World of Color at Disneyland’s California Adventure: Everything You Need to Know!

World of Color is California Adventure's most notable and breathtaking entertainment option. This colorful show features many beloved Disney characters and songs featured in a colorful water display in Paradise Bay in front of Pixar Pier. Our ultimate guide will tell you everything you need to know about the show, how to get the best seats and the dining packages available for this display of color.

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World of Color Returns Spring 2022

World of Color has now returned to Disneyland (along with the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, Disneyland Forever! fireworks, and soon Fantasmic!) with dining packages available too book along with the popular World of Color dessert party (read our full review here)! More details on these packages below plus information the NEW virtual queue viewing option for World of Color!

World of ColorWorld of Color purple lights

World of Color debuted at California Adventure in 2010 after a few years of construction and much anticipation. The show takes place in Paradise Bay in front of Mickey's Pal-A-Round and the Incredicoaster. The show uses nearly 1,200 fountains that are capable of shooting water 200 feet up into the air. These fountains are equipped with LED rings that help create the colors we see. The show uses similar technology to that of Fantasmic! in terms of creating the visual water screen Both Mickey's Pal-A-Round and the Incredicoaster are equipped with lights that synchronize with the show.

Guests can watch the water dance along with perfectly timed pyrotechnics and momentous music as they enjoy memorable scenes from their favorite Disney and Pixar animated and live-action films. The World of Color is one of Disney’s most impressive extravaganzas that features around 22 minutes of color, magic and imagination.

During the show you can expect to see classic Disney characters and songs such as The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Aladdin, and more. Recent Disney films such as UP!, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tangled also make appearances in this colorful show. For a full synopsis of the show, click here.

And for a full video of the performance, see this video here:

I recommend not spoiling it though by watching the whole video, simply let it surprise you and take your breath away.

Season of LightWorld of Color: Season of Light

Season of Light is the seasonal overlay of World of Color that typically accompanies the Disneyland Resort's holiday season. This show is extremely popular like most seasonal shows at Disneyland so make sure you prepare in advance to get the best seats.

For this show you can expect to see classic songs and characters that you'd see in the typical World of Color show accompanied with classic holiday songs.

Check out the full show for Season of Light here:

For updates on entertainment during the holiday season at Disneyland including dates to see Season of Light, see our full guide to the holiday season here.

How to Get the Best SpotWorld of Color lights

There's three different options for viewing World of Color at California Adventure. Reserve a dining package, obtain access through the virtual queue or use the standby option.

World of Color Virtual Queue

World of Color viewing areas are accessed via a virtual queue in the Disneyland App.

The World of Color virtual queue does not require any additional charge and is separate from Disneyland Genie Plus.

  • The virtual queue for World of Color will open at noon each day
  • You must have already either accessed Disneyland Park with a Park Hopper ticket or Disney California Adventure with any park ticket to be able to make a reservation
  • Shows will be held at 9 pm and 10:15 pm
  • The virtual queue will assign you to either the BLUE or YELLOW sections
  • Once guests have received access to the virtual queue they can access their section up to 45 minutes before the beginning of the performance

The virtual queue for World of Color goes live everyday at 12PM and you need to be scanned into either Disneyland or California Adventure to access it.

If you get access to the virtual queue you will automatically be assigned a yellow or blue viewing location. If you miss out on a spot in the queue, you have the option of walking up before showtime to ask a cast member about standby options.

If you don't get a virtual queue spot, you can walk up to either performance and ask a Cast Member about available viewing areas. This is more likely to be successful for the second show of the night which is generally always the least crowded.

World of Color Virtual Queue

I recommend getting to your spot an hour prior to showtime for either section. If you get a blue ticket you have two options of standing on the bridge to Pixar Pier or to the far left of the area in front of Ariel's Undersea Adventure. I recommend going for a spot on the bridge- these spots tend not to fill up as fast and it's more likely you will get a front row spot.

Getting a front row spot is extremely helpful for allowing little ones to see the show. If you're in the blue area on the bridge, they can peer between the railings and even sit to watch the show. If you're in the yellow area, try to move as close to the water as you can to get the best spot.

