5 Dazzling World of Color Facts

by | Sep 10, 2021 | WDW Blog

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No trip to Disney California Adventure is complete without a nighttime spectacular. Find out why with these five World of Color facts.

Disney Parks around the world are known for their nighttime spectaculars. These amazing productions usually feature some combination of fireworks, lights, music, and even projection effects. A few shows, however, focus primarily on water


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One of these aquatic spectaculars is World of Color at Disneyland in California. If you have never experienced this show, be sure to check out these five facts about World of Color before your next visit to Anaheim. It’s an attraction that you won’t want to miss.

1. Located at Disney California Adventure, It Features Other Nearby Classic Attractions

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The Incredicoaster Pixar Pal-A-Round are heavily featured in World of Color. Photo by Ashlee Tan

Disneyland California Adventure is the one of two theme parks at Disneyland Resort. Some of its most well-known rides include the Incredicoaster, a 55-mph thrill ride featuring an inversion, and the Pixar Pal-A-Round, the iconic Ferris wheel, which has both fixed and sliding gondolas. Both of these rides are located at Pixar Pier.

World of Color takes place in the lagoon of Paradise Bay with these two attractions in the background. Both the Incredicoaster and the Pixar Pal-A-Round feature lights that are integrated into the nighttime show, providing a seamless viewing experience of the surrounding area.

2. Water Plays a Major Role, But There’s a Lot More

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Photo by Adrienne White

The show features an impressive set of almost 1,200 fountains that shoot water as high as 200 feet into the air. Similar to Fantasmic!, World of Color utilizes mists as projection screens to display scenes from numerous movies, including Aladdin, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King

Of course, there are also lights and lasers that play a critical part for a beautiful show that lasts around 22 minutes.

3. There Are Options to Get Reserved Seating

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Carthay Circle Restaurant offers a dining package. Photo by Brian Shih

OK, to be clear, reserved seating is a bit of a misnomer since the vast majority of the viewing areas is standing room only. But there are a few ways to get a preferred viewing area.

Note: The easiest way used to be to get a FastPass. World of Color may potentially work the same with Genie+, though of course, it wouldn’t be free.  

Without FastPass, the best way to get into the reserved areas is to get a dining package. There are three restaurants that participate in this.

  • At the Wine Country Trattoria or Carthay Circle Restaurant, you get a 3-course meal and a non-alcoholic beverage.
  • At the Storytellers Cafe, you are treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet and a non-alcoholic beverage.

With any of these packages, you will receive a voucher to let you into a special reserved area to view World of Color, separate from the dining locations. Prices are $25 for children and range from $50 to $76 for adults, and packages are available for lunch (except at Storytellers Cafe) or dinner.

If you want an actual seat to view World of Color, it’s going to cost you even more. Seats are available with a dessert party package at $84 per guest. While you get a nice spread of desserts, appetizers, and beverages, it’s hard to justify paying that much to view a free show.

Pro Tip: There are two shows each evening, so be sure you show up at the right time! The second show is typically not as crowded due to the later start time, so be sure to take that into consideration.

4. There Are Different Versions of the Show

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The “Seasons of Light” is a Christmastime special edition of World of Color. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

One of my favorite facts about World of Color: It’s always changing. There have been various versions of this nighttime show throughout its run. Sometimes there are variations based on the season or holiday.

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“Villainous” was the special Halloween World of Color in 2019 during Oogie Boogie Bash. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

One example is the “Villainous” show, themed after, as you may have guessed, Disney Villains. This version was created for the Oogie Boogie Bash in 2019

5. It Was Temporarily Closed for the Pandemic

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We’ll have to wait until 2022 for an updated version. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Unfortunately, the show closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, an updated version will be coming on April 22, 2022.


What do you think the new version of World of Color will be like? Have you experienced this nighttime spectacular before? Let us know with a comment on our Facebook page.


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Written by David Lee

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David Lee is a communications professional, freelance writer, and Dole Whip enthusiast. He is always planning the next trip to take his family on, whether it’s to Disney World, a National Park, or some remote island halfway across the world. You can follow his family’s travel adventures through their blog and on Instagram.
David Lee

Written by David Lee

David Lee is a communications professional, freelance writer, and Dole Whip enthusiast. He is always planning the next trip to take his family on, whether it’s to Disney World, a National Park, or some remote island halfway across the world. You can follow his family’s travel adventures through their blog and on Instagram.
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