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Disneyland’s Diamond Dazzler

Our expert on all things Disney, Aleney de Winter, looks at why the happiest place on earth only gets better with age.

Six decades since those first lucky visitors experienced the magic of Walt Disney’s incredible creation, the world’s most famous theme park continues to explore the frontiers of immersive storytelling and entertainment. In its 60 glorious years, not one bit of foreveryoung Disneyland’s sparkle has faded. In fact, this year’s Diamond Anniversary has only added extra shine to the already-dazzling Disneyland experience.

That’s right, ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ just got even happier with an 18-month-long celebration paying homage not only to Disneyland’s shiny past, but to its bright future. The park continues to embrace creativity, technology and innovation in a bid to fulfil Walt’s promise that, “As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be complete.”

If ever there was a time to make your Disney dreams really come true, this is it! Don your Mickey Mouse ears and celebrate in style as we round up the best of Disney’s Diamond festivities.

Diamond Days
Visitors can’t help but be mesmerised by Disneyland’s glitzy party makeover. The Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Carthay Circle Theatre have both been given a little extra shimmer, the iconic structures gleaming and glistening with brilliant diamond enhancements. The Sleeping Beauty Castle’s rooftop alone is enhanced with 100,000 blue glass crystals that sparkle and shine day and night.

Mickey Mouse and his friends have also been busy with the bedazzler and are sporting sparkling new costumes that would do an Oscars red carpet proud. The costumes aren’t the only things that have had a makeover, with new window displays in the Main Street sure to capture the attention of little ones. Visitors too can bring on the bling with a sparkling set of crystal-studded Mickey Mouse ears, and be in with a chance to win the real thing! Genuine diamonds can be won by park visitors as part of the celebrations with daily and weekly prizes.

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Paint the Night
As the sun goes down, Disneyland lights up with all the latest technology and immersive special effects. Luminescent night time parade ‘Paint the Night’ is a river of colour and light that spills down Main Street, U.S.A. Tinker Bell leads the unforgettable procession of more than 1.5 million brilliant LEDs as Mickey Mouse uses his imagination to harness the power of Tink’s pixie dust to ‘Paint the Night’.

Visitors will delight as Lightning McQueen races in with his buddy Mack the Super-Liner and little girls will swoon as Anna and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ glide in on a shimmering palace of ice and snow. Cinderella, Rapunzel and other favourites from ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Toy Story’ and more also join in the festivities to help create a breathtaking grand finale.

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World of Color – Celebrate!
At Disney California Adventure, award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse himself – with the assistance of some amazing special effects – are taking guests on an inspirational journey. The life of Walt Disney is remembered as they host the epic ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’. The night-time spectacular uses animated imagery, live-action film, lasers, revolutionary lighting that infuses nearly 1200 fountains with colour, and a stirring musical score, all on a magical water canvas. The imaginative display is leaving visitors in awe while reminding them that really, anything is possible.