Personally, I’m perfectly content to sit back and watch the fireworks each evening in Disneyland. But there are so many great shows at the Disneyland Resort you have to stay several days just to see them all.
Tomorrowland is home to one of my favorite attractions, Captain EO. It was recently revived after originally premiering in the ’80s. The short film stars Michael Jackson and Anjelica Huston and is directed by legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. It’s a 4-D musical that I describe as a Michael Jackson music video colliding with a low budget Star Wars knock-off, and I mean that in the best way possible. It is amazing. Just outside Captain EO on the Tomorrowland Terrace is the Jedi Training Academy. This outdoor event occurs several times throughout the day. Kids can don Jedi robes and participate in Jedi training, eventually meeting Darth Vader in a lightsaber battle.
Over in Adventureland, the Enchanted Tiki Room can be a nice midday retreat from the summer heat. Before you enter, try the Dole Pineapple Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar. It is the most refreshing treat the park has to offer. While the Tiki Room is known for its singing animatronic birds, I like to sneak-in for some midday R and R by stretching out on a bench in the back and relaxing in the dark. In the evening, the Rivers of America between Frontierland and New Orleans Square become the stage of Fantasmic. Currently it is being refurbished, but it is definitely worth seeing once it returns. Follow Mickey as he battles some of Disney’s greatest villains who’ve invaded his dreams. There are pyrotechnics so be prepared if your younger guests get startled by such effects.
Moving to California Adventure, Muppet*Vision 3D is a fun flick with your favorite Muppets characters. Keep in mind, sometimes it is temporarily replaced by a sneak peek of a new Disney film. When it is around, you’re immersed in what is actually a 4-D experience touring the Muppet Labs and enjoying the antics that ensue. My favorite way to end a trip to the parks is a newer addition, World of Color. This spectacular light and water show takes place in Paradise Pier each evening. During the day, head over to Grizzly River Run to get a FastPass, which will assign you a zone color to return to at show time. You can still get FastPasses to other attractions while in possession of a World of Color pass. Although I’d love to describe what to expect at World of Color, it is one of those magical Disney moments you just have to see for yourself. What I will say is you can to count on great music, classic Disney characters, and if you get too close to the front, you will get wet! For the total World of Color experience, call or go online to pre-order dining packages and pick up Glow with the Show Ears to shine along with the performance.