Another Look Disneyland Forever from Small World Mall

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 26, 2015 — he takes a look at Disneyland Forever as viewed from the Small World Mall area.

I posted the full picture set from this trip on my site. I found a spot in the terraced viewing area of the Small World Mall where I could see Paint the Night then Disneyland Forever without having to move.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

After Paint the Night guests were cleared out of the area near “it’s a small world.” Those of us on the terrace side of the parade route were allowed to stay. Guests were pushed back/being held before the main courtyard.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

At 9:30 the projectors were turned on and an alignment test was run.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

Shortly after Disneyland Forever started.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

Video of the opening of Disneyland Forever

Rapunzel from Tangled

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

Winnie the Pooh

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

Video clip of the Winnie the Pooh segment

The Lion King – Circle of Life

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

In case you were wondering, there was a fireworks show going on overhead. My focus this evening was the projections so the lens I chose was not wide enough to get both the projections and fireworks. They do not really align, so it would have been fireworks bursting off to the left and projections to the right in the pictures.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

Little Mermaid segment

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

This video features Under the Sea, Finding Nemo and Frozen segments.

The finale to Disneyland Forever

A couple clips comparing the projections from Main Street and its a Small World.

After the show this mob of guests was between me and the exit.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 26, 2015

Eventually, I made it to the hub as a Kiss Goodnight was wrapping up. Here is a video clip of the castle as the song ended. After this continued on to the Town Square then exited the park. It took about 15 minutes from when I started walking until I reached Town Square including the stop at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Hope you enjoyed this look at Disneyland Forever. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.

Jason is a guest contributor from disneygeek.com sharing pictures, thoughts and observations from his Disney travels with a west coast focus. He has been posting Disney-related content to his site since 1994. He has visited all 12 Disney theme parks over the years plus has had many other Disney adventures. He is a programmer by trade, and has helped with several projects here on AllEars.net over the years.

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2 Replies to “Another Look Disneyland Forever from Small World Mall”

  1. We enjoyed Main Street the most as well but if you watch from the right spot near Small World you can get a great view of the Matterhorn transformation during the Nemo portion (don’t want to spoil it). It was so impressive we timed the crowd just to get close to the Matterhorn one night to see this event by itself, it is worth seeing.”Hoo-Ha-Ha-Ha-Hoo-Ha-Ha-Ha!”

  2. I recall you writing about viewing this fireworks show from Rivers of America after viewing Fantasmic. Is this the same fireworks show from a different area? Which did you prefer? I am trying to decide whether or not to purchase the Fantasmic package or save money and watch from the area by Small World.

    **** Jason Reply *****
    Connie – Yes that is the same show. I have seen the show from three spots on Main Street, Small World area, and Fantasmic. Each area has its pros/cons. I still need to watch it from close to the Castle to see those projections as well as the Matterhorn’s.. that is on my list for a future visit.

    Out of the locations I have tried so far I think the most impressive experience is Main Street closer to Town Square than the hub.

    Here is my YouTube playlist featuring videos from several of the locations I have seen it from. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpYGWCw6oSZb57PRUGeFP7Vk-7T7Lry1d

    If I had to choose between Fantasmic and Small World that would be tough. The projections are more impressive on Small World where as with Fantasmic they are on the water screens. But being able to see the fireworks and the projections at the same time was nice with Fantasmic, especially if you are in the dining section (Laura posted pics/videos of that view). It really comes down to a personal preference. As long as you can clearly see the projections and the sky where the fireworks neither location disappoints.