The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is drawing closer, and more exciting details are emerging on the incredible experiences soon to arrive in Anaheim. With new nighttime entertainment offerings and sparkling decor throughout the entire resort, the diamond celebration is sure to dazzle and delight guests of all ages. We recently had the opportunity to watch as Steve Davison, the mastermind behind some of your favorite Disney Parks parades and spectaculars, explained exactly what’s in store come May 22.
The new fireworks show, Disneyland Forever, is a street-to-sky, immersive experience inspired by Walt’s famous quote, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
The show starts off with the audience surround in orange groves, just like the ones Walt Disney saw when he first visited the site that Disneyland would become. That vision and imagination Walt had to create a Magic Kingdom comes to life through classic Disney stories like The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, and more.
Two original songs will be featured in the show: the “Disneyland Forever” theme “Live the Magic,” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman, and sung by Ashley Brown, star of the Broadway production of Mary Poppins.
Speaking of Mary Poppins, Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke recorded new audio for the “Step in Time” sequence of the show. As the chimney sweeps dance on the rooftops of Main Street, U.S.A., guests will be able to hear Dick Van Dyke’s voice do the signature chants from the song.
Thanks to the new projection mapping technology, Main Street, U.S.A., the Matterhorn, it’s a small world, and Sleeping Beauty Castle will immerse audiences in Disney stories. The screens of Fantasmic will also be used, creating a full in-park fireworks show like never before and allowing guests to experience the show in new ways during every visit to the Parks.
The projections on the Matterhorn are sure to be a highlight as Nemo from Finding Nemo will swim across the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle, as the Matterhorn is transformed into the fiery peak of Mt. Wannahockaloogie. Later, the Matterhorn becomes Elsa’s ice palace for a snow-filled rendition of “Let It Go.”
The magic doesn’t stop at the gate of Disneyland Park. Disney California Adventure is joining the celebration, as well!
World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney brings together the story of Walt Disney and his modest beginnings in the world of animation, all the way to the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955.
Steve Davison’s team worked closely with a special group of artists at Walt Disney Studios Animation, including famed animator Eric Goldberg, to bring a few familiar faces to life in the show, including all-new animation for the one and only Mickey Mouse.
Neil Patrick Harris of How I Met Your Mother fame, along with his pal Mickey, will guide guests through animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, and an incredible all-original musical score.
Back over at Disneyland, when the sun is set, the park will be illuminated with a new parade, Paint the Night. Mickey and his magical paint brush will create a luminescent world filled with more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights. The light technology is truly incredible, as everything from the costumes the performers wear, to the floats themselves, interact and listen to each other to create a technicolor world.
Tinker Bell leads the procession in a magical, musical overture, closely followed by a float reminiscent of the giant bass drum that led the Main Street Electrical Parade. Lightning McQueen will also race in with his friend Mack Truck, which is an impressive 54-feet long float that uses over 25,000 lights in a volumetric display.
The brand new Frozen float will feature Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, on the tallest float ever created for the resort. Cinderella, Rapunzel and characters from Monsters, Inc., The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Toy Story will all be there with Mickey, decked out in his Sorcerer’s Apprentice costume, and his pals creating a brilliant grand finale.
All three shows will premiere during a 24-hour party that inaugurates the Diamond Celebration, on Friday, May 22.
Which nighttime spectacular are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments below!