World of Color is a fountain-based nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure (Disneyland Resort). Since the show debuted in 2010, the best World of Color viewing spots has been a hot topic online. This is understandable, as the show remains incredibly popular and dining packages, FastPass, and frequently changing seating “zones” make it difficult to comprehend just how World of Color seating works.
A lot has been previously written about the various seating zones for World of Color, and even though some of this information is now obsolete, I recommend reading this guide put together by posters on the MiceChat forums. It provides a nice frame of reference if you’re unfamiliar with World of Color, and covers ground with regard to the main Paradise Park seating area that I won’t cover in this article. Just keep in mind that the seating areas have changed since that guide was written, so disregard the color designations on the map. With the advice in this article, you won’t need to worry about those designations, anyway.
This article is best read with the World of Color soundtrack playing, so fire it up and let’s get started!
Best World of Color Viewing Spots
Within Paradise Park, not all spots are created equal. I’m not going to spend a ton of time dissecting all of the spots within Paradise Park, because I have a clear favorite and I think once you’ve seen the show from that spot, it’s tough to watch it anywhere else in Paradise Park. Plus, after that spot, I think the differences between other locations isn’t all that significant.
My favorite spot in Paradise Park is the front row. More specifically, at the edge of the zone that extends farther out into Paradise Bay (if you can’t visualize that, it’s where R6 and Y5 meet on this map). Unfortunately, this area is typically part of the VIP/reserved seating, and even then, it can be difficult to get this spot. Since this became my go-to spot, I’ve been able to snag it almost every time I watch World of Color. To get it, you need to get a FastPass, preferably for the last showing of World of Color (if that’s not what’s being distributed, ask a Cast Member for a later FastPass). This is important because the last show is significantly less crowded than the first one, so it will be easier to get a spot here. (more…)