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VIDEO: How to Play the Fun Wheel Challenge at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


A few months ago, we told you about a new, interactive game for Disney California Adventure park guests. Each night, before “World of Color,” guests can log on to play the Fun Wheel Challenge on their mobile devices. Competing against other park guests to match the color patterns, the winner gets to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel! We recently spent the evening on Paradise Pier to check it out for ourselves. Come along with us!

So the next time you’re waiting to watch “World of Color,” just join the PierGames Wi-Fi network from your mobile device, play the game within your device’s web browser – there are no apps to download. This special Wi-Fi network is available 45 minutes before the start of the first “World of Color” show each evening.

Have you played (or won) the Fun Wheel Challenge? Tell us about it in the comments!

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How’d They Do That? ‘World of Color’ Honor Choir at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 23rd, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


The new “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park is a holiday version of the popular “World of Color” nighttime spectacular. It has new special effects and new music, and is making new holiday memories for our guests. It opens with the “World of Color” Honor Choir, a collection of beautiful voices submitted by Disney Parks fans from all 50 states. So, what’s the story behind how this choir was created online? The “World of Color” Honor Choir is directed by Grammy®-winning composer Eric Whitacre. He’s created many virtual choirs and we’re glad he helped create this one with us. A few months ago, participants submitted their voices through a special “World of Color” Honor Choir website, singing “Glow,” a song composed by Whitacre himself. Actually, I’ll let him explain how it all came together. Disney Parks Blog interviewed him online via live link from London. Enjoy!

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Every Role a Starring Role – ‘World of Color’ Stage Manager at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 27th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort cast member Adeena Welle oversees the daily operation of “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park as its stage manager. Part of the show’s original programming team, Adeena has one foot in the creation of the show and one foot in the operation – getting to run it and maintain it for our guests. In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” Adeena explains her responsibilities and gives us a peek into the wonderful world of stage management!

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‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ Opening Today at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 15th, 2013 by Steven Davison, Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment


What a treat it has been giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the new “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” opening today at Disney California Adventure park. It is so much fun to give you a peek at where the show is headed and how many people it takes to make these nighttime spectaculars a reality. What you’ve seen is just the tip of the “frozen” iceberg! The final show is spectacular, and I’m sure will become a new Disney holiday tradition.

Thanks for joining us for the journey. I hope you can join us and see the show in person. “World of Color – Winter Dreams” is showing nightly through January 6. Happy Holidays!

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Enjoy ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park with ‘Limited Time Magic’

posted on November 15th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


‘Glow With the Show’ Ears at Disney California Adventure Park

World of Color – Winter Dreams” opens tonight at Disney California Adventure park! And we’re getting ready to celebrate this all-new holiday spectacular with some “Limited Time Magic.” From November 18–24, Disney California Adventure park guests with a valid “World of ColorFASTPASS who wear their “Glow With The Show” ears can enjoy a special viewing area for performances of “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” This special viewing area has a limited capacity and will only be offered for a limited time, so get glowing!

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Disney California Adventure Park Guests Control the Action with the Fun Wheel Challenge

posted on November 13th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’ve been in the “World of Color” audience lately, you may have noticed that some of your fellow Disney California Adventure park guests have been really focused on Mickey’s Fun Wheel. Yes, some of our observant guests have discovered the Fun Wheel Challenge, which officially begins nightly starting November 16.

I recently talked to Jeff Voris, executive R&D Imagineer and Todd Bennett, director of Experience Development at the Disneyland Resort. The two and their teams have been working on this project for the past year – even giving guests a demonstration at the D23 Expo in August. Jeff told me that the idea behind the Fun Wheel Challenge is to give guests the opportunity to interact with each other and their surroundings while they wait for “World of Color” to begin.

Fun with Mickey's Fun Wheel at Disney California Adventure Park

“It’s about giving guests the chance to play. For us, that was the main purpose,” he said. “It’s about engaging with your environment and the people around you.”

So how does it work? It’s pretty simple. Once you’re in the “World of Color” viewing area, just join the PierGames Wi-Fi network from your mobile device, and the game plays within your device’s web browser. This special Wi-Fi network is available 45 minutes before the start of the first “World of Color” show each evening. No apps, no downloads.

“Our goal is to make it as simple as possible,” said Jeff.

