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World of Color review and tips

One of the things that we were most looking forward to during our 2017 trip to Disney’s California Adventure was the nighttime spectacular show World of Color. It didn’t disappoint. We had a great view of the show and you can too.

Even with numerous Disney Parks visits under my belt, i’m still somewhat of an amateur compared to my girlfriend, who’s well into double figures. For this reason, I tend to just go along with whatever I’m told we’re doing on our Disney holidays. It’s worked well in the past, and so when I was told we would be watching the night show at Disney’s California Adventure, I was okay with it.

I must admit I hadn’t heard anything about the show, apart from it was a bit like Fantasmic. That is, that the show also projects images onto a wall of water. I love Fantasmic so I had no reason to believe that I wouldn’t love World of Color, and I wasn’t wrong.

Earlier in the day we’d walked around Paradise Bay and noticed thousands of fountains sticking out of the water. We still under-appreciated the sheer scale of the production.

It’s advised to arrive early to get a decent viewing position. We’d guaranteed a ‘preferred viewing’ position thanks to the World of Color dining package we’d booked at Ariel’s Grotto for earlier in the evening.

The area we were in was spacious and we managed to secure a position on a set of steps that we’re blocked at the bottom, this meant our view would not be obstructed. See the blue square in the photo below.

Mouseplanet.info viewing area world of color
Image by Daniel Kew

You can see some of the thousands of fountains in the image. They do spoil the view of the bay a little, but you couldn’t care less about that once you’ve seen the show.

Before the show you get to play a game of ‘Simon says’. The wheel will light up and you have to copy the sequence on your phone, scoring more points the quicker you get a correct answer.  The winner gets to control the wheel colours for a short period of time. It passes a bit of time whilst waiting for things to start.

I won’t go into details on the show itself, as I don’t want to spoil the show too much but you’ll see loads of characters from an array of Disney favourites (Up, Wall-E, Toy Story, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, POTC to name a few), projected on to a wall of water.

However, I’ve included a couple of images below, and you’ll find videos on our Instagram (happiestplaceonearthblog).

Have you seen World of Color? Which is your favourite Disney show? Leave your comments below.

World of Color gallery


  • Get to the park early and get a FASTPASS straight away, as they’ll be gone by early afternoon. Don’t worry about using up a FASTPASS as it won’t affect your ability to get FASTPASS tickets for other attractions, as it’s kept separate.
  • Guests staying at Disneyland resorts can take advantage of extra magic hours to pick up their FASTPASS.
  • If there’s a later show, then FASTPASS tickets should be available later in the afternoon.
  • Get your whole parties tickets at the same time, or you may end up in different zones.
  • The viewing area is tiered. You’re better off at the front of a higher up tier than the back of a lower tier.
  • Stand near the front and you may get wet.
  • Don’t miss it.

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