Best Spots for Disney World of Color

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The best Disney World of Color viewing areas, including reserved dining, FASTPASS viewing and last minute spots.World of Color viewing

This Disney night show runs most days of the year at Disney California Adventure Park. Here’s what to expect, where to watch, what time to arrive and more. If you’re looking for a  major Disney production, this is it! This entire area of California Adventure was built specifically for this show. Disneyland Resort itself explains it best, 

“Thrill as graceful jets of water shoot into the air, lasers electrify the night and perfectly timed pyrotechnics explode in a blaze of brilliant color. Watch in wonder as water, fire, light and music weave together to celebrate the magic of Disney storytelling.”

World of Color Quick Details

Quick details for World of Color showtimes, which version is showing now and what’s coming during your visit to Disneyland Resort. 

 

World of Color

Which World of Color is at California Adventure today?

World of Color schedule for today is listed here:

  • Beginning November 8th through January 6th, World of Color Season of Light returns during the holiday season
  • The classic World of Color night show runs daily at California Adventure Park, times vary on weekdays and weekend nights.

 

World of Color dessert party view
Photo courtesy Becky Freeman

 

How long is World of Color? 

The show is approximately 22 minutes long. Total time commitment is about 90 minutes when you include showing up to your spot an hour before, along with time to exit the area. 

Why does the show start after the park closes? 

Sometimes throughout the year you’ll notice the show starts just as the park closes and that’s not a typo. World of Color at California adventure is what Walt Disney would call a “kiss goodnight.” It’s the very last thing guest experience before heading home, and Walt Disney loved to end your day on the best note possible. Hosting the show as the park closes gives you an incredible farewell to your Disneyland day.

Do I need a FASTPASS for World of Color? 

No, but most people do secure a FASTPASS for better viewing options. You can pick up your FASTPASS in person near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure or via Disney MaxPass. There are some last minute viewing areas available, which we’ll discuss below. 

World of Color Map

Where does everyone watch? This map outlines all your options for viewing the show, most of which are standing room only. 

 

Disney World of Color Map

 

Here’s a detailed description of the map and how you can watch from the best spots:

  1. Blue: the blue section is allocated by FASTPASS. If you want to watch from this viewing area, you’ve got to be quick! Blue runs out first and is distributed via Disney MaxPass from anywhere in Disneyland or California Adventure or from the FASTPASS kiosk near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. If you are the first to line up at the bridge blue section, you may sit in the very front row. 
  2. Yellow: the yellow section is allocated by FASTPASS. Yellow is  what color most people get and is distributed via Disney MaxPass from anywhere in Disneyland or California Adventure or from the FASTPASS kiosk near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
  3. Orange: the orange section is for those looking for a last minute spot who were unable to secure FASTPASSES for World of Color viewing, or for those who just prefer this easy exit spot and lower crowd levels. Viewing from here doesn’t run as many people deep and other viewing areas, so if you’re prone to being a bit claustrophobic, this could be the best option for you. 
  4. Green: the green section is reserved space for those dining at select restaurants in California Adventure. More details on those packages below, and sometimes the dessert party.
  5. Blue circles and Blue benches: the blue circles in between blue and green viewing areas are specialty reserved seating and Dessert Party seating. The blue benches are disability seating area. These are the only options that guarantee guests an actual seat to watch the night time spectacular. Keep reading for more details on the Dessert Party below. 

One spot not noted on the map? At Lamplight Lounge on the lower level patio. Reserve dining about 90 minutes prior to closing and ask to be seating outside as you check in. The counter height dining that faces the water will give you an amazing and unique view of the show.

 

Lamplight outdoors

 

I have personally viewed World of Color from the yellow area and the green area. I felt both were very similar and couldn’t tell much of a difference between them, even though one was a paid upgrade. Where have you watched this night time spectacular?

World of Color Dessert Party & Dining

Reserved space is also available in premium spots for those with a dining package, including the World of Color Dessert Party. 

World of Color Wine Country

Wine Country Trattoria World of Color dining package includes:

  • Full-service, 3-course meal from a prix-fixe menu, plus a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One voucher that reserves your spot in the preferred viewing area shown above
  • Lunch – starting at $50 for adults; $25 for children (ages 3 to 9)
  • Dinner – starting at $50 for adults; $25 for children (ages 3 to 9)

 

Disneyland Resort salmon

Carthay Circle World of Color dining package includes:

  • Full-service, 3-course meal from a prix-fixe menu, plus a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One voucher that reserves your spot in the viewing area shown above
  • Lunch – starting at $56 for adults; $25 for children (ages 3 to 9)
  • Dinner – starting at $74 for adults; $25 for children (ages 3 to 9)

Carthay Circle

 

Storytellers Cafe World of Color dining package includes:

  • Dining at Storytellers Cafe inside the Grand Californian Hotel
  • Buffet meal, plus a non-alcoholic beverages
  • One voucher that reserves your spot in the preferred viewing area shown above
  • Dinner – starting at $50 for adults; $25 for children (ages 3 to 9)

Storytellers Cafe

 

Dessert Party Package includes:

  • Sweet and savory dessert selection served with sparkling beverages
  • Paradise Gardens Park reserved seating in the viewing area shown above
  • $84 includes tax and gratuity, all ages 
  • Book here for World of Color Dessert Party

 

world of color dessert party seats

World of Color Shows

The original World of Color show is shown most of the year inside California Adventure Park. Other shows also rotate during various seasons:

 

Villainous world of color

 

 

World of Color season of light

 

  • Hurry Home Lunar New Year Pre-Show happens every year during Lunar New Year, followed by the original version. 

Will you be watching a Disney’s World of Color during your vacation? What is your favorite version of World of Color?

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