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Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland

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World of Color is a dazzling 22-minute nighttime show of pure Disney magic that adds a “happily ever after” ending to your day at Disney California Adventure Park. Our joy overflows when we watch the new version, World of Color — One, which debuted in January as part of the Disney 100 celebration. We've put together this post to help you navigate this breathtaking show. There are dining packages and dessert parties to get a reserved viewing area, plus several ways to see Disneyland's World of Color without spending any additional money (both standby viewing and reserved areas via a virtual queue). "The world is a carousel of color .... " We have done four: standby, virtual queue, dining package and the World of Color Dessert Party! We'll tell you all about it so you can decide the best plan for your family.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - Rainbow-colored fountains


Overview of World of Color

Before we get into the details of this amazing show, we need to let you know that World of Color is closed for refurbishment from Jan. 8 through Jan. 18, 2024. World of Color — One returns Jan. 19, 2024. It returns just in time for the Lunar New Year, which begins Jan. 23. During Lunar New Year, guests can enjoy a 6-minute Lunar New Year short called "Hurry Home" at 9 p.m. before the first World of Color show of the night. 

The inspiration for Disneyland World of Color came from Walt Disney himself. The show begins and ends with the original theme song from “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” — a 1960s television program, which was written by Disney legends, Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman.

The original World of Color features fountains and a gigantic projected water screen. This wall of water is 380 feet wide and 50 feet high! It provides a projection surface of 19,000 square feet. The dancing fountains reach up to 200 feet high — that's even higher than the top of Pixar Pal-A-Round! During World of Color, you’ll see projections of characters and scenes from Disney and Pixar films. Look for favorite characters from “Finding Nemo,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Toy Story,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.” But that is not all — it is set to music and narration.

There are dramatic moments with flames shooting up from the water. We forgot how emotional we get when watching this show. A word about that: If you are mourning a loved one, especially a parent, there is a scene in the regular World of Color that may be particularly challenging for you. You may want to choose Fantasmic! at Disneyland instead, if you want something overall happier and less triggering. Mommy Frog cries every time she watches World of Color even though she loves it. The rest of the show is happy or dramatic, but your emotions will be taken on a journey. For us, it's toadally a must-see show! Pictures of moving images on water do not do it justice ... you have to see it in person. Showtimes vary per night so check the entertainment calendar in advance.

New World of Color Disneyland Show to Celebrate Disney's 100 Years of Wonder

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - Mirabel in World of Color One

As of January 27, 2023, we can enjoy an all-new World of Color show that ties in with the 100-year celebration. There is no end date in sight, but the show is expected to run for about 18 months. During Holiday Time, World of Color — Season of Light will run, and then World of Color — One will return after its refurbishment on March 1, 2024.

"World of Color — One" brings to life new stories and characters from the past 100 years. In fact, this is the first Nighttime Spectacular to include characters, music and scenes from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, the Avengers and Star Wars all in the same show.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - Grogu in One

The story shows how a single action, such as a drop of water, can create a ripple that grows into a wave of change. The journey builds to an uplifting finale that demonstrates that when we come together, many drops can form an ocean. The show features new and classic courageous, loving and inspiring characters. It includes 18 compositions, including a new original song, “Start a Wave.” We really love how this show incorporates the lighting in the Pixar Pal-A-Round and the Incredicoaster in a toadally new way.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - Star Wars Segment

Here is our YouTube video of this amazing show.

Be sure to set your alarm so you do not miss the virtual queue joining period at 12 p.m. each day. You don't want to miss this show.

How Long Is World of Color?

There are three versions of World of Color. The original show is 22 minutes long. The current show, World of Color — One, runs 24 minutes. The holiday version, World of Color — Season of Light is 23 minutes long. It plays from mid-November through January 7, 2024. You can always find show running times at the Disneyland site.

Enhance Your World of Color Disneyland Viewing With MagicBand+

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - MagicBand at World of Color

Do you have a MagicBand+? The MagicBand+ interacts with all versions of the show with colorful lights and vibrations. This is a toadally exciting addition to the experience. BTW, the Disneyland MagicBand+ also interacts with other nighttime entertainment such as fireworks and Fantasmic!

