Disneyland’s 60th anniversary party to start with 24-hour bash

Disneyland Celebrates 60 Years of Magic
Disneyland Resort will celebrate its 60th anniversary with three new nighttime spectaculars, “Disneyland Forever,” “Paint the Night” and “World of Color - Celebrate.” The celebration begins May 22 with a 24-hour bash.
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The Happiest Place on Earth will be keeping the lights on all night to kick off the 60th anniversary celebration of Disneyland.

The theme park in Anaheim plans to launch a 24-hour party, starting at 6 a.m. on May 22, to begin the celebration that will include a new parade, light show and fireworks display, among other extras.

The celebration will include a new nighttime parade, dubbed “Paint the Night,” featuring 1.5 million LED lights and characters from popular Disney movies such as “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.”

The park will debut a new fireworks show during the 24-hour bash. The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show will incorporate “projection mapping technology” that projects scenes from  Disney movies on storefronts, the Matterhorn mountain and the facade of the “It’s a Small World” ride.


In addition, Disney officials have said Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland and the Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney’s California Adventure park will be overhauled with “diamond” exteriors to reflect the diamond anniversary.

At Disney’s California Adventure, the “World of Color” light-and-water show will also be remade to use fire, water and lights to tell the history of Walt Disney and his park, featuring Mickey Mouse and actor Neil Patrick Harris, officials said.

On the same day, Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida will also host a 24-hour event, but only selected attractions and entertainment will be available in that park.

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