Disney’s World of Color: A Look At One of The Finest Water Shows!

Incredible. Stunning! If you were one of the 9000 people watching the premiere of Disney World of Color last night by webcast, or if you were really lucky and attended the premiere at Disneyland in California with John Stamos, Jamie Lee Curtis and Teri Hatcher, you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Lights, water, music, fire and animation came together like never before in “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, Calif last night (June 10). Combining nearly 1,200 powerful fountains with heights that ranged from 30 feet to 200 feet in the air, dazzling colors and a kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, including both classic and new animation from beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films, such as The Lion King, Little Mermaid,  Aladdin and Finding Nemo, the show projected on one of the world’s largest projected water screen — a wall of water 380 feet wide by 50 feet high for a projection surface of 19,000 square feet .

Steve Davison, “World of Color” creative director and vice president, Parades & Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering, calls the new show “a living ‘Fantasia’.”

“There’s no place like The Walt Disney Company,” Davison said.  “Creative people are allowed to dream, to go way out of the box, try new experiments and invent new things.”

  • The production uses one of the biggest show control systems ever built; more than 18,000 active points of control are precisely managed by a single system.
  • The brilliant hues in the show are the result of specially created lighting (special LEDs) that infuses the nearly 1,200 fountains with light and color. This dazzling, colorful effect has revolutionized fountain lighting.
  • The “World of Color” technology can create a 380-foot-wide water screen for digital projection, and yet it’s not just the scope that makes it spectacular. The water screen takes on live characteristics, changing shapes, creating special effects, and interacting with a variety of other media in the show: color, fire, lasers and fog.
  • The “World of Color” fountains are programmed the way lights are in a rock-and-roll show, using elaborate light boards and switches.
  • Creators of the show found four state-of-the-art lasers in Europe that are used to produce some of the wonderful illusions in “World of Color.”
  • The moving fountains in “World of Color” will reach enormous heights. The fountains, capable of reaching from 30 feet to 200 feet high, are:
  • 600+ Grid Fountains
  • 400+ Chaser Fountains
  • 65 Dual Water Whip Fountains
  • 76 Single Water Whip Fountains
  • 12 Flower Spout Fountains
  • 10 Geyser Fountains
  • 6 Dancer Fountains
  • 4 Butterfly Fountains
  • More than 100,000 digital images and several different animation styles – computer-generated, paper, sand, 2-D and 3-D animation – were gathered to create the fantastic, innovative visuals.
  • The show uses 28 projectors (14 of them, submersible) to help bring the vibrant, colorful images to life.
  • The 1-acre “grid” of fountains in Paradise Bay will function, in a way, like “pin art” or a “pin screen” toy, as fountains pop up, change shapes and shoot to different heights. The fountain table is bigger than a football field in length and divided into three sections. (It took a
  • 400-foot-tall crane to install this giant platform.)
  • The platform functions at three levels: under the surface for daytime, at “show” height in the evening, and above the water for maintenance.
  • The huge underwater system features three submersible electrical rooms, each the size of a semi trailer and each weighing approximately 30,000 lbs. As the show is performing, these rooms can travel up and down with the platform like submarines, controlling the power and infrastructure that runs the fountains and lights.
  • More than 75 miles of cable help control the lift tables and show equipment in the lagoon cable trays.
  • The show spans Paradise Bay – a 3.5-acre lagoon, with more than 16 million gallons of water.
  • A new audience area was specifically “imagineered” to provide viewing for guests, including some fountain surprises.

Presented on Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park, “World of Color” is a major milestone in the multi-year expansion of the park.

The show uses one of the biggest show control systems ever built,  more than 18,000 active points of control are precisely managed by a single system.

For information on “World of Color,” other Disneyland Resort attractions, or to plan a celebration or vacation at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, or call 866/60-DISNEY.

Photo Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

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