Disneyland is a wonderful place for families every year, but this year promises to be especially magical. The Happiest Place on Earth is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary, marking 60 years of entertaining families around the globe. To commemorate the occasion, the entire resort is brimming with special surprises, including three new nighttime shows, dozens of limited-time treats, and hundreds of limited edition merchandise items. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza you won’t want to miss! Here are 10 reasons to take the family to enjoy Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary Celebration.
1. Revamped Rides
After months of renovation, two of the resort’s most popular attractions—Disneyland Park’s Matterhorn and Disney California Adventure Park’s Soarin’ Over California—have reopened to the public. Soarin’ Over California boasts a new screen and all-digital projection system for a more immersive experience, and an updated Abominable Snowman returns to the Matterhorn Bobsleds and bigger and badder than ever.
2. A Brighter World of Color Show
The World of Color show at Disney California Adventure Park has been given a Diamond Anniversary makeover, with more lights, fountains, lasers, and flames than ever before. World of Color: Celebrate the Wonderful World of Walt Disney takes guests on Walt Disney’s journey from pioneering animator to award-winning film maker to theme park visionary. Guests will enjoy music and scenes from classic Disney films, old clips featuring Walt Disney, and narration by Mickey Mouse and actor Neil Patrick Harris, projected onto a water screen.
InsiderTip: Pass the time before the show starts by playing the Fun Wheel Challenge. Use your phone to log on to funwheelchallenge.com and compete with other park guests in a fast-paced color matching game. If you win, you get to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel!
3. Sparkling Souvenirs
Park merchandise has been blinged out for Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration, with everything from sparkly Mickey hats to shiny Minnie ears to silver-studded shirts, jackets, and bags.On a budget? Special 60th Anniversary pins start at just $9.99. Tip: Save your park tickets and Disneyland Resort hotel room keys and turn them into bookmarks or luggage tags! They’re printed with special limited-edition Diamond Anniversary designs.