Disney’s California Adventure has launched their newest evening show called World of Color. I was lucky enough to be there for the world premiere on June 11, 2010.
What is World of Color?
-It’s an nighttime water spectacular with one of the world’s largest water/mist screens. It’s inspired by Disney’s 1960’s TV series, “Wal Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”, and it involves more than 1200 fountains, 36 fire cannons, and Nearly 30 high-definition projectors to create this mega-scale show.
I have been to Walt Disney World in Orlando with my older son in about 9 years ago, but since then we have been away from Disney parks. And even when we were at WDW we never stayed late enough to watch any of the show. Gasp! I know….but we are not really a “show” kind of people. I don’t hate them, but I just never really had an opportunity to appreciate them before.
So, when I arrived in sunny California and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel (which is gorgeous -and oh so convenient to be able to walk to both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure-highly recommended), met up with everybody and see how excited everybody was about World of Color-I still wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
Unfortunately I could not bring my kids to Disneyland on this trip(Older one had exams, and younger one is not even 2 yet). I was a little lonely to see all the other families, but if you’re a parent, how often do you get to enjoy Disney parks by yourself? I had a great day filled with attractions, (Most with VIP seatings and fastpasses-Thanks to the Disney folks) but the most interesting thing of all was “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour. It’s a walking tour to learn about Walt Disney, and we learned so much interesting facts on Walt. Some facts I learned;
-Walt actually lived in the Disneyland.
-On the Main Street, USA, many store windows have names related to Disney-such as his father Elias Disney, but Walt Disney himself was a humble man and never put his own name up.
-When they created Jungle Cruise, Walt wanted the plants to be exactly like real jungle, and he smuggled native plants seeds sewn in his cuffs.
This is a tour you probably would not take if you had kids, so I really appreciated it.
On this trip I was invited as part of the “International Media-Canada” team and met some really neat people from Calgary Herald, Red Deer Advocate, Kelowna Daily Courier, Canoe.ca, BT Calgary, ET Canada, and more.
We got to cover the “Red Carpet” event-it was actually a blue carpet because of the water theme-it was exciting to see celebrities like Teri Hatcher, Jamie Lee Curtis, Wayne Brady, Jason Seigel, Vanessa Hadgens and a fellow Canadian Cameron Mathison(who, by the way, was a really really nice).
Once all the celebrities and guests arrived, it was finally time to see the World of Color. Following one and only Mickey Mouse’s introduction and Chairman Tom Staggs (I was lucky enough to run into in a store and were able to snap a photo) and CEO Bob Iger’s speeches, it finally started.
Here’s a really good video montage;
I had never seen anything like this.
It started out with the original theme song of World of Color. Then it showed all the Disney’s favorite characters-Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”, Simba from “The Lion King”, and of course Nemo..
My kids are both boys, so to be honest I have never seen the entire “The Little Mermaid” before, but I still know the song “Part Of Your World” –it is such a beautiful song.
The show continued with more of Disney’s favorite moments, such as from “Toy Story” where Woody tries to convince Buzz Lightyear that he is a toy. ☺
The day after this world premiere, I was lucky enough to be invited to a special round-robin interview session with Disney’s Imagineers (that’s what they call the creators and engineers at Disney). One of the people I got to talk to was Dave Bossert who is the creative director and head of special projects at Walt Disney Animation Studio – and when we asked about the favorite scenes-he mentioned that the scene with Woody and Buzz was one of the most popular moments and when “Toy Story” segment came up during the premiere, everybody clapped. Everybody has such a emotional connection to the movie, and I believe the same for the “Part of Your World” song. That really is the magic of Disney-people connect with them on such emotional level.
Back to the show-other than the animation, there were thousands of stunning water fountains doing some amazing moves too. Also at the round robin session we got to talk to Chuck Davis, technical producer of World of Color. And he said that the humidity greatly affects how the water drops and that ultimately affects the sharpness of the image on the mist screen. Isn’t that fascinating? He said he didn’t know about it until one day he realized the image on the screen looked different.
I enjoyed all part of the show, but my favorite part is the kissing montage(Around 2:23 in the video above) towards the end-from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and more…Girlie girl inside of me thought- “Ohmigod! Love IS the most important thing in the world!” It was lovely. Loved it.
The next night we got to see Fantasmic! Show in Disneyland, and even though I enjoyed it, I still loved World of Color better. So yes, my verdict is, if you are going to California Adventure….World of Color is a MUST see. Highly recommended.
My special thank you to Angela Saclamacis and Laura Haughey from Disney Canada who invited me as part of the media. I loved everybody I met at Disney-what an amazing company to work for.
And hey….guess who I got to see at the after party?
Disclosure: I was not compensated outside of the experience. I was not asked or obligated to write about my experience.