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Diamond Celebration Inspiration: ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues until September 5, we will be taking a deeper look into the inspirations behind the three dazzling nighttime spectaculars that are featured during this special time.

We recently chatted with Steve Davison, Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, who gave us special insight into what inspired him and his team to create these shows – starting with “Disneyland Forever” fireworks.

Diamond Celebration Inspiration: ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park

What is the story you are telling with this fireworks spectacular?

Steve: That anything is possible if you believe and follow your dreams, just like Walt Disney!

The orange grove scene at the beginning of the show is particularly touching. Were there any particular visuals or historical footage that inspired this moment?

Steve: We loved the footage of Walt walking through the Anaheim fields, dreaming of what could be. It was our inspiration to show how it all started … a man with a dream and how that dream became a reality.

The use of light, projections and lasers make this show truly immersive. What was your inspiration when developing these new elements?

Steve: We wanted the show to explode with color and light all around our guests … to completely envelope them in the story and make them feel a part of it.

Check back soon for more of our interview with Steve Davison. Next time, we’ll focus on “World of Color – Celebrate!” at Disney California Adventure park. Stay tuned!


  • Will Disneyland have a live stream link for its July 4, 2016 fireworks?

  • I have been a Disney fan since I was born – my dad actually helped build the park as a summer job in 1955 after he graduated from Anaheim High! And I have to say that these are the best fireworks I have ever seen. We watched them once from near It’s A Small World and once from Main Street and I still didn’t see all there was. Truly awe-inspiring – thanks for an amazing show.

  • I have had trip planned for 2 years now going in 44 days n now I see u are closing more rides at disneyland please stop!! This my husband 1st trip n probably be my mom’s last. U already have one ride closed of her favorites Jungle Cruise now I see u will have Big Thunder closed 2 weeks before we get there!! If u know u will closin these rides give us a better heads up so we can maybe fix times. But can’t now sense we are so close n have over 12 people going as a family reunion!

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