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What to Expect at Disneyland's Diamond Celebration

by Leap on April 16, 2015 20 Los Angeles

Hard to believe, but Disneyland will be 60 years old this year! Since the first big announcement of what all the grand Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration would entail, we've been keeping tabs on all of the little — and some very big! — details. While some of the resort elements are already in place, such as the sparkling castle, many more changes are happening in the parks in anticipation of the official kickoff. May 22 is the big day and will be marked with a 24-hour celebration at Disneyland Park! The 24-hour event will begin at 6 a.m. that Friday, and will feature special character guest appearances in addition to all of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration entertainment offerings outlined below. While there is no official end date to the celebration, it is expected to continue at least through the end of the year.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - Mickey and Minnie

Your favorite mice, Mickey and Minnie, plus their pals Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale are getting dapper new duds for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Guests will get to see them all in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A. throughout the celebration.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Entertainment

"Disneyland Forever"

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - Disneyland Forever

Calling it a fireworks show wouldn't even come close to doing "Disneyland Forever" justice. This street-to-sky experience will feature sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and other effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes! When it opens "Disneyland Forever" will be the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney Park. The shops along Main Street U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, "it's a small world" and the mist screens on Rivers of America will become the backdrop for scenes from Disney favorites such as "Peter Pan,"  "The Jungle Book," "Under the Sea," "Tangled" and "Finding Nemo." Nemo will just keep swimming over Sleeping Beauty Castle, while the Matterhorn becomes Mt. Wannahockaloogie.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - Disneyland Forever

According to a press release from Disney:

"One minute they will be standing on Main Street, U.S.A., and the next they could be stampeding across Simba’s Pride Lands, dancing with King Louie from 'The Jungle Book,' traveling 'Under the Sea' with the Little Mermaid, flying over London with Peter Pan, dripping in honey with Pooh in a whimsical dream of heffalumps and woozles, or quivering as Queen Elsa brings a glimmering blanket of snow over Disneyland."

"We want to make the whole park the canvas, and our goal is to literally use the park to envelope all of our guests in a warm hug," said Staggs of "Disneyland Forever" during an after-hours presentation in January. "Disneyland Forever" will also include two original songs, the theme "Live the Magic" and "Kiss the Night," written by Richard Sherman and to be performed by Ashley Brown.

"Paint the Night" Parade

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - Paint the Night

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - Paint the Night

Also starting May 22  is one we've heard rumors of for several months. The "Paint the Night" Parade, which made its original debut at Hong Kong Disneyland, is headed to Disneyland Park! It will include a few nods to the classic "Main Street Electrical Parade, including a new drum float leading the parade and the tip of Tinker Bell's magical wand.

Mickey Mouse has harnessed the power of Tinker Bell's pixie dust to "Paint the Night" in this brilliant parade, which includes more than 1.5 million LED lights for the floats, costumes and special effects. The parade includes characters from "Monster's, Inc.," "Cars," "Toy Story," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid," "Frozen" and more! Accompanying the parade is the song "When Will I See You Again" by Owl City.

"World of Color — Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney"

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - World of Color

"World of Color," Disney California Adventure's popular nighttime water and lights projection show that takes place at Paradise Pier, will debut a special edition during the celebration. "World of Color — Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney" will pay homage to Walt Disney and his dream of Disneyland. Through live-action footage, fountains, lasers, special effects and music, Mickey Mouse will take guests back in time through Disney's memorable animated moments. Award-winning actor and big-time Disney fan Neil Patrick Harris will appear in multiple film sequences with Mickey Mouse as hosts of the show.

New Magic for Classic Disneyland Attractions

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - Hatbox GhostHaunted Mansion, Peter Pan's Flight and Matterhorn Bobsleds, which are currently undergoing refurbishment, are set to reopen with enhancements to these classic rides. Perhaps the most exciting for Disney fans is the return of the Hatbox Ghost. This legendary ghost disappeared almost as quickly as he appeared in the attic during the ride's opening in 1969, and he has been part of Disney legend ever since. For the celebration, the ghost will be back to haunt guests.

While details about the special effects on Peter Pan's Flight are scarce, we know that there will be a reimagined nursery scene. For the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Abominable Snowman is set to make an appearance!

