Thursday, September 9, 2010

Experiencing a World of Color...

I'm not done with Disney for this month quite yet.

Mickey's Fun Wheel illuminated
Mickey's Fun Wheel illuminated
The night before the Disneyland Half Marathon we used the opportunity to watch the new World of Color attraction.

World of Color posters
World of Color banner DisneylandDisney World of Color bannerDisney World of Color
And before any of my British pals have a go at me for the incorrect spelling of 'Colour', I'm afraid it's spelt the correct 'American way'.

Jason's California Adventure
Jason's California Adventure
After I picked up my race packet for the 5th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon we headed into Disney California Adventure park to enjoy some rides and a very tasty, rapidly melting, ice-cream.

Heimlich from A Bug's Life
Disneyland Bug's Life Heimlich
Personally I don't see the similarity between me and Heimlich from A Bug's Life, whatever the photographic evidence to the contrary.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disneyland Tower of Terror
After I'd ridden California Screamin', The Tower of Terror and Soarin' Over California we headed off to the Wine Country Trattoria in the theme park for dinner.

Golden Zephyr ride illuminated
Disney Golden Zephyr ride illuminated
Golden Zephyr ride illuminated
If you get the special dining package at the resort restaurant you get preferred viewing for the World of Color show included as part of your meal. The food was fine for theme park fare and there was a wine pairing menu, but sadly I couldn't indulge myself because of the half marathon early the next morning.

Mickey's Fun Wheel on Paradise Pier
Mickey's colourful fun wheel
It was great to see the park all lit up, especially the colourful ferris wheel which forms a fantastic backdrop for the World of Color water spectacular.

World of Color lights and dancing fountains
Disneyland World of Color
World of Color fountainsDisneyland World of Color fountains
The attraction really is worth waiting for, even if our 10:15pm showing was delayed by fifteen minutes. It's like the famous fountains you'll find at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas (and the smaller Grove shopping centre version in L.A.), but taken to another level.
Disneyland World of Color spectacle
A host of your favourite Disney characters and movies are projected onto the water fountains and mists, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Finding Nemo, Pocahontas, Aladdin, The Lion King, Wall-E and many more, all to song and a dazzling array of colour.
Disney World of Color
Disney World of Color Lightshow
You really do have to see it for yourself to enjoy it throughly, and you may even get a little wet from the spray of the fountains, and the only downside of this new show is that all the other rides around Paradise Pier have to stop during the performance.

Not surprising for me, I also love the advertising campaign for the World of Color featuring Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear and the turtles, Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo.
World of Color Buzz Lightyear billboard
Disney Nemo World of Color billboard
And so that's how I spent the night before my first half marathon, probably not the best planning in the world to get only four hours sleep, but well worth every second...

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