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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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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Has Officially Begun

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


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It’s here! A celebration 60 years in the making is now underway. This morning, thousands of guests helped us kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and our 24-hour event. Guests lined up throughout the night to be among the first to celebrate with us. Donning their limited-edition, commemorative Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ear hats, they filled Main Street, U.S.A., in the early hours of the morning.

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Check back throughout the day for live updates from the Disneyland Resort!

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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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Summer Returns to Disney Parks with 24-Hour Kick-Off Parties

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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On May 22, we’re celebrating for a full 24 hours at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. We’re beginning the party in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World with the kick off of the “Coolest Summer Ever” before continuing with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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For the next 24-hours, our team of Disney Parks Blog authors will be sharing photos, videos and stories from both coasts. Keep refreshing this Disney Parks Blog page for updates or click here for all the #Disney24 posts.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle Ready to Dazzle for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

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


In a special ceremony this afternoon, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier unveiled the dazzling Sleeping Beauty Castle, sparkling for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, beginning tomorrow. During the ceremony, Colglazier recognized our 28,000 Disneyland Resort cast members – each of whom contribute to making this the Happiest Place on Earth.

As Michael said during the ceremony, Walt Disney knew it would take very special people to make his dream come true, and our Disneyland Resort cast members are the ones who make this the Happiest Place on Earth.

Take a look back at the ceremony in the video below.

Thanks to our Disneyland Resort cast members for all you do to make magic for our guests every day!

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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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Downtown Disney District Extended Hours for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Event, May 22-23

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


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If you’re still mapping out your plan for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-hour event this week, I’ve got more information for you. In addition to Downtown Disney District locations that will operate during their normal business hours on May 22-23, the locations below have extended their hours to serve our guests who will be here to celebrate with us.

For more details on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-hour event, see these recent posts:

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Perfecting Projections for the Immersive New ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Spectacular

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


Coming May 22 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be a sky-high extravaganza featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and surprising special effects that transform Disneyland 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.

Today, we’re taking you behind the scenes for a look at what goes on at night after the park closes, as our Creative Entertainment team is hard at work getting all those amazing projection effects ready for “Disneyland Forever.”

We’re just days away from the grand debut of “Disneyland Forever,” when this incredible new fireworks spectacular will join the “Paint the Night” parade and the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” as the sparkling crown jewels of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

We’ll have even more sneak peeks for you soon here on Disney Parks Blog, and you can keep the conversation going on social media with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

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