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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 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 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 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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‘World of Color’ Celebrates 500 Performances

posted on January 25th, 2011 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

It’s time for “World of Color” to take a bow.

The hit show celebrates a big milestone tonight – its 500th performance at Disney California Adventure park. Thank you to the more than two million guests who have seen this spectacular display of water and special effects since it opened on June 11, 2010.

In thanks to all the “World of Color” fans, we have a fun trivia quiz today about the show, plus a look back at some of the great video highlights from Paradise Bay. This video is one that has been a favorite on the Disney Parks Blog:

Here’s our quiz. The answers are at the end of this post.

  1. The fountains are the stars of the show, with multiple moving heads that create color and light. How many fountains create the magic of “World of Color”?
  2. From initial planning concept to the debut, how long did it take to create “World of Color”?
  3. The show creators from Walt Disney Imagineering knew that “World of Color” would stretch the capabilities of existing water shows. What Walt Disney quote did they rely on in the process?
  4. Submerged beneath Paradise Bay is the superstructure that generates the show’s giant water screen. This “stage” is longer than a football field, and the width of the water screen ranges from 100 feet to how many feet: 175, 250 or 380?
  5. Since the show opened, a new piece has been added as an encore. It pays tribute to which Disney film?

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New ‘World of Color’ Prix Fixe Menu for Lunch

posted on November 18th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

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Beginning Nov. 26, Wine Country Trattoria will offer a “World of Color” prix fixe menu for lunch, which also includes reserved viewing for Disney’s “World of Color.” Reservations may be made by calling 714-781-DINE.

Take a look at the menu below. It looks fantastic to me!


  • Salad: Arugula, Fennel, Red Onion, Spiced Walnuts, and Goat Cheese with a Fig-Balsamic Dressing OR
  • Chef’s Soup Selection


  • Tuscan Salad with Grilled Shrimp or Chicken – Blend of Romaine and Radicchio, Red and Yellow Grape Tomatoes, Celery, Green Beans, Cannellini Beans and Roasted Peppers tossed in Creamy Italian Dressing
  • Lasagna Rustica – Served with House-Made Bolognese
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – Herbed Chicken Breast, Arugula, Caramelized Onions, Provolone, and Walnut-Porcini Aioli on Toasted Ciabatta with a Green Salad
  • Broccolini Aglio Olio – Campanelle Pasta lightly tossed with Spinach, Arugula, Tomatoes, Garlic, Chili Flakes, and Olive Oil


  • Trattoria Tiramisu
  • Mini Fruit Crostada
  • Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fresh Fruit
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse with Lemon Cream

The price for the prix fixe lunch is $29.99 for adults and $18.99 for children ages 3 to 9.

You can also get more details about our other dining options for “World of Color,” including picnic boxes and prix fixe dinners in our earlier post. We’ve updated the post with the latest information.

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Thea Awards Announced for ‘World of Color’ and Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine

posted on November 16th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Today, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that this year’s Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement-Nighttime Spectacular goes to “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park. “World of Color” is recognized by TEA as “a visual and technical marvel,” that combines stunning Disney and Pixar animation with music, lights, fog, lasers, fire and nearly 1,200 programmable fountains spanning an area that is bigger than a football field. Please join me in congratulating the hundreds of talented people from around the world who worked on this project for the past five years!

'World of Color'

And that’s not all. Longtime Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine was recognized for a lifetime of distinguished achievements with The Buzz Price Award. Kim began her career at Walt Disney Imagineering in 1970, where she worked alongside many of the Walt Disney Imagineering legends such as John Hench, Mary Blair, Marc Davis and Claude Coats. She worked on many attractions for both Magic Kingdom and Epcot at Walt Disney World before joining Imagineering’s Disneyland Design Studio team in 1980.

Longtime Walt Disney Imagineer, Kim Irvine

Kim has long been the Art Director for Disneyland park and was responsible for projects such as Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration, including a new look for the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Recent projects include adding ‘new magic’ to classic attractions such as ‘it’s a small world’ and in locations like the Rivers of America. Kim also created designs for the new Disney Gallery and interiors for the new The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction on Main Street, U.S.A.

TEA announced the 17th Annual Thea Award recipients during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction’s (IAAPA) annual conference. The Thea Awards recognize achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. To date, Walt Disney Imagineering has received a total of 34 awards throughout the Thea Awards’ 17-year history.

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Video: ‘World of Color TRON: Legacy Encore’

posted on November 1st, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

When “World of Color” first debuted in June, we hinted at the possibility of adding new stories and even more special moments to the show.

For the first time this past weekend, a specially-designed encore performance was added to the nighttime water spectacular, “World of Color,” at Disney California Adventure park. Once again, “World of Color” takes Disney storytelling to new heights as the exciting world of “TRON: Legacy” is brought to life with a breathtaking combination of sky-high fountains, film projections, piercing lasers and pulsating light.

