The World is a Carousel of Color…

This is the point in which I would apologize about the long break between posts, but I’m not going to do that old song and dance and will instead get right to the meat of this particular post: World of Color.

Disney California Adventure is now well into the billion dollar renovation that started with the building and opening of Toy Story Midway Mania in 2008, continued with the re-theming of the Orange Stinger (which became the Silly Symphony Swings), and now the next step is ready for the world to see. Thursday was the world premier of the new nighttime show, World of Color. Disney even did a live stream of the show for everyone that couldn’t be there (it went swimmingly, by the way) and I, being the obsessive Disney fan that I am, stayed up to be able to watch it.

The show combines 1200 water fountains (most of which can shoot 200 feet higher than Mickey’s Fun Wheel), light, fire, lasers, and 2 mist projection screens (the larger of the 2 is 380 feet long and the smaller is 300 feet) to bring some much needed life to the Paradise Pier section of the park. Both traditional hand-drawn and computer generated animations are heavily featured in the show, but the experience also uses some paper animation in the Little Mermaid section and even sand animation for the backgrounds of the Aladdin segment!

But none of that is quite as important as the water fountains this time around. The way that they interact with the mist projection screens is really amazing to the point of the fountains actually becoming some of the characters when they explore the area outside of the screens.

This can be  seen especially well in the Toy Story segment of the show with the fountains becoming Buzz flying around the lagoon as streams of white and green light. The other amazing part of show are the transitions, which really must be seen to be believed, that manage to make all of the different movies contained in the show flow seamlessly together.

There is a staggering amount of both Disney animated classics and Pixar movies contained within the 25 minute show:

  • Peter Pan (or to be more precise, just Tinker Bell)
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Finding Nemo
  • Fantasia 2000 (Pines of Rome and Firebird Suite segments)
  • Wall-e
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Up
  • Aladdin
  • Pocahontas
  • a bug’s life
  • Bambi
  • The Old Mill (if you don’t know what this is GO TO YOUTUBE RIGHT NOW AND WATCH IT)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Fantasia (Night on Bald Mountain and Sorcerer’s Apprentice segments)
  • The Lion King
  • Enchanted (only a song)
  • Dumbo
  • Tarzan
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Cinderella
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Lilo and Stitch

I have not actually been able to see the show in person, but just from the videos I have seen, it is quite possibly the best night time show that Disney has ever put on, it’s better than Fantasmic and is at least on par with Remember… Dreams Come True (I won’t be able to decide on this until I’m able to see the show in person, which will hopefully happen next summer).

Below is the best video I can find of the full show, from of Inside the Magic (which is the best Disney podcast I have been able to find on the internet, by the way). Be sure to watch it full screen and in HD for the best viewing experience.


One response to this post.

  1. […] some of you are saying “but wait, you have already talked about World of Color on the blog before!” (yay, you remembered!) but after actually seeing the show in person, there are so many […]


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