Once you’re on, you are playing against other guests, with Mickey’s Fun Wheel as your giant game board. The Fun Wheel Challenge is a matching game in which you compete to match specific sequences of colors on Mickey’s Fun Wheel using your mobile device. And here’s my favorite part – if you win, you get to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel right from your mobile device.

And don’t forget your “Glow With the Show” Ears! Todd told me that the game has been designed to incorporate those as well.

Check out the Fun Wheel Challenge for yourself, beginning November 16 at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure park.

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Meet Olaf from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ – Appearing this Holiday Season in ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 12th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Imagineer Steven Davison has been giving us some amazing behind-the-scenes looks and sneak peeks at “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” opening this Friday at Disney California Adventure park. Today, I want to introduce you to the star of this all-new holiday show, Olaf from the upcoming Disney animated feature, “Frozen.

Olaf, voiced by film, television and stage actor Josh Gad, is the friendliest snowman to walk the mountains above the kingdom of Arendelle. He is innocent, outgoing, likes warm hugs and has the ability to disassemble himself at will.

Come see Olaf for yourself in “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” at Disney California Adventure park, November 15 – January 6, and in Disney “Frozen,” in theaters November 27.

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First Look: ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 8th, 2013 by Steven Davison, Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment


The final holiday touches are being added to the brand-new “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park. Each night as the creative team works, we see just how special this show is going to be. It really is filled with all the wonder, happiness and warmth the holidays bring.

A very special treat in “World of Color – Winter Dreams” is Olaf, the cute little snowman from the new Disney Feature Animated film, “Frozen.” He is our childlike, loveable host of the show. With Olaf, we skate off into a wintery world where we encounter many spectacular surprises.

So join us for “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” opening November 15! It is going to be one amazing sleigh ride of a celebration.

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PIXAR Brings ‘Toy Story Nutcracker’ to Life for ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 21st, 2013 by Steven Davison, Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment


To put together a show like “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” it takes an army, or in our case “Green Army Men”! For this new, full-length original show we have enlisted the help of our friends from PIXAR Animation Studios. We went to them with a wild idea: what if “Toy Story” characters decided to perform Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”?

In the original ballet, Clara’s Christmas tree grows and the audience shrinks to this size of a toy beneath the tree. This became our inspiration. The “World of Color” technology was perfect for this effect, because we can make the tree grow in front of your eyes. Then, below the tree is where the magic really happens. Beneath the tree we find Woody, the show’s director. Over the summer he has put together the toys’ version of the ballet. Of course, they have their own special spin on it. Each musical piece we used – Miniature Overture, Trepak (Russian Dance), Tea (Chinese Dance) and Waltz of the Flowers – took on a life of its own. We gave them all special arrangements to match the characters; for instance, the Trepak dance became western to fit Woody and Jessie’s duet.

Another great example of putting a new spin on the classic is Tea (Chinese Dance). We took our inspiration from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and the Mushroom scene. We replaced the Mushrooms with Little Green Men and the baby Mushroom with Rex in at tutu. The result is pure magic!

 
It’s wonderful when we can synergize and partner with great artists like PIXAR and let everyone’s creative energy flow together into the idea. It grows and grows like Clara’s Christmas tree, becoming an exciting new work of art with each pass. And in the end, our audiences get to see the magic that great partnerships can make.

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Lend Your Voice to ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 24th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort fans have already submitted their holiday cards to be included in “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park, and now it’s time to lend your voices! We’re teaming up with GRAMMY®-winning composer Eric Whitacre to produce “Glow,” a new song written especially for the new holiday show, opening November 15. The piece will be performed by the “World of Color” Honor Choir, inspired by Eric Whitacre’s virtual choirs, with hundreds of voices joined by technology. All you need is a computer, webcam, Internet connection and your voice!
'World of Color - Winter Dreams' at Disney California Adventure Park

Here’s how it works: Sign up here, learn your part, record your audition video and submit it. Selected submissions by U.S. residents age 18 or older will be joined together to form the “World of Color” Honor Choir.

We invite new as well as experienced singers, who are U.S. residents age 18 or older, to participate in the creation of beautiful music to be performed as part of this new nighttime spectacular. And if you’re new to online choral performances, don’t worry. Visit this online forum, where a technical support team backed by a robust community of experienced online choral singers can assist you through the process.

Are you ready to learn your part? The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 6, so don’t delay. Ready, set, GLOW!


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