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Getting ready for Summer Nightastic! — World of Color, Glow Fest, Promoting, +MORE

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by , 06-06-2010 at 09:44 PM
It's the calm before the storm at Disneyland before Summer Nightastic! crowds descend on the Anaheim theme park this Friday. While Fantasmic! and Magical are already back at Disneyland, the June 11 return of Summer Nightastic! has everyone's attention — specifically at Disney California Adventure as that park prepares to deliver World of Color; its biggest entertainment offering since opening in 2001. The new water show is expected to be the hit of Southern California theme park offerings this summer and is the centerpiece of the Disneyland Resort's 2010 Summer Nightastic! promotion. So far reviews have been pretty positive from the few who have reported back from private preview showings, but with the potential to be a crowd control nightmare, it'll be interesting to see how the crowd reacts to the new show. Meanwhile, construction projects elsewhere in the park continue and set up for other Nightastic! offerings is moving in.

For more information on any of the construction projects featured in today's update, just look for a Project Tracker water mark and click that photo for more information on the project and to join the on-going discussion.

Thanks to Mac Daddy, Macro & boy33 for extra help with some photos this week.

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Marketing at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure and in Downtown Disney is now promoting Summer Nightastic! offerings.

Last week Disney announced that Glow Fest would join the Summer Nightastic! line-up at California Adventure.

Disney described Glow Fest on the DisneyParks Blog:
While “World of Color” brings a whole lot of color to the Paradise Pier section of the Park, you will find bright lights and beams of color in Sunshine Plaza and the Hollywood Backlot at this summer’s Glow Fest.

Glow Fest begins with the sound of drums and powerful rhythms that will draw you to Sunshine Plaza. An electric energy fills the evening air. As the sun goes down, colors burst to life and music starts to play from a brightly-lit stage that seems to glow. Dancers and world music performers create a fun vibe that you will only find at Disney California Adventure park.

During Summer Nightastic! the daily experience takes center stage in Sun Plaza from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continues in the Hollywood Backlot until Park closing, so it’s the perfect thing to check out with your family, or if you’re just looking for a fun way to cap your night.

Set-up for Glow Fest could already be seen in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and Sunshine Plaza by the end of the week.

The Glow Fest decorations are kind of tacky, and it's a shame that the staging for the nightly event has to be out all day, but hopefully it's a worthwhile addition to the Summer Nightastic line-up.

Scaffolding is up on the upper level of Playhouse Disney. Could they be installing a temporary overlay or lighting effects for Glow Fest?

Construction continues at various Disney's California Adventure projects as the countdown begins on the new World of Color

Of course, the thing everybody is watching is World of Color. Walt Disney Imagineering and Cast Member previews took place over the weekend and Los Angeles radio stations KOST and MyFM will have their private party on Tuesday. The celebrity-attended red carpet premiere will take place Thursday night (both Disneyland and California Adventure close early Thursday night), and the public will finally get their chance to see the show on Friday.

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With the small viewing area capacity and the huge interest in the show, the crowd control will be interesting to watch on Friday night as crowds of locals taking advantage of the 3-day Summer ticket and unblocked Annual Passholders try to get a spot for the show. Brady MacDonald at the LA Times Funland blog talked about the show's potential to be a crowd control nightmare:

Will Disney’s ‘World of Color’ water show become a crowd control nightmare?
How crazy will the crowds be for the upcoming “World of Color” water show at Disney California Adventure? We’re about to find out.

After priming the hype machine into overdrive for the past year, Disney officials are clearly concerned that too much success will spoil the experience for fans who find themselves waiting hours for an obstructed view — or worse, miss the show entirely.

I saw the 25-minute nighttime spectacular Tuesday after agreeing not to say how much I loved the show until the big red carpet premiere on June 10.

Disney’s problem is too many people and not enough space or time.

