One hundred years of Disney down, countless years of memories to go.
To commemorate a century of magic and wonder at The Walt Disney Company, Disneyland kicked off a “D100” celebration Friday with several exciting new theme park offerings.
“We all have these special memories, and Disneyland is at the heart of the celebration, so it’s just amazing that we can all be a part of this magic,” Mikey Trujillo, a Disneyland spokesperson, said in a statement. .
He continued: “Whether it’s watching the animated movies or coming here to the park and watching the two new nighttime shows – being here at the Disneyland Resort is really something because you’re going to cherish those memories at the over the next 100 years.”
Whether you’re 6 or 60, get ready to let your imagination run wild with these new attractions celebrating 100 years of The Walt Disney Company.
Here’s what to expect from Disneyland’s D100 celebration:
Wonderful Journeys is truly spectacular
Wonderful Journeys is Disneyland’s latest nighttime spectacular created by Disney Imagineers. The new attraction illustrates the excitement, heartbreak and determination it takes to make your dreams come true with lights, sounds and pyrotechnics. (Warning: the show could be heartbreaking!)
To honor the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company, the Imagineers behind this project incorporated pieces of Disney’s long history into the approximately 13-minute show.
From sketches of Steamer Willie at the casita of Encantothe show takes Disney lovers on a nostalgic journey and features every movie released by Walt Disney Animation Studios over the past century.
In 1985, Tinker Bell was the first character to take flight through Disneyland Castle during a nighttime show at the California park. For Wondrous Journeys, another Disney favorite takes flight: Baymax!
Michael Woodside, an animator who worked on some of the films seen in the spectacular and Big Hero 6said the Baymax flight was his big moment.
“He rushes through the castle in a very surprising way. When I saw this I screamed and was standing next to Don Hall who was manager of Big Hero 6 and I was like ‘Can you believe this?!’ He was almost crying. It was amazing,” Woodside explained.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is now open
Prepare your lighting passes because this attraction is worth visiting.
While Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway already exists at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the Disneyland location includes special touches you can only find in California.
“Bringing an experience featuring two of our most important characters to life — especially at Disneyland Park, Walt Disney’s original park — is an incredible honor,” Jeff Shaver-Moskowitz said in a press release. “Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse uniquely embody a welcoming, comical spirit, and celebrating that, along with the silly antics they and their friends get into, makes this attraction one of the most fun around!”
Located in the heart of Toontown, which closed over a year ago for reconstruction, this ride is located inside the El CapiTOON Theater. As attendees line up, they will see “Mickey Through the Ears” in the exhibit. The ride also marks the first time that Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have performed in an attraction through the amusement park.
Before the D100 celebration began, the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney World had the most hidden Mickeys of any attraction. Now, with a few recent changes taken into account, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland has the most.
While the ride is now open, Toontown won’t officially open until March 8. To ride the ride there, guests must join a virtual queue on the Disneyland app. There will be no waiting line.
World of Color — ONE reaches new heights
One of the fan-favorite experiences at Disney California Adventure has something new to offer with “World of Color – ONE”.
The 24-minute show uses water, lasers and projections to showcase Disney’s vast collection of films, including classics like Mulane – and newcomers like Marvel avengers and Lucasfilm star wars movies.
The show also features clips from Pixar films – like Ratatouille and Soul – for the first time. Meanwhile, with EncantoDisney lovers have something special to watch out for.
“When you look, and Encanto and the casita goes up, look for Bruno. Bruno is there,” said Wendy Ruth, the show’s director of Disney Live Entertainment. “He appears out of the shadows.”
“If you can find Bruno then you know you have the best Easter egg,” she added.
New Merchandise! Fun foods! And much more
As part of Disney’s 100th anniversary, Disneyland has released new merchandise including silver-studded Mickey and Minnie ears with the 100th anniversary logo, a water bottle, plushies and more!
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The park also offers D100 foods like Lemon Tea Cake at Jolly Holiday and Alien Pizza Planet, Silver and Purple Minnie Cake at Candy Palace, Candy Candy Kitchen and Pooh Corner, Potato and Cheddar Cheeseburger at Hungry Bear Restaurant, and many other new festive snacks scattered around the park.
Last but not least, Disneyland cast members’ name tags, which previously listed the actor’s hometown under their name, will now display their favorite Disney character.