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Sign Up Now to ‘Glow With the Show’ with the Disney Parks Blog

posted on July 23rd, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: Capacity has been reached for the Disney Parks Blog “Glow With the Show” Meet-Up. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

‘Glow With the Show’ Ears in Action During 'World of Color' at Disney California Adventure Park

We’ve showed you videos of the new “Glow With the Show” Ears, so now it’s time to check them out for yourself! Join us on Monday, July 30, at Disney California Adventure park for our Disney Parks Blog “Glow With the Show” Meet-Up.

Sign up here right now for a chance to attend with a guest. Each meet-up participant (including guests) will receive a pair of “Glow With the Show” Ears and reserved viewing for the 9 p.m. showing of “World of Color.” After the show, you’re welcome to enjoy the park – I’d recommend you take your ears over to Mad T Party!

Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Park admission will be provided beginning at 7 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Sign up now and come “Glow With the Show” with the Disney Parks Blog!

Read more about the “Glow With the Show” Ears in the posts below:

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Eight Ways to Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park: After Dark

posted on June 26th, 2012 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


With the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure park, there’s even more to explore day and night, from the thrills of Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land to the toe-tapping music and entertainment along Buena Vista Street. With so much to do, we came up with some specialized itineraries to help you plan your next visit. We’ll share them over the coming months, offering a “guide” for foodies, thrill seekers, little tykes, nature lovers, shoppers and fans of shows and Disney characters.

Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park After Dark with New, Extended Summer Hours

Today’s list is for guests who like to play after dark. We’d also like to hear from you about your favorite ways to enjoy the newly reopened park – let us know in the comments.

Have you tried all these magical, nighttime experiences at Disney California Adventure park?

With new, extended hours at Disney California Adventure park from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. all summer long, guests have more time to enjoy all the fun. What are you planning to do when the sun goes down at the park?

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VIDEO: ‘Glow With the Show’ Ears Light Up the Audience During ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 18th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we told you about the brand-new “Glow With the Show” Ears that are spreading light and color all over Disney California Adventure park. From the Mad T Party, to Cars Land and more, these new ears make park guests a part of the show like never before. In the video below, watch as the entire “World of Color” audience lights up and glows with the show! Be sure to grab your own “Glow With the Show” Ears on your next visit to Disney California Adventure park – they are available for $25 (tax included) at locations throughout the park, including Los Feliz Five & Dime, Off the Page, Seaside Souvenirs and many merchandise carts.

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Disney•Pixar’s ‘Brave’ to Join ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 14th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This time next month, all the new entertainment and attractions at Disney California Adventure park will be open for you to enjoy. I, for one, can’t wait to see everything. June 15 will be a full day of memorable experiences, capped off with the stunning “World of Color” nighttime spectacular!

Since “World of Color” made its debut back in 2010, the show has featured occasional updates and surprises, delighting audiences with forays into new worlds ranging from “TRON: Legacy” to “Prep & Landing.” Just in time for one of the biggest summers in Disney California Adventure park history, “World of Color” is set to introduce another new sequence, inspired by the Disney•Pixar film “Brave.”

Merida from Disney•Pixar's 'Brave

Set to “Brave” composer Patrick Doyle’s stirring Scottish score, the sequence introduces us to the film’s adventurous heroine Merida, as she races across the Scottish Highlands, bow and arrow in hand, on her faithful horse Angus, and follows the mysterious will o’ the wisps on an epic journey to change her fate.

“Brave” opens in theaters June 22, but you’ll be able to catch the “Brave”-inspired sequence in “World of Color” starting June 15.

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Dinner with Ariel and Her Princess Friends Coming Soon to Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 15th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Ariel's Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

What could be better than dining with Ariel and her princess friends for breakfast or lunch at Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park during Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration? How about a royal dinner?

Yes, beginning June 15, 2012, guests may join Ariel and her princess friends for breakfast, lunch or dinner for an enchanting Character Dining experience filled with music, laughter, delicious food and the opportunity to meet Disney Princesses. Reservations for dinner at Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration are now open today, Apr. 15. Call the Disney Dine Line (714-781-DINE) or emailing dining your reservation requests to dine@disneyland.com.

World of Color” dining packages will no longer be offered at Ariel’s Grotto after June 14, 2012, but guests may still enjoy “World of Color” package options at other park locations to receive a ticket for access to the “World of Color” Viewing Area.

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‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park Celebrates 1,000th Performance Tonight

posted on November 11th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

Tonight marks an exciting milestone for “World of Color” – its 1,000th performance. Since the nighttime spectacular debuted in June 2010, the show – conceived as a kind of “living ‘Fantasia’” has used music, animation, color, light and water to amaze millions of guests at Disney California Adventure park.

“World of Color” employs brand-new technologies developed especially for the show by Walt Disney Imagineering – fountains with multiple moving heads, a “movie screen” on water – but one of the most amazing aspects of the show is its ability to continuously change.

“I am so proud that ‘World of Color’ has reached its 1,000th performance,” Steve Davison, Vice President, Parades & Spectaculars for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment and Creative Director for “World of Color,” told the Disney Parks Blog. ”For me, one of the most exciting aspects of the show is that the technology that we developed has the flexibility to adapt and change without taking the show down for refurbishment. We’ve already had a lot of fun with the TRON tag, and we’re really excited to be introducing another new segment in time for the holidays!”

Be sure to check out Lanny & Wayne from “Prep & Landing,” in a special “World of Color” holiday sequence beginning November 14.