The Anaheim theme park plans to present two “World of Color” shows a night on Paradise Bay at 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

In anticipation of overwhelming crowds, Disney plans to allot the 4,000 to 6,000 premiere viewing spots for each show to fans who snap up FastPass tickets or purchase a prepaid meal (more on both those options below).

The remaining masses will be left to find a spot on the backside of the show along the Paradise Pier boardwalk. To keep walkways open, Disney plans to discourage people from camping out all day to save their spot.

Fans are expected to queue for the opening night show on June 11 well before dawn. The biggest crowds are expected on June 14, 15, 21 and 22 — the last four days to see the show this summer for many annual pass holders.

To entertain the waiting hordes, Disney plans a nightly Glow Fest party from 6 p.m. until the park closes in the Sun Plaza and Hollywood Pictures Backlot, complete with DJ music, dancers, drummers, video montages and lots of colorful lights.

With no Electrical Parade (recently shipped to the Magic Kingdom in Florida) or other suitable nighttime entertainment, the worry is that bored visitors who have tried all the park’s limited rides and attractions will have little to do while waiting for the 10:15 p.m. show (which starts 15 minutes after the park closes).

Glow Fest, complete with colored popcorn, glowing cotton candy and Glowhito cocktails, will also serve as a consolation prize for those unlucky visitors who can’t find a spot to watch “World of Color” — if the crowds prove that unwieldy. [ FULL ARTICLE ]

With the Paradise Park viewing area capacity offering room for around half of the guests it was originally designed for, Disney is hoping reservations through dining packages and FASTPASS tickets will help keep the huge crowds organized for the show. The every-person-for-themselves approach that Disneyland takes for Fantasmic! and nightly fireworks shows is more or less being abandoned at California Adventure for World of Color. The FASTPASS tickets for World of Color will be distributed at the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS Distribution area as soon as the park opens and once FASTPASS tickets are sold out - that's it for reserved viewing, unless you have purchased one of the dining options. After that, your only bet is somewhere on the backside the show on Paradise Pier, and at that point you're basically seeing the show as if you're watching Fantasmic! from behind, and really — what's the point of that?

The OC Register's Around Disney blog had more to say on World of Color viewing options, including the dining options we told you about here last week:

Disney offers ways to reserve show viewing spots
The Disneyland Resort for the first time will issue a limited number of tickets to visitors that will guarantee spots to watch a nighttime show, Disney announced Tuesday.

For the upcoming World of Color show, park goers will be able to pick up Fastpasses that will allow them to get into specific viewing areas at night at Disney California Adventure. Normally, the Fastpass system is only for rides, giving visitors a ticket to get in the front of the line at designated times. Fastpasses are free with admission. Read a previous story about plans for tickets to World of Color.

Disney also is offering dining packages that reserve spots for seeing World of Color, a major light-and-water show that debuts to regular theme park visitors June 11.

The meal options are:
  • Prix fixe dinners at Ariel’s Grotto, which start at $29.99 for adults and $15.99 for children.
  • Prix fixe dinners at Wine Country Trattoria, which cost $39.99 for adults and $18.99 for children.
  • Picnic meal boxes, costing $14.99. Reservations for picnic boxes can be made online at as early as June 10.

For the restaurant meals, visitors can make reservations by calling 714-781-DINE. Restaurant diners will get access to the specific standing-only viewing areas after they eat.

Mary Niven, vice president of Disney California Adventure, said Disney is offering the tickets so that visitors can avoid camping out all day for a spot to watch the show.

Because the show is expected to be popular, Disney is allowing visitors to line up June 11 before the park opens and they will be led to the Fastpass area by Grizzly River Run to get tickets for that day.

Disney originally expected that 9,000 people would be able to fit in an amphitheater park area, which was constructed for viewing World of Color, but only about half as many people are now expected to go in that area. The show also can be seen from other areas around Paradise Bay.

World of Color FASTPASS tickets will be available at the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS Distribution Area

Tickets will specify which viewing zone you're in. Hope that you get a good one!

