December 5, 2012

The World Behind World of Color: Dark Paradise Pier

World Color Disney California Adventure fountains Disneyland
If you've already seen the terrific World of Color at Disney California Adventure, you might want to consider an alternate plan during the next performance: Dark Paradise Pier. It's one of the park's most atmospheric and unexpectedly pleasant surprises. It's also one of the very best times to visit Toy Story Midway Mania.

Paradise Pier Billboards Disney California Adventure night
Most of the Pier's dazzling lights switch off during the show. After crossing the bridge toward California Screamin', you'll enter a wonderfully uncrowded and relaxed version of the popular amusement pier. It's dark enough to feel mysterious, but light enough for touring.
California Screamin' dark World of Color loop Brave projection
California Screamin' is dark--and unfortunately closed--during World of Color, but its loop takes part in the show as a huge projection screen.
California Screamin' dark World Color loop Brave projection Merida
Hello, Merida!
Below the loop sits the dazzling interior of our goal: Toy Story Midway Mania.
Toy Story Midway Mania Disney California Adventure queue night
Other guests have the same idea, but it's a fraction of the usual wait time.
World of Color Disney California Adventure Toy Story Mania queue
Looking at World of Color from Midway Mania's queue
I enjoy World of Color, but I'm not always in the mood to sit and wait for a show. The fun of exploring the darkened pier (with the music and spectacular fountains as an incredible backdrop) plus a short wait for Midway Mania make this alternate plan one of my favorite DCA tips.

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