For those who may not know, Disneyland celebrated its 55th birthday on Saturday. It was a lot of fun and very hot. In all that heat, getting passes for World of Color seemed a good idea. We didn’t bring our cameras to the show this time, and got ourselves right up in front of the water. Each of us noticed a ton of details we had never seen before. It’s a different experience each time we see the show, which always seems to get us even more excited for the next time. The mist factor was a lot less than I was expecting with being so close, but it felt really good after all the sun exposure we had gotten. This shot is one of my favorite parts in World of Color. It comes shortly before the end of the show, and the lasers that generate the words are just so vibrant and crisp. If you get a chance to get to the show and don’t mind getting a little wet, I strongly recommend getting as close to the water and the middle as you can. The view is spectacular.
I forget just how many colors you witness when watching World of Color, but it’s mind boggling. If you have a favorite color, even if it’s obscure, chances are that it’s there. One after the other, colors flash and dance across Paradise Bay in cascading jets of water. Sometimes you think you’ve got it figured out, but you don’t. There’s so much going on, it keeps the fluttering feeling of anticipation constant. This weekend I will have the opportunity to watch this show with some of my family who haven’t seen it yet. I’m pretty sure that I’m more excited to see them watch for their first time than they are. The smiles, laughter, and joy are the most magical things Disney shares with us.
I think one of my favorite things about World of Color is the fact that like so many things Disney, once is not enough. You can’t possibly see everything or hear everything, in just one viewing. It’s far too expansive. Even if you’re not fortunate enough to find yourself in one of the premier viewing areas of Paradise Park, the areas surrounding Paradise Bay offer different perspectives, still well worth your while. We actually watched the show for our second time across the bay in front of Midway Mania, which offered us a vantage point of the eighth wonder of the world, the backside of water! Yes, I went there. Maybe the experience isn’t for everyone, as you really cannot see much of the animation. But I found the withdrawn setting peaceful. The show certainly retains its enormity from this perspective, and the you can still feel the heat from the fire. Oh yes, there’s fire.
I had no idea what to expect when we brought our cameras to shoot pictures of World of Color. Because an HDR image is a composite, it’s much easier for editing to take pictures of objects that don’t move much, if at all. World of Color is constantly moving and changing, particularly in light levels. So I decided to take my best guess for camera settings and just keep shooting. After all, something had to turn out. To my surprise and delight, it went very well. Taking multiple pictures and combining them created a much more true to life result than a single image could. The show is truly breathtaking, and if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet you are in for a real treat. Just make sure to get your Fast Pass for it early in the morning for the best view!
I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend. It’s truly a blessing to live in a country that provides us the liberty to create and enjoy a place such as Disneyland. Here at the Opera House on Main Street U.S.A., the Disneyland Story Presents Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln. It seems no coincidence to me that Walt’s bench from Griffith Park, where the idea for Disneyland found its inception, was placed at the entrance to this homage to Lincoln. Lincoln was the Great Emancipator, and the sinew of our nation through the tumult of the Civil War, when it seemed our country would be divided. Walt had a deep respect for President Lincoln, and a love for this country. In Disney’s opening day speech he said,
“Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America…with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.“
May we not forsake those ideals, nor forget to dream, nor ignore the hard facts that have created this country. And may God bless America.
I don’t like having change jingling around in my pockets, so this is my favorite way to solve that problem at Disneyland. I really don’t recommend playing arcades while visiting Disneyland, but the Shooting Exposition is my one exception. I’ve always been drawn to games that put your aim to the test. I think it’s that it’s more rewarding because aim is more of a real skill than dropping a combo with a few buttons and a joystick, or hopping around a dance pad. Not that either of those are bad, they’re not. They just don’t strike me as a wise use of time while at Disneyland. The Shooting Exposition is different in that it fits with the theming of Frontierland, and is unique in its genre. I’ve found games like this other places, but none of them compares to Disney’s. The look, weight, and feel of the gun are all part of that Disney magic in the details. All the targets you hit provide some sort of cool interaction. If you hit the target in the sky, you’ll get a ghost rider riding across it. That’s my favorite target to aim for. So if you’ve got a couple of quarters jingling in your pocket or purse, give the Shooting Exposition a shot.