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‘World of Color’ Dinner at Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 14th, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park is a frenzy of satin, chiffon and glitter as a favorite spot for breakfast and lunch with the Disney princesses, at dinnertime the dining room takes on a decidedly different ambiance. With no Disney characters, it’s an ideal spot for an evening cocktail with a view of Paradise Pier through the windows. Best of all, a preferred viewing FASTPASS for “World of Color“ is part of the deal.

Enjoy 'World of Color' from Ariel's Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

Ariel’s Grotto recently got a nod from the Southern California Restaurant Writers with a “Gold” award (Four Stars), judged on food, service, ambiance and beverages and achieving between 95 and 100 points by a vote of the members.

Relax with a superfruit martini (blueberry vodka, pomegranate liqueur, cranberry juice, agave nectar and fresh lemon juice) or an agave nectar margarita (tequila, agave nectar and fresh lime juice). Dinner is fixed price, else we’d make a meal of the Antipasti Tower – one is grilled veggies and cheeses, the other adds clams, shrimp, prosciutto and chorizo.

Move on to a favorite entrée: sustainable fish with wild rice and sweet pineapple chutney; pasta with Italian sausage; herb-crusted chicken breast with cheddar mashed potatoes; tender tri-tip slow roasted over rock salt, cioppino with lobster, fish, scallops, mussels, shrimp and chorizo; or spinach and ricotta agnolotti (ravioli) in a light mushroom broth.

Dessert is to be shared, but we find that the warm chocolate cake goes first. Nibble green apple mousse in a cone, tiramisù chocolate cups, French macaroons, passion fruit quenelles, chocolate ganache crunch triangles and white chocolate with fresh berries. You won’t leave hungry.

You can make reservations up to 60 days in advance. Cost is $39.99 for adults, $20.99 ages 3 to 9. And Passholder discounts apply! Call 714-781-DINE (3463).

Have you tried Ariel’s for dinner?

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Celebrating One Year of ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 10th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow marks one year since “World of Color” made its first splash at Disney California Adventure park! In that time, the award-winning nighttime spectacular has been seen by more than 3 million guests.

Throughout its more than 700 performances, “World of Color” has continued to bring the emotion and fun of Disney films to life through a unique combination of animation, music, fire, lasers and (of course) water. To mark its first year of performances, let’s take a look back at how this magical experience was created through some of our favorite behind-the-scenes posts:

World of Color – Behind the H20 – The Abbey Road Sessions (Originally posted January 29, 2010): Imagineer Steve Davison started a series of making-of looks with this video of the show’s soundtrack recordings.

Disney•Pixar Animation Brings “World of Color” to Life (Originally posted March 5, 2010): This exclusive look from Pixar Animation Studios shows how Disney•Pixar characters were brought to life in the show.

The Stage is Set for World of Color (Originally posted April 30, 2010): Go into the control booth with the Imagineers during overnight testing of lights, fire and fountains prior to the show’s opening.

‘World of Color’ – Behind the H2O – Making the Fountains Dance (Originally posted May 24, 2010): See how live performers inspired the show’s dancing fountains.

Introducing the Cast of ‘World of Color’ (Originally posted June 14, 2010): Take a look at all the different types of fountains that “perform” in the show.

Celebrate with us – tell us about your favorite “World of Color” scene in the comments!

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More Exciting News About ‘World of Color’

posted on March 15th, 2011 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


I need your help on this one, Disney Parks Blog readers. Can you play the sound of a “drum roll” in your head? Great! You’ve set the tone for our big news: “World of Color” was just named the Best New Theme Park Show of 2010, in the About.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Thank you to all the fans who voted for “World of Color” – the nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure park. It’s not easy to capture this massive show in words, and I like how About.com describes it: “Dazzling lights, soaring fountains, and stirring animated scenes from Disney and Pixar animated films combine to form a stunning tapestry of color and spectacle…”

We thought you would enjoy a look back at the reaction from guests – and special VIPs – after they saw “World of Color” on opening night last June:

More than 2 million guests have seen “World of Color” since it debuted and their experiences are creating lasting memories. Here’s what one reader on the Disney Parks Blog said about his favorite memory from the experience.

Joey from California: “The most exciting time viewing ‘World of Color’ was when I took my little nephews James (6) and Gavin (3). We had a ‘World of Color’ dining package at Ariel’s Grotto, so we had FASTPASSES for the Preferred Dining Section in Paradise Park. The little ones were extremely excited! … Once the show got to a start, all I heard was ‘Wow!’ ‘Cool!’ and ‘Awesome!’”

Thank you, Disney fans! We’re so glad you like “World of Color.” Have you seen the “TRON” encore for the show?

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Sharing Memories About ‘World of Color’

posted on January 26th, 2011 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Yesterday we shared the exciting news that “World of Color” reached a milestone performance: No. 500, on Tuesday night. That news elicited lots of memories from guests who have seen the show at Disney California Adventure park.

I have seen “World of Color” nearly a dozen times and each time it’s a new experience. Either I see something new, or I watch it from a different angle, or one of the musical numbers sparks a special emotional response. Depending on where I am in the viewing area, I feel more or less water mist.

We think “World of Color” is the best show that debuted in a theme park in 2010. If you agree, nominate “World of Color” for the Reader’s Choice awards at the about.com theme parks site, in the “best show” section. You can nominate through Feb. 4. and then the voting begins.

I’m curious about your experiences. What do you like most about “World of Color”?

To help you remember, here’s one of the first videos we shared with you:

One part that always makes me smile is the Wall-E and Eva scene. Tell us about your special memories of the show.

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