Saturday, March 14, 2015

World of Color

     Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California opened an amazing new show, The World of Color in 2010. We were lucky to view it three times in July of 2010. Words can not even begin to describe the show. This twenty-five minute show combines water screens, fountains, video, fire, lighting, projector, and music in a way that only Disney can. Making it powerful and magical. The show begins with a combination of fountains, colors, and music set to a new song that was created just for the attraction. The World of Color song gave me chills as the lights and water danced before me. Then it takes off into clips of different Disney movies with the lights, projection, and music. Added to the mix during some of the scenes is fire that shoots way into the sky. The show does not tell a specific story, but mixes clips and music from different Disney movies that keep the viewer involved and mesmerized. The show closes with the same beautiful song as it begins with and the same amazing light show. With each year, they add new magic to the show.

     The first time we viewed the show it was from the back row. We were able to see the whole show, but our view was obstructed. The next two times we viewed from the boardwalk right in front. This was our favorite viewing area. It was like we were a part of the show. We were told that we could get really wet, but we only got sprayed. I could see how a person could get real wet that close however. Ponchos are sold in the area so that those who do not want to get wet can stay dry. This viewing spot is worth the risk of getting soaked.

     The show is very popular. When it first opened, they offered three different viewing times so that everyone wishing to view it had the opportunity. The first showing was at 9:00 PM, the second at 10:15 PM and a third at 11:15 PM. That has changed over the years and now I believe they have a 9:00 and 10:00 showing.

     There used to be three ways to get tickets to see the show. The first is to purchase a World of Color meal at either Ariel's Grotto or Wine Country Trattoria. This gives the viewer a premier viewing area. The next option is the picnic lunch. If it is purchased online the viewer gets tickets to the first show. It can also be purchased at the park for a second show ticket. The third way to get a ticket is to wait in line at Grizzly River Run and get a Fast Pass Ticket. These are for all three shows and are issued at a first come, first serve basis. They are free with park admission. Now they still offer the dinner viewing options as well as the fast pass option. We now use the fast pass option.

     We go to the show at least once every year, more most of the time. One year we were there for the Fourth of July show and it was amazing. I happened to record part of the show.

     We used the picnic option for our first experience with the idea that we’d get preferred viewing, but we did not. The meal was good but we’d mostly purchased the picnic for the ticket. We decided to use the fast pass plan for the other two shows and were able to view from the boardwalk.

     No matter how you get a ticket, the World of Color is a must see experience. It is moving, magical and amazing! It is an experience that the viewer will never forget.

A Powerfully, Magical Experience.

Friday, March 13, 2015

July 13, 2014 Sunday

We try to get up and be at the parks by 8:00 AM each day but just do not make it that early. There are several of us getting ready and well, it just rarely happens.

We did make it to Disneyland at 9:15 AM today. That is not when we left our room but when we entered the gates of the park. It is about a 10 minute walk from the main entrance to the park entrance including the check point.

This was another amazing day at Disneyland! We were able to get on most rides with only a 5 minute wait such as Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh with only a 20 minute wait for Splash Mountain. That was supposed to be 30 minutes but was much less. All of this before we ate lunch at Pizza Port in Tomorrowland. We rode the Disney Railroad to New Orleans Square after a trip around the park and then went to Adventureland and rode Indiana Jones using our Fast Passes. The train had no wait which was great.

We met a friend back at the room and did some shopping at a special place he takes us to shop and were back at the room to unload our treasures.Then on our way back to the parks we ate at our favorite restaurant, The Pizza Press which is a part of our Hotel, The Carousel Inn and Suites. It is such amazing food and very affordable!

We were back at Disney's California Adventure Park (DCA) at 6:15 PM where we got on Soarin over California with only a 10 minute wait, rode Monsters Incorporated and discovered the Mad T Party Band.

What a treasured and accidental discovery that was. We had gone into the restrooms near the entrance to the Mad T Party. While we were waiting some of the music near the restroom side was starting up. It wasn't something we liked but we had to wait for my son to use the restroom. While we were waiting we heard them announce the Mad T Party Band and decided to give them a listen. We were so very glad that we did. The Mad T Party Band is amazing. The singers have great voices, the musicians are extremely talented and they all put on a very entertaining show. we made the Mad T Party a part of our experiences from then on.

After we watched one of the band sets we headed over to Radiator Springs Racers where the single rider wait was only 30 minutes. We rode Racers and headed back to the room around the time the park was closing at 10 PM.

Day two in the parks was of course another fun and wonderful day. We were able to do just about all we wanted to do and had a magical day.

Please enjoy this Mad T Party Band video that I recorded of the band singing one of my all time favorite songs from my teen years, Ballroom Blitz by Sweet