World of Color Viewing & Dining Options & Miscellaneous Info

At the World of Color event the other night they spent a lot of time telling us about the options guests have for viewing World of Color from the Viewing area – this of course is one question that I think almost all of us have had!

Disney put out a fairly comprehensive press release, but here’s a few additional details.

World of Color will be visible from all around Paradise Bay (except where there are buildings or attractions in the way, of course) but the prime viewing area will be Paradise Park, the new terraced area they recently finished. Access to this area for World of Color will be limited to those who have a ticket for it. There are two different areas: General Viewing and Preferred Reserved Viewing. And there are multiple ways to get a ticket.

The “no cost” version for the General Viewing area is something we’re all familiar with – a FASTPASS. FASTPASSES will be distributed beginning at park opening at the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS machines until they are all gone. You may not choose which show you want to attend. The FASTPASS ticket will also indicate which entrance you should use to enter the viewing area.

Preferred Reserved Viewing is available to those who have booked the World of Color dining package at either Ariel’s Grotto or Wine Country Trattoria. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance by calling (714) 781-DINE. Both locations offer a prix fixe menu. Prices for the Trattoria are $39.99 for adults and $18.99 for children ages 3-9. The price at Ariel’s Grotto varies depending on whether it is indoor or outdoor seating, at this point, indoor seating is $36.99 for adults and $20.99 for children.

Here are the World of Color Prix Fixe menus for the Trattoria:
Adult Menu
Kid’s Menu

The World of Color menu for Ariel’s Grotto is the same as their usual menu, with the exception that the conch shell dessert has been replaced by a World of Color “filmstrip” dessert.

Ariel’s Grotto Adult Menu
Ariel’s Grotto Kid’s Menu

The third option is the World of Color Picnic. Guests with this option receive a General Viewing FASTPASS ticket. For $14.99 (same price for adults and kids) guests receive a boxed meal and a non-alcoholic beverage. Kid’s meals also come with a light-up bracelet. All meals are served cold. Adults have four meal choices and kids have three choices (I will describe them in more detail below). The picnics can only be reserved on-line or as a walk-up on the day of the show: they can NOT be reserved by calling Disneyland Dining. All are subject to availability. (As of this writing, even though the press materials say meals can be reserved 60 days in advance, if you go to the web site they are only available for 30 days – if you are looking for a reservation more than 30 days out I suggest you keep trying the web site periodically in case this policy changes.) Meals that are reserved on-line will have tickets to the first show, walk-ups will have tickets to the second show.

Meals must be picked up at the Sonoma Terrace of the Golden Vine Winery, which is on the far left side of the building, anytime from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Each order comes in a World of Color tote bag. We are hoping to try out the picnic meal option on opening weekend, and will definitely report on that!


Here are the available menus:







Disney provided two of the adult meals for us to sample, The European Antipasto:


And The Taste of Asia:


I had the Taste of Asia, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The salmon, though cold, still had a very good flavor (and I usually dislike cold fish), and the spring roll had lots of crunchy vegetables. The udon noodle salad was also very tasty. The mandarin orange cake was ok – but that has more to do with it not being chocolate than with any shortcoming in the cake, which was moist and flavorful, and not overwhelmingly orange.

I sampled a couple of things from the European Antipasto meal, also. The Caprese Salad skewer, with mozzarella bites and cherry tomatoes, was good. I did not try any of the cheese or meats (though those I was sharing the meal with enjoyed them). The chocolate covered tiramisu cake was very nice – I only had a bite of it, but I liked it much better than the mandarin orange cake.

Now, bear in mind that none of these “meals” are very big – for most people they would not be enough food to count as a dinner. But I think it’s a great value – $14.99 includes the meal, drink AND a ticket to World of Color!!! I’d pay that much just for the ticket alone, so having food and beverage thrown in is a bonus as far as I’m concerned. Now, we’ll see where the “Reserved Viewing” area is actually located, but it’s hard to imagine that anything in the Viewing area is going to have a view that’s totally obstructed.

