With fire, water, and lasers, the nightly extravaganza of World of Color, at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure, is a definite dazzler. Disney characters materialize on an immense “screen” stretching across the night sky, created by the misty spray generated by 1,200 fountains shooting 200 feet into the air. Projecting colorful beams of light as well as film clips onto this creates a mesmerizing, specter-like show, with musical and visual shoutouts to a wide range of Disney and Pixar movies.
You don’t need a reservation or ticket to see the after-dark-show—just show up early to find a spot along Paradise Bay—but for optimal views, get a FASTPASS to reserve a standing-room spot in the special roped-off viewing area. Note: If you situate yourself too close to the harbor, you might get soaked; ask Disney personnel where to sit if you want to be out of the spray zone.
Upgrade your experience by opting for the World of Color Dining Package, which treats you to a three-course dinner at Wine Country Trattoria or Carthay Circle Restaurant or a buffet dinner at Storytellers Cafe and then a prime, front-row viewing spot in the Paradise Gardens Park for the show. To really feel like you’re part of the production, splurge on Made with Magic Ear Hats. These Bluetooth-connected Mickey Mouse ears have computer chips that make the ears change color and flash in sync with the event and all the other ears in the crowd throughout the show, and work other similar Disney experiences, at any location around the world.