I feel very lucky to have been invited to attend the new World of Color – Winter Dreams at Disney California Adventure and it was made even more fun since I was able to see the show through the eyes of my 4-year-old daughter…quite literally actually, since she was sitting on my shoulders for most of the show. Her excitement at the site of Olaf from the yet-to-be-released movie “Frozen” is a testament to Disney’s marketing machine. Her shouts of “Olaf” and knowledge of the story behind the movie shocked me. I have no idea what it’s about, but she knows all about good queens and bad ones and the story of this little snowman, who leads guests through the new World of Color – Winter Dreams.
The show begins with the Honor Choir singing “Glow”, which was specially written for the World of Color. Then Olaf takes guests on a winter sleigh ride where he meets Bambi, Thumper and the sisters “Frozen” — Anna and Elsa. This leads to a visual projection of holiday cards created by Disneyland Resort guests and cast members, which I thought was a unique personal touch for the season. Following, however, was my favorite part…The “Toy Story” Nutcracker with its offbeat rendition of the classic play as performed by Woody, Buzz, Jesse and company. It’s adorable, and I really hope that it’s made into a television short as it would definitely be a part of my essential holiday viewing list. I won’t post any real spoilers about what happens except that Rex wears a tutu…don’t miss it.
The show wraps with a holiday sing-a-long, a blazing light display and closes with the Honor Choir. A holiday visit to Disneyland Resorts is a must for many SoCal residents and, if you do go this year, World of Color – Winter Dreams is a must-do. Don’t forget to pick up fast passes for the show when you arrive to ensure you don’t miss out.