Disneyland Announces Closing Date for its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration

September 22, 2015, 10:58 AM · If you've been wondering how long you have to see Disneyland's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration before it closes, you now have an answer. The Disneyland Resort announced today that the Diamond Celebration will close on September 5, 2016.

Disneyland Diamond Celebration Castle decorations

Disneyland traditionally switches to its HalloweenTime decorations in early September, so it's likely that the blue and silver bunting and castle decor for Diamond Celebration will come down next September to be replaced immediately by the orange, yellow and brown of HalloweenTime. (There's a mix of both in the park this year.)

What Disney has not announced is whether the end of the Diamond Celebration also will mean the end of the three new nighttime shows that debuted with the start of the anniversary event: the Paint the Night parade, Disneyland Forever fireworks, and World of Color - Celebrate! show.

Update: A Disney representative reached out to let us know that all three shows "will remain with some slight modifications." I've asked about those modifications and will update again if Disney's willing to spill anything on that. And now, back to the rest of the original post:

Since the third show is one of several versions of World of Color, that's the most likely of the three to go away after next summer. In fact, Disney's already announced plans to rotate that show with the Winter Dreams version of World of Color during the upcoming Christmas holiday season.

But Paint the Night seems destined to remain as Disneyland's nighttime parade for years to come, and it's hard to imagine that Disneyland will be in any hurry to replace the wildly popular Disneyland Forever show, either. So it's likely that one or both of those shows will continue after the castle bling, weekly giveaways and 60th anniversary outfits for Mickey and Minnie are gone.

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September 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM · Yeah, Disneyland Forever and Paint the Night are wildly popular and likely aren't going anywhere any time soon. (I asked Erin for confirmation on this in the Disney Parks Blog comments but didn't get a reply; eh, worth a shot.) "Remember Dreams Come True" was a central focus of the 50th anniversary and yet it managed to last in the annual fireworks rotation all the way until 2014, long after the 50th gold came down. World of Color - Celebrate! has not been well received by fans I've talked to, and personally I'd like to see the original show return again.
September 22, 2015 at 1:04 PM · Besides the shows and the decor, is there anything different about Disneyland? I would like to visit in July, but I would like to ride and see attractions in the original state, i.e. Space Mountain instead of Hyperspace mountain
September 22, 2015 at 1:16 PM · That's getting to be tough, with so much attention here placed on overlays that keep the locals coming back. But the Diamond Celebration really is mostly about promotion and decoration, if you assume that (at least two of) the new shows are permanent additions.
September 22, 2015 at 2:38 PM · Its getting harder to see any original attractions. The rides get updated despite the holiday overlays. Peter Pan and Alice both gotten extensive updates to the regular attractions with new special effects. Matterhorn got the new snowman. Small World gotten the new Disney character dolls many years ago. Storybook canal ride got the Frozen Arendelle show scenes. Pirates is now the movie version with Captain Sparrow throughout. Enjoy it for what it is.
September 22, 2015 at 4:22 PM · I doubt Paint the Night will be going anywhere anytime soon. When guests are willing to wait 3+ hours for a parade you know it is a win for the park. I'm thinking Disneyland Forever will probably become a part of a fireworks rotation, with the holiday show, Halloween show, Independence Day show, and possibly a Star Wars show used at appropriate points and Disneyland Forever played the rest of the year. I haven't seen World of Color-Celebrate yet, but based on the reception it seems to be getting I wouldn't be surprised if that show gets canned and Disney either brings back the original version or creates a new version that begins after the 2016 holiday season.

We know that Star Wars Land will begin construction in 2016, but I don't think Disney ever specified when. Based on this, I'm guessing September/October 2016 is very likely going to be the beginning for that project.

September 22, 2015 at 4:44 PM · It is my hope that Paint the Night will move to DCA after the end of the 60th Anniversary. Additionally, the return of the original WoC would be preferable to the current show. These two nightly entertainment offerings (both colorful and Disney-IP heavy) would help DCA balance against the Fantasmic/Disneyland Forever offerings across the esplanade.
September 23, 2015 at 3:56 AM · Hi, WDW fan here. :) I've been to Disneyland once before but didn't get to stay long enough for the nighttime shows. So just wanted to ask how the current ones compare to those here on the East Coast. Thank you!

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