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Marina Bay Sands gives a “new fantastic point of view” for Disney+ launch in Singapore

Benjamin Kheng and Annette Lee at Crystal Universe at Marina Bay Sands

The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia and Marina Bay Sands once again joined forces to make history atop one of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks on 24 February, marking the debut of the video-on-demand streaming service Disney+.

The nationally televised launch culminated in a show-stopping spectacle, with the light-up of several landmarks in the Marina Bay vicinity, including Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, the three cascading towers of Marina Bay Sands and underbelly of Sands SkyPark, as well as ArtScience Museum

The launch also saw Singaporean superstar JJ Lin give an unprecedented performance on the rooftop of ArtScience Museum, dubbed the Welcoming Hand of Singapore by Las Vegas Sands’  late founder Sheldon G. Adelson.

True to the lyrics of Aladdin’s theme song A Whole New World, Lin performance literally gave a  “new fantastic point of view” as he became the first artist to have ever performed atop the iconic  ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, singing a medley of some of the most recognisable Disney theme songs including Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King; Let it Go from Frozen; A Whole New World from Aladdin; and the Chinese theme song Embark/最 嚮往的地方, from the latest Walt Disney Pictures animation, Soul.

It also served as a homecoming for Lin, who was one of the first artists to have performed at the grand opening of Marina Bay Sands in 2010, alongside American singers Kelly Rowland and Diana Ross.

JJ Lin on rooftop of ArtScience Museum
JJ Lin on rooftop of ArtScience Museum

Lin had posted on Facebook on 25 February: “If being indulged with Disney fantasies taught me one thing, it would be that “magic carpet rides” are real, as long as you dare to believe! (and work extremely hard for them!). “So here it is, my dream come true, “shining, shimmering, and  splendid”!”

He was joined by a star-studded line-up of local singer-songwriters including Sing! China 2016  first runner-up Nathan Hartono, who sang You’ve Got A Friend In Me from Toy Story; as well as  Benjamin Kheng and Annette Lee, who performed the classic Disney theme songs Beauty & the  Beast. Reflection from Mulan and Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid. These memorable performances took place at ArtScience Museum’s permanent exhibition space Future World: Where Art Meets Science.

The launch was a pinnacle moment for Marina Bay Sands and Disney, who have partnered over  the years for events that have included the Southeast Asia Blue Carpet & Premiere of Captain  America: Civil War and festive-light up with Moana in 2016, Marina Bay Sands’ Festive Light  Up with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War red  carpet fan event in 2018, and Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel fan event in 2019.

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Katherine Sng

Katherine Sng

I am a single mother living in Singapore. I am an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle through exercise; eating right; keeping a positive and youthful outlook of life; and, to live vicariously while you can. When not spending time watching Bubba grow, I am catching up on the latest news and entertainment gossip. I strongly believe that empowerment is possible for anyone, as long as they believe in themselves and the people around them.

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