Disneyland Dazzles With Diamonds

FullSizeRender-43During the day and in the evening, Disneyland dazzles guests during its Diamond 60th Anniversary celebration in 2015.

The beloved amusement park opened in Anaheim on July 17, 1955, as a place where Walt Disney introduced innovation to inspire the future worldwide.

There are a multitude of festivities throughout Disneyland Park and California Adventure offering opportunities to spot one of the blue Diamond jewels. It’s fun exploring the two parks to appreciate the glistening, gleaming and delicious enhancements the creative team has displayed.

Here are 10 items to spot with your Disney Park-Hopper pass:

FullSizeRender-421. Walking through the Buena Vista Street, I noticed the Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure Park is enhanced with glittering decor above the marquee. Inside is one of the most elegant restaurants in Anaheim.

IMG_89612. During the Fall season, Main Street Disneyland has been transformed with more than 300 pumpkins and a 16-foot-tall Mickey Jack-o’-lantern. The festive Fall season banners throughout the park have a large diamond in the center surrounded by colorful leafs.dsc_01553. Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park is based on the late-19th century Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. It sparkles and shines more than ever with hundreds of diamonds. The centerpiece of Disneyland opened in 1955, and is the oldest of all Disney castles. In the evening during October to November 1, spooky faces illuminate the castle.10_12_DL_000619-640x4204. Ride a bobsled on the Mattherhorn ride in Tomorrowland. It opened in 1959 to resemble the Swiss Alps. Throughout the day, guests can see climbers dressed in Swiss climbing clothing scaling the peak. The ride was closed for refurbishment in 2015 to prepare for the 60th anniversary.FullSizeRender-45

It reopened on May 22, 2015, with new special effects and updated animatronics. Find the Diamond Celebration Photos Spots  to take a keepsake Diamond anniversary photo. Cast members are more than happy to take a picture with your camera/cell phone as well as their professional camera and then scan your photo onto a Disney PhotoPass card. In the Disneyland Park there is one at Matterhorn, Thunder Mountain and the Haunted Mansion.

FullSizeRender-505. Walking down Main Street USA be sure to get a treat inside one of the stores. At the Jolly Holly Bakery Cafe there are multiple Disney themed treats. There are rice Krispy treats, cake pops, cookies, and flavored colored apples.

FullSizeRender-516. Get a Fastpass at the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans to avoid the long lines. Nearby is another Disneyland 60 Diamond Celebration photo opportunity. This attraction didn’t open until 1969 and became one of the most popular rides in the Park. In 2001, the Disney team decided to enhance the mansion with the Nightmare Before Christmas theme. Recently the iconic Haunted Mansion character, The Hatbox Ghost returned. Stand at the Disneyland Celebration Photo Opportunity and get your photo taken with the singing heads.

FullSizeRender-447. Again near the front of Disneyland Park is a blue diamond near the plaque that states – Here You Leave Today And Enter The World Of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy – Walt Disney Company.

8. Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular is a street-to-sky immersive experience with a Diamond Celebration extravaganza on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday evenings at 9:30 p.m. On Wednesday it’s at 7:40 p.m.

9. Special Diamond Celebration Merchandise is offered at various stores commemorating the Diamond Celebration.

IMG_895610. Before leaving the park notice the dazzling 60th Celebration sign near the Disneyland Railroad Train Station.

During Disney Diamond Days, guests have the opportunity to win unique Disney prizes and experiences. Visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays for official rules

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