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World of Color Alice sequence

Disney was forced to cancel performances of the World of Color show at its California Adventure park on Wednesday, after an earthquake reportedly caused damage to the show equipment.

The earthquake struck some distance from the Disneyland Resort, with the main epicenter being located around 130 miles east of Los Angeles. However, the impact of the magnitude-5.4 quake was felt at Disneyland, forcing the closure and inspection of the resort's rides. Most subsequently reopened, but planned showings of World of Color were cancelled - leading to speculation that it had suffered real damage.

The developers of the MouseWait iPhone application have reported via their Twitter account that Disney is not distributing FASTPASSes for Thursday's World of Color performances, and that guest relations is informing guests that the shows will not take place. However, it is possible that Disney is seeking to manage expectations and that the shows could still go ahead.

Update: Disney has confirmed that World of Color performances will resume on Thursday. The company is investigating whether the damage was caused by the earthquake or by some other issue.

Last night, a Disney Cast Member told MouseWait that two of the platforms from which the show is delivered were damaged, including the one from which gas jets are fired to produce pyrotechnic effects. This has led to a flurry of speculation online as to the robustness of the World of Color infrastructure and its ability to withstand the frequent minor tremors that affect Southern California.

The World of Color cancellations will be a blow to the Disneyland Resort, which is relying heavily on the show to boost attendance this summer. The show, which opened to the public on June 11, is designed to give California Adventure a major evening spectacle to match Fantasmic at neighboring Disneyland.

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