The “World of Color TRON: Legacy Encore” celebrates the mysterious cyber realm and the bold adventure of “TRON: Legacy,” Disney’s newest 3D film, which will be released Dec. 17. While The Grid has already come alive for guests during ElecTRONica in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, The Grid roars to life in a new way at “World of Color” with light cycles, digital thunderstorms, cyber world gladiators, and the ominous soundtrack from “TRON: Legacy.”

There are also new surprises and creative effects that are projected onto the circular loop of California Screamin’. A completely new laser system has also been added to transform the coaster during the encore.

Take a peek and let us know what you think.

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Special ‘World of Color’ Shows for Annual Passholders

posted on September 13th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

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We’ve added two performances of “World of Color,” just for annual passholders this week. Annual passholders have a unique opportunity to see the nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure park at 9:15 p.m. on September 15 and 16. Guests who are not annual passholders can still see the regularly scheduled show at 8:15 p.m. on both nights.

We heard from a lot of annual passholders that it’s difficult to visit the Park in the mornings and obtain a Disney FASTPASS ticket, so this is a special opportunity just for annual passholders.

Here are the details:

  • Disney FASTPASS ticket distribution will begin at 5 p.m. at the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS location.
  • A valid Annual Passport must be presented to obtain a Disney FASTPASS ticket.
  • Disney FASTPASS tickets are limited and are subject to availability.
  • Annual passholders with a Disney FASTPASS ticket need to be in Disney California Adventure park prior to park close at 8:00 p.m. on the day of show and will need to queue beginning at 8:45 p.m.
  • In addition to a special showing of “World of Color,” passholders will have the following attractions available to them from 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.:
  • Annual Passholders without a FASTPASS ticket will be accommodated if space is still available in the alternate viewing area.

Enjoy the show!

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‘World of Color’ Meet-Up Guests Get Inside Scoop

posted on August 27th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Yesterday, guests at our “World of Color” Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure park were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of “World of Color.” The event kicked off at 7 p.m. in Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure park, with a different kind of world of color as the stage was filled with multi-colored lights and music.
Inside the ‘World of Color’ Meet-Up room
Guests participated in a panel discussion with Steven Davison, a Disney Parks Blog author and Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars, Sayre Wiseman, Director of Production at Walt Disney Imagineering and Mary Niven, Vice President of Disney California Adventure park and Guest Services.
‘World of Color’ Meet-Up Panel
Steven Davison gave guests a look at concept ideas for “World of Color.” He shared a never-before-seen animatic that was created back in 2008 and showed some of the early planning that went into the show.

Sayre Wiseman, who helped bring “World of Color” to life, shared some interesting stories creating the show. She also showed some home videos that she and Steven shot of the production process.

Mary Niven talked about some of the unique challenges she and her team faced in trying to create the best possible experience for guests. Mary said that she thought this nighttime spectacular was a real “game changer” for guests and the Park. She also shared some funny stories about her conversations with guests and her granddaughter’s first impressions of the show.

After the panelists finished, we turned the event over to our guests and let them ask our speakers whatever was on their mind. There were a few particular insights from the show that I really enjoyed. When asked how the team created “glitter,” Steven replied that it was actually a “magical discovery” that happened almost on accident. During special effects tests, they learned that the glitter effect happened when lasers hit water in a certain way.
Josh Latka from Newnan, Ga.
While walking around and talking with our meet-up guests, I learned that we had guests from as far away as Minnesota and Georgia. Josh Latka, 21, from Newnan, Ga., never thought he’d get in to the meet-up and said he faced a dilemma when he got in: “I was trying to figure out what to do. My parents said, ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. You have to do it.’ So I bought a ticket and came out.”

We also had some other super-fans in attendance. Three members of the audience participated in all our blog-related events at Disneyland Resort: Toy Story Mania Meet-Up, ‘World of Color’ Premiere Trivia Contest and last night’s “World of Color” Meet-Up. To thank these superfans, we gave them an exclusive blanket that was only given to the “World of Color” opening team.

Meet-up guests were also treated to a few gifts, including the special Disney Park Blog pins a glossy 8×10 “World of Color” photo shot by Disney Parks Blog author Paul Hiffmeyer, and a “World of Color” candy apple.

To end the event, guests were escorted to Paradise Park for a viewing of “World of Color.” After the show guests were free to enjoy the Park till closing.

I hope our speakers and guests had as much as fun as I had. Thank you again, Steven, Sayre and Mary, for giving our meet-up guests such a great experience last night, and thanks to all of our guests for coming and following us on the Disney Parks Blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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