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How Everything is Coming Together for “World of Color”

posted on January 21st, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Earlier this week we shared a video that gave you a sense of the fun we’re having with the construction of “World of Color.” As promised, we’re sharing additional video today that helps tell the story of how all the different pieces are coming together – from fountains, water screens and fire to lights, sounds and Disney and Pixar animation.

Today’s clip shows how various Disney cast members have been working behind the scenes to get ready for this spectacle. You’ll see video of projections on water screens, fountain-test footage from August 30, 2007, a lighting test on November 18, 2009, and a test of fire effects on November 24, 2009.

You’ve been getting to know Steve Davison since he joined the Disney Parks Blog, and now you can also see him hosting today’s video from the platform of the Paradise Bay Lagoon. You’ll also see new footage with Dave Bossert, Creative Director at Walt Disney Animation Studios, who explains how the team is creating new animation specifically for this show.

To help us answer some of your questions about “World of Color” and give you some information you want to know, tell us in the comments what you want to learn about this spectacular, new water show.

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29 Comments

1

Friend on January 21st, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Looks amazing, and another good reason to go to california and go to Disneyland and DCA

2

Michael on January 21st, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I already love California Adventure and this is just one more reason to love it. I can’t wait.

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Evan on January 21st, 2010 at 3:29 pm

This gave me GOOSEBUMPS. It looks amazing.

Please tell me this tech is coming to WDW in someway. The Fountains and Fire fit EPCOT’s Reflections of Earth PERFECTLY.

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Scott from KS on January 21st, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Can’t wait to see it – will it be visible for some of the 1 bedroom DVC Villas at the Grand Californian?

Thanks!

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Steven on January 21st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I’d love to know how the back screen and the front screen will work together! and the Projections on the water are a million times better than those for Fantasmics!

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Fred from CA on January 21st, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Very cool!
I can’t wait to see this show.

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Yazmin on January 21st, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Sure, I have questions!

- Has the official soundtrack been recorded yet? If so, when do we get to hear a sample?

- Will the viewing area include seating areas, or standing only?

- Should we expect any interactive elements within the viewing area itself?

- Can you tell us more about the proposed encores that will occur after the show?

- Will the structures/attractions around Paradise Bay interact with the show in any way?

- Will there be merchandise available for the show? (Official CD, clothing, etc.)

thanks!

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Justine from SK on January 21st, 2010 at 4:36 pm

It looks great! Can’t wait to see it! I wish that the new animation for the show featured Tinker Bell hand drawn, I really don’t like her as a CG character.

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Connie from CA on January 21st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

There is no doubt in my mind that this is going to be INCREDIBLE!

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Liz from UT on January 21st, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Looks great! We want to plan a trip when will it be open?

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Michael from UT on January 21st, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Have you noticed that “Disney” has front men (and women) for the cameras but, they all give credit to the entire “team” working on the project, Disney always treats everyone like family because they are!

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Dina on January 21st, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I can’t wait to see this!! It looks amazing 8:)

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Sean on January 21st, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Looks like this is going to be very popular! Fantasmic is always packed and hard to see if you don’t stake out a spot several hours in advance. Will the viewing area be able to accommodate more people than Disneyland’s riverfront area? How many times will the show be presented?

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Adam on January 21st, 2010 at 5:10 pm

The show is looking awesome Disney!!! I can’t wait to see it all done.

Being a techie, I am very interested in the control systems for the show. Where is it controlled from? How is it controlled? Is it all run by the computer and just monitored by the technicians? How is it programmed? :) Thank you so much for taking the time to share the process with us… it has been magical following the show from the day they drained the lagoon. Into the home stretch now guys!

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Quentin on January 21st, 2010 at 7:16 pm

How does the MeeFog system work? Also, what type of laser effects will be used in the show?

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Rita from CA on January 21st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I cannot wait to see it either! But I do agree with Sean about Fantasmic’s limited viewing area. Everything within Disney is so magical and fantastic that it seems like everybody wants to see everything every time they visit!

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Dan on January 21st, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Wow! I hope to see this in the near future!

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Beverley on January 22nd, 2010 at 7:31 am

Hi, this looks fantastic! The water idea reminds me of the wondrous dancing water fountains outside Bellagio Hotel in Vegas. Every time I have been there they never fail to move me to tears! I think this show will do the same! Go Disney! xxx

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Marie on January 22nd, 2010 at 11:27 am

What about the storyline of the show? Will it be similar to Fantasmic!? Or just random images united by a cool score?

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Ethan on January 22nd, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Quentin, as far as I know the MeeFog is not shown here, It is used in Fantasmic, a low cloud cover is good at obscuring the hardware needed for fountain nozzles and lighting. If you are asking about the water screen, it is like turning on a fire hydrant with the cap half screwed on, big sheets of water!

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Sarah on January 22nd, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I agree with #8 – not loving the new Tink as part of the show that is about Disney’s history – bring back old Tink!

Would love more details about viewing the show – the logisitcs of where guests will stand/sit, any premium viewing opportunities, etc etc.

Can’t wait!

22

Karen from OR on January 22nd, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Looks incredible! Now how about seating?

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Ashley on January 22nd, 2010 at 7:56 pm

is there an official date on when it is going to show?

24

Kevin on January 22nd, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Keep it up the good work WDI… Cant wait.

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Fred from CA on January 23rd, 2010 at 1:26 am

In response to what people are saying about Tinker Bell in this video;

It is entirely possible that the Tinker Bell footage shown with the Walt quote in this video is just TEST animation. It could just be a computer simulation of how it will look for reference. They also created computer simulations of the fountains as well.

It is a fact that they are creating all new hand-drawn animation for the show. So worry not, Tinker Bell may very well be hand-drawn in the show. :)

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Cece on January 23rd, 2010 at 6:23 am

When is it SPECIFICALLY going to be on???? Same question for CAPTIAN EO.

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shawna on January 25th, 2010 at 3:25 am

I really want to know when this opens. I heard spring, if this is true will it only be open for spring break and then summer?

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Rebecca on January 25th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I cant believe that they were running fountain tests in 2007? Where and how were these installed in the Paradise Lagoon since it was not fully drained until more recently than that? When did this idea start?

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Rebecca on January 25th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I cant believe that they were running fountain tests in 2007! Where and how were these installed in the Paradise Lagoon since it was not fully drained until more recently than that? When did this idea start?

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