Despite the potential for crowd mayhem, Disney continues to hype the show inside and outside the park.

New "World of Color" paint tubes have been added to floral planters throughout California Adventure, cleverly promoting the new show.

Flower barrels have been added in clusters around Paradise Pier.

Surprisingly, the flower barrels really help make the place look nicer. They're a simple, but nice touch.

And over in Paradise Park, the new play fountain has finally been turned on. It's a nice feature and will be a popular spot as the summer temperatures continue to heat up.

Over at the Silly Symphony Swings, the lightning effects are now working. A nice little bonus for an already charming ride.

Construction continues at Ariel's Undersea Adventure...

A look at Cars Land...

Work continues on the Red Car Trolley track in front of the Tower of Terror.

Walls are down around DCA's Wine Country Trattoria as the restaurant prepares to open at one of two locations serving World of Color dining packages.

The new candy shoppe in Fantasyland now has fresh candy made in Resort candy kitchens available for purchase.

DCA's Blue Sky Cellar is closed while they bring in the new Little Mermaid and Goofy's Sky Skool displays.

And Ridemakerz continues construction in Downtown Disney

We'll end today's photo update with a couple shots from around the parks...

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
JUNE 7 - 13, 2010

Disneyland Park
Disney's California Adventure
Monday - Wednesday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday - Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday - Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Theme Park Calendar

Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Restaurant closed through July 2 for refurbishment. Stage will remain open for shows and performances during restaurant closure.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar: Closed to install new Little Mermaid attraction exhibit. Reopens June 11.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Closed through June 9 for refurbishment.
  • Silly Symphony Swings: Soft opened now. Officially opens June 11.
  • Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: Debuts June 11.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror — Disney's FASTPASS Distribution: Distribution area closed and Fastpass service not offered through August 15 for nearby construction related to upcoming Red Car Trolley attraction.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction. Opens Spring 2011.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Red Car Trolley: Track under construction in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Attraction set to open spring 2012.

From the OC Register:
Disneyland Half Marathon slots fill up
Registration is now at capacity for the Disneyland Half Marathon, but spaces are still available for kids races and a 5K.

The half marathon is scheduled for Sept. 5, the day before Labor Day. The last individual spaces filled up within the past week, according to the Disneyland Half Marathon website.
For more the full article, visit: Around Disney: Disneyland Half Marathon slots fill up

Alrighty, that wraps up the June 7th edition of Dateline Disneyland. Thanks for the additional help from our photographers this week: Mac Daddy, Macro, and boy33. And of course, many thanks to you, our readers!

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Updated 07-13-2010 at 05:11 PM by Dateline Disneyland (Added column banner, fixed HTML, amended park hours)

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  1. surffnutt3000's Avatar
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    Great update (actually, one of the best yet). Thanks!
  2. Eeee-va's Avatar
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    Your hours for Disneyland Park don't seem to match the calendar? Monday - Wednesday are showing as 8 AM - midnight here, and for Thursday I'm seeing 8 AM - 8 PM. I think DCA is 10 - 8 on Monday - Wednesday, too.

    Thanks for the update!
  3. Kritter's Avatar
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    Nicely done!
  4. Crazee4mm's Avatar
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    I never thought I'd see the day where an "In The Parks" column would be able to find so much going on, and coming to DCA that Disneyland would get totally ignored.

    Absolutely not complaining! I have been waiting for this since DCA opened. DCA is quite the "late bloomer" but it sure looks like it's going to be worth the wait! Absolutely wonderful update Andy. Generously long update and yet, no Disneyland. I just can't get over that. Who would have ever thunk it?
  5. Disney fan 24's Avatar
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    Great Update as always
  6. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update! I was looking at the signs for the Red Car Trolley and they look exactly the same as they were in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but I guess this is how the originals looked in LA, is this correct?
  7. JerrodDRagon's Avatar
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    Amazing Update! Thanks! Can't wait to go to the park and see all the New WoC stuff!
  8. BunnyCups's Avatar
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    Thank you for the update! Seeing that fastpass has me all excited for the chaotic upcomings of Friday Which colored section is the best again?
  9. whamo's Avatar
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    That "World of Color" Fastpass is the hottest ticket in town!
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    The lightning effect on the swings is great! Bet it's cool at night. Does the music (I'm assuming there's music) come from the cartoon?

