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Six Reasons to Celebrate in 2016 at Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

The new year is almost here, and we’re already looking forward to all 2016 is bringing to the Disneyland Resort! Here is our top six:

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Continues Through September 5, 2016
That means even more time to enjoy all the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has to offer, including “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special food and merchandise.
Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park
2. Season of the Force in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
Travel to a galaxy far, far away with special new Star Wars experiences!

3. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure Park
To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, Luigi and his cousins will demonstrate the dances of their Italian hometown with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

4. New “Frozen”-Inspired Stage Musical Coming to Disney California Adventure Park
The story of “Frozen” will come to spectacular life in an all-new theatrical production in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater.

5. Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure Park
Beginning next year, guests at Disney California Adventure park will undertake a whole new Soarin’ journey when Soarin’ Around the World opens in Grizzly Peak Airfield.

6. New Dining Experiences at River Belle Terrace and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Disneyland park
Beginning in February, exciting changes are coming to these Disneyland park favorites.
What are you looking forward to the most in 2016 at the Disneyland Resort?


  • Is there an update on luigi’s rollickin’ roadsters?

  • So being the Diamond Celebration ends September 5th, does that mean Paint the Night parade, Disneyland Forever fireworks, World of Color – Celebrate!, and the Season of the Force end also?

  • I know I am extremely excited when I go in April! Was afraid I wouldn’t get to see Paint the Night! Super excited for Luigi’s! Can’t wait for more updates on it all!

  • Our family is really bummed about Soarin’. It never gets old to us. We don’t want Tokyo or Italy, we want California, the state the park is based on!

  • I had forgotten about some of these. There are some cool things coming up. I know that some people are sad about the Aladdin musical going away, but it had a fantastic run. It was great, but I for one am excited about the new show.

    Will we be getting an update on Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters soon, Erin? 🙂

    • You will, Fred … stay tuned 🙂

  • Soarin’ definitely. Is there any new scoops on the changes? Will there be multiple ride sequences, or just one, new one? That ride is already amazing, it’ll be exciting to see just how much better it becomes. On the other hand, I may not be able to see the new Frozen show, for fear of it bringing sad memories of Aladdin A Musical Spectacular… at least not for a long, long time.

  • Will there be an advance AP preview for Soarin’ Around the World?
    Is there a date set for its opening?

    Thanks for the great list 🙂

    • Hi Natalie – We don’t have a date to share yet, but we’ll let you know when we do!

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