The colorful worlds of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars have become one. Comic book was present at the world premiere of on Wednesday World of Color – ONE, a brand new nighttime spectacle making its debut at Disney California Adventure Park. The latest iteration of Disney California’s signature show, which opens to the public on Jan. 27 as part of the year-round Disney100 anniversary celebration at the Disneyland Resort, is already making waves: the reimagined World of Color – ONE is the resort’s first nighttime spectacle featuring characters, stories and music from the films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel’s The Avengersand Star Wars in one production. Are A don’t want to miss.
The world is a carousel of color: beautiful, beautiful colors
Disney California Adventure Park’s nighttime water and light show is named after Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Colorthe 1960s Disney anthology series that network NBC presented in what it called “Living Color.”
Since its debut in 2010, World of color is ebb and flow like more than half a dozen different versions, of the season World of Color: Winter Dreams and World of Color: Season of Light until the 60th anniversary World of Color – Celebrate it! The wonderful world of Walt Disney and the Halloween theme World of color: villainous! The latest limited-time offer is World of Color – ONE.
A wave of change
In many ways, Walt Disney was the original wave maker. By Disney, World of Color – ONE “tells the powerful story of how a single action – like a drop of water – creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change.”
Featuring a score consisting of 18 musical compositions – including the original song “Start a Wave”, written by Grammy-nominated recording artist Cody Fry with lead vocals performed by singer-songwriter Loren Allred – A features music to tell stories of “courageous, loving and inspiring characters who dared to be wavemakers and change the world.”
During the medley, viewers hear Marc Silvestri’s heroic theme The Avengers while Captain America gathers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, sweeping John Williams Star Wars title theme as the Millennium Falcon leaps to hyperspace, jazzy tunes from Pixar’s Souland more.
Towards the end of ADuring its 22-minute running time, audiences will “discover that it only takes one act to make an impact on the people in our lives and the world around us.” A celebrates the legacy of storytelling begun a century ago by Walt Disney, who in 1923 “started the wave that has continued to grow for 100 years and inspire people around the world.”
Each segment of World of Color – ONE is dedicated to the dreamers and doers who dared to be wavemakers throughout Disney’s 100-year history. Amongst them:
- Pocahontaswho learns from Grandma Wilow that the tiniest ripples grow — but someone has to start them
- Mirabel of the magical Madrigal family Encanto, whose true gift is change
- Remythe passionate rat who aspires to become a Parisian chef in Ratatouille
- Joe Gardnerthe part-time pianist who finds his spark after a life-changing journey through The Great Beyond in Soul
- Jedi Master Luke Skywalkerwhose heroism sends ripples across the galaxy — and the fate of Rey and Grogu, the mysterious child from The Mandalorian
- The Avengersthe team that brings together Earth’s mightiest heroes to save the world — and change it
World of Color — A show not to be missed
1,200 fountains create a 400-foot-wide dancing water screen where digital projections bring moments from Disney Studios movies to life, including The lionking, Vaiana, Mulan, Coco, Soulthe Star Wars saga, and The Avengers and Avengers: endgame. Use the waters of scenic Paradise Bay as your canvas, World of Color – ONE creates a dazzling display of fountains, lights, lasers, fog and flame effects as water, fire, light and music move as one.
So Pocahontas says, “You can’t step into the same river twice. The water is always changing, always flowing.”
So also World of Color — ONE: each spectacular sequence is always changing, always merging into the next, always different from what preceded it. “Colors of the Wind” is a pastel splash of ripples; “How Far I’ll Go” from Vaiana is powerful at first, then explosive as she faces Te Kā’s fiery eruption; as Joe Gardner realizes he was “Born to Play” soulful jazz music, his notes seem to be “played” by the fountains.
Suddenly, glowing circles are conjured up by fog and water. The narrative tall Mickey Mouse face overlooking Paradise Bay begins to glow, its colorful transformation reminiscent of the shield of a certain star-studded superhero. Then you hear it: “On your left.”
The series is inspired by a climactic and uplifting sequence from Avengers: Endgame, where the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe emerge from magical portals conjured by the wizard Doctor Strange. With musical themes heard in the Avengers movies and the bold, graphic style of credit sequences seen in Black Panther and Hawkeye, these beautiful moments are as cinematic as any Marvel Studios movie. Finally, a cackling thunderbolt from the mighty Thor – the Asgardian god of thunder – gives way to thunderous applause.
But the most exciting sequence is out of this world. The iconic sounds of Star Wars — the beeps and clicks of astromech droid R2-D2, the hum of igniting laser swords — give way to shooting streams of green and red water that ignite a battle between the Jedi and the Sith. John Williams’ Star Wars title theme plays like fog screens, presenting iconic moments from long ago in a galaxy far, far away, including the episodic Star Wars sage and Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
A space battle between starships, the high-speed flight of the Millennium Falcon, and geyser fountains that seem to ‘duel’ like the Sith’s red lightsabers and the Jedi’s blue lightsabers are among the most impressive effects ever achieved by World of color.
“No matter who you are or where you come from, you have the power to make a difference,” says the show’s ending theme. “Only one is needed.” For World of Color – ONE, one is not enough. This is a show you’ll want to watch over and over again.
World of Color – ONE opens January 27 at Disney California Park at the Disneyland Resort.