January 27, 2023 marked the official kickoff of the Disney100 Celebration, and it’s a celebration like no other!
For a whole year, Disney is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. The journey began on October 16th, 1923 when Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney set out on an adventure of a lifetime. And what a journey it’s been! From the first-ever animated feature film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” to the creation of iconic theme parks and beloved characters like Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Simba and Elsa, Disney has been our guide to a world of imagination for a century.
Magical Milestone: A Century of Imagination
Walt Disney’s journey began in 1923 when Walt Disney co-founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. This later evolved into the Walt Disney Company. In 1937, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” became the first-ever full-length animated feature film. Fast forward to 1955, Disneyland, the world’s first-ever theme park, opened its doors, creating a new form of entertainment that would soon sweep the globe. Decades later, Disney revolutionized animation again with the advent of computer-generated imagery (CGI). This innovation give us classics like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Beyond entertainment, Disney has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Its characters, songs, and catchphrases are woven into the fabric of society. From “Hakuna Matata” to “Let It Go,” Disney’s music has become the soundtrack of our lives. Over the past 100 years, Disney has brought us beloved characters. These have become a cherished part of our lives, transcending generations and cultures.
Disney Iconic theme parks around the world, from Disneyland in California to Shanghai Disney Resort, offer a chance to millions around the world to step into Disney’s enchanted worlds and experience immersive attractions, entertainment, and unforgettable moments.
The Disney 100th anniversary celebrations are a testament to a century of imagination, innovation, and storytelling. It’s a reminder that dreams can come true. That the power of creativity knows no bounds, and that the magic of Disney will continue to enchant us for generations to come.
What’s in Store for the Disney100 Celebration?
Prepare to be dazzled as Disney rolls out new attractions, restaurants, nighttime spectaculars, and more! Some highlights you won’t want to miss:
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the first ride at any Disney park that stars the recent award-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon characters. Disneyland’s latest ride takes you on an adventure with unexpected twists and turns with the duo Mickey and Minnie. This thrilling new attraction promises an adventure like no other, and it’s already stealing the show at Disneyland.
Mickey’s Toontown Makeover
The beloved Mickey’s Toontown has received a makeover at Disneyland Resort. It reopened with a fresh new look on March 19th, 2023 as part of the Disney100 Celebration after being closed in March 2022.
As the sun sets over Disneyland Park, the magic of the Disney100 Celebration continues with the enchanting show called “Wondrous Journeys.” The new fireworks show is a breathtaking tribute to all 62 Disney animated films of the last 100 years.
Prepare to be transported into the world of Disney films. “Wondrous Journeys” lights up various spots throughout Disneyland Park with the sights and sounds that have defined generations of Disney storytelling. It features moments from movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, Wish and many more. It will also feature a new wonderful song; “It’s Wondrous.”
World of Color – ONE
Over at Disney California Adventure Park, a spectacular new nighttime show awaits. The show brings together characters, music and fantastic moments from across the Walt Disney Animations, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel and Star Wars in one breathtaking production. Experience the first World of Color – ONE. This portrays the journey of the power of one action, one drop that creates ripples of change, much like Walt Disney’s impact on the world. The show will feature a new original song, “Start a Wave”. The show is the very heart of Disney magic. It takes you on an emotional ride through the most iconic moments from Disney classics like Pocahontas, Coco, The Lion King, Moana and The Avengers.
Journey of Water – inspired by Moana
Disney100 Exhibit at Disney Gallery
The new exhibit at the Disney Gallery on Main Street at Disneyland Park features Disney films over the years that became Disneyland Resort attractions. The Disney100 exhibit showcases the wonder of a great entertainment powerhouse from as early as 1923 into the future.
Disney100 Anniversary Special Merchandise
Of course, what’s a celebration without some fantastic merchandise to commemorate the occasion? Whether you’re at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you’ll find a treasure trove of celebratory merch waiting for you.
Get ready to shine with colorful spirit jerseys adorned with platinum details. Make the perfect fashion statement for this special event. You’ll also discover a dazzling array of accessories, and beloved favorites like Loungefly backpacks, fresh ear hats, and ear headbands.
Keep an eye out for limited-edition items that capture the essence of the Disney100 Celebration with beloved iconic characters from decades of 1920s to 2010. These exclusive pieces are not only keepsakes but also a testament to a century of Disney magic.
Whether you’re in the parks or shopping on shopDisney from the comfort of your home, you can get your hands on these Disney100 treasures. The magic is just a click away, so you can bring the celebration home with you.
Delicious Disney100 Treats
Last but not least, indulge your taste buds in the special Disney100 celebration foods. From savory delights to sweet treats, there’s something to satisfy every craving.
As part of the Disney100 years celebration, a new statute of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse will also be unveiled at Hong Kong Disneyland near Cinderella’s Golden Carousel.
Not Just in Disneyland
While Disneyland Resort is the heart of the Disney100 Celebration, the festivities aren’t limited to just one location. Disney is spreading the joy to Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and even beyond the theme parks. From animated film releases to European concert tours and D23 members-only events, the magic of Disney will be closer than ever, wherever you are!
Keep your eyes open for the premier of the animated movie – “Wish” on November 22nd, 2023 that Disney is bringing to the fans as part of the Disney100 celebrations. “Wish” tells the original story of the legendary wishing star and has already stolen a place in the wondrous journey Night time spectacular.
Join the Celebration
Disneyland is decked out with Disney100 decorations, including a revamped Sleeping Beauty Castle, bunting on Main Street, and more. And don’t forget to look out for the spectacular platinum statues of Mickey and Minnie!
Revamped Sleeping Beauty Castle
100years of Wonder medallion
Disney100 Platinum Mickey Statue
The return of the Magic Happens parade!
And the icing on the cake? The return of the Magic Happens parade! After three years in storage, this colorful and lively parade is back to add even more magic to your Disney day.
But that’s not all! Disney has plenty more surprises in store, with news and exciting happenings to be unveiled throughout 2023. So, keep your eyes on the horizon, because the magic is far from over!
So, whether you’re a Disney superfun or someone looking for an unforgettable experience, the Disney100 Celebration is the event of the century that you won’t want to miss. Join in the fun, create memories, and celebrate a century of Disney magic!