Best Ways to View World of Color at Disneyland

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - sebastian

There are new and traditional ways to see the show. You can now join a virtual queue, look for standby viewing, get a reserved area with a World of Color dining package or sit and watch the show at the World of Color Dessert Party. All viewing is standing only, except for the dessert party, which is seated. We have information about accessibility viewing below.

World of Color takes place inside Disney California Adventure on the waters of Paradise Gardens Park, so no matter how you see it — whether you have a dining package or not — you’ll need a valid theme park ticket and park reservation to access it. To get the best places for viewing Disneyland's World of Color at California Adventure Park, read on!

You can see two different angles of the show in Tad's YouTube video. He shot it from the standby area on the railing of the pier (first show) and from our table at the World of Color Dessert Party (second show). We were centered behind the circular section of the main viewing area. That viewing area would be more crowded for the first show.

Join the Virtual Queue to See World of Color

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - world of color virtual queue

Guests can sign up for the free virtual queue in the Disneyland app at noon each day. Joining the virtual queue for World of Color is not required to view the nighttime spectacular, but it is highly recommended.

To join the virtual queue, you must have entered a theme park that day by 12 p.m. You must have a reservation for Disney California Adventure with either a one-park-per-day ticket or for starting in either park with a Park Hopper ticket. The virtual queue is accessible beginning at 12 p.m. via the Disneyland mobile app and is subject to availability. Guests who begin their day at Disneyland may then enter Disney California Adventure Park with their Park Hopper ticket after 1 p.m. for their designated entrance and show time. Joining the virtual queue does not guarantee the ability to view World of Color.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - virtual queueJoining the virtual queue may be highly competitive. Our Disneyland virtual queues post will best prepare you. Distribution will fill for the first show and then automatically start filling for the second show. If you can enter the virtual queue, you will receive a notification via the Disneyland app to enter the designated World of Color viewing area at one of the two entrance points: Blue or Yellow. Colors are assigned to you and are just entry points. Follow the color lights. All Blue and Yellow viewing is in the same area. You do not get to pick colors or which show you get to see (if there are two shows that day).

You can arrive approximately 45 minutes before the show begins. The Blue entrance area is on the pier. Yellow is down near the Golden Zephyr (look for the blue and yellow lights). Blue and Yellow actually share the same viewing area once you enter, and guests can move about the area to find the perfect spot. More on that below.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - Genie appears to lift the water and peek outIf you do not have a smartphone, talk to a cast member in the park about an alternative way to gain access to the show.

Paradise Bay Standby Viewing for World of Color

If you are unable to enter the virtual queue, you can access standby viewing shortly before the show in Paradise Bay viewing areas. Check in with a cast member there for walk-up viewing options. We have more on this below.

If you cannot arrive by noon or the virtual queue is at capacity, then booking a World of Color dining package or Dessert Party may be your next best option. Otherwise, you should arrive early for standby viewing. An alternative is to wait for the second show, which is much less crowded. Cast members may let you into the viewing area without a virtual queue if there is space.

Reserve a World of Color Disneyland Dining Package

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - The words "World of Color" are projected onyo a water screen

If you want a little less stress about getting a spot to watch the show or want a central viewing location, you can purchase a World of Color Dining Package that will give you vouchers for accessing the Preferred Dining Section. The World of Color dining packages can be found in two locations for now: Wine Country Trattoria and Storytellers Café. Storytellers Cafe is actually located in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, but don't worry. It's just inside the theme park entrance to the hotel. There is also a World of Color Dessert Party, which is available now. More on that one below.

For the dining packages, you simply make a normal reservation for Wine Country Trattoria or the dinner buffet at Storytellers Café. Let your server know you want to upgrade. You will get one reserved viewing area voucher for each dining package you purchase. Vouchers are valid only for the designated showtime on the same day as the dining experience. Packages and vouchers may not be refunded, redeemed for cash, exchanged for a different date or time, or sold. You will receive your voucher at the restaurant. You do not dine while you watch the show (with the exception being the dessert party) because the restaurants are not in viewing areas. Viewing is standing only (with accommodations for people who need them).

Reserve online or through the Disneyland app. If you need to cancel, be sure to do it by the day before or you will be charged $10 per person. The viewing areas are the same no matter where you eat.

