Recently, the World of Color Show opened in Disney California adventure in Anaheim California. While reviews are mixed, the show’s technological achievement is amazing and it will likely become a major draw for Disneyland’s underperforming sister park, Disney California Adventure. Especially considering that a holiday overlay for the show is being considered and may premiere in 2012, the show will likely gain a fan base over time.
As Disney has hyped the premiere of the World of Color Show, Disney fans on the east coast may be wondering when they’ll get their version of the World of Color. Ever since the Magic Kingdom opened in the 1970s in Walt Disney World to confused guests who kept asking, “Where’s the Pirates ride?” Walt Disney World has always tried to get twins of attractions built for Disneyland. Meaning, if the World of Color Show proves to be a hit, a clone of the show will eventually be built in Orlando. But where would a World of Color Show fit in Walt Disney World?
Most likely the World of Color Show would be installed in one of the many lagoons in Walt Disney World, and preferably inside one of the “gates” or theme parks. Here are some possibilities:
1. Animal Kingdom. This might make the most senses as presumably major construction, and space, would be needed to construct a lagoon and water treatment systems. This could be most easily accomplished in the Animal Kingdom with minimal disruption to guest enjoyment. Since the Animal Kingdom is the least well developed of the theme parks, and has almost nothing to offering in the evening, a World of Color type show, perhaps with an animal them, might be a good idea. The Animal Kingdom had tried a previous festival of lights show to keep guests in the park when the sun started to go down and the animals fade from sight. A well designed viewing area for such a show might be enough to keep guests in the park a little bit later.
A suitable area might be where the Beastly Kingdom was going to be built, near the entrance to the park. That way guests could easily come and go from the park between shows. Or alternatively, the show could be placed on the side opposite the entrance in order to entice guests to enjoy other attractions which stay open late. Land is being cleared in the Animal Kingdom, which many believe will be used for the construction of the Beastly Kingdom. A World of Color Show might fit in at the Beastly Kingdom if it stars a large animatronic Chernabog (disney.wikia.com/wiki/Chernabog, the devilish creature from Fantasia) which was cut from DCA’s World of Color due to budgetary constraints.
2. Walt Disney Studios (formerly MGM Studios) does have a small lagoon area near the center of the park, this could possibly be expanded and the area could be used to stage a World of Color Show each night. Since the entrance to Disney California Adventure is expected to be a clone of the Walt Disney Studio’s entrance in Orlando, it seems an appropriate place to put the show. Plus since an artificial lagoon already is in place, this seems like an ideal place to install the show in this park. However, crowd control issues would be a major concern, especially considering that the Walt Disney Studios stays open later into the evening than the Animal Kingdom.
3. The Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom. The horseshoe shape of the area would provide enough viewing space. However, I don’t know how the green algae tinted water would work with the water pumps as presumably the water would need to be well filtered. As the Magic Kingdom already gets the highest attendance of all the parks, another show might just add to crowd confusion.
4. The Epcot lagoon. While there is more than enough space on this lagoon, it is also gets a lot of boat traffic and is used for the popular nightly Illuminations Show. While the World of Color Show is big, it isn’t quite big enough to allow good viewing all around the Epcot lagoon, and wouldn’t be as good as what it would be replacing. Plus, this is not an artificial lagoon, and thus major construction and maintenance might be needed. I doubt the World of Color will ever show up here.
For my review of the World of Color Show, click here: