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Disney has confirmed details of how guests can reserve a viewing spot for the highly-anticipated World of Color show at Disney's California Adventure, with the popular FASTPASS system being called into play.

The show will be performed twice nightly at the park at 9.15pm and 10.15pm from June 11 - August 29 (and less frequently beyond those dates) and is expected to prove extremely popular. In a bid to control the impact of waiting crowds and prevent disappointment for those unable to get a good view, Disney will offer a number of ways to guarantee one of 4-6,000 "Reserved Viewing" spaces.

There are 3 options for securing a viewing space for World of Color (full details of which can be found on the Disney Parks Blog):

  • FASTPASS - Every morning, FASTPASSes for World of Color will be available from the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS terminals. These will assign guests a specific show time and guarantee them a space. World of Color FASTPASSes are expected to run out quickly, at which point the terminals will revert to distributing passes for Grizzly River Run. Early-birds hoping to secure a FASTPASS for World of Color can park in the Pumba parking lot on Disney Way and from 7am will be allowed to gather at the Main Entrance to Disney's California Adventure. The line will be walked directly to the FASTPASS terminals when the park opens to the public.
  • World of Color Picnic Meals - Starting June 11, guests will be able to pre-order a boxed picnic meal that includes Reserved Viewing for World of Color via the Disneyland website (up to 60 days in advance). The meals will also be available at the park from the Sonoma Terrace, Golden Vine Winery although numbers will be limited. Phone bookings are not available.
  • Prixe Fixe World of Color Dinner Packages - Prix Fixe meals can be purchased from the Ariel's Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria restaurants, and will include Preferred Reserved Viewing for World of Color. Three-course meals are available for $39.99 for adults, $18.99 for children (aged 3-9) at Wine Country Trattoria, and $29.99 for adults, $15.99 for children at Ariel's Grotto.

Those not able to secure a FASTPASS and unwilling to pay extra for one of the two dining options can still brave the crowds and watch the show from the boardwalk side of Paradise Bay.

To entertain the large crowds expected to converge on Disney's California Adventure to see World of Color during the "Summer Nightastic!" period (which runs until August 29), Disney will introduce a new nightly "Glow Fest" party. Music, dancers, drummers and colorful "glowing" lights will all feature in the party, which will start in the Sun Plaza at 6pm and continue in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot until the park closes.

World of Color will feature powerful fountains, lighting arrays and fire effects, all synchronized with music from classic Disney movies. The launch of the show will give Disney's California Adventure the evening showpiece that some have complained the park has been missing since its 2001 opening. Its completion marks a milestone in the redevelopment of the park, and completes a major part of the revamp of the Paradise Pier area.

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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