60 years ago, Walt Disney unveiled his dream of Disneyland to the world. While the opening had its fair share of technical problems — such as forcing Walt to choose between operating drinking fountains or operating toilets for the first day — the park has become a staple of Southern California, as well as the measuring stick to which all theme parks seem to be based. On this, its 60th anniversary, the Walt Disney Company is looking to celebrate this milestone with a couple of new additions to the park that you can see starting this weekend.
According to Variety, Disneyland will be unveiling three new nighttime attractions to the park, including a new parade, a new fireworks spectacular, and a new revision to one of its most popular night shows.
The parade, called “Paint the Night,” is the first electric parade in the park consisting entirely of LED lights, with 1.5 million individual bulbs producing displays based on some of Disney’s most popular films. These include Frozen, Monsters, Inc., and Beauty and the Beast. Following in the footsteps of the park’s first electrical parade that started strolling down Main Street, USA in 1972, this is a modern incarnation using more advanced lighting technology, along with the ability to individually control the bulbs for a wider field of color and more creative displays.
The new fireworks show is called “Disneyland Forever,” and will include storefront projections featuring characters from the likes of The Jungle Book and Peter Pan. The show will recreate a dance with King Louie, for instance, as well as a flight over London as Peter and the Darling children fly towards the second star to the right. This fireworks show will also include two new original songs written by Richard M. Sherman, who is well-known for writing songs at Disney for films as far back as Mary Poppins in 1964.
Finally, Neill Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse will co-host the latest revision to “World of Color,” the spectacular water, laser, and light show that takes place in the evenings on Paradise Pier inside Disney’s California Adventure.
If you’re heading to the Disneyland Resort in the near future, be sure to take in these new attractions in between riding favorites like Pirates of the Caribbean, or Splash Mountain!
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