10 Things You Never Knew About World of Color at Disney California Adventure

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“World of Color” bursts with the imagination and technology of the 21st century, while it draws on the decades-old Disney tradition of creative storytelling.  The show is infused with Walt Disney’s special gift for conjuring tales full of magic, excitement and heart, and the ingenuity of today’s Imagineers.

  1. The fountains in “World of Color” can send water to heights ranging from 30 feet to 200 feet (by way of comparison, Mickey’s Fun Wheel reaches a height of 150 feet, some of it below the edge of the lagoon).
  2. “World of Color” employs 28 high-definition projectors (14 of them, submersible).
  3. The show features nearly 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains, and a vast underwater grid with more than 18,000 points of control. Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle, height and more.
  4. The “stage” for “World of Color” is a platform composed of nearly 1 full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field and capable of settling on three levels – one for the performance, one under the water surface and one for maintenance.
  5. The man-made Paradise Bay lagoon, where “World of Color” is shown, is 3.5 acres with 15 million gallons of water.
  6. When preparations for “World of Color” began, the Disneyland Resort collaborated with the Orange County Water District to conserve the water in Paradise Bay. Instead of draining the lagoon to the ocean, the water was sent through the Water District’s state-of-the-art Groundwater Replenishment System.  After being purified, the water was stored in the county’s underground water basin, which added to the overall water reserves.  When the time was right, the purified water was used to refill Paradise Bay.  For these efforts, along with other Resort-wide environmental practices, Disneyland Resort was recognized with California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor: the 2009 Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award.
  7. Initial planning for “World of Color” began in July 2005.
  8. Team members were told they couldn’t have fountains with multiple heads or moving heads.  They created them.
  9. Team members were told they couldn’t create color and light in fountains.  They found ways.
  10. Team members were told they couldn’t project images on water if it was not a water screen.  They went beyond creating a “movie screen” on water – developing a show in which water, light and color become the characters, on a screen so versatile that it might be 100 feet, 200 feet or 380 feet wide at any given time.


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