The World Is A Carousel Of Color, Wonderful, Wonderful Color

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In somewhat ironic fashion, on our first trip to Disneyland, last August, we were overwhelmed by California Adventure as a whole, the park that many locals trash, but underwhelmed by World of Color, the nighttime spectacular that many have anointed as the park's redeeming attraction. My initial impression of the show was that, while technically impressive, it was little more than a quick Disney montage show.


When describing it to Walt Disney World fans, the most apt comparison I could previously make was to PhilharMagic. By contrast, however, I thought PhilharMagic works really well because the montages (if you can even call them that since they're basically new "footage") are entwined with one another with a central storyline. World of Color's montages are not.


That said, seeing it again totally changed both of our opinions of the show. Without a doubt, this was because of the front-row viewing area. It was well-worth getting wet to have this vantage. While the show still is a bit montage-ish in nature, the opening and conclusion tie the show together pretty nicely. Plus, from the front, the grandeur of the show really does compensate for any storytelling shortcomings.


It's difficult to articulate why our opinions of the show changed so much, but I guess I would now compare the show to Wishes! Both are truly emotive. Standing alone, Wishes! would be a mediocre show, as it's just simple montages of characters wishing. However, taken as a whole, with the montages, Cinderella Castle, and fireworks exploding overhead, it's something magical. Not nearly as magical as Remember...Dreams Come True, but that's another caption for another day! | Facebook | Twitter

  • lawrence 4y

    Wonderful world of colors. Nicely done.
  • James 4y

    I mostly agree with your sentiments, but I do think WOC gets a bit too much slack for not having a narrative. There's not a literal "a character is doing this, then that" type narrative, but you are definitely taken on a more subtle, emotional voyage. You're right in that it's much more akin to a fireworks show in that way, yet people constantly compare it to Fantasmic which is just too Apples and Oranges for me.

    Why we locals like WOC is partially the show itself but perhaps moreso that it finally gives DCA some "life" for lack of a better word: a sense of activity and spectacle that had been missing, especially at night, for a decade. Every park has it's nighttime spectacle now, except for poor, poor, perpetually unfinished Animal Kingdom.
  • Corey Dorsey 4y

    Seeing that show only once gets me excited to go back and see it again. I really enjoyed the show the first time as a wow factor and honestly didn't pay too much attention to the story. I remember that I wasn't a huge fan of all the scenes where they showed everyone dying though. And now I'm curious to what you have to say about Remember. I haven't seen a better fireworks show in my life and I probably never will. Did the part when Walt was talking and fireworks were going off and Tinkerbell was flying behind the castle make you cry? It sure makes me tear up every time.
  • Natalie Bell 4y

    Congrats on your waterline WOC shot and great job on the colors!
    I'm wondering if it was the hype that got you down about the show the first time. I loved the show from the first time I saw it, but I was there for the very first showing so there wasn't anyone to build up my expectations. I don't see why a narrative would be important, the music alone is powerful enough for me. On the same lines, Remember... is a compilation and while it's nice, I still get way more out of WOC
  • Don Sullivan 4y


    I saw this show 4 times from the front row center, right along the railing last July when I was there and was completely amazed by it even time. My reaction the first night was that they need to find some way to bring this or something similar to WDW.
  • Larry White, Jr. 4y

    Well done!
  • Dave Kliment 4y

    Definitely a World of Color. Nice! Gotta get out west...
  • Dan Huntley 4y

    Love the colors.
  • Doug 4y

    Amazing! It's like liquid neon!
  • William McIntosh 4y

    Glad you were finally able to see the show from up front. It's a challenge to keep your lens dry, but much more impressive when those fountains hit their full height. Nice shot!
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  • Jeff Hamm 4y

    I cannot wait to see this show whenever it is that we make it out there! I just need to get some DVC and get in at Grand Californian on points. :) Great capture!
  • Victoria 4y

    Fabulous colours! I haven't seen this but did really like DCA.
  • William Lijewski 4y

    Amazing colors. I have never seen this show, but this really makes me want too!
  • Susie 4y

    Very colorful Mickey!!
  • Cory Disbrow 4y

    Beautiful. I'd love to see World of Color, if not this year, definitely next year.
  • bob57911 4y

    Beautiful! Wonderful color!
  • William VC 4y

    Very Cool!
  • Dennis Baniaga 4y

    Awesome shot, Tom!
    Coleen and I saw this Thanksgiving night last year. We instantly fell in love with it.
    No one ever mentions the brilliant sound system for WOC. Some bass frequencies will knock you down just as some highs will make you fly.
  • Dale Hartrick 4y

    great photo love the colours i am possibly buying the d7000 or the anticipated d400 just before we go to disney land paris in december your photos with this camera are great what lens do you use
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