Yesterday, guests at our “World of Color” Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure park were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of “World of Color.” The event kicked off at 7 p.m. in Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure park, with a different kind of world of color as the stage was filled with multi-colored lights and music.
Guests participated in a panel discussion with Steven Davison, a Disney Parks Blog author and Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars, Sayre Wiseman, Director of Production at Walt Disney Imagineering and Mary Niven, Vice President of Disney California Adventure park and Guest Services.
Steven Davison gave guests a look at concept ideas for “World of Color.” He shared a never-before-seen animatic that was created back in 2008 and showed some of the early planning that went into the show.
Sayre Wiseman, who helped bring “World of Color” to life, shared some interesting stories creating the show. She also showed some home videos that she and Steven shot of the production process.
Mary Niven talked about some of the unique challenges she and her team faced in trying to create the best possible experience for guests. Mary said that she thought this nighttime spectacular was a real “game changer” for guests and the Park. She also shared some funny stories about her conversations with guests and her granddaughter’s first impressions of the show.
After the panelists finished, we turned the event over to our guests and let them ask our speakers whatever was on their mind. There were a few particular insights from the show that I really enjoyed. When asked how the team created “glitter,” Steven replied that it was actually a “magical discovery” that happened almost on accident. During special effects tests, they learned that the glitter effect happened when lasers hit water in a certain way.
While walking around and talking with our meet-up guests, I learned that we had guests from as far away as Minnesota and Georgia. Josh Latka, 21, from Newnan, Ga., never thought he’d get in to the meet-up and said he faced a dilemma when he got in: “I was trying to figure out what to do. My parents said, ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. You have to do it.’ So I bought a ticket and came out.”
We also had some other super-fans in attendance. Three members of the audience participated in all our blog-related events at Disneyland Resort: Toy Story Mania Meet-Up, ‘World of Color’ Premiere Trivia Contest and last night’s “World of Color” Meet-Up. To thank these superfans, we gave them an exclusive blanket that was only given to the “World of Color” opening team.
Meet-up guests were also treated to a few gifts, including the special Disney Park Blog pins a glossy 8×10 “World of Color” photo shot by Disney Parks Blog author Paul Hiffmeyer, and a “World of Color” candy apple.
To end the event, guests were escorted to Paradise Park for a viewing of “World of Color.” After the show guests were free to enjoy the Park till closing.
I hope our speakers and guests had as much as fun as I had. Thank you again, Steven, Sayre and Mary, for giving our meet-up guests such a great experience last night, and thanks to all of our guests for coming and following us on the Disney Parks Blog, Facebook and Twitter.