*Because World of Color is standing room only, smaller children that are too heavy to be lifted up might have a hard time seeing the show. This is even more reason to make sure you get to your section in advance so they can have a good view.

Dining Packages for World of Color

A great way to guarantee a seat for this spectacular performance is to purchase a dining package. Storyteller's Cafe and Wine Country Trattoria both offer World of Color dining packages.

Dining packages are temporarily unavailable but we expect they will return soon- we will update as soon as we get more information.

Wine Country TrattoriaItalian-inspired architecture of Wine County Trattoria, a Disney California Adventure restaurant

Wine Country Trattoria is located in Disney California Adventure Park on the Pacific Wharf. There are both indoor and outdoor dining with a Napa Valley or Tuscan Villa atmosphere.

The menu for the World of Color experiences includes a 3-course meal (starter, entree, and dessert) from a prix-fixe menu for lunch or dinner plus a non-alcoholic beverage. Included with your meal is a voucher (per person) for your viewing for World of Color in the area reserved for dining packages. Please note that this viewing area is separate from the dining location. The price for lunch starts at $50 for adults and $20 for children, ages 3 to 9. Dinner starts at $50 for adults, and $20 for children, ages 3 to 9.

Storyteller's Cafe

The Storyteller's Cafe at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has its own convenient entrance to Californian Adventure which is available for use for all guests throughout the day making it a great choice for dinner if you're spending the day at the park.

This dining package option includes an all you can enjoy buffet which will likely include common dinner options you enjoy at Storytellers Cafe. Included with your meal is a voucher (per person) for your viewing for World of Color in the area reserved for dining packages. Please note that this viewing area is separate from the dining location.This dining package only includes a dinner option which starts at $50 for adults, and $20 for children, ages 3 to 9.

Carthay CircleDining packages: The entrance and campanile of the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park

The Carthay Circle Restaurant is located in Disney California Adventure Park and has a retro, Hollywood movie feel. Guests are transported back to the golden age of Hollywood in this iconic setting. The original Carthay Circle Theatre was built in 1926 and is where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered there in 1937. The restaurant’s décor features the classy romance of old Hollywood.

The menu for the World of Color experience includes a 3-course meal (starter, entree, and dessert) from a prix-fixe menu for lunch or dinner plus a non-alcoholic beverage. Included with your meal is a voucher (per person) for your viewing for World of Color in the area reserved for dining packages. Please note that this viewing area is separate from the dining location. The price for lunch starts at $56 for adults and $25 for children, ages 3 to 9. Dinner starts at $74 for adults, and $25 for children, ages 3 to 9.

World of Color Dessert PartyPlate of desserts at World of Color

The World of Color Dessert Party Package is the only dining package that offers seated viewing! This may not seem like a huge deal before your arrive at the parks but when it's time to watch World of Color your legs will thank you for thinking ahead.

This is also the only package that offers dining during the actual show. You will sit by the waterfront with a great view while you enjoy premium desserts. Your package includes two drinks (alcoholic or not), a bread basket, and a plate of desserts. Each person gets their own plate. Everyone in the party must purchase a ticket to the World of Color Dessert Party except those 2 and under.

Your viewing area is located in Paradise Gardens Park in the World of Color preferred viewing area. Arrive an hour before the show starts to secure your spot and reservation. (Disney's request)

The cost of this World of Color Dessert Package is $84 per person including tax and gratuity and must be prepaid in advance. Sorry, no discounts apply. 

Be sure to check out our full honest review of the World of Color Dessert Party!

Standby

This is definitely a last resort option but sometimes guests decide to watch World of Color on a whim or they don't get access via the Virtual Queue distribution before they run out.

If you find yourself in either situation your best bet is to watch from in front of Ariel's Undersea Adventure. From standing far in the back of the viewing areas, you can still get a view of the show.

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the editor of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and writing Disney culture pieces on DisneyDose.com- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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  1. Hey! Will world of color still be going on in June? On the calendar map on Disneyland I only see it till until the end of May but can’t find any other information

    • Yes! It runs year round, Disney just doesn’t always release the schedule far out in advance.

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