Another item we got to sample is some colored and multi-flavored popcorn, which comes in a souvenir translucent World of Color popcorn bucket. I think it’s like Kool-Aid popcorn – the different flavors are cherry, grape, blueberry and kettle corn, and it’s very sweet. Though I found it a little bit addicting – it’s a good thing I only had a small serving and not a whole bucket.


Another food offering that sounds like fun is the Light Up Cotton Candy. We didn’t get to see or sample this, but it’s described as white cotton candy with a colored swirl, with a light stick inside that makes it glow. Sounds like something that will be a huge hit with kids.

There will also be a selection of “glowing” drinks for sale, either in light-up souvenir glasses, or with a light-up swizzle stick.

New merchandise will add its own glow – new balloons with light-up World of Color art inside, and light-up bracelets. There will also be World of Color popcorn buckets, travel mugs and sipper cups. And we can also expect the usual World of Color-themed merchandise like t-shirts, fleece and hats. You can see some samples of it HERE. (I like the fountains with the Fun Wheel in the background.)

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Laura Gilbreath is a native of San Diego, CA. She has been making the trek up Interstate 5 to Disneyland since she was a small child and terrified of talking tikis and hitchhiking ghosts. She and her husband Lee enjoy trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as sailings on the Disney Cruise Line.

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3 Replies to “World of Color Viewing & Dining Options & Miscellaneous Info”

  1. We went to Ariel’s Grotto for the dining package on 6/13 for the 9 p.m. showing. The food was excellent and more than plenty to go around. We had a party of eight so we got to choose both starter plates. Most of our party ordered the tri-tip and it was a good choice! The only confusion we ran into was the 18% gratuity that was not put on our original ticket. Our server resolved the problem and we were able to use our annual pass for the discount. I would do this again it we were celebrating a special event. But next time might give the picnic lunch a try. Don’t think you can go wrong with either one if you want to secure a ticket.

  2. I went to Disneyland this past Saturday for the World of Color show. We had reservations at Wine Trattoria with tickets to the 9pm show! Do not waste your money on the fixed menu meals! The food was ok, but not worth the $$$! People who had bought the picnic meals sat all around us in our “preferred viewing” section. Their meals looked more appetizing than our’s…and they paid a third of the price. If you are going for the show, opt for the picnic meal, the Asian inspired one looked the best!

  3. Hi Laura!

    First of all, a huge THANK YOU for all the great info you always post! All of this excitement for World of Color is a bit contagious! Can’t wait for your review and all the All Ears coverage for opening weekend!

    I read somewhere that all of the dining option tickets for the Reserved Viewing areas in Paradise Park were only for the first “9 pm” showing. I wonder if that’s true for late seatings at the Trattoria and Ariel’s Grotto? And, if picnic meal pick-up is until 8pm, what happens to all the reserved spaces available for the “10 pm” WOC showing? Would those spots be available as a FASTPASS? So many options!

    I’m really glad that Disneyland Resort is incorporating the “dining perks” offered at Disney World – reserved viewing like at Fantasmic (just still without seats!) and Picnic in the Park at AK. If only the powers that be can be talked OUT of moving the Halloween Party to Disneyland with a now $20 price increase per ticket!!!

    Thanks again, and hope you and all the other All Ears fans going to DLR for this event have a blast!

    – Gabriela D.

    Laura replies: Great questions, Gabriela! For some of it we’re not quite sure how it will work. My understanding is that the meals at the Trattoria and Ariel’s offer viewing for either the first or the second show. I believe that which show you get depends on what time you dine. For the picnic meals, meals ordered on-line will have tickets to the first show, meals that are ordered in person at the park will have tickets to the second show. They told us the other night that you MUST have a ticket to get into the viewing area, which I take to mean that they will not allow people just to walk up and get in if it turns out there is still space available. They also seem to be concerned with NOT over crowding the area – they wouldn’t give us any numbers, but it sounds like they will not be trying to pack as many people in as they can, so as to give people more of a quality viewing experience – even if we do have to stand for the whole thing.