Disneyland – Summer Nightastic 2010

Disneyland/DCA June 2010 – Everything else

I’ve shown you the big summer events in the previous two entries, so here is everything else. I’ll begin with a bunch of California Adventure photos and then move onto a few from Disneyland.

Hope you enjoyed all of my photos from this trip!

Fantasmic!

The other big “Summer Nightastic” attraction at the DL Resort this summer is Fantasmic. It’s not new (going on 18 years, I think), but it’s been freshened over the last year with new lighting, water screens, digital projection, and dragons.

World of Color premiere

I was crazy enough to go see the World of Color premiere at Disney California Adventure on Friday, June 11th. I got up at the crack of dawn and arrived in the Pumbaa parking lot at 6am. A few minutes later I was in line outside of the “secure zone”.  At about 7:15 or so, they began to let us into the park… and about 30 minutes later, I had my Fastpass for the 9pm show!

Come about 5:30pm, people began to congregate around the viewing area on Paradise Bay. Things were not well organized — every cast member had a different story about what was going to happen next. At around 7:15pm they let us in and I found a spot toward the back of the view area.

In terms of eye candy, World of Color was jaw-dropping. It was filled with “how did they do that?” moments, and unbelievable technology and choreography.  There isn’t much of a plot… rather, it’s just a series of scenes from mostly newer Disney/Pixar movies.  The Lion King scene was a bit of a letdown for more than one reason. The Finding Nemo portion was uninspiring. But for the most part, the rest of the show was breathtaking.

I watched the next show from a non-reserved area and this reaffirmed what I’d heard: that you must watch from the viewing area!  While you can see the fountains from other areas, the huge water screen can only be scene from straight-on.

Enjoy the photos!

Oh, and here’s a short video of the post-show: