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Disney's California Adventure Getting More Colorful

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    Disney's California Adventure Getting More Colorful
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Pedestrians walk near the entrance to Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks on February 19, 2009 in Anaheim, California. With the worsening economy, declining attendance and reduced operating income, the Walt Disney Company announced that it plans to restructure its domestic theme-park operations, which will result in the layoff an unspecified number of employees in the coming weeks. Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will reportedly be consolidated into a single unit headed by Worldwide Operations President Al Weiss. Attendance at Disney theme parks in the US dropped 5 percent in the last quarter of 2008 compared to the previous year and in January, Disney offered buyout packages to 600 US executives. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Just as we say goodbye to the Main Street Electrical Parade, a new water show featuring nearly 1,200 fountains shooting spouts up to 200 feet high is set to open.

    The "World of Color" incorporates lights, water cascades, music, fire and animation through "revolutionary technology that creates a playful, nighttime spectacular" in the Paradise Bay lagoon, according to a Disney statement.

    "World of Color" is being touted as a major milestone in the multi-year expansion of California Adventure, which opened in 2001 adjacent to Disneyland and has struggled to attract Disney afficionados.

    The company acknowledged deficiencies at California Adventure when it announced a $1.1 billion expansion and refurbishment of the theme park in June 2007.

    The "World of Color" name is a play on the NBC television series that ran in the 1960s, "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color."

    New and classic animation from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies like "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid," "Toy Story" and "WALL-E" are incorporated into the show, which will run year-round.

    More than 18,000 controls for projectors, lasers, fountains, speakers and fire or fog generators "are precisely managed by a single system," according to a Disney statement.

    "World of Color" is a key component of the "Summer Nightastic!" lineup of after-dark entertainment scheduled at Disney's Anaheim theme parks from June 11 through Aug. 29.