Disney Dreams of Christmas vs. World of Color: Winter Dreams

I usually don't like to watch the Disney Parks shows on YouTube because I'd rather watch it in person.  But, I happened across a beautifully filmed "Disney Dreams of Christmas" from Disneyland Paris (filmed by DLP Welcome).  And, seeing that the holidays are now over and I didn't get to see the show, I decided to watch it.  Then, I found an equally beautifully filmed "World of Color: Winter Dreams" from Disney California Adventure (filmed by The DIS).

It's interesting watching both shows because they're both very similar, sharing much of the same animation and sequencing, but, yet, so very different.  "Disney Dreams of Christmas" is has a classic elegance to it, but "World of Color: Winter Dreams" has really fun energy.  The best example that demonstrates the differences between the two shows is in the sing-along.  "Disney Dreams of Christmas" sticks with the song "Jingle Bells" and translates it into various languages, including French, Spanish and Italian.  "World of Color: Winter Dreams" goes from "Jingle Bells" to "The Dreidel Song" to "Feliz Navidad."  While it's understandable that Disneyland Paris would want to translate a song into different languages given its guests come from different countries that speak different languages, but there's something just so fun about the change of song.  Maybe it's because there's a progression of energy.  I'm not saying one is better than the other.  Just different.

It's also curious how "Disney Dreams of Christmas" didn't start with the beautiful "Glow" by the Honor Choir, yet, it uses the song as the outro music.  I think "Glow" would have worked very well in that show.  But, maybe it was due to time that they chose not to include it.

In any case, though, in both shows, I, personally, think the Toy Story Nutcracker is just a little long.

And, it's funny how Santa shows up at the end of each show.  Although, in Paris, it's Santa Claus whereas, in California, it's Santa Mater.  Again, another example showing the ways in which the two shows play to different audiences, despite their similar nature.

Anyway, it was really nice to see both shows, especially since I didn't get to see "World of Color: Winter Dreams" again the last time I was there.  I've provided both videos below...enjoy!



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  1. I get bored watching videos on YT, LOL, so I will just ask... Does Christmas Dreams one capture the entire Central Plaza lighting effects and all the amazing lights and colours surrounding it? They did a beautiful job of the "surround-colour", and I really hope they keep it for other things in the future! The finale of Christmas Dreams is just awesome in person!

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    1. Of course the videos don't truly capture the majesty of either of these shows, but I thought they did a good job taking video of the shows. I heard, though, that Christmas Dreams got poor guest comments for some reason. At Disneyland, Winter Dreams scored high. I, personally, am hoping that Winter Dreams returns next year...or, an updated version. I really love it. And, from what I saw of Christmas Dreams on the YouTube video, the finale looked awesome. BTW, what did you think of the Toy Story Nutcracker sequence? I think it's a little long and could be edited, but that's a minor quibble for me.

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    2. It did score low, yes. We got asked a survey about it while we were there, and the CM even told us that people hadn't said too many good things about it, LOL! I have to admit, answering his questions, I didn't really rave about it either. When I really thought about it, I realised it was no comparison to the regular version. I do agree the Toy Story section was too long, and on the Castle it was nearly impossible to work out the projections. It just seemed a rushed mess to me. But, I do love that they had a special holiday show, and that they at least made the effort. I hope that they have another holiday version next year, too, but hopefully an improved version.

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    3. Yeah, I don't know if I'd want Winter Dreams to replace the regular show, but, at the same time, it wasn't designed for it. It was meant to celebrate the season and, in those terms, I think it was a wonderful show. I agree that I love they had a holiday show. In California, it didn't seem rushed. Although, as always, its hard to see on the water screens if there is some wind. But, overall, I loved it!

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  2. I came to your blog for something (you'll see later! :P ) and I ended up here... I wanted to add that part of the reason for the change of song (Feliz Navidad) could simply be that we don't know that song in Europe (we don't), and it was a familiarity issue, more than anything else.

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    1. I figured it was also a cultural thing and that people weren't familiar with the song in Europe, but I also would imagine that they wanted to translate the song into the various languages of the people who might frequent Disneyland Paris.

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