Disney+ celebrates Singapore launch with light shows, performances by JJ Lin and more
Familiar characters from the Disney family – hello, Elsa and Anna – were beamed onto iconic Singapore landmarks around Marina Bay during the Night Of Disney+ event on Wednesday (Feb 24).
Disney+ has finally hit Singapore shores and to mark the occasion, the company pulled out all the stops with a show on Wednesday (Feb 24) featuring performances by local celebrities JJ Lin, Nathan Hartono, Benjamin Kheng and Annette Lee at Marina Bay Sands, as well as a spectacular projection mapping show that cast scenes and characters from familiar Disney titles onto landmarks around Marina Bay.
The streaming service came to town on Feb 23 – the first market in the world to have all six of Disney’s content brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and Star, offering more than 650 films and 15,000 episodes of content.
During the show, called A Night of Disney+, the four local singers performed tunes from hit Disney films – while in surprising locations.
Hartono – who sang his rendition of You’ve Got A Friend With Me from Toy Story – was at the Light Ball Orchestra installation at ArtScience Museum’s Future World: Where Art Meets Science digital art exhibition.
Kheng and Lee performed a series of duets, including Beauty And The Beast from the film of the same name; Reflection from Mulan and Part Of Your World from The Little Mermaid, while at the Crystal Universe at the same exhibition.
Then homegrown Mandopop superstar Lin brought the show to new heights – literally – by taking to the ArtScience Museum’s rooftop to perform a medley of Disney classics. He belted out A Whole New World from Aladdin, Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King, Let It Go from Frozen and the Mandarin version of Embark from the latest Pixar animation, Soul.
For the grand finale, a five-minute long projection mapping show featuring content and characters from Disney's brands were tracked on the facade of the Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, The Fullerton Hotel, Gardens By The Bay and the Merlion Park.
For example, viewers could catch Mando from The Mandalorian projected onto the Supertrees as well as characters from Frozen cast onto the ArtScience Museum.
Said Amit Malhotra, regional lead of Disney+ in Southeast Asia: “Tonight was truly a special occasion worth celebrating, where the world-class entertainment on Disney+ converged spectacularly with the breathtaking sights of Marina Bay and the wonderful musical talents of Singapore”.
A Night of Disney+ was televised simultaneously on Channel 5, Channel 8 and Starhub’s Hub E-City Channel 11/825. Viewers could also catch it on meWATCH and Facebook. The event was supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.
Customers can subscribe to the streaming service for S$11.98 a month or S$119.98 a year. You can either subscribe to the service on its own through an app on your mobile phone, smart TV, streaming media players and other connected devices, or bundle it with other channels offered by Starhub.
Subscribers can catch buzzy new series such as The Mandalorian and WandaVision, with more on the way, including The Falcon And The Winter Soldier and Loki. The streaming service is also home to films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2020 and beyond, such as Frozen 2, the live-action Mulan, Soul and Toy Story 4.
Coming up in March is the highly anticipated Raya And The Last Dragon, Disney’s first Southeast Asia-inspired fantasy film. It will be available through Disney+ Premier Access alongside its theatrical release on Mar 5.
Disney has also just announced that its newest Star Wars series, an animated show about an elite group of clones called The Bad Batch, will debut on the service on May 4.