Disney has announced more details about the Wonder’s 100th anniversary worldwide celebrations, beginning January 27, 2023 at Disneyland, and will include a Sleeping Beauty Castle overlay, new entertainment and more. This shares details on what’s coming to California’s parks for the celebration.
The 100 Years of Wonder will be Disney’s largest cross-company global celebration in history. The Walt Disney Company’s 100th Anniversary will focus on California, with Disneyland being the centerpiece of the celebrations. Given what has been announced so far, that certainly sounds like it will. It makes sense, too, considering the company was founded in California and Disneyland is Walt Disney’s original magical kingdom — and the only park he’s personally set foot in.
Disneyland has already announced this New Nighttime Spectaculars for Disney’s 100th & Entertainment Additions. Now we have new details on these nightly extravaganzas for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, as well as more decorations, merchandise and a new Sleeping Beauty Castle for the 100 Years of Wonder celebration.
Beginning January 27, the happiest place on earth will be getting new platinum-infused decor across both parks and the rest of the resort. Minnie and Mickey Mouse will also receive shiny new platinum outfits to wear at various Disneyland appearances, including meet and greets, cavalcades and more. Designed to reflect Disney’s optimism and creativity, this costume celebrates 100 years and looks to the next century.
Of course, there will be special food and drink offers, merchandise and more for purchase.
In Walt Disney’s original magical kingdom, Sleeping Beauty Castle will be dressed in style for Disney’s 100th anniversary.
To celebrate the miracle, the Disneyland castle will be adorned with elegant platinum banners and bunting, accented by a magnificent cabochon featuring the three good fairies, illuminating it with their shimmering fairy dust. Two water fountains will grace either side of the moat, while a beautiful wishing star will twinkle from the tower above.
Disneyland also shared new details about the previously announced new nighttime extravaganzas.
“World of Color – One” at Disney California Adventure will celebrate the legacy of storytelling that Walt Disney began a century ago. It will tell a new story about how a single action, like a drop of water, creates a ripple that can become a ripple of change. It brings some of the bravest, most loving and inspiring characters to life in new ways. “Wonder of Color – One” will also include a new original song, “Start a Wave”.
Over at Disneyland, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle becomes a grand canvas with Wondrous Journeys, a new nighttime extravaganza that will spark wonder in all of us. Featuring nods to every Walt Disney Animation Studios film to date, it will take us on a journey of artistry, music, storytelling and heart.
Wondrous Journeys will continue to build on the park’s state-of-the-art projection effects, transforming Main Street, USA, Sleeping Beauty Castle, the facade of “it’s a small world” and the rivers of America into an artist’s canvas, bringing characters to life around you. On select nights, Wondrous Journeys gets even bigger with fireworks in the skies over Disneyland. (This aligns with all of Disneyland’s nighttime extravaganzas, which Pyro only offers on weekends and peak times.) The Wondrous Journeys nighttime extravaganza will also feature an incredible new song, It’s Wondrous.
Just in time for Spring 2023, the Magic Happens Parade will make its long-awaited return to Disneyland. Magic Happens celebrates the awe-inspiring magical moments that lie at the heart of so many Disney stories. This parade reminds us that we don’t need wings to fly, shooting stars are made to make wishes and magic doesn’t end at midnight.
This parade ran about two weeks before the closure and is essentially brand new. We’ve never seen Magic Happens and resisted the temptation to watch it on YouTube or listen to the soundtrack. We’re so excited that it’s finally back!
As you begin planning your trip to visit Disneyland Resort for Disney’s 100th Anniversary, please note that theme park reservation availability for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park is currently limited for dates after January 8th 2023 is suspended. Reservations will resume for guests in the coming weeks for future dates in January 2023 and beyond.
More special entertainment moments are also planned throughout the resort. More news and details about the Disney100 Celebration at Disneyland Resort will be announced ahead of its debut on January 27, 2023.
Finally, I’m cautiously optimistic about the Disney 100th Anniversary celebrations and what’s on the horizon for Disneyland as part of the event. While my hopes for World of Color – One aren’t high, I expect Wondrous Journeys to be a strong show that mixes nostalgia with a wide range of animated classics.
It also makes sense that Disneyland Resort will be the “heart” of The Walt Disney Company’s 100th Anniversary celebrations. Though Walt Disney World is bigger (and the cash cow is), Disneyland is the original — and still the crown jewel. It is the home park for the vast majority of the company’s executives, imagineers and other creatives. I am confident that 2023 will bring a number of special enhancements and other ways to honor Walt Disney and the company’s history. We saw a lot of it from D23 and the archives surrounding Disneyland’s 60th birthday, but not much since. D23 seems to have gone in a “different direction” so we’ll see if the fan club with the 23 in their name is still interested in paying tribute to the past.
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Thoughts on the Sleeping Beauty Castle overlay for the 100 Years of Wonder celebration? Are you ready to be dazzled by two brand new nighttime extravaganzas: World of Color – One at Disney California Adventure and Wondrous Journeys at Disneyland for Disney100? Are you more excited or optimistic for either of the two? Are you excited about the return of Magic Happens after its very limited debut? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback – even if you don’t agree with us – is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!