Disney’s World of Color — A Whole New World of Light Shows

by Janice

Disney dazzles Disney California Adventure park goers with an innovative nighttime water spectacular, World of Color.

Disney-World-of-Color-1My favorite time at Disney, (it even beats whipping around on Thunder Mountain or eating ice cream sundaes as my family watches the parade march down Main Street,) is when the sun goes down and the sky lights up with Disney magic.

The fireworks, the music, the storytelling – it simply wraps up the day with a happily-ever-after ending that never fails to give me goosebumps.

So when I heard about World of Color, I knew I would love it. How could I not? With 1,200 fountains, state of the art lasers, and a 380-foot wide water screen for digital projection – all mixed with Disney magic – it could only be spectacular.

World of Color does not disappoint! Disney’s creative team has created an extraordinary show — it is dazzling, inspiring and beautiful.

The animation is projected on a 380-foot wide water screen – which in itself is something to behold. But not only does the water serve as a screen for the projected images, the water screen takes on live characteristics, changing shapes, creating special effects, and interacting with color, fire, lasers and fog.

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The show features characters from all the big Disney and Disney Pixar hits like Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Little Mermaid, Lion King, Wall-E and more and also seamlessly weaves in classics like Dumbo. The musical score, composed and arranged by Mark Hammond, includes new compositions as well as new arrangements of classic melodies from Disney and Disney Pixar films.

The whole show reflects the vision, innovation and heart of Walt Disney. In fact, the World of Color show was inspired by Walt Disney’s 1960s television series, “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.”

World of Color is stunning in its technology and sweet in its Disney storytelling. It is definitely not to be missed!

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To learn more about World of Color at Disney California Adventure and to see scenes from the show, here are a couple videos for you. (On the second video the sound is cut out for the first few seconds, but no worries, it kicks back in.)

So when you head down to Disneyland, make sure you keep the kids up late enough to see the show.

There are three ways to see the show from the reserved seating area:

  1. Get a FASTPASS for “World of Color”
    The FASTPASS for “World of Color” will be available each morning at the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS terminals.
    Page 2 – A World of Ways to Enjoy ‘World of Color’
  2. “World of Color” Picnic Meals – Available Online or by Walk-up Purchase*
    All picnic meals with “World of Color” Reserved Viewing are priced at $14.99 and must be redeemed for the designated reserved show date and time. No refunds, exchanges or other discounts.
  3. Prix Fixe “World of Color” Dinner Packages
    Prix fixe meals are available at both Ariel’s Grotto and the newly redesigned Wine Country Trattoria restaurants, and they come with “World of Color” Preferred Viewing. Guests may order from a varied menu of seafood, meat and vegetarian options at Ariel’s Grotto (current price: $36.99 for adults; $20.99 for children ages 3-9) or a selection of Italian cuisine at Wine Country Trattoria (current price; $39.99 for adults; $18.99 for children ages 3-9). Restaurant seatings are at specified times and space is limited. Prix fixe meals must be reserved, at 714/781-DINE.

I hope you get to enjoy Disney California Adventure and World of Color — and if you do, come back and let us know what you thought!

Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.

Photos and Videos provided by Disney Parks

Please Note: We were not compensated for this post. In order for me to attend this press event, travel, accomodation and entrance to the parks were provided. My opinions, as usual, are 100% my own. I adore Disney — what can I say? For me, it really is the happiest place on earth.



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1 Sherean June 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Wow! I’ve been to Disney a couple of times in my life with no burning desire to go back anytime soon, until seeing your blog posts. Absolutely phenomenal! I suppose I will have to take my son there soon.

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2 Janice June 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Yay! So glad to hear!

They have added so many incredible attractions, shows and rides to all the Disney Parks in the past years and so many to coming in the very near future. It really is just packed with entertainment for everyone in the family.

Our family LOVES Disney World and my son is DYING to go to Disneyland. I need to take my family very soon!

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3 Mikki June 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

How fun! It looks BEAUTIFUL!
You lucky gal!!
So while you were there, did you plan the next Disney Social Media Mom’s Event there?? LOL.

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4 Janice June 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Yes, I am so lucky to have gone. I was as appreciate as a kid… well as a kid who gets to go to Disneyland!!!

As for the next Disney Social Media Mom’s Event — we will be heading to Disney World for the next one. But who knows, maybe one day there will be one in Disneyland too! :)

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5 Kristen ~DVCMom~ June 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Any idea on the time frame for that Media Mom’s Event? I had to miss this year and have been just kicking myself ever since.

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6 Kelly June 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm

you’re pictures turned out AMAZING! loved seeing you, wish you lived just a wee bit closer that’s for sure. but could you try not to plop down in the middle of any walkways in the future?

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7 Andrea June 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I just found this website by accident looking for reviews about the world of color. I must say I’m loving it! As far as the World of Color I have an annual pass we are doing the picnic thing for the show tommorow night at 9pm I’m super excited. And Sherean its so fun with the kids at Disneyland. My hubby often jokes that our oldest who is just shy of three has been to Disneyland more times than any other kid his age. He LOVeS it! He asks about it all the time I’m hoping this new show will be somthing else we can add to the list of things we love about this place.

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8 smilinggreenmom July 10, 2010 at 8:09 am

Oh wow, Janice you lucky lady you! We are trying to save up enough for a Disney vacation with our kids – fingers crossed for the Blogging Event this winter :) When do you think you will get the info on it? Looking forward! Disney is amazing!

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9 Forgetfulone July 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I saved this post in my reader. Little did I know at the time that I was going to get to go to California. But here I am in Southern Calif. since my husband is here on business. It’s summer, and I’m not teaching, so I got to come along for fun. We did Disney yesterday, and I wanted to come back and tell you how wonderful the World of Color was. We decided not to pay for the meal/preferred seating, and the fast passes were gone, so we watched from the back, and even there, it was beautiful, although the images weren’t quite as clear as they are from the viewing area. It truly was spectacular. I wanted you to know that we stayed for the show because of this post. Thanks!

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10 Mike January 12, 2014 at 11:45 am

I too have experienced Disneys Magic! It has always been my dream to one day my wife and kids to Disneyland and that day finally came. In June 2013 i took my wife and daughter to Disneyland, and the greatest experience was the wonderful world of color show. I had always known of Disneyland and California Adventures famous shows, but this one takes the prize. Such imagination and creativity, makes this show for the best yet. This show is so vivid and beautiful, nothing can and will ever compare to the feeling of pulling my attention away from the show and seeing the bigger picture of having my newly wed wife in my arms and my 1 year old daughter sleeping soundly in the stroller and experiencing this show. Once in a lifetime!!!

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