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Think the logo's pretty? Wait till you see the show.

"Every child is blessed with a vivid imagination."

World of Color is a water "nighttime spectacular" running at Disney California Adventure, in which "dancing" fountains (plus lasers and fire spouts!) perform to iconic Disney Animated Canon and Pixar sequences (such as the "speaking whale" scene from Finding Nemo). Think of it as Las Vegas' Fountains of Bellagio meets Fantasia in a good ol' Disney Acid Sequence.

Business-wise, it could possibly be billed as the "main attraction" of California Adventure's billion-dollar makeover. The show is designed in such a way that sequences can be changed out and fountains reprogrammed fairly easily, with the football field-sized fountain platform only needing general routine maintenance. Also notable for prominently featuring the mist screen technology that started with its Long Runner predecessor Fantasmic!


The title, opening sequence, and theme song are a tribute to Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (a.k.a. Walt Disney Presents), though that is about as far as the homages go. From 2015-2016, a new incarnation of the show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris focused on Walt Disney, Disneyland and work from Disney's early years subtitled Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney debuted for Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration (the "Diamond Days", as they called it; this celebration used rhombus diamonds like The Classics in the 80's and 90's).

You can listen to the theme, and watch someone's camcorder footage of the live show on YouTube.


World of Color provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Art Evolution: Originally, effects were limited to those created with the equipment installed in the lagoon and the lights on Mickey's Fun Wheel. Scenes added later broadened the show's canvas with additional lighting and projection effects made on the California Screamin' roller coaster.
  • The Artifact: The show's merchandise still heavily features Chernabog, despite him being reduced to a single very easy-to-miss cameo in 2015's Celebrate! show.
  • Audience Participation: The "Glow with the Show" ears, which connect to the show via radio waves and flash across the audience. The preshow features games the audience can play along with on their smartphones, such as a "Simon Says" Mini-Game using the giant wheel.
  • Award-Bait Song: The re-imagined theme to the Wonderful World of Color TV show.
  • Big Word Shout: "COLOR!"
  • Busby Berkeley Number: Queen Grimhilde's part of Villainous! has this done with skeletons in a giant cauldron.
  • Christmas Episode: A Christmas-themed show, World of Color: Winter Dreams, premiered in Winter 2013. This was replaced with World of Color: Season of Light for 2016.
  • Close on Title: Lasers write out the logo after the finale ends.
  • Disney Acid Sequence
  • Dueling Shows: Semi-invoked example with Fantasmic! When both shows are playing on the same night, they are almost always scheduled around the same time in order to force guests to choose between them. This effectively solved the lack of nighttime crowds for California Adventure, therefore downgrading Disneyland's nighttime crowds from "crazy ridiculous" to just "ridiculous". Technically speaking, they are more companion shows rather than dueling shows, partnered up as Disney continues to work through crowd problems on its California property.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Olaf from Frozen hosts Winter Dreams, which debuted two weeks before the American premiere of Frozen. Elsa also sings "Let It Go" in one part.
    • The Celebrate! version of the show includes a Star Wars: The Force Awakens segment, months before its premiere.
  • Energy Weapon: Aww, yeah.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Good Lord is this show sparkly. Bonus mention for the Mickey's Fun Wheel ferris wheel and California Screamin' rollercoaster in the background, which are programmed to light up in sequence with the music.
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: Winter Dreams does this with Christmas songs and the ball replaced by the bottom third of Olaf's body.
  • Halloween Episode: Premiering in September 2019, Villainous! The plot is all about a young Goth girl who loves Halloween and Disney Villains trying to pick which one to be her Halloween costume, all while pondering if she could be as wicked and powerful as any of them. She picks Dragon Maleficent as her costume, and her mother goes as normal Maleficent.


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