Since the 1960s, laser performances have wowed audiences with highly focused beams of dazzling colors accompanied by music and sound effects. The first were performed by rock bands in the 1960s, and following advances in optical technology, moved to theme parks, concert halls and planetariums.
Disney World of Color
Every night in Paradise Bay at Disneyland's California Adventure Park, the World of Color projects a laser display onto 1,200 water fountains that spray in sync with the lights and sound. The event consists of scenes from calissic Disney Movies.
Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street in Las Vegas hosts many spectacles, the biggest of which being the Viva Vision laser light show. With 16.7 million high-resolution colors, Viva Vision projects live video onto the largest movie screen in the world. They have rock-and-roll themes, featuring bands like KISS, Queen and Bon Jovi.
A Symphony of Lights
On the other side of the world, in Hong Kong, this event displays against the backdrop of 44 buildings and tourism landmarks. The Guinness Book of World Records named this the largest light show in the world in 2005. It's quite the experience if you ever got the chance.
Stone Mountain Park
For 30 years, Stone Mountain in Atlanta has hosted a mesmerizing light show projected onto the side of a mountain. The show is set to music amplified by the natural acoustics of the landscape. Features of the show include well-known characters, storytelling, fireworks and 3-D effects.
Power Plant Light Show
The Power Plant in Baltimore is the home of retailers such as Barnes and Noble and Hard Rock Cafe. The Holiday Light Show projects laser lights and smoke effects onto the face of the building each night in December. Choreography includes music and fireworks.
Each of these famous entertainments strives to outdo itself each new performance. Advances in 3-D and movie special effects have inspired engineers to find new ways to amaze audiences. Watching computer-synchronized performances with music and fireworks can be a truly moving experience.