Just yesterday, our friends at Shanghai Disney Resort launched their 5th Birthday Celebration, the Year of Magical Surprises. As part of that occasion, they recently unveiled “Magical Surprise,” an all-new song capturing the theme of the special celebration. I got to discuss how this song came to be with Yaron Spiwak, Senior Music Producer & Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering. Here are some excerpts from our conversation:
Who were the song writers and how were they chosen?
Yaron: The song was written by Chris Sernel, an American recording artist and Grammy-nominated producer who worked with us on a song for a previous project, and Jeff Lewis, a songwriter for films and a contestant on season 4 of “The Voice.” It was co-produced by Jeff, Chris, Leo Shahar and myself. The song was written and submitted in English first but was adapted by the local team to a Mandarin version that kept the same spirit and message as the original.
Here is a clip of the Mandarin language version released by Shanghai Disney Resort and sung by Liu Yuning: