Disney's World of Color
To create one of the most spectacular water shows on earth and develop the surrounding areas to accommodate the spectators, while significantly enhancing the water filtration plants for the lake and the wharf lagoon. Part of the challenge was that the installation included multiple special effects piping systems from pumping stations and mechanical rooms up to floating platforms in the middle of a lake. The platforms are designed to rise 10 feet up out of the water during the show and then sink below the surface when not in use. Our piping systems were attached to a very undulating concrete lake bottom which had to penetrate the walls that define the lake to get to the mechanical areas via flexible connections to the platforms. At the same time, the job was to be completed without affecting normal park operations.
Our team used a 3D model of the bottom of the lake to design and locate the stainless steel pipe supports and to coordinate with the other trades that also had systems attached to the bottom of the lake. We used 3D models for MEP coordination around the outside of the lake and in the mechanical areas. It took extensive planning and scheduling to perform the work without affecting park operations. Every step was extremely coordinated including deliveries during the day to prepare for the construction at night, with multiple shifts and multiple crews. We had good vendor support on some unusual piping systems and equipment. The project included fire effects and “mist screens” that were 60 feet high. In addition, several team member became certified divers to facilitate post-completion repairs under the water.
World of Color had a very successful grand opening and has become one of the most visited Disneyland® attractions. Moe continues to work with Disney® on several other projects.