Disneyland Dazzles in Diamonds for their 60th Anniversary – #Disneyland60

Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955 with these words:

Disneyland Dedication 1955

As Disneyland approaches it’s 60th anniversary this year it is time to find out what magic will be happening at the park this year.

Disneyland 60th Logo - #disneyland60

The fun will start on May 22nd when several new park elements debut.

“Paint the Night” Parade

The “Paint the Night” parade brings some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and energetic performances ever presented at Disneyland Resort. This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color, fun surprises and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights.

Paint the Night Parade - Mac - Cars Paint the Night Parade - Tinkerbell

My all time, hands down favorite Disneyland parade is the Main Street Electrical Parade.  When I listen to the soundtrack now and I hear the music start to swell the hairs on my arm start to tingle and I get goose bumps.  So….I’ve got high expectations for this parade, no pressure Disneyland.  😉  This parade is currently at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and you can see more images on their website.

Disneyland Forever Fireworks Show

“Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. Main Street, U.S.A., and several other Disneyland park locations become a magical canvas taking us into a world of dreams, from flying above the London skyline from “Peter Pan” to a dance with King Louie in “The Jungle Book.”

“Disneyland Forever” also features two original songs, the theme “Live the Magic” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman.

Disneyland Forever Fireworks

Alright, so this one I am already in tears over.  I love the Disneyland fireworks shows because they are amazing, entertaining and always bring back memories from when I was little and at the park with my family.

This new show is going to really kick things up a notch with the projections on the Main Street U.S.A. buildings but in addition to ALL THAT there is going to be a new song by Disney Legend Richard Sherman called “Kiss Goodnight.” Do you know what a “Kiss Goodnight” really means in Disneyland speak? It is what Walt called the Fireworks shows at Disneyland.  I love that there is going to be a new song in tribute to it.

When I was at the D23 Expo in 2012 I saw Richard Sherman’s concert (with the remarkable Alan Menken) and he told us a story about how Walt would stop on Main Street U.S.A. and watch the fireworks.  This was one of Walt’s favorite thing to do and it always made him cry. OMG, now I’m crying.

Here is a fantastic preview of the building projections from Inside the Magic.


Disneyland Resort is Going to Sparkle

As part of the celebration, the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park and Carthay Circle Theatre inDisney California Adventure park will glisten and gleam, each with its own diamond medallion featuring the letter “D.” The entire resort will sparkle with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue. Also bearing the diamond anniversary theme, creative merchandise and food items will be designed to complement the celebration. We’ll have more to share on those special items soon.

Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theatre 60th

I bet this is going to be gorgeous! Can you just imagine the buildings sparkling in the warm (ok HOT) California sun? I can’t wait to visit Disneyland in May and take pictures of Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theatre.

World of Color

Over at Disney California Adventure the popular “World of Color” will be debuting a special edition of the fantastical water show. “World of Color” is closed until March 12th to prepare for the new show.

World of Color

Be Preparred

I am sure there will be more announcements of special events happening as July 17th approaches and I will post the information on my blog and on my Facebook page.

Are you headed to Disneyland Resort in the next few months? Be sure to check the Disneyland Calendar for attractions that are closed in preparations for the big event.  Attractions open and close at different times depending up on how much refurbishment is needed so check the calendar prior to going.

Closed for refurbishment

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.


  1. I am so stinkin’ excited! Love your recap and don’t worry, you aren’t the only one crying with joy and heartfelt emotion. I love Walt. I love Richard Sherman. I love Disneyland and I am sure this summer will be a celebration to remember.

  2. I have to say, I’ve never been to Disneyland, but now I’m thinking is a great time to check it out. That video of the preview makes it all look so cool!


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