Lillian Disney Amphitheatre
|Lillian Disney Amphitheatre|
|Location||Konawa, New World|
|Date constructed||July 2016|
|Primary use||Fireworks shows|
The Lillian Disney Amphitheatre is a fireworks show venue located in Konawa, created in July 2016. It is designed primarily to host firework shows produced and run by Soleurs, as a part of Second Star Creative Entertainment. The amphitheater is named after the wife of Walt Disney, in keeping with the theme of Disney-related names for the amphitheatres created to host Soleurs' firework shows.
As a result of Soleurs' hiatus from the server, the planned show Remember... Dreams Come True was never performed and no more fireworks shows have been performed at the amphitheatre since Disney Dreams in February 2018. The Lillian Disney Amphitheatre was most active from October 2016 to February 2018.
On the Old World, Soleurs would host fireworks shows on the outskirts of Fairfax at the Reedy Creek Amphitheatre, designed by mustang_guy. Soleurs would later do fireworks shows on the Minecraft Transit Authority, another server.
Planning and construction
Planning for the amphitheatre began on July 18, 2016, as a collaboration between mustang_guy and Soleurs to create a venue to host the fireworks shows Soleurs was wishing to run on the MRT Server. Having previously worked together on multiple other amphitheatres on the Minecraft Transit Authority, the requirements for the shows and expectations for the environment were well established, which made planning much easier. It was decided that the amphitheatre would need to be larger than the previous ones, have better and more realistic aesthetic qualities, be easier to access and modify redstone, and provide more versatility for the various shows that will take place.
Construction began in secret in the Lab World on July 22, 2016. The purpose and owner of the venue were not publicly revealed until the amphitheatre was fully complete and pasted into its final location. By August 1, 2016, the main structure and seating were complete. Next to be installed was the scenery area in front of the launch area. This area contains a small cabin and rock formation which was constructed with the help of Benie and suppoe. By August 8, 2016, the amphitheatre was fully completed and ready to be pasted in. In mid-August, the amphitheatre was pasted into the northern area of Konawa and its purpose and owner were revealed to the public. After it was pasted in, a rail line connection via KIT was made to the amphitheatre, providing the sole means of transportation to the venue. Landscaping and scenery were added to the exterior shortly thereafter, to better integrate the amphitheater into the surrounding land.
On 1 June 2017, Lillian Disney Amphitheatre underwent an expansion. The original entry-way was completely demolished and replaced with a large foyer that enclosed the KIT station servicing the venue. The foyer has a large chandelier and a window looking out to the entry pond. About a year later in July 2018, plans from this expansion to add patio seating to the amphitheatre were finally realized by converting the roof of the east and west dining areas into patios.
Throughout August and September 2018, extensive renovations took place at Lillian Disney Amphitheatre. The biggest change brought about by this renovation was the removal of the "cabin in the woods" scenery that formerly served as the foreground for the shows, and replacing it with a new "castle in the woods" foreground. This new scenery was designed to better integrate into the theme of the shows performed at Lillian Disney Amphitheatre, as well as provide more room for new effects and capabilities in the shows. Another major change was the replacement of the birch wood found throughout the amphitheatre with spruce and dark oak wood, to better blend in with the rest of the architectural theming in Konawa. Additionally, the foyer was once more redone to open up the space and install a statue. This statue is of the cartoon plane featured in the Walt Disney Animation short "Plane Crazy", of which the namesake of this venue, Lillian Disney, did significant work on as an ink artist. Smaller backstage renovations also took place during this time to improve, correct, and expand the amphitheatre that, after two years in service, were no longer adequate.
List of shows
- Remember... Dreams Come True (canceled)
- Disney Dreams (15 July 2017–18 February 2018)
- Celebrate America: A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky (3 July 2017–9 July 2017)
- Once Upon a Time (9 April 2017–28 May 2017)
- Sky High Wishes (14 January 2017–20 March 2017)
- Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season (11 December 2016–23 December 2016) (seasonal)
- Believe... in Holiday Magic (27 November 2016–23 December 2016) (seasonal)
- Wishes (5 November 2016–23 November 2016, 10 June 2017–25 June 2017)
- Happy HalloWishes: A Grim Grinning Ghosts Spooktacular in the Sky (8 October 2016–31 October 2016) (seasonal)
A Christmas Fantasy
A Christmas Fantasy is the trilogy of Christmas fireworks shows that were presented during the holiday season in 2016. The three shows originated at two Magic Kingdom-style parks, as well as Disney California Adventure.
- Believe... in Holiday Magic was the first show in the trilogy. It debuted at Disneyland in 2000. It opened on 26 November 2016, with sponsorship from Forest Mini-Golf.
- Lumin Aria was planned to be the second show in the trilogy. It debuted at Disney's California Adventure in 2001. It was planned to premiere in December 2018, with sponsorship from Gregg Fyfe's Fish & Chips.
- Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season was the third and crown jewel in the trilogy. It debuted at the Magic Kingdom in 2005. It premiered on 11 December 2016, with sponsorship from Eastern Airways.
The first and third of the shows closed on December 23, 2016, before Soleurs took a leave of absence for vacation.
The Lillian Disney Amphitheatre seats over 100 people and has four redstone-controlled light circuits. The back fireworks area has a Worldguard region that prohibits entry.
The amphitheatre houses eight large retail stalls and two small retail stalls:
- Walt's Cafe
- Prubourne Steak
- Kalmar Fried Chicken
- Dave's Doughnuts
- Derek Jeter's Taco Hole
- Waffle House
- Gregg Fyfe's Fish & Chips