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New Pressed Coins Debut for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


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Last month, my fellow Disney Parks Blog author and friend, Shannon Swanson, got a “Penny For Your Thoughts” as she took you inside the Electromechanical Shop and behind-the-scenes of the making of coin presses at the Disneyland Resort. Shannon mentioned that I would have exciting news to share, and I do — as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we are introducing sixty (60) new pressed coins themed to favorite attractions, icons and characters!

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How can you tell which designs are being introduced for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? Here are a few tips to help you out!

  • Look for the special 60-D symbol which appears on the art for each new die.
  • Each coin will bear a special back-stamp that says Est. July 17 1955 – Disneyland Resort 60-D!

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One of my favorite things is the new Pressed Coin Location Guide that features all of the presses throughout the Disneyland Resort. All of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pressed coins can be found by simply locating the diamond icon next to the coin image. Where can you find the pressed coin location guides? Great question — the new guides are available here on the Disney Parks Blog! Take a look at the images below or download the PDF here. You can also find printed brochures at City Hall in Disneyland park, Chamber of Commerce at Disney California Adventure park and select merchandise locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Tip: There is a specially designed Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration collector’s book to help you keep track of your collection.

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Finally, there’s one last thing before I go: keep an eye out for special ‘Decades’ presses in the Downtown Disney District that will only be available for limited period of time.

Are you ready for the Pressed Coin Challenge? Let us know which coins you are looking forward to adding to your collection in the comments below!

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Watch the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event LIVE on Disney Parks Blog

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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We’re just about to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with a 24-hour event! If you can’t be here to celebrate with us, don’t worry! You can follow all the fun from home with our six live web cameras, positioned throughout the Disneyland Resort.

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration live stream has concluded.

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Disneyland Park

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle, Views 1 and 2
  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Town Square

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Cars Land
  • Paradise Pier (please note that sound is not available on this view)

Be sure to check back throughout the day to catch performances of “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and more!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins Tomorrow, Celebrating 60 Years of the Happiest Place on Earth

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Tomorrow begins a celebration 60 years in the making … the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Featuring a glittering parade, street-to-sky fireworks and an all-new “World of Color,” it will be a celebration of the innovation and wonder for which the Disneyland Resort and Disney Parks around the world have become known.

“It’s amazing to contemplate all that Disneyland has come to mean to so many people around the world,” said Tom Staggs, COO of the Walt Disney Company. “For 60 years, millions of guests have come here to celebrate their special occasions, and now we’re excited to invite everyone to share the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with us. And, of course, none of this would be possible without our exceptional cast members who bring the magic to life.”

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At Disneyland park, the new “Paint the Night” parade will bring some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes and dazzling special effects ever presented at the Disneyland Resort. This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color and more than 1.5 million LED lights.

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Also at Disneyland park, the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections and effects that transform the park right before your eyes. “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.

Disney California Adventure park will present a special edition of the popular “World of Color” show, hosted by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris. In “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” Mickey Mouse and Neil take guests on a journey through the imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland.

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will also bring dazzling decor and special surprises throughout both parks, the Downtown Disney District and the Disneyland Resort hotels. Make plans now to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

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Creating Custom Animation for the All-New ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


When it debuts tomorrow for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” will illuminate the night at Disney California Adventure park like never before! In this celebration of the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse and host Neil Patrick Harris take us on a fun-filled and inspirational journey that explores Walt’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland.

In this behind-the-scenes video, Dave Bossert from Walt Disney Animation Studios shares a look at the making of some of the new animated sequences created just for this show.

“World of Color – Celebrate!” is part of our dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which kicks off May 22 along with the new “Paint the Night” parade and the fully-immersive new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular.

Keep following Disney Parks Blog for more updates, and join the conversation with hashtag #Disneyland60.

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‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ Premieres at Disney California Adventure Park, Opens for Guests May 22

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last night, we welcomed fans and media to the premiere performance of “World of Color – Celebrate!” New for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, this nighttime spectacular is a contemporary and moving celebration of Walt Disney and his dream of Disneyland, hosted by Mickey Mouse and award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris.

Just before the performance began, Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, joined Neil and Mickey Mouse on stage to introduce the new show.

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“We’re thrilled to commemorate 60 years of Disneyland with three new nighttime spectaculars, including a special ‘World of Color’ show,” Chapek said. “Our new show salutes Walt Disney, a visionary who dreamed big and then made those dreams come true.”

Take a look back at this special night!

“World of Color – Celebrate!” opens for Disney California Adventure park guests on May 22. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to bring you coverage from the launch of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration this week.

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Sixty Years of Innovation: ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Jumping ahead to the 1990s in our retrospective of innovations at the Disneyland Resort, let’s look back at the year 1992 and the introduction of a new kind of nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!

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First of its kind, “Fantasmic!” featured projections on reflective mists and huge figures that seemed to rise magically out of Mickey Mouse’s imagination. To prepare for the show, the Rivers of America were drained to enable installation of new equipment and mechanisms, and a new stage was built on the south end of Tom Sawyer Island. The show combined the new mist screens with Disneyland park favorites – the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia – as well as rafts, mechanical figures, fire effects and more than 50 Disneyland cast members to bring the story to life.

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As Disney Parks Blog reader Dustin shared recently, “This nighttime show was innovative in its blending of fireworks, waterworks, animation and live action, so innovative in fact that it’s still running (and very popular) today!”

