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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.

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

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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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!

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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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