    The color tubes are a good idea for promotion.

    No likey:
    The Glowfest stuff looks like disco-themed wall clings from Party City. I have to agree with you on that one. "oh, there's no room for you at WOC, but here, head down this street, and we've got plastic sheets over everything and glow in the dark popcorn. Enjoy!"

    Sorry. That was negative of me. Just looks kind of crappy.

    Al mentions snazzy new effects to Snow White's ride. Do you know what those are, and if they're completed?

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    about the WOC fastpass. What if you are a family group? You said the tickets were random in assigning seating area. What if moms and dads and kids don't randomly get the same seating area?
  12. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update!!!
  13. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  14. Disneyland Limited's Avatar
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    By the time the next Dateline: Disneyland runs, the World of Color nightmare...errrrr, show will have started. (For the life of me, I can't figure out why that article is actually questioning whether or not there will be a crowd control nightmare.) Call it schadenfreude, call it pragmatism, call it cynicism, but I can't wait to read the tens of thousands of complaints from APs that got shut out after waiting and waiting to see the show. Everyone knows what an absolute migraine the crowd control's going to be and yet, in that age-old need to be able to say "I was there!" and one-up everyone they know, the APs will swamp the park, miss out on the show and then complain that it was the park's fault and they weren't warned and...

    I don't mean to sound negative about the show at all; I'm looking forward to it immensely. But it's going to be there for years and, hopefully, so will I. Biding my time doesn't diminish my experience any and it avoids the headaches. But I've learned what crowds, especially those comprised of APs, expect. Considering how everyone acted when Murphy debuted last year, one lesson learned was that being told that their annual pass doesn't give special seating privileges doesn't fly with them.
  15. Irving's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hildy
    about the WOC fastpass. What if you are a family group? You said the tickets were random in assigning seating area. What if moms and dads and kids don't randomly get the same seating area?
    Yep...Exactly the same question... Somebody knows about this?,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hildy
    about the WOC fastpass. What if you are a family group? You said the tickets were random in assigning seating area. What if moms and dads and kids don't randomly get the same seating area?
    I was wondering exactly the same thing, it would be a tragedy to get the ticket then have to give it away because you're in a different section to your partner.

    Is it just me or are those paint tubes promoting WOC almost as tacky as the Glow Fest junk. DCA has gone to so much effort to fix up the park then add all this tack just to reassure us they don't want to give up their second rate park trophy. I sure hope the always exposed Glow Fest stuff isn't a permanent fixture, don't get me wrong though I love DCA and am so excited about 'most' of the changes, personally I think in that area if they have to have a waiting party make it more like a sock hop.
  17. BC_DisneyGeek's Avatar
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    Great update as always. I really like those paint tubes.

    The decorations on Hollywood Backlot indeed look tacky, which is a shame as I've always found that to be one of the nicer looking areas of the park.
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    Okay, its like Glow Fest is supposed to a concelation prize for those who will not be able to see The World of Color, and if that notion isn't innapropriate enough they throw these disguisting 1980's/70s neon colored decorations in...Yuck! I am not feeling that decision at all. Even the name, "Glow Fest", is tacky, when you compare it to the classier changes that park is undergoing, and the great decision to put a name to a new show, as The Wondeful World of Color. Its a respectable way to pay homage to Walt and use the medium of water to highlught classic Disney, in comparision to ugly neon crap.
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    Starting to get amped up for World of Color!
  20. Sleepy505's Avatar
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    Great update as always, Today I will start my countdown to Disneyland Resort (day of visit) October 1, 2010.
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