Is it worth it? We discuss all the Disneyland dining packages in a separate post. You can read up to determine if a dining package is worth it to you. We think the free virtual queue gives us a great view of this show, so we don't feel the need to pay more ... as long as we are in the park early enough to join the virtual queue. When arriving later, we consider the dining packages. Now, for Fantasmic!, standby viewing is trickier. We think it's toadally worth it to get a Fantasmic! dining package for that show.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - woody and buzzWine Country Trattoria World of Color Package 

The World of Color dining package includes a full-service, prix-fixe menu three-course meal with a starter, entrée and dessert, plus a non-alcoholic beverage. Food choices include dishes such as chicken parmesan, fettuccine alfredo, salmon, roasted vegetable lasagna and tiramisu, just to name a few. Check in with your host or server about upgrading your reservation to the dining package. A nonalcoholic beverage is included. Packages do not include alcohol, tax or gratuity. Lunch and dinner both cost $59 ($35 for ages 3-9) plus tax and gratuity.

Storytellers Café World of Color Package

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - macaronsEnjoy a buffet dinner at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which is just a short hop, skip and jump from Disney California Adventure, thanks to the park entrance directly from the hotel. The meal includes an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner buffet with specialty sweets, a nonalcoholic beverage and a voucher for a reserved viewing area for World of Color. The food is the normal dinner buffet, plus a special box of macarons to enjoy during the show. You need a valid theme park ticket to use your voucher. You can reserve online or through the Disneyland app. Upon arrival for your reservation, let your server or the host know you want to upgrade to this package. The dinner buffet is $59 ($35 for ages 3-9) plus tax and gratuity.

  • First Show recommended dining time is 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Second Show recommended dining time is 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • On nights with only one show, the recommended dining time is 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

If you are just making a night of it, guests dining at Storytellers Café can park at the hotel and receive three hours of complimentary valet parking with validation, but it may take longer than three hours for you to eat, wait for the show, see the show and exit, so that means you'll be paying for parking at an hourly hotel rate of $35 for the first hour and $10 for each additional hour. You can park at Mickey and Friends or Toy Story Lots (for $25) and take park transportation (or walk down the pedestrian ramp from Pixar Pals to Downtown Disney). The hotel does not validate parking for Downtown Disney parking.

Below is a view of the show from the Preferred Dining viewing area. We were at the front right corner of our section. We were centered with an unobstructed view, which was nice. The people in front are from the virtual queue (Blue and Yellow section), and they are a tier below us. Nobody can stand on the steps that separate the two areas. If you are at the front of the section, you can see well. We arrived right when they opened the section about an hour before the first show. Once it fills in, you might want to stand near the back of the section to give yourself a bubble of space in front of you.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - dining viewWorld of Color dining packages are on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. You will receive one reserved viewing area voucher for each dining package purchased. Each person in your party must purchase a package to obtain a voucher. Vouchers are valid only for the designated showtime on the same day as the dining experience. The viewing area is separate from the restaurant and is standing only. People with disabilities will be accommodated.

Attend a World of Color Dessert Party

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - Drink and food at Dessert Party

At the end of a fun day in the parks, it's nice to sit and rest your flippers while you watch the show and enjoy snacks and drinks. The World of Color Dessert Party is the relaxing and sweet way to go. It’s recommended to arrive 60 minutes before check-in for the best seat selection. The check-in area moved to the restroom area diagonal from The Little Mermaid. Even if you are seeing the second show, you can check in one hour before the first show and get wristbands and select your seats. Then go enjoy the park until after the first show ends. The early frogs get the flies (the flies being the best seats). There are low-top tables and high-top tables. The high-top tables can easily see over the lower tables in front of them. Smaller parties of two will share a table with other small parties.

The viewing area is toward the back of the crowd, but up higher than the crowd. You can reserve online or through the Disneyland app.

Drink options include bottled water, coffee, tea, Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite, plus specialty beverages. Specialty beverages include non-alcoholic Cherry Breeze, sparkling wine, beer and Rainbow Spritzer with tequila and a colorful sugar rim. Kids get sippers with glow cubes.

