Wendy Rush

Well by now you’ve probably heard the news. You’ve probably told your neighbors. And your family… your friends… your family’s friends and your friends’ families.


No, it’s not the first time we’ve done this. And it won’t be the last. But this time is special because Disneyland is celebrating Disney’s 100th anniversary this year. And they’ve got quite the party planned! They’re introducing special new features. They’ve added new rides. And they’re bringing back some old time favorites.

It’s hard to believe Walt Disney Studios has been around for a full century. But it’s true. While Disneyland itself didn’t come around until 1955, Walt Disney Studios has been bringing us magic since October 16, 1923, when they signed the contract for their first cartoon series. Of course, back then it was known as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (waltdisneycompany.com).

You may have noticed I just said Disney “Brothers”. Not a typo. The company was co-owned by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy. Their first ever project was a series of cartoons based on Alice from Alice in Wonderland. A simple single project from an unknown man in Kansas City. That blew up into the biggest entertainment empire in world history. The Disney company owns theme parks all over the planet. Cruise lines and retail stores. Hulu, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Searchlight, ABC, Freeform, FX…the list just keeps going on and on.

It’s safe to say that in their first 100 years, The Walt Disney Company has pretty much taken over the globe. And they’re not holding back when it comes to celebrating their century of success. For their 100th anniversary, they are planning their biggest event to date. It’s definitely not something to miss. Here are a few things you can look forward to at the Disney100 celebration this year. WHEN you win tickets (just putting that out there into the universe for you). – Wendy

  • "World Of Color - ONE" at Pixar Pier

    ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 28, 2015: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks of "World of Color - Celebrate", Disneyland Resort celebrates its 60th anniversary with a preview of its three new nighttime spectaculars, "Disneyland Forever", "Paint The Night" and "World of Color - Celebrate" on January 28, 2015 in Anaheim, California. Disneyland begins its Diamond Celebration on May 22, 2015. (Photo by Disney Parks via Getty Images)

    Photo by Disney Parks via Getty Images

    This “on the water” show will feature moving water and special effects to bring to life some of the best stories Disney has made. And this year will be the first World Of Color featuring characters from Star Wars, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Check out this preview. So cool!

  • The Return Of The 'Magic Happens' Parade

    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 04: The Lion King float takes part in the "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams" during the Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration at Disneyland Park on May 4, 2005 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

    For their Disney100 celebration, Disneyland is bringing back the ‘Magic Happens‘ parade. It includes floats, favorite characters and very cool music that remixes our favorite Disney tunes. Check out the entire 10-minute parade. Super awesome.

  • New Ride: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

    Mickey’s Toontown has been completely reimagined for the Disney100 celebration. And there’s a brand new ride that features our favorite mouse couple. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a train ride lead by none other than engineer Goofy. And from the looks of the ride at Walt Disney World, the adventure features a lot of high-res cartoon animation and awesome sound effects.

  • Wondrous Journeys

    There’s a new nighttime spectacular show at Disneyland right now celebrating 100 years of Disney magic. In this show that transforms Sleeping Beauty‘s castle, you’ll see a nod to every Walt Disney Animation Studios film made in the last century. The show includes existing Disney songs as well as a brand new one.


  • Platinum Decorations

    Fancy abstract lavender light purple glitter sparkle background for happy birthday party invite, girly perfume fragrance, girl princess, pale lilac color girly shine pattern or blur texture invitation

    Photo by Stephanie Zieber via Getty Images.

    When you’re at Disneyland for the Disney100 celebration, you’ll see a lot of limited-time decorations meant exclusively for this year’s celebration. Look for them at the park, at Downtown Disney and at the on-site resorts. Get ready for a lot of glitter!

  • Disney100 Special Treats

    Delicious wedding, birthday or Valentin's day cake pops in white and blue

    Photo by Augustas Cetkauskas via Getty Images.

    Throughout the park there will be new food for the Disney100 celebration. Some will be more subtle, like the Lemon Tea Cake at Alien Pizza Planet. Others, usually decorated in lavender or blue, will be obviously tributes to the anniversary celebration.

  • Limited Edition Souvenirs

    Disney100 Mickey Ears

    Photo by Chris Sampeio via Beasley Las Vegas.

    If you’re the kind of Disney fan who loves collectibles, then make sure you’re there sometime this year to get all the merchandise dedicated to the Disney100 celebration. Ears, sweaters, blankets, bags. There’s something for everyone.

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