The Disney’s World of Color nighttime spectacular will be coming to Paradise Bay in the spring of 2010. In preparation for that the bay was drained and construction walls put up around it, though from the bridge near Ariel’s Grotto you can see what’s going on. They have been doing a lot of construction in there – setting up lots of platforms/stages that seem to cover much of the central part of the bay! There are signs along the edge of the bay giving a little bit of information on the show – it will feature characters and scenes from movies like Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Pocahontas. Two of the three-d’ish-looking pieces of concept art depict scenes of Crush surfing a wave, and Pocahontas in a swirl of leaves. Lots of water screens, lighting effects, and even some pyrotechnics will be involved. There should be viewing from all around the bay, but they seem to be doing a lot of work to set up a viewing area in the former amphitheater section.
Lee shot this video clip from the bridge, which will give you some idea of what it currently looks like – you can see that the former Sun Wheel (set to re-open on May 7 as Mickey’s Fun Wheel) now features the classic pie-eyed Mickey face.