Disneyland it’s where the magic began and where all eyes of Disney fandom will be focused for the coming year. On May 22nd, the park will launch its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration and tonight we learned exactly what the event will entail.
There will be three new shows to celebrate the magic of Disneyland:
World of Color will add a new show “Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney.” The show will illuminate the night in a moving celebration of Walt and his dream of Disneyland, showing anything is possible if we just keep believing in our dreams.
Disney Paint The Night will be a new nighttime parade similar to the Electrical parade.
A new fireworks show “Forever” that looks like it will include some digital mapping projections, including on Main Street buildings. The whole park will be used as a canvas to envelope guests in a warm hug.
Artwork for both Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theatre reveals how they will both be made to gleam with diamond themed decorations including a diamond medallion featuring the Disneyland ‘D’. Of course, there will be plenty of Diamond Celebration merchandise and specialty food items to for guests to collect and enjoy.
“Sixty years ago, Walt Disney welcomed the first guests to Disneyland. Nearly 3 billion guest visits later, it’s amazing to contemplate all that Disney Parks and Resorts represents to so many people around the world,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We’ve conceived the Disneyland Diamond Anniversary as a celebration of this special place that started it all. Disneyland was envisioned as a place that encourages all of us to be ‘forever young,’ in part by being forever young itself … so we’re celebrating not just the last 60 years, but all that is yet to come.”
So far not end date has been announced, Disneyland expects it to be a long promotion.
This story has been updated with new details below.
Update #1 – more details on the new digital mapping projection that will enhance Disneyland after dark during fireworks and other show opportunities
Celebrating 60 years of magic, the Diamond Celebration will continue the Disneyland tradition of innovative, immersive storytelling with three fantastic new shows that expand the boundaries of after-dark entertainment – Disney’s signature “kiss goodnight.” New technology and unleashed imagination permeate the new “Paint the Night” parade, flooding Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland with vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights that flash and glow as they bring Disney stories to life. Guests will find themselves transported into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar films through the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects in the dazzling “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show. In Disney California Adventure Park, a new “World of Color” show featuring Mickey Mouse will tell the story of Walt Disney and the Happiest Place on Earth through fountains, film, animation, a stirring musical score and amazing visual surprises.
Update #2 – More details on Paint The Night parade
New technology and unleashed imagination permeate this after-dark parade, flooding Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland with vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights that flash and glow as they bring Disney stories to life. The luminescent parade introduces a new era of magical entertainment, as Mickey Mouse uses his imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and “Paint the Night” in dazzling Disney dreams. Those dreams include special appearances by Mickey’s pals and beloved characters from tales such as “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” The parade features special effects, unforgettable music, energetic performances, fun surprises and spectacular floats, with Mickey leading the grand finale.
Update #3 – The keyword for entertainment offerings during the Diamond celebration is immersive. It’s also been said that there will be no holiday shows in 2015, just the new Diamond edition entertainment. Also, according to Steven Davison, there is much more to come in terms of entertainment offerings. Park decorations and other stuff to be announced over time.
Update #4 – Watch a demo of the digital mapping projections on Main Street USA that will be a part of the “Forever” fireworks.
Update #5 – Here’s full video of the announcement ceremony recorded at Disneyland. Tom Staggs, Parks chair, and Steve Davison, VP of Parks Entertainment, talk about the three new shows coming to Disneyland for it’s 60th anniversary, plu a lot more.
What do you think? Is this enough for you to book a trip to Disneyland for the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration?