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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