And Disney Parks Chairman Tom Staggs has announced that the celebration will begin on May 22, 2015.
Sleeping Beauty Castle will be getting a blinged-out new look for the resort's "Diamond Celebration."
The Carthay Circle at Disney California Adventure will be getting a makeover as well, as the entire resort takes part in the celebration.
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.
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.
Can't forget the cupcake!
And everyone took home a parting gift, a pen and notebook set, wrapped in a "diamond" bow, of course.
No word tonight on how long the Diamond Celebration will last. Disneyland's 60th birthday will be July 17, 2015.
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The Disneyland park is an American institution. The renewed focus on its traditions (Such as the new World of Color's 'Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney' and the "Diamond Celebration" highlights at Sleeping Beauty's Castle) will no doubt keep the attraction queues full throughout the summer season.
Well played, Disney!
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