Monday, April 22, 2013

If you only had time for one......

Hey, gang! I hope you're all having a good week so far, because it’s about to get even better! No, you didn't win anything for reading this, and no, your boss didn't just give you a raise…well, maybe he did. I don’t know your boss, but I’m going to give all of you some pretty good advice when visiting Disneyland and California Adventure!

Say you only have a limited amount of time at the parks, so limited that you only have enough time to see one show at night. Which one do you choose? There are a few to choose from, and let me tell you, they’re all great. How do you know what one to go for? How do you know which one you and your family will enjoy the most? Well my fine fellow or madam, that’s entirely up to you, but I’ll give you some info on all of them to make the decision a little less complicated.

Yeah! Now THAT'S a dragon!
First and foremost, there’s Fantasmic! Fantasmic is an amazing show filled with top-notch special effects, fountains that Disney can project images on, and a really scary looking dragon! The dragon was updated two years ago and I have to say, it’s pretty impressive. Its movement is way more fluid than the last one, and it just looks menacing! Not like a dragon head on a stick, like the last one. Most kids love this show, until the dragon comes out, but after Mickey slays the beast with his magic sparkle sword, it gets happy again! Lots of songs, dancing around, fire, water, and loud noises, so if you or your little ones are a little jumpy, then you should all man up! Or just sit this one out. But I'll probably judge you and your kids from afar.

Oh shit! It breathes fire!
Can you imagine how cool you would be at parties
if you could do this?
It's glorious!
The next on the list is of course Disneyland’s signature fireworks show. The good news here is that various fireworks shows rotate depending on the season. There's the summer show, special Halloween and Christmas shows, and a "the rest of the year" show. To put it simply: it’s amazing. Disney has mastered the craft of timing the fireworks with their amazing symphonies like clockwork. It’s incredible to see the explosions go hand in hand with the music in a violent, loving embrace of symphony and explosions. It’s dramatic, fantastic, and with the right music going, may even bring a tear to your eye! And if you watch them with a view of Sleeping Beauty Castle, you get some awesome projections painted across the castle that go along with the show! The only downside to the firework shows is that they’re only held on Friday’s, Saturdays, and Sundays in the off season. But nightly in the summer! Too many Anaheim residents complained about the noise…but I always say, “Disney was there first!” Because I’m right, they were! The thing with the fireworks is that yes, they are beautiful and triumphant, but if you have little kiddo’s, the loud “BOOMS” might not be what they would call “epic." More like "listening to fear itself."
Part of the Halloween show.

"The wonderful World of Color!"
The last one I would like to mention in this quip is the one and only World of Color! What’s the World of Color? It’s quite possibly the most amazing thing my eyes have ever seen! It’s a fountain show on steroids! Nay, more than steroids! Probably whatever Godzilla was on! Disney completely outdid themselves on that show, and the best part is, you can watch it every single night at Disney California Adventure. Your eyes will feast on the brilliant colors they can put into each fountain! Your soul will dance along with the water as it majestically stays in rhythm with the music, and let’s not forget about the projections that Disney puts on the water! It’s just like the projections at Fantasmic, only a million times better! But it goes beyond that! There are lasers, flames, and more. Even Mickey's Fun Wheel and California Screamin' become part of the show, serving as backdrops for projections and lighting effects.
Water has never been this awesome.






Ooo! There're fire here, too!
I can watch this show every single night I’m at the parks and every time without fail, I get goose bumps all over my body. I can’t even put into words how amazing this show is, and if you choose to sample it on YouTube, it still doesn't do it justice. You’re completely consumed by every color on the richest pallet in the world. Hands down, if you had to only see one show in the parks, this would be the one I would choose!
Laser Zurg mocks you and your family!

So, my Disney aficionados, in conclusion, the choice is ultimately yours to make. You really can’t go wrong with any of these choices. Each one is specifically designed to entertain and create excitement and tug at all the magical things that hold your feelings together! The dragon in Fantasmic is incredible, seeing Tinkerbell fly over the castle is magical, and the World of Color just plain kicks ass! Disney dedicates itself to giving you, us, we, them...er.. everybody the best experience possible, and they do it by having a lot of different options for your enjoyment. They’re the masters of storytelling, and always will be. The dedication and preparation they put into each show is mind blowing, and none of them will disappoint. The only thing I can say is this, if you had to choose one, in my opinion, World of Color is the all-around winner! Enjoy the parks!

(Editor's note: I've watched all these shows with Tim. He cries every time.)