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What to Expect from Disneyland's Diamond Celebration

May 1, 2015, 9:25 PM · With May now here, we are just a few weeks away from the start of Disneyland's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration.

Castle

The castle's ready for the event, which kicks off with a 24-hour party on May 22. But what new features can fans expect at the resort for its 60th birthday?

Haunted Mansion

Fans won't have to wait until the 22nd to get their first present. Over at the Haunted Mansion, the new version of the Hatbox Ghost materializes on May 9. Riders have been keeping their eyes on this new window outside the attic scene, which is expected to be the new home for the Hatbox Ghost.

Attic window

The newly refurbished Matterhorn Bobsleds, with its enhanced Yeti animatronic, will reopen on the big day, May 22.

Matterhorn

But fans will have to wait until July 1 for the return of Peter Pan's Flight, which also will feature newly enhanced effects.

Peter Pan

While Disneyland is refurbishing some old favorites for the event, the stars of the Diamond Celebration will be its new nighttime shows, including the "Paint the Night" parade. Visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland have seen this parade already, as "Paint the Night" debuted there last fall. Check out this full video of the parade, from Hong Kong:

Disneyland this week has been testing the pyro for the new "Disneyland Forever" fireworks show, which also will include projection mapping effects throughout Main Street USA. We got a sneak peek of "Disneyland Forever" earlier this year:

The third new show for the 60th will play over at Disney California Adventure, which will debut a new version of "World of Color," honoring Disney's history and narrated by Neil Patrick Harris.

If you can't wait for these tributes, you can get a helping of Disney nostalgia at the Tomorrowland movie preview, playing at the Magic Eye Theater through the end of the month.

Tomorrowland movie

Set at the 1964 World's Fair where the Walt Disney Company had a major presence, this 12-minute clip from the upcoming Tomorrowland will forever change the way that you look at "It's a Small World." Tomorrowland debuts in theaters on May 22, the day of the start of the Diamond Celebration.

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Replies (5)

May 2, 2015 at 10:02 AM · Let's not forget about Soarin' and the Grizzly Peak Airfield!
May 2, 2015 at 10:44 AM · are the refurbishments during the ride for Peter pan or just pre show? Saw the pre show upgrade at Magic kingdom in late January and it looked great
May 3, 2015 at 7:37 AM · So awesome!!! Mostly looking forward to how scary the Yetti animatronic looks! Speaking of which: hey, imagineers! Might wanna remind a certain other Yetti that there is a reason why disco is dead. (Wink, wink)
May 5, 2015 at 6:13 AM · That Paint the Night parade is the worst thing I have seen since MickeyMania - it was designed for HK and may work there, but at Disneyland? Too bright, too loud - and I know that these rectangular things are supposed to be the doors from Monsters, Inc. - but they come across as a commercial for iPhones (I wonder how many kids in HK actually think they are mobile phones...)
May 5, 2015 at 8:49 PM · When I saw a video of the Paint The Night parade from Hong Kong, I too thought the "doors" on the Monsters Inc. float were iPhones. Glad to hear I wasn't the only one. Still, I'm excited about the new parade. Can't wait!

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