Fun Facts, Figures about ‘World of Color’ and Holiday ‘Winter Dreams’

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    “World of Color ? Winter Dreams,â€￾ the new version of the after-dark spectacular, adds humor, inspirational music and merriment to Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Presented on Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure Park, the show features a new story, new characters from the Walt Disney Pictures animated motion picture “Frozen,â€￾ and new, advanced technology.

    Musical Wonderland

    “World of Color-Winter Dreamsâ€￾ unfolds in seven sequences, each one a dreamlike adventure:
    1. The Pre-Show: Glow Honor Choir Wonder – Season’s Greetings: features the “World of Colorâ€￾ Honor Choir singing “Glow,â€￾ written especially for this new show. Then Tinker Bell’s traditional greeting from “Wonderful World of Colorâ€￾ summons Old Man Winter and the skating Frost Fairies.
    2. Snow – A Winter Wonderland: Olaf takes guests on a breathtaking winter sleigh ride, encountering Bambi, Thumper and, from “Frozen,â€￾ sisters Anna and Elsa.
    3. Glow – A Season of Light: The holidays are celebrated with images of holiday cards created by Disneyland Resort guests and cast members.
    4. Enchantment – The Toy Story Nutcracker: This familiar ballet is danced in some delightful, offbeat renditions by favorite “Toy Storyâ€￾ characters.
    5. Spirit-Holiday Sing-Along: Snowman Olaf has always loved the idea of a warm summer. He innocently imagines himself enjoying the sunshine, then leads the audience in a holiday sing-along.
    6. Finale – Merry & Bright Holiday Lightsâ€￾: Olaf welcomes a surprising Santa as 700 newly installed lights blaze to life for a colorful finale around the lagoon.
    7. After Glow: Finale (Honor Choir)
    “World of Color – Winter Dreamsâ€￾ features more than a dozen songs, ranging from familiar holiday tunes such as “Jingle Bells,â€￾ “Feliz Navidadâ€￾ and “The Dreidel Songâ€￾ to musical numbers from “Frozenâ€￾ and original compositions such as “Glow.

    The voices of more than 500 singers representing all 50 United States appear in the pre-show carol, “Glow.â€￾ Participants signed up on a “World of Colorâ€￾ Honor Choir website and performed “virtually,â€￾ in front of their computer webcams. Disneyland Resort teamed with Grammy®-winning composer Eric Whitacre, who has joined hundreds of voices online in similar “virtual choirs.â€￾

    More than 1,400 submissions from around the country were received for the “World of Colorâ€￾ Honor Choir.
    Other Disney fans designed holiday cards and submitted them online to appear in the “Glow-A Season of Lightâ€￾ sequence.

    Technology
    • Programming for the new “Winter Dreamsâ€￾ show took three months.
    • Visual projections are now created with an ultra high definition image playback system with more than four times the resolution of the original “World of Colorâ€￾ system.
    • There are more than 17 million pixels in the “World of Color – Winter Dreamsâ€￾ screen. A High Definition television image uses 2,073,600 pixels.
    • For the dazzling finale of “World of Color – Winter Dreams,â€￾ 700 high-power, color, LED strobe lights were installed along the side of the California Screamin’ roller coaster. Each light has four individual control channels.
    • Adding new brilliance are 16 narrow-beam moving lights within the sun-ray sculpture on Mickey’s Fun Wheel, plus 21 narrow-beam movie lights within the viewing area.
    • Six snowflake generators within the viewing area produce giant snowflakes in six different shapes.
    • Ten mirror balls, installed on the speaker and lighting towers, produce dazzling sparkle effects for the show.
    • All of the new technological effects enhance the existing “World of Colorâ€￾ “stage: a platform composed of nearly 1 full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field and capable of settling on three levels – one for the performance, one under the water surface and one for maintenance. There are nearly 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains, and a vast underwater grid with more than 18,000 points of control. Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle and height.
    ‘World of Color’ Evolution
    • Since its premiere on June 11, 2010, “World of Colorâ€￾ has been performed more than 2,100 times and been viewed by more than eight million guests at Disney California Adventure.
    • The show’s flexibility has made it possible to add and subtract special sequences since its 2010 debut: a July 4 Independence Day pre-show, a New Year’s Eve pre-show, and scenes focusing on “TRON: LEGACY,â€￾ “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tidesâ€￾ and “Brave.â€￾
    • From 2011 to 2012, “World of Colorâ€￾ featured a special holiday season pre-show with characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Prep & Landing.â€￾
    • The “World of Colorâ€￾ fountains also have played parts in daytime shows on Paradise Bay: “Disney Channel Rocksâ€￾ and “Instant Concert … Just Add Water.â€￾
    • The fountains in “World of Colorâ€￾ can send water to heights ranging from 30 feet to 200 feet (by way of comparison, Mickey’s Fun Wheel reaches a height of 150 feet, some of it below the edge of the lagoon).
     

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