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Diamond Celebration Inspiration: ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Last week, we brought you the first installment of our interview with Steve Davison, Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, revealing the inspirations behind the three dazzling nighttime spectaculars featured during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Today, I’m pleased to share more of this interview with you, and this time we focus on “World of Color – Celebrate!” at Disney California Adventure park.

World of Color at Disney's California Adventure

How did you decide to devote this show to the life and creativity of Walt Disney?

Steve: We wanted “World of Color – Celebrate!” to be an anchor for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. We wanted to tell a heartfelt story of a man who always followed his dreams into the unknown and show how he made great things happen by taking chances.

How did you select the specific moments and milestones that are featured in the show?

Steve: Each moment in the show is a milestone in Walt Disney’s career. It shows how he started, and where his journey has lead us all today. For example, we wanted to show how the creation of Mickey Mouse compelled him to create full-length animated features.

What influences from the “Wonderful World of Disney” can be found in the show?

Steve: We treated this show as if it was an episode of the “Wonderful World of Disney,” in which a host takes us into world of Disney. For “World of Color – Celebrate!” we presented Neil Patrick Harris the way Walt Disney would be presented as the host. This made Neil our guide to explore dreams of a very special man, Walt Disney.

We’ll conclude our interview with Steve Davison in the next installment when we discuss “Paint the Night” parade!


  • I agree with Kathleen! My most treasured music are the CD’s from the parks with the soundtracks to the fireworks shows, Fantasmic, the Electric Light Parade, Light Magic, and old attractions that are no longer there and ones that are still around. Music is what made Disney shorts and features special! And it’s music that makes Disney Parks attractions better than the rest! I’m an annual passholder and have been for over 26 years, I’m a charter D23 member, I love Disney and when I can’t be in the parks I love remeniecing about Disney by listening to Diney music and it hurts that I can’t listen to Halloween Screams, World of Color, World of Color Celebrate!, Disneyland Forever, and Paint the Night! These shows will be replaced by new ones and I love the new things that Disney does but I also love the old and being able to listen to the old soundtracks helps to not miss them so much.

  • Please Disney, release the World Of Color Soundtrack. Pls and thank you!

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