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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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Behind the Scenes: New Custom Animation for ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 11th, 2013 by Steven Davison, Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment


Happy Holidays! ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ is coming up faster than you can imagine. This new holiday water spectacular is going to be visually breathtaking!

As part of show, we are working closely with our partners at Walt Disney Animation Studios. This outstanding group of artists is going out of their way to bring new and amazing animation to the show. From classics like “Bambi,” to new characters like Olaf from the upcoming animated feature “Frozen,” all are being customized for the “World of Color” fountain/projection stage.

To tell you a little bit more about it and give you a look behind the scenes, here’s a video with Dave Bossert, Producer and Creative Director of Special Projects for Walt Disney Animation Studios. He’s going to chat about about the custom work they are doing for the all-new show.

Season’s Greetings!

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Disneyland Annual Passholders: Your Seasons’ Greetings Card Could Be Part of ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 30th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE 9/19/13: Submission deadline has been extended to October 4, and this opportunity is open to everyone!

'World of Color - Winter Dreams' at Disney California Adventure Park

Last month, Steve Davison, vice president of Parades and Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, announced a new seasonal show coming to Disney California Adventure park this holiday season – “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” And today I’m excited to tell you that Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can have their own seasons’ greeting cards become part of the show!

One segment in the new seasonal show will feature reproductions of seasons’ greetings cards created by guests – like you! Find out how to design and submit a winter-themed card that could be considered and, if selected, included in this special segment of “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” Just visit this page for important information such as eligibility requirements, card size requirements, artwork restrictions and submission guidelines. Then create an original card with what you think the winter holidays bring … What is your favorite part of the winter season? How does your family celebrate? Use your imagination, draw from your own inspiration – and have the chance to show everyone as part of “World of Color – Winter Dreams”! The submission deadline is September 20, 2013.

Information and program elements are subject to restrictions, change and cancellation without notice.

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Special ‘World of Color’ Announcement from Imagineer Steve Davison at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 25th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Listen up, “World of Color” fans! Since it’s “Christmas in July” week here at Disney Parks, it’s the perfect time for some exciting holiday-time news. Check out the video below for a special announcement from Steve Davison, vice president of Parades and Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, who has very exciting news to share about the “so wonderful, so beautiful” nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure park. Disney Parks Blog readers got to know Steve back in 2010 as he provided regular updates on the “World of Color” as it was in development. He’ll be joining us again, updating us on this exciting news that he’s about to reveal. What is it? Watch the video and find out!

Mark your calendars because “World of Color – Winter Dreams” will begin November 15, 2013, at Disney California Adventure park.

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Taking it Slow: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In celebration of the three-year anniversary of “World of Color” this month, I wanted to try out the slow-motion camera and have the crew tape some highlights from the ever-changing show. Nothing compares to seeing this spectacular in person; however, the video below gives a glimpse of the show from a whole new, multi-colored perspective.

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘World of Color’

posted on June 6th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Can you believe that “World of Color” premiered three years ago this month at Disney California Adventure park? Time surely does fly on a carousel of color! One of my personal Disneyland Resort favorites, “World of Color” features more than 1,000 water jets that bring Paradise Pier to life in a dazzling spectacle of color and light. “World of Color” regulars know that the show is a bit different from other nighttime spectaculars at the Disneyland Resort; it features a unique viewing process. So today I’m here to offer you some of the best ways to enjoy this spectacular spectacular – feel free to leave your own tips in the comments.
‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

  • Disney’s FASTPASS Service – Plan ahead to reserve a spot inside Paradise Park at Disney California Adventure park to watch “World of Color.” Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis outside Grizzly River Run in the Golden State area of the park. Remember that every member of your party must enter Disney California Adventure park and present their tickets at the kiosk to receive a FASTPASS.
    Bonus tip: Guests staying at Disneyland Resort Hotels can take advantage of Extra Magic Hour on select days, during which time you may enter Disney California Adventure park one hour before it opens to guests. Take advantage of this extra time by picking up your “World of Color” FASTPASS!

  • “World of Color” Dining – Not a morning person? Love great food? This is the option for you. In addition to enjoying a delicious meal, you also get access to a reserved viewing area in Paradise Park to enjoy “World of Color”! Make your reservation ahead of time by calling 714-781-DINE to enjoy lunch or dinner at Wine Country Trattoria or Carthay Circle Restaurant, or dinner at Ariel’s Grotto on select nights throughout the summer, followed by reserved viewing for “World of Color.”

  • Glow With the Show” Ears – Looking for a way to become part of “World of Color” yourself? Pick up a pair of “Glow With the Show” Ears at merchandise locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. These special ears interact with the show itself, flashing and changing colors in response to the various scenes. And be sure to keep your “Glow With the Show” Ears after the show, because they also interact with many other shows and areas in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

  • Paradise Pier – Keep in mind that several attractions at Paradise Pier close during the show. Be sure to check operating times for specific attractions when you arrive. But here’s a special tip for viewing “World of Color” in a new way. Remember in my previous “Viewing Tips” post, we talked about catching “Magical” fireworks spectacular from an attraction? Try the same thing with “World of Color” from Goofy’s Sky School. It’s quite an experience learning how to fly with Goofy as the night sky is filled with every color of the rainbow.

Okay, now it’s your turn. What are your “World of Color” viewing tips? Leave them in the comments!

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 28th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


After the sun sets at Disney California Adventure park, the night is filled with “World of Color” – the spectacular show of light, fire, color and water … lots of water. I have photographed “World of Color” numerous times and always enjoy it as much as the first time. I selected this first photo because of the reflection of Mickey’s Fun Wheel; I thought it was a little different than most of the other photos I’ve taken of the show.
Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park
I chose the two photos below because I love abstract photography, and I feel they fit into the category pretty well.

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If you have not seen “World of Color,” you really should. If you haven’t photographed it, do so and let your imagination run wild. You may be surprised at the results.

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

posted on August 3rd, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


For weeks, Disney California Adventure park guests have marveled at the new “Glow With the Show” Ears, which magically interact with “World of Color,” Mad T Party and other areas of the park. The technology behind the ears has been a mystery, until now! Check out the video below to learn how these new ears work their magic.

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