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Disneyland Announces New Parade, Fireworks, World of Color for its 60th Anniversary

Published: January 28, 2015 at 9:30 PM

We're at the Disneyland Resort tonight, among 200 other invited Disney fans for the resort's announcement of the celebrations for its 60th anniversary this summer. The castle's already under wraps in preparation for its transformation....

Sleeping Beauty castle under wraps

And Disney Parks Chairman Tom Staggs has announced that the celebration will begin on May 22, 2015.

Tom Staggs

Sleeping Beauty Castle will be getting a blinged-out new look for the resort's "Diamond Celebration."

Castle concept art

The Carthay Circle at Disney California Adventure will be getting a makeover as well, as the entire resort takes part in the celebration.

Carthay Circle concept art

The big event over at California Adventure will be a new edition of World of Color, called "World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney." Walt Disney Imagineering Vice President Steve Davison introduced the show along with Staggs.

World of Color

Back over at Disneyland, the park will be celebrating its birthday with a new parade — the "Paint the Night" parade that recently debuted over at Hong Kong Disneyland. Here's a look at the Hong Kong version.

Finally, Disneyland will wrap up each evening during the celebration with a new fireworks show, "Disneyland Forever." This show will include not just the traditional fireworks in the sky, but also feature projections on the castle, the Matterhorn and the Main Street USA buildings. "Disneyland Forever" will include two original songs: "Live the Magic" and the closing song "Kiss Goodnight," written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman. Davison and Staggs showed us a preview:

After the announcements, it was time for a dessert reception for the invited guests and blog contest winners.

Sweets

Can't forget the cupcake!

Cupcake

And everyone took home a parting gift, a pen and notebook set, wrapped in a "diamond" bow, of course.

Gift

No word tonight on how long the Diamond Celebration will last. Disneyland's 60th birthday will be July 17, 2015.

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