The food may vary per season and may include crackers, cheeses (sharp cheddar, double cream camembert and Toma Provence), grapes and sweet desserts. The desserts include a raspberry-filled shortbread cookie, triple chocolate cheesecake, blue raspberry bundt cake and Mickey crispy. You can get a to-go box to take home any remaining treats. It's the breakfast of champions the next day. ;) There are alternatives for people allergic to chocolate or on gluten-free diets. Be sure to look for the prompt to add any special dietary or allergy-friendly requests when booking your reservation online or via the Disneyland app. They cannot guarantee accommodations for same-day requests.

Our frog fam got to experience the Dessert Party for the first time recently! The show times were at 9 and 10:15 that night (but can vary). Our reservation was at 9:15. Admittedly that was a bit confusing to us, so we arrived an hour before the first show just in case and it worked out perfectly. They informed us we were seeing the second show and checked us in for the second show early. We received a wristband and selected our table from the seat map at that time. We chose a seat towards the center of the World of Color viewing area with a high top. It was perfect! Then we did other things in the park and arrived to be seated after the first show ended.

We received our plate of desserts and cheese and beverages. Being the later show on a school night, the viewing area was pretty empty, so we had plenty of space in front of the dessert party without people around us. There is a roped buffer area between the dessert party and other guests even if it were more crowded.

The World of Color Dessert Party costs $89 (including tax and gratuity) per person. The price is the same for adults and children. We left Lily with Grandma Frog since the showtime is past her bedtime and the price is a bit steep for a toddler. She was hoppy to get some leftover treats the next day. Tad joined as the videographer of the family.

Is it worth it? We certainly did not need to have the dessert party to view the second show, but we really did very much appreciate having a seat at the end of the day with space around us. We enjoyed the food and beverage. We found the process was less stressful than wondering where to watch, and we were hoppy not to have to enter the park before noon to join the virtual queue that day since we were having such a late night.

If it's in your budget and you want to sit, then it's worth it. You might want to save it for a special occasion or date night, though, without the tadpoles. But great viewing can certainly be had for free, so don't feel like you need to do this to get a good seat. There are great views from the bridge in standby or down in front with the virtual queue. Standby guests stood on some steps just behind, us so they got the same view for no additional money.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - Flynn Rider and Rapunzel are projected onto water screen

World of Color Viewing Areas at Disneyland

Two of the most frequent questions we get are, "Where are the best Disneyland World of Color viewing locations?" And, "Is the dining package worth it?" While everyone has a different budget, it's hard to say whether it will be worth it to you. We can, however, give you the skinny on the best World of Color viewing spots! That way, you can make your own decision based on your schedule, needs and budget. Some standby areas are wonderful and others are more obstructed. We'd also like to add that the second show is the easiest to watch. There are way fewer people watching, and you can hop into place much closer to show time.

The largest viewing areas are the Yellow and Blue areas (which are combined as one area). The other areas are the Preferred Dining, World of Color Dessert Party and Standby areas. All viewing is standing-only, except for the World of Color Dessert Party. The show is huge, spreading across all of Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure, and the water shoots up high, so front row, back row, side, middle ... you can’t miss it. The rule of thumb is to be at the front (on a railing) of whatever standing section you are in for the least obstructed view. But to be honest, we like to view World of Color — One from further back to be able to see the show in its entirety. So be on a railing on a higher viewing area to see it all better than being up front.

Blue and Yellow Viewing Area

Disneyland's World of Color Viewing Area - Blue Light

Blue and Yellow areas have great, close or central viewing for FREE. (Free stuff is what we frogs love best.) You have the entire waterfront, the raised sections to the sides near the front. You may also watch from the flat, circular section directly in front of the round arches in front of The Little Mermaid to stand and spectate. It's just behind the Preferred Dining viewing area. Keep in mind that the viewing locations at the water’s edge are wet zones. You may get mildly misted or toadally soaked from the fountains of water, depending on which direction the wind is blowing.

The best Disneyland World of Color viewing spots are affected by how early you arrive and hop in place to claim your spot. Here’s where the free part makes a difference: If being front row is important to you, you will pay by giving up some time. The virtual queue says to arrive 45 before showtime, we'd say to jump in space when you see the ropes go up an hour before showtime (depending on crowds and showtimes that day). If there are two shows, you can usually hop in a little closer to showtime for the second show. It's much less crowded.

