You want to take those votes back now. Trust me.
Disney's World of Color marks the next generation in theme park entertainment, a visually stunning and musically engaging 25-minute celebration of animation art. The show reviews the best of the past 20 years in Disney animation, but in doing so delivers animation from the film screen into the elemental media of water, fire and light.
World of Color extends one concept from Fantasmic! - film clips projected onto "screens" of water mist - and fully realizes it. World of Color is Blu-Ray to Fantasmic's VHS. Images fill the Paradise Pier lagoon, bursting from the mist in coordination with fountains of water that alter the canvas upon which the scenes unfold. John Lasseter meets Marshall McLuhan: The medium becomes another part of the message.
Watch "Act II" of World of Color, as a passage of the Fantasia 2000 treatment of Stravinsky's Firebird melts into Disney's Pocahontas. Keep your eyes open for what might be the most impressive screen wipe I've ever witnessed: [*Updated with higher quality video.]
In World of Color, water whip fountains coordinate perfectly with mist and light to create an illusion that columns of water are painting brush-strokes of color that float in the sky. From these broad strokes build the images within each section of World of Color, starting with The Little Mermaid and continuing with scenes from Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Toy Story, Up, Aladdin, Pocahontas, a bug's life, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lion King.
The show opens with an upbeat and engaging original theme from Disney Legend Robert Sherman. But Steve Davison and the team at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment wisely have chosen to build the second half of the show around a Firebird motif. Stravinsky's classic delivers an emotional and melodic gravitas that powers the narrative of the show, delivering it to a classic Disney finale. Heroes and heroines kiss as water, light and flame swell, immersing the audience in visual delights.
Take care while watching, though, for a stray gust of wind can immerse the audience in a wall of water, as it did near the end of the premiere performance. Disney cast members scurried to provide soaked celebrities and executives with complimentary beach towels. You won't be so lucky.
As much as I adored this performance, I hesitate to recommend it too vigorously. Hundreds of thousands of Disney annual passholders will be cramming into the park to see this show over the next few months, and prime viewing areas won't accommodate them all. Disney's distributing FastPasses for World of Color at Grizzly River Run each morning, but those will go early in the day, with no guarantee of getting one of the better viewing spots.
I'd recommend simply reserving one of the World of Color picnic dinners or dining packages, which come with a reserved spot for the show, if you want to see it this summer with minimal fuss. (You can call 714-781-DINE in advance for the dining package at Ariel's Grotto or the Wine Country Trattoria. Picnics may be ordered online at Disneyland.com or the day of the show in the park at the Golden Vine Winery.)
To make room for World of Color, Disney shipped its Electrical Parade back to Walt Disney World. I hope that the tourists in Orlando are enjoying the nostalgia. But if they want to see the future of nighttime theme park entertainment, they should have booked a trip to the west coast instead. We'd already had the better version of Fantasmic!, and now we've got an even better new show to go with it.
Update: If anyone's interested, I've uploaded some photos I took during the "blue carpet" celebrity arrivals to Theme Park Insider's Facebook page.Tweet
As for Fantasmic, I see how this is 2.0, but Fantasmic, after seeing both DL's and DHS's, is better at DHS (except for the Dragon). DL's is shorter and you have to stand the entire time.
Speaking of that, while I loved my Disneyland stay and while they do have stuff much better than WDW's (Pirates for example),some of the cast members were very defensive about their park saying that they do everything better than WDW's, especially Fantasmic. So much so that the guy giving out beer on the Beer Walk started arguing unprovoked with me about Fantasmic, a show I dragged my family to see just for the dragon.
There is no comparision for Mickey on a mountain vs on top of a house!
Sorry for the ranting! This show exceeds my expectations since usually videos do not do nightime shows justice. I find myself watching your clip over and over again!
Question: Do they close Paradise Pier down (especially the Fun Wheel)? It probably would be a good view from the fun Wheel, but it looked closed! Could this be the first time a ride is closed due to a show?
I will tell everybody tomorrow about Glow in the Parks since I will be visiting SFGA. I think World of Color wins!
But I do agree with James about the Lion King sequence. With all the decades of wonderful Disney animation to choose from, why in the world would they choose to show Mufasa's death?!? That nearly ruined the entire show for me. (Or, if they're going to include that part, they could've at least followed it with the part where Mufasa talks to Simba from the stars... and maybe end with Simba taking his rightful place on Pride Rock. Don't just kill Mufasa and leave it at that!)
I do worry about the park's ability to handle crowds for the show because of the limited areas the show can be viewed from. Apparently, they are going to try to use Fastpass to prioritize viewing, but I just see BIG problems similar to what Disneyland sees with Fantasmic on really busy days.
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