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Video of World of Color undergoing testing at Disney's California Adventure emerges

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World of Color will soon be illuminating the night at Disney's California Adventure. Image: gonzabar77, Wikimedia Commons (license)

A new video has emerged online showing a full test run of the World of Color show at Disney's California Adventure, ahead of its scheduled opening this summer.

The video (embedded below) was sent to Disney fan site LaughingPlace.com by a guest at the Grand Californian hotel, which overlooks the Paradise Pier area of the park that will host World of Color. The site claims that the test was carried out on April 6 for Disney CEO Bob Iger and head of Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs, who are likely to have a keen interest in the first major nighttime show to be hosted by Disney's California Adventure.

According to LaughingPlace, the video was captured from the View Terrace on the sixth floor of the Grand Californian. In common with previous videos captured from the hotel, it does not give a clear view of the projected animations which make up a large part of World of Color. However, it does give the most complete impression yet of how the show will combine state-of-the-art water, lighting and pyrotechnic effects to entertain guests.

As can be seen in the video, World of Color will feature powerful fountains, lighting arrays and fire effects, all synchronised with music from classic Disney movies. In addition, animated sequences are projected onto enormous water screens as seen on a recent video posted to the Disney Parks blog.

World of Color is inspired by Walt Disney's 1960s television show, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. As can be heard in the video, the TV show's theme is used to introduce the World of Color live show. The show will also feature songs and animation from The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Fantasia 2000, Wall-E, Toy Story, Aladdin, Pocohontas, A Bug's Life, Bambi, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fantasia, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, Enchanted and Beauty and the Beast. The animations are a mixture of footage lifted directly from the movies and newly-produced sequences.

The launch of World of Color will give Disney's California Adventure the evening showpiece that some have complained the park has been missing since its 2001 opening. The show was originally expected to open in March but is now likely to debut in June. Recently, June 11 was leaked as the target for the first public showing although Disney has refused to commit itself to a firm opening date.

Disney is investing $1.1 billion into upgrading Disney's California Adventure, which will see a number of attraction upgrades and additions over the next 2 years. This will include a whole new land - Cars Land - plus new "E-Ticket" attractions Radiator Springs Racers and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

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