Look for the blue or yellow lights to guide you in. Cast members will let you in the entrance and keep you in a holding area before bringing you down to the viewing area. The first people who go in can claim the best spots. No pressure, because there are a lot of great spots, but if you have one in mind, be there early. The Blue entrance is at the Pier and the Yellow entrance is further down by Golden Zephyr. Be careful not to stand in a designated walkway or you will get moved. If entering in Yellow, make your way to the center of the viewing area as the far right side does not have as great a viewing area.

Preferred Dining Viewing

Disneyland's World of Color - Preferred Dining

People who make dining package reservations have a little more luxury in not having to arrive so early. But again, the front row of that section will go first. There are Preferred Dining viewing areas that are centered and without major obstructions. They are in the center viewing area. People cannot stand on the steps, which are roped off.

The below photo shows the circular Preferred Dining Viewing section before it fills in. You can go up the ropes. Nobody stands directly on the other side of the white ropes. You can see the steps in the front are roped off and nobody can stand on the steps. That means the Blue and Yellow virtual queue crowd is a tier below you with a bit of a space buffer. If you want to be at the front of this section, arrive when it opens about an hour before show time. The other side of the rope to the right is a walkway where nobody can stand. So anywhere on the rope has a pretty clear view. We stood about the middle of this photo on the rope, where the walkway meets the steps, and had a pretty great view. It was very centered. Note the black light towers on either side. You'll want to avoid being behind those so they do not block the view of projection on one of three screens.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - dining viewingWhen deciding whether to spring for the dining packages, consider that you have to eat anyway, so if you want to eat at the restaurants offering the package and want to see World of Color, then a dining package makes good sense. If you won’t be in a park by noon to enter the virtual queue, then a dining package can definitely help relieve that stress. For some guests, it is toadally worth it. Look for the Preferred Dining sign to the right of the center to enter.

World of Color Dessert Party

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - dessert party sign

The World of Color Dessert Party takes place on the upper back tiers of the viewing section. You are seated at tables (some low and some high tops). While you wait and watch, you can enjoy your desserts, cheeses and sparkling drinks or warm beverages. Check-in is generally an hour before showtime, but people who check in first will be seated first. Look for the pink lights to guide you in. If you are seeing the later show, you can still check in an hour before the first show and choose your seat. Then hop back after the first show ends.

Standby Areas on the pier and in Paradise Gardens Park

If you were unable to join the virtual queue, you can still view Disneyland's World of Color. Standby viewing areas can vary. The areas ranged from the bridge of Pixar Pier, back against The Little Mermaid ride and in some roped sections at the back of reserved viewing. You may be able to watch from near the Golden Zephyr but watch out for obstructions. It's harder to see the main projections from there. You will want to arrive about an hour to an hour and a half early for the first show for the Little Mermaid area. You do not have to be that early for the second show.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - disabled viewingWe prefer the bridge to Pixar Pier for an unobstructed view of the water where you won't get wet. Once all the Blue section of people is admitted, a cast member will open the ropes and you can swoop in. You want to get on the railing if you can. If there is a second show, it is going to be a lot less crowded than the first show. One toadally cool part of having that view is seeing the color reflect onto the crowd of people in the viewing area. You cannot see that effect from the other areas. The color of the crowd was an amazing surprise at the start of the show.

Accessible Viewing

Once you have joined the virtual queue, you can enter in the bench section at the back of the main viewing area. If you want to be closer, enter the Yellow section and grab a viewing location near the water in your wheelchair or ECV, but arrive early so you get a good spot. If you did not join the virtual queue, arrive early. You'll find more standby viewing sections at the back.

VIP Seats

Disneyland's World of Color Viewing - VIP Area

There are a few seats at the back for VIPs. Unless you are a VIP, you probably aren’t getting in there. Occasionally, if the section is empty before the second show, some park guests may get sprinkled with what we call pixie dust when a cast member invites them to take a seat. It hoppened to us once!

Pixar Pier

Disneyland's World of Color - Incredicoaster

In the coming weeks, Incredicoaster, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind and Jumpin’ Jellyfish may run later than usual in the evening during “World of Color – One” performances. Toy Story Midway Mania! is open and often a walk-on during this time! It is not an official viewing area, but a few people choose this view.

