersive exhibit, visitors are welcome to learn how to sketch a Disney character, grab refreshments or shop at the store filled with Disney merch. 

The queue to enter immerses guests by showing how sketches were made, how old animated films were shot and other history lessons about the making of Disney animations. 

This experience is being housed at The Saunders Castle at Park Plaza, which has hosted other immersive experiences like “Immersive Vatican.”

This is not Lighthouse Immersive Studios’ first appearance. They have exhibits in 15 other cities spanning the U.S. and Canada.

“Immersive Vatican” was performed by Lighthouse Immersive Studios, and before that, Monet, Van Gough and other artists were featured for their own immersive experience. 

According to the Lighthouse Immersive Studios website, the exhibit is pulling in a rating of 4.79 stars out of 5. Most critics praise how good it is for family and friends. 

After debuting in February, the out-of-this-world experience will run until May 29 at the Lighthouse Artspace at 130 Columbus Ave. 

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William is a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When he is not writing for the Journal, he's usually trying new foods around Boston and exploring the city with his friends.

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Take a magic carpet ride at the ‘Disney Animation: Immersive Experience’