“Glow with the Show” and a scene from Pixar’s Brave are the latest enhancements to Disney California Adventure’s World of Color nighttime water spectacular. “Glow with the Show” is an enhancement to World of Color that utilizes Mickey Mouse Ears that guests can purchase to create a shifting sea of color among the audience. This is accomplished by the Ears reacting to different portions of the show, and the location of the guests, to determine when and which color to light up. At certain moments in the show, guests’ ears will light up a certain color depending upon where they’re standing. The technology also works with Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure and is expected to be rolled out to enhance select attractions at Disneyland Resort in the near future.
The World of Color “Glow with the Show” ears were introduced on June 15, 2012 at Disney California Adventure for $25 including tax. However, invited media were all given complimentary pairs of the ears for an exclusive showing of World of Color the night before. Everyone in the crowd had a pair of the ears, and that made the show incredibly impressive. The effect definitely seems contingent upon a fair percentage of the crowd wearing the ears, and at $25 a pop, the price seems steep. That said, the technology behind the ears is very impressive. Plus, they are really cool–not just a merchandising gimmick–and give the show some extra dimension. So there’s a good chance they’re worth the money! Disney is offering Annual Passholder preview events for the ears, and at these events AP holders will receive free pairs of the ears, too, so it appears that Disney is attempting to “seed” the ears to a number of people so other guests will see them and will be convinced to buy pairs. If not enough are seeded through the AP previews, I suspect similar events will be held for D23 and/or Disney Vacation Club members. Disney may also look to increase the price of World of Color dining packages, and include the ears in those packages. Personally, I hope the ears catch on, as they make for some interesting photo ops!
A segment featuring Pixar’s Brave also debuted during the June 14, 2012 World of Color media show. Below you can find my photos from the media preview of World of Color “Glow with the Show” and the World of Color’s Brave segment. (more…)