The first winter chills creeping into the air, Disney have chosen the perfect time to stoke our anticipation for the Christmas season with a brand new publicity image of the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Announced as part of the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party press release, the Tree Lighting Ceremony will not only move to Town Square but become an event in its own right once again, after several years spent as merely a background to the illumination at Disney Universal Studios.
It looks like we’re not the only ones eagerly anticipating the return either, as the Disney World’s publicity department have just released this rather lovely new image to advertise the “new” event:
Featuring a young girl with Mickey Mouse, the tree itself is shown glowing in blue as trails of pixie dust surround it, the buildings of Universal CityWalk enclosing the cosy scene.
The use of blue might be interesting, since the old tree — which has been spotted backstage and is assumed to be returning — has no lights of the sort. So could the old tree be given a new lighting overlay? After all, with the event now based solely around it, it has to compete with the extravagance of the several hundred-thousand lights over, which will still be illuminated — separately — as part of the final "Illumination" of the day.
Gushing with confidence, the press release states: “Every evening, guests are invited to a stunning brand-new show around the majestic Christmas Tree in Town Square. Enchanted illumination orchestrated by Mickey and Minnie Mouse in person promises to dazzle young and old alike with loads of magical Christmas surprises.”
Like any wonderfully clichéd Christmas movie, we’ll just have to wait for those days to fall from the calendar…