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Decor

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theatre

Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will sparkle with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration decor and festive banners. The crown jewels of each of the parks are Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. Work has already been done on Sleeping Beauty Castle for its magical transformation, and it now sparkles with thousands upon thousands of diamonds and crystals — some as large as 24 inches — that were placed by hand. By day, it sparkles in the sunlight. At night, it will be lit up by thousands of twinkling lights.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise, Food & More

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - pins

For the collectors and shopping fiends among you, Disneyland is rolling out an incredible assortment of Diamond Celebration merchandise, including art, pins, jewelry, toys, purses and, yes, "crystal" Mouse Ears! If you're looking for a more personal, affordable souvenir, there will be several coin presses themed to the anniversary. Most coin presses also offer a collector's book that you'll want to pick up as well!

The Mad T Party is set to return to Disney California Adventure after dark in the "Diamond Mad T Party," with new decor, food and drinks, and dancing.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration - cupcakes

Last but not least, you will find some special eats and drinks throughout the parks, including a Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration cupcake for each of the parks, a lemon-flavored cupcake representing the Victorian-era theme of Main Street, U.S.A. from Jolly Holiday Bakery and an orange-flavored cake representing the 1930s theme of Buena Vista Street from Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe. 

Without a doubt, this is the year to make a trip to Disneyland! Are you as excited about the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration festivities? Let us know what you are most looking forward to in comments below.

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Jan 18, 2016 at 7:42 p.m. Diane Says...

I am celebrating my Diamond 60th Birthday at Disneyland in April, bringing my 14 family members! Can you tell me where I can get my crystal mouse ears? Can't find them online

Feb 2, 2016 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane,

Congratulations to you! There are no crystal mouse ears, but there is a headband with a crystal bow and sparkly Mickey ears. You'll find a lot of the Diamond Anniversary merchandise at the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney or the shops on Main Street inside Disneyland.

Keep hopping!


Sep 29, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. Jo Says...


Will be visiting in May 2026 17-20th can you tell me are the nightly diamond celebrations on every night the fireworks and paint the night parade. Many thanks.

Sep 29, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo,

Although Disneyland doesn't publish its entertainment schedule that far in advance, we expect they will be nightly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 30, 2015 at 6:14 p.m. Natalie Engel Says...

I am huge fan of Disneylands and walt Disney himself I am so happy

Jun 8, 2015 at 6:51 p.m. kelly Says...

Do we know when the celebration will end?

Jun 11, 2015 at 8:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

No official end date has been announced, but is expected to continue at least through 2015.

Mommy Frog

Jun 1, 2015 at 11:08 a.m. Barry Greenough Says...

I will be bringing my 4 grand children & grown up family in October from Australia hopefully the celebrations will still be going on ,part of my bucket list.

Jun 1, 2015 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barry,

Yes, they will continue at least through the end of the year!


Apr 16, 2015 at 11:28 p.m. Shannon Says...

I'm so excited!!! My mom turns 50 this year and grew up dreaming of going to Disneyland and I've saved up to take her and my kids. I'm so happy it falls on the diamond celebration :)

Apr 17, 2015 at 6:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...


This sounds like a wonderful reason for all of you to celebrate. Happy birthday to your mom from all of us frogs!

Keep hopping!


Apr 16, 2015 at 9:13 p.m. Melody Says...

We can't wait to go in August. We will arrive on my birthday!

Feb 28, 2015 at 7:48 p.m. Lonni Says...

Will be there May 26-31st/2015. Haven't been for 16 years and haven't been to the CA park. Will be staying at the disneyland hotel and 5 day parkhopper passes. Want to make sure to see the 6oth anniversay celebrations! But, also will have a 4 year old with us and want to know how to make the best of our trip.

Mar 2, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lonni,

Sounds like you've got a plan. This post on maximizing your time at Disneyland is full of tips and tricks!

Keep hopping!


Feb 3, 2015 at 1:32 p.m. lisa Says...

I was born 60 years ago. Will be going to Disneyland for my 60th birthday!!!

May 23, 2015 at 3:25 a.m. Sheri Says...

I think they should let this diamond edition run till the end of year cause am going in December because I would love to see it.. Hope it does cause am going and I want to enjoy the fun and the celebration

May 26, 2015 at 11:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheri,

You're in luck, because the celebration will last at least through the end of the year.


May 19, 2015 at 1:12 a.m. Debbie Barthel Says...

How strange...I am also 60 and your post was dated on my 60th birthday!! When is your birthday?

Feb 3, 2015 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Happy 60th, Lisa! What a terrific way to celebrate!

Keep hopping!


May 15, 2015 at 8:42 p.m. Sandy Says...

That is too awesome

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