Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘World of Color’

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

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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  • just saw the show Sunday and wow!!! My tip is let a cast member help you. We had just finished riding Cars and hurried over to the blue section to watch the show and a cast member directed us to an open spot with a great view! We are off to the studios in Burbank in a minute! That my friend is a place with wonderful history!

  • My tip is to check out the second showing! Yes, it’s a little bit later, but you can usually walk up 20 minutes before and still get great spots to view the show, whereas with the early show you would have to line up an hour plus early! And then you get to enjoy the parks longer since the second show is 15 minutes after California Adventure’s closing time.

  • If you do not have children with you, try getting to the Cove Bar about 1 1/2 before the show. They charge you a small cover charge for being there during the show; but it has a great view and you can enjoy a drink while watching!

  • There is always a line about an hour or two before each show that will lead you into your designated “color” seating area with a FastPass. I recommend getting there when they begin forming the line and those that are the first in line are the first to get to the best seats 🙂

  • Where exactly is “Paradise Park” obviously part of Paradise Pier but what section of the boardwalk are we talking about? I cannot find the place on the online map the Disneyland website provides. Thanks!

    • Christopher – Paradise Park is the tiered garden area directly in front of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

  • If we dine at Carthay Circle for the World of Color package, are we allowed to go down into the viewing area for Wine Country/Ariel’s? The viewing area for Carthay is more central, but the viewing area for Wine Country/Ariel’s is closer.

  • The area in front of The Little Mermaid ride is a good place to stand. You won’t be able to see the little fountains, but the bigger elements are very easy to see. We stood there one night, and got Fastpasses the next night, and had a better view back next to The Little Mermaid. I don’t know if Cast Members rope the area off every night, but if you get there early enough, you can move around to where viewing is set up, no matter where it will be. (Of course, that’s the key no matter where you stand. Get there early!)

    My family loves World of Color; it’s required viewing every time we go to Disneyland.

  • Don’t be afraid to get wet! My family and I watched World of Color last summer in the Wet Zone, right up front leaning on the railing by the Golden Zephyr.

    • That’s one way to cool off in the summertime!

  • Make sure you are not standing behind people with little kids– they may prop the kids onto their shoulders, blocking your view (or at least make sure you are high enough above them). Also, if you are close to the front and/or it’s windy– prepare to get wet!

  • World of Color is awesome!

    For anyone who was wondering, the only Paradise Pier attractions that remain open during World of Color are Toy Story Midway Mania, Goofy’s Sky School, and The Little Mermaid Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

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