Disneyland Resort celebrates 60 years on May 22

Disneyland Diamond Celebration

2015 is a special year for the Disneyland Resort!  Disneyland first opened on July 17, 1955, which means it's celebrating it's 60th year.  The celebrations will start on May 22nd -- which I'm so excited about, because May 22 is my birthday!!  How cool is that?!  I can't wait to celebrate with Mickey, Minnie, and everyone who loves everything Disney!

For such a special occasion, you can be sure the celebrations will be super special.  Last month, the Disneyland Resort unveiled some of the ways they are going to mark their Diamond year:

Diamond Celebration Decor
The Disneyland Resort is dressing up in style for its 60th anniversary celebration!  Both Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure are being given a special makeover.  will glisten and gleam for the celebration, each with its own diamond medallion. The Disneyland Resort and surrounding streets will sparkle with Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue. Also bearing the diamond anniversary theme, creative merchandise and food items will be designed to complement the celebration.

“World of Color – Celebrate!”
My favorite Disneyland Resort nighttime show, World of Color, is also getting a fresh new look.  “World of Color – Celebrate!” illuminates the night in a celebration of the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney. The premiere on May 22 will be oo-hosted by none other than actor Neil Patrick Harris! His co-host: Mickey Mouse, of course!  Mickey and NPH will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey, exploring Walt Disney’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and his dream of Disneyland park, all culminating in a madcap musical tour of Disneyland Resort attractions as never seen before.  I've enjoyed every single incarnation of World of Color, and I can't wait to see what the new show brings.

“Paint the Night” parade
Remember the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade?  I first saw it when I was six years old. Although the Electrical Parade still happens in Magic Kingdom at Disney World, it hasn't been at the Disneyland Resort since 2010.  So it's great to hear that Main Street USA will come to life after dark once again with the new “Paint the Night” parade.  Of course, it's going to be updated for the 21st century, with lots of special effects and all-LED (more than 1.5 million!)  lights that flash and glow as they bring Disney stories to life.  Guests will see  “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story”, “Frozen”, and of course, Mickey Mouse leading the grand finale.

“Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular
Everyone loves a good fireworks show, and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular is sure to be diamond caliber.   Thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects, guests will find themselves transported into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney-Pixar films, including a dance with King Louie from the “The Jungle Book” and a flight over London with characters from “Peter Pan.”  Two original songs also will be featured, the theme “Live the Magic,” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman. Best of all, “Disneyland Forever” will not only be visible from Main Street, U.S.A., it will also be visible from several other Disneyland locations.

Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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