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What are Your Disney California Adventure Park Must-Do’s?

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we shared our Disneyland park must-do’s … and I’ve got to say, you all had some pretty good things to share. This week, let’s head over to Disney California Adventure park. These are my must-do’s – share yours in the comments!

Stop #1 – Red Car Trolley, Buena Vista Street

I love a nice stroll down Buena Vista Street, but the Red Car Trolley is the best way to see it in style. Read about the real-life inspiration behind this attraction in this post.

Stop #2 – Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Buena Vista Street

Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure Park

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is the only place at the Disneyland Resort where you can get a customized, hand-dipped ice cream bar!

Stop #3 – Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Buena Vista Street

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park

Carthay Circle Restaurant is an amazing place to eat – the beautiful restaurant, the delicious food. But if you only have time for a quick stop, I recommend the downstairs lounge. I love the vintage-inspired cocktails.

Stop #4- Frozen Fun, Hollywood Land

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This is a brand-new addition to my list. “Frozen Fun” includes so much to do – and my favorite is “Olaf’s Snow Fest.” I grew up in Florida and now I live in Southern California, so playing in the snow is a genuine novelty for me.

Stop #5 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Hollywood Land

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park

This is one of my favorite Disney Parks attractions of all time, so yeah – must-do.

Stop #6 – Cozy Cone Motel, Cars Land

Some time ago, my friend Kelly and I demonstrated our love for all things at the Cozy Cone. Top of my list: Red’s Apple Freeze.

Stop #7 – Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Cars Land

Did you think I was going to say Radiator Springs Racers? Well yeah, that’s an obvious one, but my absolute favorite attraction in Cars Land is Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. It’s surprisingly intense but still great for kids … a perfect Disney Parks attraction.

Stop #8 – Alfresco Tasting Terrace, Pacific Wharf

I love this quiet spot, where you can almost forget you’re in a theme park. And the wonderful wines and delicious food just makes it even better!

Stop #9 – California Screamin’, Paradise Pier

The only roller coaster at the Disneyland Resort with an inverted loop is definitely a must-do!

Stop #10 – “World of Color

Even though it’s closed for refurbishment right now, this nighttime spectacular remains on the list. It’s continued to evolve throughout its nearly five-year run, and I’m amazed by it every time I see it.

That’s my list. Share yours!

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New ‘World of Color’ Merchandise Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here’s your first look at new art for a wave of merchandise capturing a multitude of characters, that has been created in celebration of the nighttime spectacular “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park.

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The new art can be found on adult and youth T-shirts and fleece, a magnet, keychain, mug and more at select locations inside Disney California Adventure park, including Elias & Co., Seaside Souvenirs, and Treasures in Paradise.

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Be sure to check it out on your next visit!

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‘World of Color’ Illuminates the Early Morning During the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 24th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations



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It’s hard to believe it’s almost been four years since the grand opening of “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park! As an avid fan of the show (I think I saw it at least 50 times that opening summer), the 3 a.m. performance during the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event was at top of my must-see list.

For this special performance, guests had the option to enjoy breakfast at Wine Country Trattoria or Ariel’s Grotto for access to reserved viewing, grab a FASTPASS or even watch the show at home via live stream.

We still have two hours left for our 24-hour party to kick off summer at the Disneyland Resort! What has been your favorite memory so far?

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Join Us for a Special 3 a.m. Showing of ‘World of Color,’ Streaming Live From Disneyland Resort

posted on May 24th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


UPDATE 5/24: Rock Your Disney Side live stream coverage has concluded.


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Who’s still awake and rockin’ your Disney Side?

As our 24-hour celebration is wrapping up on the East Coast, things are still going strong at Disneyland Resort, where dance parties at Sleeping Beauty Castle, Tomorrowland Terrace and Mad T Party in Hollywood Land are continuing through 5 a.m. And coming up at 3 a.m. is our special, late-night showing of “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park. If you’re not here, check out the Paradise Pier live stream for a glimpse of the show. You’ll find the world is a carousel of color – even at this time of night!

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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.

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“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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