Looking for some fun and adventure just a short drive away from Gilbert and the Valley of the
Sun? Look no further than Southern California, Anaheim to be exact, where Mickey Mouse and
his friends are celebrating a major milestone.
This year, Walt Disney Company is celebrating its 100th Anniversary with several big
celebrations, announcements, new food, and of course a new ride. The Disneyland theme park
kicked off celebrations in January but that was just the beginning of fun. The first celebrations
began with a brand-new fireworks show at Disneyland called Wonderous Journeys. The Walt
Disney Animation Studios teamed up with Disney Live Entertainment to feature iconic films and
characters from the start of Disney animation to today. Guests will get to check out the
spectacular display throughout different parts of the park, including several buildings that
became a canvas for lighting effects, projections, and bright firework displays.
In March, Mickey’s Toontown fully reopened to guests and one of the most exciting parts of that
area of Disneyland park is the new ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The ride
transports guests into Mickey Mouse’s cartoon shorts & film world, with fabulous animation,
projection-mapping techniques that are all synched with trackless vehicles and music. Guests
should know ahead of time that if they would like to ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway,
they will be required to join the virtual queue, which you can find in the Disneyland App.
For guests who enjoy the daily entertainment and parades down Main Street, there is a new
show for you to check out. The park is now celebrating the return of the “Magic Happens,”
parade, which is a daytime show led by Mickey Mouse and his friends. Created by Walt Disney
Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, the parade brings together floats, amazing
costumes, and an energetic musical score, all for guests to enjoy.
Next door at Disney’s California Adventure, there is a new nighttime spectacular light show. This
new show, World of Color One, tells a of how a single action – like a drop of water – creates a
ripple that can grow into a wave of change. The water inside of Paradise Bay is transformed
with fountains, lighting, lasers, and fog and is shows in conjunction with some of Disney’s best
It isn’t just shows, entertainment, and ride fun that you’ll find at the Disneyland Resort this year.
You can also take part in all the adventure and fun by eating your way through the parks,
enjoying some specialty 100th Anniversary treats and eats. Like dessert, then be sure to try out
the Platinum Trifle, Lemon Tea Cake, Celebration Cake, Minnie Mouse Chocolate Covered
Apple or Minnie Mouse Cake Pop, Mr. Banks Shortbread Tart, Violet Pretzel filled with cream
cheese & drizzled with salted vanilla cream and lavender sugar or the Sparkling Grape drink
with a candy stripe. If you are looking for something a little less sweet, be sure to check out the
Potato & Cheddar Cheeseburger with green chile and bacon, or the the French Onion Dip Pizza
with Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and sliced roast beef.
Since this is typically more than a day trip, more like a 2-3 day trip out of the valley, you’ll
certainly be looking for a place to stay and rest in between park visits. There are plenty of Good
Neighbor hotels in the neighborhoods surrounding Disneyland and Disney’s California
Adventure park. There are also three hotels located directly on Disney property – Paradise Pier,
which is undergoing a reimaging and refurbishment, the Disneyland Hotel, and the Grand
Californian hotel. Rates will vary for the good neighbor hotels and the on-property hotels, so be
sure to check out disneyland.disney.go.com for all the latest information on your upcoming visit.
Park tickets must be purchased in advance and you must make a reservation for your theme
park visit ahead of time as well, all details which can be found on the Disneyland website.
No matter when you go, be sure to pack a dose of patience and tons of energy as it is quite the
adventure heading into the parks as the busier seasons are anticipated to pick up with Spring
Break and busy summer travel months ahead. However, no matter when you decide to visit,
enjoy, relax and celebrate the adventure.
Since this is typically more than a day trip, more like a 2-3 day trip out of the valley, you’ll certainly be looking for a place to stay and rest in between park visits.