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Disney Announces Kick-Off Date For 100th Anniversary Celebration!

It seems hard to believe, but next year, The Walt Disney Company will be celebrating its 100th anniversary! That’s right! 100 years ago, Walter Elias Disney officially created The Walt Disney Company, which is responsible for so many magical memories. Disney is not going to let this momentous occasion go by without celebrating, and it will be celebrating big!

To honor the man and the company that started it all, Disney will be hosting a huge celebration at the Park that started it all — Disneyland!

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Disney Parks Blog shared more on what we can expect with this exciting milestone:

Beginning Jan. 27, the Happiest Place on Earth will receive new platinum-infused décor throughout the resort, new sparkling looks for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals, special food and beverage offerings, merchandise and more. 

At Disneyland park, Walt Disney’s original Sleeping Beauty Castle will be dressed in style for the anniversary. Celebrating wonder, the castle will be adorned with elegant platinum banners and bunting, accented by a magnificent cabochon featuring the three Good Fairies who illuminate it with their shimmering pixie dust. Two majestic water fountains will grace either side of the moat, while a beautiful wishing star will sparkle from the tower above.

Disneyland Resort will also be getting TWO new nighttime spectaculars — yes, two!

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Disneyland Park — Wondrous Journeys

A new nighttime spectacular that will ignite the wonder in all of us. It will feature nods to every Walt Disney Animation Studios film to date, taking us on a journey filled with artistry, music, storytelling and heart. It will continue to build upon the park’s state-of-the-art projection effects, turning 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 that brings characters to life all around you. On select nights, “Wondrous Journeys” will go even bigger with the addition of sparkling fireworks in the sky above Disneyland. This spectacular will also feature an incredible new song, “It’s Wondrous.”

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Disney California Adventure — World of Color – One

“World of Color – One” at Disney California Adventure park will celebrate the storytelling legacy started by Walt Disney a century ago. It will tell a new story of how a single action, like a drop of water, creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change. It brings some of the most courageous, loving and inspiring characters to life in new ways. The show will also feature a new original song, “Start a Wave.” 

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In addition to all the fun decorations and new shows, Disneyland Park will also have a brand-new ride that Guests can go on. Also opening on January 27 is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in the newly reimagined Toontown! Toontown’s reimagining will not be fully complete until early spring 2023, but Disney decided to open the new attraction early in order to celebrate 100 years of The Walt Disney Company.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!