It’s the celebration that was 100 years in the making, and we’ve got a sneak peek at what is in store for the celebration at the Disneyland Resort. Beginning January 27th, the Disneyland Resort will kick off the Walt Disney Company’s 100th Anniversary with new experiences, entertainment, and culinary options. More is expected to be announced throughout the year, but for now, have a look at some of the details released from Disney Parks Blog below:
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Beginning Jan. 27, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will star in their very first ride-through attraction at the Disneyland Resort! Inside the El CapiTOON Theater in Disneyland park (which houses an exhibit unique to Disneyland), this family-friendly experience transports you into the wacky and unpredictable cartoon world of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, where you’ll board a train engineered by Goofy and embark on a zany adventure.
To experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway when the attraction opens, you’ll need to join the complimentary virtual queue*, which is only accessible via the Disneyland app.** There will not be a standby line for this attraction at this time.
To read more, have a look at Jackie’s article here.
“World of Color – ONE”
This all-new nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure park celebrates the storytelling legacy started by Walt Disney, illustrating how a single action, like a drop of water, creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change. This is the first Disneyland Resort nighttime spectacular to feature characters, music, and moments from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, the Avengers, and Star Wars in the same production.
Read more about this new nighttime spectacular here.
You’ll be able to access the viewing area for “World of Color – ONE” through the virtual queue system* available only via the Disneyland app. Distribution for the complimentary virtual queue will begin at 12 p.m. PT daily (subject to availability), and is available for guests who have entered Disney California Adventure park for the day or have entered Disneyland park with a Park Hopper ticket.
Each evening at Disneyland park, “Wondrous Journeys” transforms Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the Rivers of America into an artist’s canvas with lighting effects, customized projections, and more. This nighttime spectacular by Disney Live Entertainment will take you on an epic adventure through 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios storytelling. On select nights, “Wondrous Journeys” takes to the skies with sparkling fireworks. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the recording session for the show’s original song, “It’s Wondrous.”
During both “World of Color – ONE” and “Wondrous Journeys,” your MagicBand+ will come to life with dancing lights and vibrations synchronized to the shows.
Platinum-Infused Décor and Limited-Time Offerings
Both theme parks, the Downtown Disney District, and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will be adorned in beautiful, platinum-infused décor. Above is an artist’s concept of the elegant embellishments on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park, which will sparkle with platinum banners and Disney100 medallions.
Around the resort, you’ll find platinum statues and medallions (pictured above) – which make great photo opportunities! Soon, we’ll share more details on how MagicBand+ will interact and add more dazzle to select Disney100 décor later this year.
At Disneyland park, Sleeping Beauty Castle will be accented by two new water fountains and dressed in platinum banners and bunting, a magnificent cabochon, and a shining wishing star. On Main Street, U.S.A., you may find Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and their pals in platinum-inspired looks designed to reflect the optimism and creativity that are at the heart of everything Disney.
Feeling hungry amidst all these festivities? Savor a century of magic through specialty food and beverages like the platinum trifle and potato and cheddar cheeseburger. Plus, you can collect novelties such as the Disney100 Mickey Mouse sipper and platinum Mickey Mouse balloon bucket.
Have a look at our full Disney Eats Foodie Guide to the Disney100 anniversary celebration at Disneyland Resort here!
You can also bring the magic home with commemorative Disney100 merchandise and collectibles released throughout the year, such as the Disney100 Platinum Celebration Collection, special MagicBand+ designs, collectible medallions, and pressed pennies.
Have a look at some of the special merchandise coming to the celebration in our coverage here.
The Disney Gallery Presents: Disney 100 Years of Wonder
We’re excited to announce that The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park will house a new exhibit inspired by Walt Disney’s vision for Disneyland to be where his films come to life. Inside, you’ll see beautiful artwork created by original Disney animators for some of Walt’s early films, alongside artwork concepted by original Disney Imagineers to recreate those stories in the park.
The exhibit will also display an animator’s desk, a model of a multi-plane camera and more. It’s a magnificent tribute to Disney films that became Disneyland Resort attractions, park experiences that later inspired Disney films and the rich traditions they both share.
“Magic Happens” Parade – Returning February 24th
Even more fun is still to come! The “Magic Happens” parade makes its highly anticipated return to Disneyland park on Feb. 24. Led by Mickey Mouse and his pals, the daytime spectacular celebrates moments of magic from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films with grand floats, artistic costumes and an energetic musical score.
Mickey’s Toontown – Reopens March 8th
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be joined by additional new experiences and returning favorites when the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown reopens on March 8, 2023! The beloved land will feature more play activities and attractions than ever before, as well as grassy play spaces for you to unwind. Read about what’s to come here.
The Disney100 Celebration begins at the Disneyland Resort on January 27th, and I can’t wait to experience everything listed above. What are you most looking forward to at Disney’s 100th anniversary?
Disney’s fine print:
Entertainment, experiences, and offerings may be modified, limited in availability, or unavailable and are subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice. Both valid Theme Park reservations and admission for the same Park on the same day are required for Park entry. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability, and not guaranteed. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. Visit Disneyland.com/updates for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort.
*Virtual queues are limited and subject to availability, and joining a virtual queue does not guarantee entrance to any experience. Guests may only enter the virtual queue for each experience once per day. Subject to other restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.
**Message, data, and roaming rates may apply for the use of the Disneyland app and Play Disney Parks app. Availability is subject to handset limitations, and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores are not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parent’s permission first.
Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.
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