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‘World of Color – Season of Light,’ a Nighttime Spectacular Shines Bright this Holiday Season

Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar/Disneyland

If you're planning to see "World of Color - Season of Light" at Disney California Adventure this holiday season, be sure to purchase your Disneyland tickets as Park Hoppers. Disneyland Park Hoppers allow guests to visit both Disneyland and California Adventure in a single day.

Here's an easy way to make sure you're not standing on your tip toes to see this amazing show!

Step 1

"World of Color - Season of Light" is a FastPASS attraction. And thank goodness it is. This is a very popular show and usually packed every night. Even more so for the Christmas holiday show. While the viewing promenade offers good sight lines from pretty much everywhere, there will be throngs of people in front of you if you don't get there early. The spots along the railing overlooking Paradise Lagoon will place you and your little ones directly in front of the show. No need hold the kids up to see for the 30 minute show. A railing spot will have you so close you'll feel the the warm glow of Anna and Elsa's presence. But first, you'll have to get your FastPASS, and get it early. Like as soon as the park opens early. As soon as you enter the park, make a beeline straight to Grizzly Peak to and pick-up FastPASS.

Step 1 - Check!

Step 2

The mission is, however not yet accomplished until you have successfully completed Step 2. To grab a coveted railing spot, you'll need to get in the FastPASS line at least 1 hour before showtime, earlier if possible. If you're in Disneyland, be sure to allow an additional 45 minutes to get there. Remember, your group will need to stand in line to enter California Adventure which will be looooong during the holidays. Our suggestion is to have lunch in California Adventure and stay there until it's time to get in the World of Color FastPASS line.

To plot your course to your FastPASS pick-up location at Grizzly Peak, see our California Adventure map.

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Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar/Disneyland

The nighttime spectacular “World of Color–Season of Light” wraps guests in the warm glow of holiday magic at Disney California Adventure Park. Fusing cherished holiday music sung by beloved artists with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films, this sparkling winter fantasy is magical for all ages. This production of “World of Color” is more brilliant than ever with additional lighting, lasers and high-definition projections.

  • More than 120 characters from 30-plus Disney and Disney•Pixar animated films are included in “World of Color–Season of ”


  • The score for “World of Color–Season of Light” was recorded in sessions in London, Nashville and Chicago.

  • The soundtrack features some well-known musical artists performing popular holiday tunes:

    • “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole

    • “Let It Snow” by Dean Martin

    • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Michael Bublé and Idina Menzel

    • “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Amy Grant

    • “Mele Kalikimaka” by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

    • “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano

    • “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies” by Pentatonix

    • “Wizards in Winter” by Transiberian Orchestra

    • “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley

    • “Let There Be Peace on Earth” by Heather Headley


  • In the mesmerizing start, the last leaves of fall give way to the arrival of winter as Mickey and his pals decorate their homes for Christmas. Themes include:

    • Snow: The Frost Fairies from “Fantasia” create a winter wonderland.

    • Love and Romance: Some of Disney’s romantic, fairytale couples take center stage, celebrating the holidays with the ones they love.

    • Family and Home: From Andy’s family in “Toy Story” to a “Mele Kalikimaka” with Stitch and his ‘Ohana’ and a “Feliz Navidad” from the Three Caballeros, the story demonstrates that the most precious holiday moments are spending time with family.

    • The Nutcracker: Highlights from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet accompany hilarious visuals of gracefully dancing hippos, ostriches, elephants and alligators from Disney’s “Fantasia.”

    • Lights: Goofy goes all out in an over-the-top holiday light displays — until his ode turns to overload and everything short circuits, leading to a “Blue Christmas” with Sadness from Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out.”

    • Peace on Earth: In a stunningly beautiful finale, the lagoon is illuminated with the light of hope, filling guests’ hearts with the spirit of peace, joy and goodwill to all.

Lighting & Projection

  • For “World of Color–Season of Light,” the lagoon is flooded with more light than ever as five barges erupt in a brilliant lighting effect to punctuate the grand finale.

  • More than 800 individual light fixtures are needed to illuminate the show.

  • Six laser projectors are deployed to create a variety of entertaining effects.

  • Nearly 20 high-definition projectors convey imagery to the screens of water.


  • Paradise Bay lagoon serves as the stage for “World of Color—Season of” The lagoon covers 3.5 acres with nearly 15 million gallons of water and more than 1,200 fountains.

  • The tables on which the fountains and other equipment sit comprise nearly one full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field.

  • A vast underwater grid contains more than 18,000 points of Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle, height and more.

  • Fountain heights range from 30 feet to 200 feet in the By way of comparison, Mickey’s Fun Wheel reaches a height of 150 feet.

  • The show features one of the world’s largest projected water screens – a wall of water 380 feet wide by 50 feet high, for a projection surface of 19,000 square feet.

World of Color Highlights and History

  • “World of Color – Season of Light” is the fourth production to take place on Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure Previous shows were:

    • The original “World of Color” (2010)

    • “World of Color – Winter Dreams” (2013)

    • “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” (2015)

  • “World of Color” received the 2010 Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Award for Outstanding Achievement–Nighttime Spectacular, for being “a visual and technical marvel.”

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