You will not see the projection well from this angle or get the whole show but you will hear the music, and see the pretty fountains, colors and light. It is a good choice for a family that needs space and a bench or railing. It is enjoyable, but you are not getting the full show in all its glory. If you want to see the projection, the more centered behind the show you are (near Poultry Palace and Toy Story Midway Mania!) the better. But that may mean watching from behind a wrought-iron fence.

Lamplight Lounge

Viewing Disneyland's World of Color - Lamplight Lounge

The Lamplight Lounge is a bar and restaurant on the water that closes about 45 minutes before the park closes. It is not an official World of Color viewing area. If you time your meal right and are still sitting there when World of Color begins, you may be able to watch from the outside patio. You would want to be near an edge to see it. There is a window on the side of Lamplight Lounge around the corner to the left of the doors. You can see straight through to the show.

If you want to stand to the immediate right of the Lamplight Lounge opening on the pier, it's outside the roped areas, so you can line up there early while the Blue section is loading.

Holiday Versions of World of Color

Throughout most of the year, Disneyland's World of Color has one main show, but there are some holiday versions definitely worth seeing. During the Holidays at Disneyland, there is World of Color — Season of Light at California Adventure. We get chills every time we see it! (The Goofy scene is particularly electrifying.)

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - Season of Light

During Lunar New Year, the first show of World of Color is preceded by a special World of Color Lunar New Year presentation, Hurry Home, Little Lantern! No spoilers, but it ends with a bang! And some years, on New Year's Eve, there is a World of Color countdown with fireworks and a rockin’ dance party version of World of Color.

Tips for Viewing World of Color at Disneyland

Disneyland's World of Color - Wet Zone

Here are a few pointers to make the most of your experience:

  • Get a reservation for Disney California Adventure or have a park hopper ticket so you can hop over for the show.
  • Have each person in your party enter a theme park by noon to join the virtual queue. You need to add each person in your party. You can only join one show per person, per day.
  • Check the show schedule. If seeing both World of Color and other nighttime entertainment, make sure that the times do not conflict. Plan enough time to travel between each show. Navigating the parks before and after shows and around fireworks time can be slow-going due to the crowds.
  • Arrive early, before the earliest posted time, to get the best spots. That goes for the Dessert Party too. Check in an hour before the first show no matter which show you'll see.
  • See the second show if there is one for the lowest crowds and the most elbow room. Also, a Sunday through Thursday night may be less crowded than a Friday or Saturday.

Best Ways and Places to View Disneyland's World of Color - Made with Magic Ears

  • Bring Made with Magic items. They still interact with the show!
  • If you do arrive late, stand toward the back of the crowd in your section. Leave a gap space in front of you to see better.
  • Use the restroom and grab snacks and drinks before you hop into place.
  • If you have to leave the viewing area to get food or use the restroom, tell a cast member so you do not have trouble getting back in.
  • The show often takes place about park closing, or just after closing. If you are viewing the last show of the day, be prepared to show your virtual queue to gain entry to the park if you are hopping in last minute.
  • Wear a poncho if you go for the first row in case of spray.
  • Dress warmly for comfort. It gets chilly during the show.

Disneyland's World of Color - Closed Rides

  • If World of Color ends before the park closes, take advantage of shorter ride lines after the show before exiting.
  • People with wheelchairs or ECVs may remain in them and may want to arrive early to get a good, unobstructed view.
  • Watch out for obstructions that could block your view.
  • The view from the far left is better than from the far right.
  • You can now view some of the show from rides such as Incredicoaster, Silly Symphony Swings and Golden Zephyr, which remain open during World of Color. Pixar Pal-A-Round closes early though.

Best Ways and Places to View World of Color at Disneyland - fire fountains

We hope our guide to viewing Disneyland's World of Color was hopful and answered any questions you might have had. If you love the Disneyland nighttime entertainment — and who doesn’t? — then hop over to learn more about Disneyland Fantasmic! tips and the best places to view Disneyland fireworks

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Mar 28, 2024 at 4:09 p.m. CHammond Says...

