Well, I went to the Disneyland Resort's
"second gate" yesterday for the public premiere of World of Color. I got to the park only five minutes before the start of the second show and a cast member informed me that Fastpasses
for all three shows (a third show had been added to the schedule) were gone shortly after the park opened. I was not deluding myself into thinking I would still be able to get a Fastpass
five minutes before the show started......it was a very last minute decision of mine to go to the park and attempt to see the show.
As it turned out, I was able to stand right in front of the Victorian "San Francisco" buildings and had a view over the crowd across the way. There was nobody between me and the official viewing area because they were keeping the parade route area clear. Being pretty tall, I was able to see....or at least I feel like I was able to see everything. However, since I wasn't right up in the actual "reserved" viewing area, I am not 100 percent sure that I didn't miss anything. For that reason, I am not going to give a review on the show. I definitely need to see it again, but I will say for right now, that I think I like it better than Fantasmic
So, since I am not going to discuss the World of Color any further (oh wait....they used the old Wonderful World of Color TV show theme song! I liked that!), I am going to post just a few pics of other things that are new at "the resort."
The signs by the trams have been changed. And look, the new logo for the other park is being used already. Hey, where did the "s" go?
Here's the new cover for the park guide. That crooked font is kind of wacky. I guess they are hoping it will attract many more people to the park than the old logo did. Personally, I would have changed the name completely like they did back in the nineties with "Euro Disneyland" when attendance was suffering so miserably at that park.
Hey.....this summer's going to be NIGHTASTIC
! (I hope the new Fantasmic
dragon is working across the way at Disneyland this summer.)
Park hours were actually extended to 11:00 last night and as mentioned earlier, a third showing of World of Color was added.
Okay, now this was weird. I saw some of these props in the Hollywood Backlot last Tuesday during the day and thought perhaps they were being used for Grad Nites
. It turns out that they are for GLOW FEST, The Ultimate Summer Street Party! (Ends August 22nd.)
As with the rest of the park, I didn't know quite what to make of it all.
It took me a minute to realize that the "blob" on the left was me. My arms are raised and I'm holding my camera. The blob on the right is a guy that was standing further back and placing his hands together.
The third blob was a child sitting on top of his father's shoulders. Weird, but fascinating at the same time!
There are smaller screens all along the street with trippy
changing kaleidoscopic patterns. I think I see Ellen Degeneres
in this one.
Here are Bambi and Flower.
I told you the patterns get trippy
Bus was parked in the middle of the street, on top of the newly installed Red Car tracks. There was a hole in the roof with a turntable and other sound equipment on top. I'm guessing that a DJ pops up out of the rooftop and plays music at some point. There was already very loud music playing up and down the street.
There are several pedestals just like this one lining the street. Perhaps these are for go-go dancers? It's Club DCA!
The giant screen below is actually the wall of the Hyperion Theater that has the "sky" backdrop painted on it.
The people projected onto the wall were standing in a designated area just to my left. People did seem to be fascinated by seeing themselves up there.
This shot was taken from a spot near the Hollywood Backlot
Oh, and the Silly Symphony swings are now open. They are SO MUCH more fun to ride now that.....hmmmm, actually, they're still just swings.
I remember riding these at Knott's
Berry Farm when they added them to Fiesta Village in 1987!
The Knott's version has a figure of a Senorita on top!
Okay, sorry for the lame post and the blurry photos today!
***POST UPDATE: To see Knott's Berry Farm's version of a "Glowfest", click here: Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular