Celebrate Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration
Just over a month ago, my excitement was through the roof as I was about to attend the ultimate Disney Fan event, the D23 Expo. Adding to my jubilation was the fact that it was perfectly timed with Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary celebration, otherwise known as the Diamond Celebration. As a Disney enthusiast who had only been to Disney World once at 17, I was beyond thrilled to experience Disneyland and the Diamond Celebration for the first time.
The Diamond Celebration
Disneyland turned 60 on July 17, and in true Disney fashion, the celebration has been extended all year long. This makes it the perfect time to plan a trip and join in the celebration.
First Time at Disneyland
As a Disneyland newbie, I wasn’t sure where to start. I had questions about the must-ride attractions, the best places to eat, and where to shop. Thankfully, there were a few Disneyland experts available to guide me through my first Disneyland experience. Walking up to the ticket gates, I could already feel the excitement brewing.
Here are some of the must-ride attractions I discovered at Disneyland:
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Radiator Springs Racers
- It’s A Small World
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Toy Story Mania
- The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror
There were also three shows that stood out and should definitely be on your must-see list:
Paint The Night
Paint The Night is one of three all-new shows for the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. It’s a truly dazzling spectacle that lights up The Happiest Place on Earth with over one million glowing lights. The imagination of Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell’s enchanted pixie dust illuminates the night with a brilliant display of Disney dreams, including luminescent floats, costumed performers, and beloved characters from Disney and Pixar stories.
Paint the Night Parade Viewing Tips
Here are a few viewing tips for the Paint the Night Parade from Mom Endeavors:
- Attend the 11pm parade!
- Find a viewing spot near Small World or the Matterhorn.
For more Paint the Night Parade Viewing Tips, head over to Mom Endeavors.
Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular
After the first parade, make sure you stick around for the amazing Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular. I was there for two nights and was in awe both times. It’s a show you don’t want to miss.
World of Color
The World of Color was another incredible show at the Paradise Pier in California Adventures. Witness the fountains come alive in this unique nighttime extravaganza. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse, it’s an unforgettable journey through Walt’s incredible imagination—from his earliest creations to his visions for The Happiest Place on Earth.
To enjoy the parade, fireworks spectacular, and the World of Color, I recommend planning at least two nights in the parks. Although it’s possible to see all three shows in one night, you’ll need to move quickly and strategically. Remember, the magic is in the details so take your time to fully experience the celebration.
This event was part of an all-expenses-paid press trip to Anaheim for the #D23Expo. All experiences and opinions are my own.
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|Disneyland 60th Anniversary Highlights
|Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, Radiator Springs Racers, It’s A Small World, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Toy Story Mania, The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror
|Paint The Night, Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular, World of Color
|Paint the Night Parade Viewing Tips
|Attend the 11pm parade, Get a spot by Small World or the Matterhorn
|World of Color
|Nighttime show at California Adventures featuring nearly 1,200 fountains, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse
|Event Planning Tips
|Plan at least 2 nights in the parks to enjoy the parade, fireworks spectacular and the World of Color.
Planning Your Disneyland Visit
Planning your trip to Disneyland during the Diamond Celebration requires some strategic thinking. You’ll want to make the most of your visit and see all the wonderful attractions the park has to offer. In addition to the must-ride attractions and must-see shows already mentioned, understanding the layout of the park, the best times to visit, and the various dining and accommodation options available can greatly enhance your experience.
Understanding the Park Layout
Disneyland Resort is actually made up of two parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Disneyland Park is the original park that opened in 1955 and is home to classic attractions like Sleeping Beauty Castle and Pirates of the Caribbean. Disney California Adventure Park opened in 2001 and features attractions based on Disney and Pixar films, as well as California landmarks.
Best Times to Visit
While Disneyland is open 365 days a year, some times are busier than others. The busiest times are typically during school holidays, long weekends, and special events. To avoid the crowds, consider visiting on a weekday during the school term. However, keep in mind that some attractions may be closed for maintenance during these quieter periods.
Dining and Accommodation Options
Disneyland Resort offers a variety of dining options to suit every taste and budget. From quick service eateries to fine dining restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Some of the popular dining spots include Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland Park and Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park.
As for accommodation, staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels offers a number of benefits, including early access to the parks, character dining experiences, and the convenience of being just steps away from the action. However, there are also many good quality, affordable hotels in the surrounding area if you’re looking to save some money.
Beyond the rides and shows, Disneyland offers a range of unique experiences that can add an extra touch of magic to your visit. From character meet and greets, to guided tours, to special events like Mickey’s Halloween Party, there’s always something extra to enjoy.
Character Meet and Greets
Meeting your favorite Disney characters is a highlight for many visitors. Characters can be found throughout the parks, and you can check the Disneyland app for times and locations. Don’t forget your autograph book!
For a behind-the-scenes look at Disneyland, consider taking a guided tour. The “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” tour offers a fascinating insight into the history of the park and Walt Disney’s vision.
Disneyland hosts a number of special events throughout the year, from seasonal celebrations like Halloween and Christmas, to cultural festivals like Lunar New Year and the Festival of Holidays. These events often feature special decorations, entertainment, and food offerings.
Visiting Disneyland during the Diamond Celebration is a magical experience that offers something for everyone. With a little planning, you can make the most of your visit and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Q: How long is the Diamond Celebration?
A: The Diamond Celebration is a year-long event celebrating Disneyland’s 60th anniversary.
Q: Can I meet characters during the Diamond Celebration?
A: Yes, character meet and greets are available throughout the park. Check the Disneyland app for times and locations.
Q: Are there any special events during the Diamond Celebration?
A: Yes, Disneyland hosts a number of special events throughout the year. Check the Disneyland website for details.
Q: What are the best times to visit Disneyland?
A: The best times to visit Disneyland are during off-peak periods, such as weekdays during the school term. However, some attractions may be closed for maintenance during these times.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When did Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration take place?
Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration marked its 60th anniversary which took place on July 17th, and was extended throughout the year.
2. What are some of the must-ride attractions for the Diamond Celebration?
Some of the must-ride attractions included Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, Radiator Springs Racers, It’s A Small World, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Toy Story Mania, and The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror.
3. What were the must-see shows during the Diamond Celebration?
The must-see shows included Paint The Night, Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular, and World of Color.
4. What are some tips for viewing the Paint the Night Parade?
Some tips include attending the 11pm parade and finding a viewing spot near Small World or the Matterhorn.
5. How many nights should I plan to stay to enjoy all the shows?
It’s recommended to plan at least two nights in the parks to fully enjoy the parade, fireworks spectacular, and the World of Color.
6. What is the World of Color show?
The World of Color is a unique nighttime extravaganza at the Paradise Pier in California Adventures. It features fountains that come alive, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse. The show takes you on an unforgettable journey through Walt’s incredible imagination.
Yes, the post was sponsored and the author was compensated to write it. However, all experiences and opinions are their own.