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Sixty Years of Innovation: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Let’s wrap up our look back at “Sixty Years of Innovation” at the Disneyland Resort with a nighttime spectacular that, in just five short years, has become an instant classic. “World of Color” opened at Disney California Adventure park in June 2010 and was immediately a fan favorite. Since its premiere, “World of Color” has been performed more than 2,600 times and experienced by more than ten million guests. Blending technology with classic storytelling, the show continues to change – with new Disney films, the holiday season, and now with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

Five years from planning to opening, “World of Color” was envisioned to be a “living ‘Fantasia,’” using music, animation, color, light and water to immerse the audience in a storytelling journey. The scale of the show is massive, and the “dancing” fountains needed to bring it to life required innovations that the creative team was told were impossible. When they were told they couldn’t have fountains with multiple heads or moving heads, they created them. When they were told they couldn’t create color and light in the fountains, they found ways. Every piece of the show involved a new innovation.

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

The “stage” for “World of Color” was another innovation in itself: a platform composed of nearly 1 full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field and capable of settling on three levels – one for the performance, one under the water surface and one for maintenance. The show features nearly 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains, and a vast underwater grid with more than 18,000 points of control. Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle, height and more.

Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse Host ‘World of Color - Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park

And now, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, “World of Color – Celebrate!” is hosted by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and the one-and-only Mickey Mouse, taking guests on a journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney to see how his extraordinary dreams came true.


  • 5 years ago! Feels just like yesterday I was getting excited for its debut.

  • My husband and I love this show. We are most likely not able to make it to see the new show this year, however. I wished though that they would have released a cd with the new (or original) won show as well as the parade and fireworks. Especially for the 60th celebration. this way I could relive the show all the time.

  • I really wanted to like WoC Celebrate, what can I say, they wasted this opportunity to have a super show; with the kind of spectacular effects and production they have now for the WoC stage, I was hopping to get goosebumps or something, instead I felt the show emotionless, the original song and music forgettable, the interventions of NPH were awkward, didn’t seemed right, and at some points the show was boring. At the end it just feels like an ‘ok’ show, not worth getting there early for a good spot. It’s not just this show, the past one, Winter Dreams, was also not good. They really need someone who knows how to direct and produce a show to hit the mark, imho.

  • I think that World of Color Celebrate is a really cool, fun show. Certainly, a different kind of show for the venue, but still very fun. 🙂
    Also, since Fabian brought it up, I think that Winter Dreams is a GREAT show! I’m looking forward to seeing it again this holiday season.

  • Erin, I should have guessed WoC after guessing Fantasmic! for the 90s! 🙂 Great choice though, World of Color is always a highlight for our DLR trips. And great blog series! Enjoyed it a lot.

  • Erin, the new world of colour is okay but the old one was more.. well… colourful. i would love to see one showing a night of world of colour celebrate and one showing of the original.

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