This had been a big year for Disneyland with the Diamond Celebration! So we have collected all the updates, news and scoops for our favorite Disney destination on the west coast!
Disneyland and Disney World now ban all selfie sticks in the parks. They have stated this is for the safety of guests and cast members. Do not bring them into the parks – this is as of June 30th. This includes all extender poles.
Disneyland Diamond Celebration
In May, Disneyland began its Diamond Celebration to mark Disneyland’s 60th anniversary. Here is a round up of all the additions and changes at the park for this momentous occasion –all changes will remain through the end of this year.
Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theatre are decked out in faux diamonds and decor for the 60th birthday
“Paint the Night” new electrical parade through Main Street and surrounding areas. This new parade uses 1.5 million LED lights and it is the most vibrant parade in Disney history. Tinkerbell leads the processional along with other characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Lightning McQueen, Anna & Elsa, and many more. Of course, Mickey and friends complete the finale.
“Disneyland Forever” new fireworks display each evening over Sleeping Beauty castle and throughout Main Street with the use of digital projection screens throughout the park. This new fireworks show features two new songs, including one written by Richard Sherman.
New World of Color presentation: “Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – the magical water canvas is still part of this amazing nighttime spectacular show which now tells the story of Walt Disney and the happiest place on earth. The show is narrated by Neil Patrick Harris and intertwines fireworks, lasers, special effects and wonderful music. Still a must-see at California Adventure!
Mickey and Minnie get some new costumes for the celebration! Don’t miss seeing our favorite pair in the Diamond celebration duds!
Some attractions have received some new enhancements and renovations for the celebration:
- Haunted Mansion has a new ghost added although this isn’t really a “new” ghost – The Hatbox Ghost is now in the attic scene of this attraction. The original Hatbox Ghost was in the attraction for the opening over 45 years ago but was removed although cartoons of this character continued. Imagineers reimagined this happy ghost and he is now part of the ride with some new tricks!
- Matterhorn Bobled has a new snowman, and we don’t mean Olaf! The abominable snowman has been replaced with a much scarier version similar to the Yeti figure on Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. They have also added some projection moments along the way similar to Expedition as well. The ride is still a bit bumpy though – that hasn’t changed!
- Grizzly Peak Airfield is a newly re-themed area around the Soarin’ Over California attraction. Most of the changes are cosmetic – new signs and decor. The biggest change is the rocket is now a water tower named after John Muir (Mt. Muir Lookout). The restaurant has been changed to Smokejumpers Grill but the menu is fairly similar with burgers and fries.
- Peter Pan’s Flight will have special effects added to the nursery scene when the attraction begins when the Darling children discover how to fly. They will add enhancements to the London night and Neverland scene as well. Peter Pan’s Flight is still set to be reopened with these enhancements.
Diamond Mad T Party – A new Mad Tea Party is rocking California Adventure this summer! The show is redesigned with new decor, interactive fun and dancing, and new food and drinks!
New “Made With Magic” merchandise – A magic slipper is the newest addition to the Made With Magic fun (formerly Glow with the Show) – in addition to the newly designed ear hats, wands and paint brushes. Made With Magic items work at Fantasmic, fireworks and World of Color.
Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes – daily and weekly prizes are awarded to guests although theme park admission purchase is not required, winners have to be present to collect daily prizes. Daily prizes include in-park experiences and weekly prizes include VIP experiences for fireworks and pirate party. Daily entry requires a text-in of the word of the day. Sweepstakes will end on September 11, 2015. For more details, visit the Disneyland website.
Storybookland Canal Boats have a new castle! While this was technically released in December, we wanted to make sure everyone knew about this Frozen fun at Disneyland. Arendelle has been added to Storybookland – this is one of our favorite little rides at Disneyland and now guests can see Anna & Elsa’s beautiful castle on the magical boat ride.
So much going on at Disneyland this year – it’s hard to keep up! Please keep following Preschoolears for all the latest Disney parks updates and news.