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World of Color – Behind the H20 – The Abbey Road Sessions

Steven Davison

by , Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment

One of the most amazing experiences you can have is to be in recording sessions for a Disney Spectacular. Last week I had one of those days… and it was extra special. An orchestra of over a hundred players performed the score for World of Color. Even more exciting, we recorded it at the famous Abbey Road studio in London.

The orchestral score is a very important element to any show. In my mind, it makes up more than fifty-percent of the experience for an audience. The World of Color score has taken over a year to create due to its complexity. Mark Hammond – the show’s composer – worked countless months perfecting the harmonic nuance of each scene.

Since the show is built out of classic Disney animation moments, each scene needed its own flavor and personality. When we strung them all together, they would create the perfect environment where water, light and projections could live in harmony. The end result, as we are hearing today in this video of the recording of the ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ music from Fantasia, is glorious.


  • Steve-

    That is soooo coool I cant wait to see it. Walt would be so proud of you

  • Can’t wait to see World of Color finally come together this Spring!

  • Thank you so much for sharing a clip of the recording! My husband and I were fortunate enough to be sitting in your World of Color presentation at the D23 Expo, and we were both in awe of what we saw. This just keeps adding to the excitement!

    Thanks again Mr. Davison!

  • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let there be a CD release of this music! Just this brief clip makes me so excited to hear the final product. 🙂 Mark Hammond has done some wonderful stuff for Disney in the past. It’d be a shame if this potential masterpiece of a score isn’t released for the public to enjoy.

  • OOOO…. Night on Bald Mountain has always been a favorite of mine. Can’t wait.

  • What a cool video. It’s very nice to see that you still record your scores with an entire orchestra onsite and together.

    I know many are opting for the cheaper route of recording sections or instruments separate from each other, but I think you get better results from recording everything together.

    Thank you!

  • Very cool video. I love seeing the behind the scenes videos. World of Color is looking (and sounding) amazing!

  • Steve, what a wonderful experience that must have been for you! Thank you so much for sharing a bit of that with us. It sounds amazing – can’t wait to see it all come together in the show!

  • Hopefully we’ll see a cd release of the score that would be avaliable for purchase in the parks…

  • Nice!
    Its always cool to see behind the scenes stuff like that.

  • Amazing Steve…simply amazing! I cannot wait(hopefully) to see video of Amy Grant singing and parts of the opening score.

  • That is awesome Steve. What an amazing experience. The anticipation continues to build…

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