Video: “World of Color” Returns to Disney California Adventure After Long Hiatus

When “World of Color” first debuted at the Disney California Adventure theme park for the summer of 2010, Disneyland Resort guests were wowed by almost twelve thousand dancing water fountains, choreographed to colored lights and music from numerous beloved Disney films. And last spring, during a scheduled maintenance of the show to prepare for the grand opening of Pixar Pier, a technical malfunction unfortunately caused the popular nighttime spectacular to become unavailable for nearly a year.

Now, after what felt like an eternity of refurbishment, “World of Color” is officially back up and running at DCA, with the first surprise soft-opening performance happening late Friday night as the park was closing its gates. Despite the show being unannounced, FastPasses were distributed throughout the day and guests gathered around Paradise Bay to witness the first “World of Color” of 2019— and of the Pixar Pier era at Disneyland Resort.

Watch “World of Color” full first show of 2019 at Disney California Adventure:

Though no major changes have been implemented to the standard “World of Color” show in the eleven months it was down, fans of the light and water show were thrilled simply to bask in its very presence again, as songs from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pocahontas, and Toy Story swelled dramatically as plumes sprayed up into the air and swayed to the music.

I made sure to get to my FastPass reserved area as early as possible Friday evening, and managed to snag a front-row-center spot along the bay, though I knew that meant the very real possibility of getting wet (fortunately it wasn’t too windy that night and all my only punishment was a light misting.) As a result I was able to live-stream the full show on the Laughing Place social media feeds and our YouTube channel. You can check out that broadcast below:

Watch Live from Disney California Adventure – World of Color Returns!:

“World of Color” runs nightly at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California. For more details, a schedule of upcoming performance times, and advance ticketing resources, be sure to visit Disneyland Resort’s official website.

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Mike Celestino
Mike serves as Laughing Place's lead Southern California reporter, Editorial Director for Star Wars content, and host of the weekly "Who's the Bossk?" Star Wars podcast. He's been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general all his life and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.