A new concert in celebration of 100 years of Disney has been announced for 2023, which will tour Europe and the UK, including the O2 in London.
Disney 100: The Concert will feature legendary film scenes from Disney movies on giant screens, and magical musical moments brought to life by the Hollywood Sound Orchestra and star soloists.
The concert promises to feature some of the most-loved songs from Disney’s films, including Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Encanto, and more; as well as highlights from the worlds of Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel.
The UK part of the tour starts in Glasgow on 31 May 2023, and will then go to Leeds, Liverpool, London’s The O2, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bournemouth. Other European destinations include Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France, with more dates set to be announced.
Disney 100: The Concert at The O2 will take place on 4 June 2023 at 4.30pm.
A Disney spokesperson said, “Since its founding in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has embodied fantasy, magic, great emotions, and dreams experienced by a wide variety of heroes and heroines in fascinating worlds all set to mesmerising, award-winning melodies and songs. Whether underwater or on the high seas, in the vastness of the universe or simply in a children’s room, the soundtracks of these stories touch hearts and move people of all generations. Since 2016, the successful musical series ‘Disney in Concert’ has been enchanting fans worldwide with these legendary soundtracks.”
The concerts were announced at a special event in London today, 27 October 2022, revealing plans for the Europe-wide celebrations for Disney’s 100th birthday next year. Hosted by TV presenter Emma Willis, the event saw performances from Disneyland Paris and The Lion King cast.
Celebration events next year include a major new “Disney 100: The Exhibition” which will take guests on a journey through Disney’s past, immersing them in the beloved stories that have been entertaining the world since 1923. Disney will also open its vault of treasures to showcase hundreds of extraordinary pieces of history, including rarely seen original artworks, artefacts, costumes, props and other memorabilia. The exhibition starts in Philadelphia in the US in February, and then visits Munich from 18 April, and tours Europe. It will open at the Excel centre in London in Autumn 2023.
The celebrations will also present a “Wonder of Friendship – The Experience,” which is an immersive multi-sensory experience celebrating dynamic duos, brave besties and inseparable pals. Groups of friends will have the chance to venture through 1,000 square meters of different experiences and installations set across four rooms, including Alice in Wonderland, Lilo & Stitch, The Lion King and Mickey and Friends.
The exhibition will open in London from May 2023, and then visit other places in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and more.
Disney has a number of major West End shows running in London, including Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, and Disney’s Frozen The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Disney also co-produce Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre with Cameron Mackintosh.
Disney 100: The Concert – UK Tour Dates
June 1 2023: Leeds, First Direct Arena
June 2 2023: Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool
June 4 2023: London, The O2
June 6 2023: Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
June 8 2023: Bournemouth, Bournemouth International Centre