Speculation: Eric Whitacre to Produce Virtual Choir for Disney’s ‘World of Color’

World of Color - Winter DreamsAs we previously reported, beginning November 15, 2013, Disney California Adventure will present a new holiday version of its ‘World of Color’ nighttime show, dubbed ‘World of Color — Winter Dreams.’ The show — which will be hosted by Olaf from Disney’s Frozen — will introduce new special effects along to a brand new cut of the show which will feature animation from Frozen as well as winter scenes from beloved Disney animated classics such as Bambi, Fantasia and Toy Story.

The news on the show, however, was far from over. Earlier this month, Steven Davison, Vice President, Parades and Spectaculars for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, chimed in from Abbey Road Studios where the orchestration for the show is being recorded. According to Davison, ‘there are more surprises in store’ and ‘more announcements soon about the new World of Color show’ will be made.

That said, due to recent domain registrations, we began connecting some dots and believe one of the surprises that may be in store for guests at the Disneyland Resort this holiday season is the addition of a choir — in particular, a virtual choir, due mostly to the registration of worldofcolorwinterdreamsvirtualchoir.com (not yet active). When it comes to virtual choirs, the eligible field of conductors is noticeably limited primarily to Grammy award winning artist Eric Whitacre, who has produced four virtual choirs to date, the latest being VC4: Fly to Paradise which features 8,409 videos submitted by 5905 performers across 101 countries. Performers record their own individual videos and submit them to Whitacre who chooses soloists and arranges and combines them to form the final product, as seen embedded below.

From what we can gather, it appears that Whitacre will soon be putting out a call for submissions for the special edition of the virtual choir (perhaps featuring music from Disney’s Frozen?) and guests watching ‘World of Color — Winter Dreams’ this holiday season can look forward to a special virtual choir projected onto the show’s water screens.

Fueling the speculation, Whitacre actually recently visited Disney California Adventure where he posted an instagram video from the finale of the current production of the show.

More recently, an additional domain name of worldofcolorhonorchoir.com (not active) was also registered, again suggesting a choir of some type would be added to the show.

Special thanks to disneycruiselineblog.com who contributed to portions of this article.


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