He went on to say that “Fantasmic!” was the forerunner for the many successful nighttime spectaculars at Disney Parks around the world – and he’s right! From “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, to “Disney Dreams!” at Disneyland Paris, the tradition of innovative nighttime spectaculars continues today.

And that evolution goes on when the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” opens for guests at Disney California Adventure park this Friday, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

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Prepare to be Dazzled for 24 Hours this Friday at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is almost here! The party kicks off Friday, May 22, at 6 a.m. and continues for 24 hours, through 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23, with multi-faceted entertainment experiences at both Disneyland Resort theme parks and the official debut of the three new spectaculars created just for the celebration.

In addition to the already stellar entertainment lineup at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, here are some of the other highlights planned for Friday:

  • The parks open at 6 a.m. with countdown moments featuring some of your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey and the gang in their sparkly new Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration outfits.
  • Throughout the parks, you can mark the hours at special celebration photo spots.
  • Beginning at 6 p.m., join us in the Main Street Opera House for a sing-along screening of Walt Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins.” If you miss it then (or just can’t get enough), the “Mary Poppins” sing-along will be presented again at 10 p.m., 12:45 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
  • Over at Tomorrowland Theater, you can catch the sneak peek of scenes from the “Tomorrowland” movie during the day, and then return at 10 p.m. or 3 a.m. for a full-length screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” We’ll also be showing “The Avengers” in the Tomorrowland Theater at 12:15 a.m.
  • If live music is your thing, we’ll have a band playing retro hits on the Tomorrowland Terrace stage beginning at 7 p.m. and the Royal Swing Big Band Ball in Fantasy Faire, with four sets starting at 10:30 p.m.

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  • The “Paint the Night” parade will be presented twice for its opening night, at 8:50 p.m. and 1 a.m., with the premiere of “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • After all that, you can hit the dance floor to the DJ mix at TLT Dance CLUB in Tomorrowland from 12:30 a.m. – 5 a.m., or head over to Mickey’s Toontown for a Pajama Party with your pals, starting at midnight and continuing into the wee hours of the morning.
  • At Disney California Adventure park, the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” will have three showings at 9 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • Over at Pacific Wharf, a DJ spices things up with a Latin dance party from 10:45 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Join the Mad T Party Band for the new Diamond Mad T Party in Hollywood Land from 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., and stick around as the White Rabbit DJ keeps things hopping ‘til morning.

Of course, Disney Parks Blog will be bringing you all the action as it happens that day, with updates and live streams from across the Disneyland Resort, so be sure to join us!

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Watch Premiere Performances of ‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks and Disneyland Resort 24-Hour Event LIVE on Disney Parks Blog

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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If you’re not one of the lucky Disney Parks Blog readers to join us for the premiere performances of “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at Disneyland park on May 21, don’t worry! We will webcast both performances LIVE here on the Disney Parks Blog that evening.

You will be able to choose between four different views – two overlooking Sleeping Beauty Castle and two on Main Street, U.S.A. – all complete with sound! Check back here at approximately 8:30 p.m. PDT to watch “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks live from Disneyland park.

And come back bright and early the next morning for our live webcasts from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-hour event! In addition to the four views from inside Disneyland park, we will be adding two more inside Disney California Adventure park: from Cars Land and Paradise Pier. Follow along with all the fun from at home!

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Favorite Musical Groups Sing New Tunes for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Beginning May 22, three of our most popular musical groups will be joining in the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, with the addition of some delightful, celebration-inspired enhancements in their performances.

On Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, the Dapper Dans will be expanding their repertoire of barbershop favorites with a festive new tune – actually a little-known, classic song by Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman, made new for the park’s 60th anniversary.

The Red Car Trolley News Boys with Mickey Mouse on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

At Disney California Adventure park, Mickey Mouse arrives on Buena Vista Street with the Red Car Trolley News Boys, sharing an original song that invites us to step inside Mickey’s vivid imagination and pay tribute to Walt Disney, the world’s greatest dreamer.

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And when Five & Dime swing into the party at the newly sparkling Carthay Circle, they’ll bring along three new songs that’ll keep toes tapping and put a smile on every face!

It’s shaping up to be a great summer filled with music and memories! Keep reading Disney Parks Blog over the next week, as we bring you more updates from the big kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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Shopper’s Guide to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Beginning May 20 – 22, several locations will begin to sparkle with dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise. Rest assured that as time goes on, more and more locations will join in the excitement. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know before you go shopping at the Disneyland Resort.

May 20

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise

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Disney Parks │ PANDORA Jewelry Collection (limit three (3) of each per guest, per item)

  • Disneyland park – La Mascarade d’Orleans (opens 9 a.m.), New Century Jewelry
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

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  • Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – Disney Vault 28, World of Disney Store

May 21

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Art & Collectibles

  • Disneyland park – Disneyana
  • Disney California Adventure park – Off the Page
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

Dooney & Bourke and HARVEYS

  • Disney Vault 28 (opens 8 a.m.)

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Limited Edition Pinocchio Plush (First in a Series of Four)

  • Disneyland park – Emporium
  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store

Limited Edition Pins

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  • Downtown Disney District – D Street (opens at 8 a.m.)

I recently shared details on the “Up All Night Makes Me Dopey” merchandise and cupcake for the 24-hour event, so be sure to add that to your list of things to pick up!

Here are a few other things to know before you go …

Purchasing limits will apply to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise. If you’re curious as to what that entails, items considered limited edition will be limited to two (2) per guest, per day, per item. Open edition items, will be limited to five (5) per guest, per day, per item.

Let us know which shops you plan to visit in the comments below!

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