I want to book the World of Color Dessert Party, but I don't see it AT ALL in the app. Possibly this is because there are none available, but IF it were there, is it on its own as a dining event? Or is it found as an option within "World of Color Dining Package"? (All I see there are lunch or dinner options)

Mar 29, 2024 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi C!

In the app, use the magnifying glass icon to search for "World of Color Dessert Party" which should pop up in the results. From there, it has a "Check Availability" button and you can proceed to select the date range and find an option that works for you. You can also find reservations through the Disneyland website here.

Keep hopping!


Feb 3, 2023 at 4:07 p.m. Liz Says...

Hey! To start, I love all the information I've learned from undercover tourist.

My question: when I look on the California Adventure site, I can't find any times on the schedule for World of Color - every day I've clicked it just tells me there's no scheduled event that day (and I clicked all of February and the first half of March). Is World of Color not currently showing or what am I missing?

Feb 3, 2023 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

Thanks so much for reading and hopping by! World of Color just switched over to the new version World of Color — ONE, so you can find showtimes here, or the general Entertainment Schedule.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 16, 2022 at 2:41 p.m. Kelly Says...

Thank you for this great article for World of Color! I will be in Disney my birthday week with 5 adults and 3 children. I am torn between the dessert and dinner package. If money were no object (because it’s my bday) what would you choose?

Jun 17, 2022 at 10:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

We think dinner is the better value since it includes dinner and dessert — but note that it is at the end of the night when legs are tired and it may be harder for kids to see standing in a crowd. If money is not a factor and you'd rather have a spot to sit, then choose the dessert party and get a high-top table so you and the kids have nice tall seats that put you above the crowd.

Keep hopping!


Mar 2, 2022 at 8:05 p.m. Nicole Says...

Hello...Do you know if any dessert party's or dining packages will be available for the 4/22/2022 fireworks and world of color shows? We love the dessert party at WDW and would love to experience that at Disneyland as well or California Adventure. I'm just not seeing that available at this time.

Mar 3, 2022 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

At this time, dessert parties have not been announced for the April 22 return of Disneyland Forever or World of Color. We're keeping our eyes and ears open for any future announcements though, so keep checking back!

Keep hopping!


Nov 9, 2019 at 8:31 p.m. Geof Says...

For those of us who purchase the dining package, is there an arrival time you recommend is best to get the best location in the designated viewing area? You mentioned 1.5 to 1.75 hours early for the yellow/blue sections. Would one hour early for the dining section suffice?

Nov 12, 2019 at 5:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geof!

It can vary by crowd and day, but one hour should be good. You just want to be at the front of your section or on a step or level above others so you can see well. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!


Jul 3, 2019 at 3:34 p.m. David Says...

Re. ‘The show often takes place at park closing, or just after closing. If you are viewing the last show of the day, be prepared to show your FASTPASS to gain entry to the park if you are hopping in last minute.’

Does this mean you get snow a fast pass and avid ticket to get into CA AFTER 10pm even though the park has ‘closed’? Or do you HAVE TO enter before 10? Reason I ask is that if I am watching Fireworks n DL beforehand there is only 14 mins to get out and into the other park!

Anyone know if they still let you in after 10 if you have a reservation?

Jul 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

It is a short window but you should be able to do it. We have done just that and arrived seconds before 10 p.m. and they asked for our FASTPASSes. Watch fireworks from Main Street USA and try to make a quick exit.

Keep hopping1


Apr 7, 2019 at 10:07 p.m. Lisa Says...

Is there ANYBODY who can tell me if there are any gluten free options for the World of Color dessert party that are not just fruit and cheese? We made reservations and are able to specify the food issue but Disney Special Diets gives me a vague answer and no one is able to provide any info. I could certainly live without sugar but the 11 year old with me is so excited about this dessert party and I want to know about possible disappointment to come. Like after paying $85/person do I still need to sneak a dessert in? Thanks so much.

Jun 27, 2019 at 4:15 a.m. Amy Says...

I took my brother who is a diabetic a couple months ago and they bent over backwards to accommodate our request for sugar-free options. I recommend you call Disney Dining reservations and let them know your concerns. They will pass them along. I then got an email from the chef’s assistant to better understand our needs. They did a great job!

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