California’s Disneyland Park celebrates its 60th anniversary diamond celebration this year. Since its opening on July 17, 1955, Disneyland has offered countless memories and adventures to its guests, and is considered one of the “happiest places on earth.”
The celebration, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” will be showcased on Sunday, Feb. 21 on the ABC Television Network.
The two-hour television event commemorates the passion, imagination and creativity of Walt Disney, whose legacy lives on not only through the Disneyland park, but Walt Disney parks around the world.
The celebration takes place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater and makes its way throughout the Disneyland Park to locations such as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Main Street U.S.A. and Cars Land.
Along with inside-views of some of Disneyland’s most iconic landmarks, the ABC television special showcases both the “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color-Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” two eye-catching displays of color, technology and fascination.
Two-time Emmy Award winner, Derek Hough, serves as the celebration’s host while music superstar, Elton John, will give a special performance for the celebration. Staged in the heart of Disneyland Park, in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, John will perform the beloved and Oscar nominated Disney classic, “Circle of Life” from Walt Disney’s “The Lion King,” as well as one of his newer singles, “Wonderful Crazy Night” from his upcoming album.
Josh Gad, the movie star most famously known as the voice of Olaf in Walt Disney’s animated film “Frozen,” will also participate in the special event by leading viewers through exclusive tours of both Walt Disney’s private apartment and the Disneyland Dream Suite.
Walt Disney’s private apartment, which gave him the perfect view of the park during construction, is located above the Main Street Fire Station, and is closed to the public. However, Gad will offer a behind-the-scenes look at this exclusive, personal space.
Along with that, Gad will take viewers with him during his visit to the Disneyland Dream Suite, which was created to entertain Walt Disney’s family and friends. The suite is decorated with rich detail, paying homage to Disney’s diverse and cultured heritage.
Gad will also make a quick stop at Disney’s Tiki Juice Bar located in Adventureland, where tourists can get a taste of frozen drinks, pineapple treats and fruit bowls, some of Disneyland park’s favorite sweets.
Interestingly enough, Gad present a debut of his upcoming Disney performance as Le Fou in the live-action Disney feature film “Beauty and the Beast.”
Disneyland has also kicked off the Disneyland Diamond Sweepstakes as part of the 60th Diamond Celebration in a rewarding way. Each week, Disneyland has been giving guests the opportunity to win amazing prizes and vacation packages that you can learn more about by visiting Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.
This first week of February, a dazzling, studded crown inspired by Disney princess, “Sleeping Beauty,” was offered along with a prize package, which included three days and two nights at the Disneyland Resort Hotel. These winners also get the opportunity to meet Princess Aurora herself and bring up to three guests with them.
The 60th Diamond Celebration will continue on by incorporating Disneyland’s three new after-dark shows, “Paint the Night” parade, the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show and the “World of Color-Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” throughout the summer of 2016.
Editor’s Note: Information from ABC.com, Broadwayworld.com and Disneyparks.com was used in this report.