Welcome to the newly improved Magical Mouse Schoolhouse! We hope you are enjoying this Labor Day holiday–and the extremely simplified look of our site. Some modifications are still ongoing, but we’re very excited to launch the revision, along with its hip new feature: the TweetBlog. You will continue to find our regular features under “Recent Posts” on the navigation menu, but only the most recent one will appear on the homepage. We’ve also added an easy “Book Your Reservation” button that directs you to our sponsor’s information page, where you can request a FREE Disney trip quote from 3D Travel Company.
You might be asking, “What’s a TweetBlog?” It’s a little something my son and I thought up. Every Tuesday through Thursday we will feature daily Pinnable, Tweetable, image-driven mini-posts. We’ve got just one in there right now to give you a sneak peek, but as the week progresses, you’ll see what we mean. If you like what you see, please use the hashtag #TweetBlog and help it catch on!
For the month of September, we’re heading across the country to Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort. First up, the incredible water, laser, fire and more nightly production of World of Color.
World of Color nighttime water and multimedia spectacular opened in 2010, bringing a bit of sophistication to Disneyland’s sister Park. The show blends light, color, water and fire with digital animation projections and sets it all to beautifully choreographed orchestration. In the words of one Imagineer, World of Color is “a journey through musical colors.”
Some fun facts from Disney Parks:
• World of Color employs over 1,200 individual fountains, each with its own light source.
• Many of the show’s fountains can shoot water 200 feet in the air, which is 50 feet higher than the top of Mickey’s Fun Wheel.
• The screen of water mist is 50 feet high and over 380 feet across — possibly the world’s largest — which adds up to over 19,000 square feet!
• The underwater superstructure is comprised of 3 different “floors” and covers more than one acre.
• The system that operates the fountains, fire and lights has over 18,000 individual points of control and can be programmed to perform thousands of different sequences.
• Nearly 30 high-definition projectors cast more than 20 different animated sequences onto a giant mist screen.
• The original theme song for Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color television show was written by the Sherman Brothers, who wrote songs and soundtracks for many of Disney’s iconic attractions and films including , The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins.
• Over 100 members of the London Symphony Orchestra recorded the show’s score at world-famous Abby Road Studios in London.
Situated in Paradise Bay, the spectacle can be viewed from just about any position around the lagoon. Trattoria and Ariel’s Grotto offer showtime dining reservations, or Guests can purchase World of Color picnic boxes and reserve seating in designated areas. Fast Passes are available by the Grizzly Rapids attraction, but I’m told they go fast, so get yours early in the day or you may miss out. World of Color performs twice nightly, with a third showing at 11:15 p.m. every night through Labor Day (today).
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With World of Color, Disney’s Imagineers blended art with science. Would you like to do the same? Visit the Science Buddies website to discover how to reveal brilliant hues hiding in shadows.
Here’s what you’ll need:
* A room where you can dim the lights
* White wall or piece of white paper taped to a wall
* A pen to serve as a “shadow maker”
* Small lump of clay to serve as an anchor for the pen
* Small table or stand
* Two small white light “Maglights” or pen flashlights of equal size and brightness
* Three LED micro-flashlights of equal size and brightness in red, green, and blue (“Photon Micro-Light II” key chain lights work well for this project because they have an on/off switch, are exceptionally bright, show true colors, are generally available, and are moderately priced. They can be purchased online at various sites, or check your local camping or electronics supply store. LED flashlights with similar properties from other manufacturers will do just as well, however.)
* One thick book to set the flashlights on
* Pen or pencil
Follow the steps here to experiment with colored light combinations and analyze the data.
You can click here to see how the PBS Kids made colorful shadows by mixing light, separated the color spectrum by bending light, and viewed projected images on a moving wand by bouncing light.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Physical Science
SKILL LEVEL: Upper Elementary, Middle Grades
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