On this Day - June 11th

June 12, 2019

It feels like every day, something amazing has happened in Disney history! On June 11th, 2010, World of Color officially premiered at Disney California Adventure.


 California Adventure’s World of Color is a visual feast!  | © Disney


Plans for a unique entertainment experience in California Adventure began in 2005. Various ride and show concepts were mulled over, but the Imagineering team knew they wanted something that stretched over the Paradise Bay Lagoon. World of Color was imagined as a kind of living Fantasia, using animation, music, and water to tell an exciting story. The show took its name from Walt Disney’s 1961-1969 television show, “The Wonderful World of Color.”


World of Color concept art. | © Disney


Fun Facts about World of Color!

  • The fountains used in World of Color can shoot up to 200 feet -- 50 feet taller than Mickey’s Fun Wheel!

  • At the end of each show, guests can see a small orange fountain, nicknamed Little Squirt. This represents Walt’s creative spirit that lives in the park.

  • There have been several different versions of the show, including “World of Color: Winter Dreams,” which featured winter and holiday themed scenes; “World of Color: Celebrate!” for the 60th anniversary celebration; and “World of Color: Hurry Home,” which was featured during the Lunar New Year celebration.

  • World of Color was the first show at the Disneyland resort to require a FASTPASS. You can pick one near the entrance of The Little Mermaid - Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, or select one on the Disneyland app if you have MaxPass!

The show has been described as a “must see event,” and is packed every night. Make sure you pick up a FASTPASS for it on your next visit!


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