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.
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Thanks to Mac Daddy, Macro & boy33 for extra help with some photos this week.
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Marketing at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure and in Downtown Disney is now promoting Summer Nightastic! offerings.
GLOW IN THE PARK
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
DISNEY'S WORLD OF COLOR & PARADISE PARK
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:
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:
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 disneyland.com 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.
SILLY SYMPHONY SWINGS
Over at the Silly Symphony Swings, the lightning effects are now working. A nice little bonus for an already charming ride.
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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
Weekly Theme Park Hours
JUNE 7 - 13, 2010
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
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.
DISNEYLAND HALF-MARATHON SELLS OUT
From the OC Register:
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