Disney’s World of Color made its official debut to the public yesterday at Disney’s California Adventure. The new nighttime show utilizes a plethora of technologies to bring it to life on select nights at the theme park.
It is the culmination of years of work under the watchful eye of Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the arm of the company responsible for creating many of the shows seen throughout the Disney theme park properties.
Utilizing over a thousand water fountains with integrated lighting, lasers, fire and projected video, the show takes the older and better known nighttime show of Fantasmic up a notch. Of course, the creation of Fantasmic (both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World version), probably did not have the back-end resources that were applied to the World of Color creation.
The new attraction is part of a $1.2 billion renovation that Disney’s California Adventure is currently in the middle of. It was undertaken to increase interest in the park which despite being just steps away from Disneyland sees only about a third of Disneyland’s visitors.
Undoubtedly on the drawing board for long before, work on the show itself began in November of 2008 when the Paradise Bay was drained of its water to allow the installation of the massive system of jets and lights that would eventually be covered over with water when the Bay was once again refilled. Testing of the structure began in January of 2010.
Now, last night it was opened to the public for the first time. The previous night, the show was held, but was seen more as a red carpet event (actually blue carpet was used by Disney). Celebrities including Jamie Lee Curis, Geena Davis & Teri Hatcher were in attendance for the preview.
Comments on the new show are mostly positive and it should prove to be a huge draw for the struggling park.
Thanks to bubbius2 who provided the video shown above.