Founded in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has been entertaining people for a dazzling 100 Years. Starting on January 27, 2023, 100 Years of Wonder celebrations take place throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks.
Here’s what is new to see and do:
The Disney Parks feature platinum and royal blue colors everywhere you look. Along the front of Main Street, City Hall, the fire station and storefronts have platinum and royal blue banners announcing ‘100 Years of Wonder’. Be sure to take a snapshot with a platinum statue of Mickey Mouse in Town Square, as well as a platinum statue of Minnie Mouse in front of Plaza Inn.
Inside stores there are special Dazzling Disney100 apparel, mementos and limited-time collectibles. You will discover commemorative Mickey ears, colorful accessories and keepsake souvenirs.
Also along Main Street, U.S.A., lamp posts leading guests down to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle are decorated with brilliant banners and bunting that feature the 3 good fairies from Sleeping Beauty, as well as the iconic wishing star.
In the evening Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A. become a colorful canvas for 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios storytelling. ‘Wondrous Journeys’ is 100 Years in the making as an enchanting celebration of the wishers, dreamers and artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios who have shared their imagination and talents with the world.
Talented artists transform empty pages brimming with possibility into beloved animated Disney characters set to lively music, and stunning state-of-the-art projection technology. On select nights there is a awe-inspiring firework show (check Entertainment Schedule Wondrous Journeys).
Art at the Park
Explore Disney-inspired art by contemporary artists at Disney Gallery next to The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Stroll through historic and rare theme park concept renderings, models and memorabilia. Some are for sale. The exhibit showcases Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park attractions based on Disney films.
Where Dreams Become Reality
In reference to Disneyland Park, Walt Disney said, “It all started from a daddy with two daughters wondering where he could take them where he could have a little fun with them, too.” The park was also an opportunity for Walt to tell stories in a whole new way, bringing Disney films to life in the real world. He wanted guests to experience the Enchanted Forest, Never Land, Toad Hall and Davy Crockett’s Wild Frontier.
Inspiring New Stories
It’s not known if Walt ever dreamt of Disneyland Park attractions becoming films themselves. His theme park rides inspired creative Disney animators and movie magic talent to make that happen years later. Country Bear Jamboree inspired The Country Bears in 2002. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride inspired The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which premiered in 2003. This opened a treasure trove of new cinematic storytelling possibilities on the screen and in the theme parks.
DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK
The gates leading into Disney California Adventure Park have a large ‘100 Years of Wonder’ medallion with stars above California. Festive décor begins at the turnstiles and continues along Buena Vista Street, where there is another 8-foot medallion set in a beautiful flowering garden.
Carthay Circle Theatre and restaurant are decorated for the occasion, offering a beautiful backdrop for friends and family photos. Enchanting Hollywood Land has embellishments inspired by the past 100 years of Disney films.
Indulge in festive new treats and novelties such as a Platinum Mickey Sipper and Platinum Mickey Balloon Popcorn Bucket.
In the evening, the World of Color – ONE celebrates Disney’s rich storytelling legacy by Walt Disney a century ago, bringing to spectacular life moments from favorite films including The Lion King, Moana, Ratatouille, Soul, Star Wars, The Avengers and more.
Downtown Disney also features an array of ‘Disney100 Celebration’ platinum-infused decor beginning when you park at Mickey and Friends and take the tram to Downtown Disney. Banners hang on lamp posts throughout the journey displaying the year a Disney movie, ride or attraction debuted.
Once you arrive in Downtown Disney look for the 8-foot platinum medallion announcing Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder. On the West End there is a 15-foot Mickey statue near the Downtown Disney LIVE! stage.
Many of the restaurants in Downtown Disney are offering celebratory Disney theme menu items. The World of Disney shop offers commemorative Mickey and Minnie ears, accessories and Disney100-themed apparel and spirit Jersey’s.
Special food and merchandise offerings include Marceline’s Confectionery for a 100th Minnie apple dipped in caramel with two marshmallow ears. They also offer a 100th Minnie Cake Pop with a dark chocolate platinum bow.
Naples Ristorante e Bar is serving and Enchanted Centuria Martini topped with an edible flower. While over at Catalina Restaurant and Uva Bar & Cafe they are making a special Lavender Honor Cocktail.
Tortilla Jo’s is making a festive TresLeches Cake with Snow-White chocolate confetti. Plus they are pouring two theme drinks: Burgundy Celebration Cocktail and The Last Petal Cocktail inspired by Beauty and the Beast. It has a smoke top and is garnished with an edible flower.
Pandora Jewelry’s Discover the Disney 100th Anniversary collection includes 9 limited-edition jewelry items throughout the year. These pieces are crafted in sterling silver with 14-carat gold accents and each charm has a lab-created diamond.
Southern California Resident Weekday Ticket Offer
SoCal Residents can purchase weekday tickets for just $73 per day. This special 3-day, 1-park per day ticket allows locals to visit Disney Parks 3 times now through May 25, 2023, subject to theme park reservation availability. It’s valid for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999. Each Guest, 18 years of age and older, using a Southern California Resident ticket must show proof of eligible residency for purchase and admission. Tickets are valid on weekdays only and subject to blockout dates of every Saturday and Sunday.
Guests may purchase up to 5 tickets, per eligible person per day with valid ID. Tickets are nonrefundable, may not be sold or transferred, and exclude activities and events separately priced. This offer cannot be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions.