World of Color – ONE is a new nighttime spectacular coming to Disney California Adventure on January 27th. The show will take the place of the original World of Color and celebrate the Disney company’s 100th anniversary. In this post, we’ll share details on the show, information on the virtual queue used to see World of Color – ONE and a little commentary of our own at the end of the post.
Via the Disney Parks Blog, “World of Color – ONE” celebrates how a single action, like a drop of water, creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change. Guests will discover how it only takes one action to make an impact on the people in their lives and the world around them, just as one man – Walt Disney – started the wave that has continued to grow and inspire people around the globe for 100 years.
The spectacular features songs and stories of some of the most courageous, loving and inspiring characters who dared to be wavemakers and change the world. In fact, this is the first Disneyland Resort nighttime spectacular to feature characters, music and moments from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, the Avengers, and Star Wars in the same production. Moments from favorite films such as “The Lion King,” “Moana,” “Coco,” “Mulan,” “Soul,” and others emerge on an immense water screen that can span up to 380 feet across.
This spectrum of stories is set to a beautiful musical score comprised of 18 different compositions, including a new, original song “Start a Wave,” which was written by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Cody Fry and features lead vocals performed by singer-songwriter and actress Loren Allred.
In addition to being a driving metaphor in the story of “World of Color – ONE,” water plays a starring role in transforming Paradise Bay during the show. Each musical moment is brought to life by mist screens and 1,200 dancing fountains, combined with brilliant lighting, projection, laser, fog and flame effects. Guests can wear their MagicBand+’s to ‘enhance’ the show but I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone actually buy those at Disneyland Resort so…
This immersive journey builds to an emotional and uplifting finale that highlights how, when we come together and combine our efforts, many drops can become an ocean. You’ll walk away feeling inspired to start a ripple of your own and be the one to make a wave for the future.
When “World of Color – ONE” debuts, you will be able to access viewing areas for the show through a virtual queue system available only via the Disneyland app.* Distribution for the complimentary virtual queue will begin at noon, daily (subject to availability), and is available for guests who have entered Disney California Adventure park for the day or have entered Disneyland park with a Park Hopper ticket.
On nights when there are multiple showtimes, distribution for additional showtimes will begin immediately after distribution for the first showtime has ended. If you have obtained a virtual queue selection, enter your designated viewing area for your designated show time via one of the two marked entrance points (Blue or Yellow) approximately 30-45 minutes before the show begins. How-to details on the virtual queue system are available at Disneyland.com. If the virtual queue reaches capacity, check in with a cast member at the Paradise Bay viewing area shortly before “World of Color – ONE” begins for walk-up viewing options. Joining the virtual queue is not required, but it is highly recommended as walk-up viewing options for each performance are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
One other thought on the virtual queue – if you aren’t able to get in via the system and have to watch the show standby then your best bet is to watch the second show and stroll up to the viewing area right as the show begins. The second showing is usually far less crowded than the first.
As far as our thoughts on the show, I’m excited for something new at California Adventure. On first blush, there may be too many properties thrown into the show to give it a cohesive feel but I’ll withhold judgment for another three weeks until we actually see World of Color – ONE. Baby Yoda is in it! I’m sure that will get quite a crowd reaction. Overall, we’re very excited to see the new show!
Are you excited for World of Color – One? Let us know in the comments below! Planning a trip to Disneyland? Check out our planning guide to help you out along the way. If you enjoy what you’re reading here on Wandering in Disney please subscribe to the blog and like our Facebook page. You can find both of those on the right side of this page. Thank you for reading, we really appreciate it!