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Dubai Parks releases its theme song, from Disney's Alan Menken

August 7, 2016, 1:46 PM · Dubai Parks & Resorts today released its official theme song for the resort, which opens in October. Written by Alan Menken — a name that will be very familiar to Disney fans — the song, "All the Wonders of the Universe," features in an original eight-minute animated film that also creates a fanciful origin story for the multi-park resort.

Composer Menken is an eight-time Academy Award winner (and official "Disney Legend") who got his start with the late Howard Ashman on "Little Shop of Horrors," before scoring a string of Disney hits, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Newsies. His "Compass of your Heart" probably would be one of the most popular songs ever written exclusively for a theme park if it were in a ride at Walt Disney World instead of at Tokyo DisneySea, where relatively few theme park fans outside of Japan ever get to visit.

In a press release, Menken said, "Writing the song and score for the Dubai Parks and Resorts project was fun and unique for me in many ways. Creating a central theme to inaugurate the park called upon the experience I’ve gained working with the Disney company; to encapsulate the concept of this particular park in a larger-than-life song and message. For inspiration I drew on the story that the Dubai Parks and Resorts team presented to me and imagined how a magical them park might spring to life in the middle of the desert. I really believe that the song ‘All the Wonders of the Universe’ is a perfect fit for this amazing new destination."

Dubai Parks & Resorts will open three parks this fall: Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, and Legoland Dubai. We've written several posts about Motiongate Dubai, which will be a movie-themed resorts featuring franchises from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate. The Legoland will be the first in the Middle East, and the Bollywood park will feature India's popular musical film industry. A second phase will follow in 2019, and is slated to include the Middle East's first Six Flags theme park.

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Replies (5)

August 7, 2016 at 2:23 PM · But what about her Teddy Bear?

I will say, the animations of these rides weren't exactly awe-inspiring, I'll wait for reviews before I plan visiting.

August 8, 2016 at 8:06 AM · I have my doubts Dubai will be able to achieve anything akin to Dinsey or Universal - they simply don't have the creative team around.
August 8, 2016 at 10:58 AM · The quality of the animation, especially the character animation, is not up to Disney standards, which is not a good representation for a company that is trying to compete with Disney theme parks. The song is nice, but not exactly the Sherman Brothers. The story is like a rehash of Captain Eo, which itself was kind of corny.
August 8, 2016 at 1:23 PM · I watched the Sindbad ride at Tokyo Disneysea on Youtube, the Compass of Your Heart reminds me of some of the original Epcot songs, but no way is it at the top of the list of theme parks songs. The Sherman Brothers songs of the 60s' were the best, It's a Small World, It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, Enchanted Tiki Room, Miracles from Molecules all had great tunes.
August 8, 2016 at 5:11 PM · FWIW, Dubai Parks is using several U.S.-based teams of theme park designers - with the same crews that have developed many attractions for Disney and Universal over the years. As we saw with the WDI layoffs this week, this industry is filled with revolving doors.

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