What to Know About Experiencing the Disney100 Anniversary Celebration at Disneyland Resort

The Disney100 anniversary celebration will kick off at the Disneyland Resort on January 27, 2023. This will celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. During this celebration, there will be new entertainment, experiences, food, merchandise, and more!

Disneyland describes the celebration in the following way:

Disney100 will celebrate our incredible storytellers and creators, along with the fans and families who’ve brought us into their hearts, as they together spark the magic and wonder of Disney. This celebration honors the journey we’ve been on and the memories we’ve created together, and it will bring new experiences with our beloved characters along with heartwarming new stories.

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When the celebration begins, it will be a magical time for guests to visit the Disneyland Resort. There will also be some things that are important to know to get the most out of a visit during Disney100.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be taking guests on an animated adventure starting on January 27, 2023. Guests going to this attraction will enter through the El CapiTOON Theater at Disneyland. Upon entering, they will get to see a unique exhibit that has been created specifically for Disneyland. Eventually, guests will board a train with engineer Goofy at the controls and take off on an adventure that takes guests into the cartoon world of Mickey, Minnie, and friends.

Virtual Queue

A virtual queue will be utilized for guests wanting to experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway when the attraction opens. This is a complimentary offering and is available via the Disneyland app. There will be no standby line for the attraction when it opens. Each day at 7:00 AM and then 1:00 PM the virtual queue will be open for enrollment. There will also be the possibility to purchase an individual Lighting Lane arrival window for the attraction. More details can be found at Disneyland.com.

Wondrous Journeys

Throughout the Disney100 celebration, Wondrous Journeys will be presented each night at Disneyland. It will transform Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, the it’s a small world facade, and the Rivers of America into an artist’s canvas that includes lighting effects, projections and more. This will be a nighttime spectacular that takes guests on “an epic adventure through 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios storytelling.” There will also be fireworks lighting up the skies above this artistic tapestry on select nights.

World of Color – ONE

World of Color – ONE will be the new nighttime spectacular offered during the Disney100 celebration at Disney California Adventure. It will celebrate the storytelling legacy that was started by Walt Disney. It will illustrate how with a single action like a drop of water, a ripple can grow that can become a wave of change. This will be the first Disneyland Resort nighttime spectacular to include the characters, music, and also moments from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, the Avengers, and also Star Wars in the same production.

Virtual Queue

A virtual queue will be used for World of Color – ONE. The virtual queue distribution will open at 12:00 PM PT daily (subject to availability) and will be available for guests who have entered Disney California Adventure for the day or guests who have entered Disneyland and also have a Park Hopper ticket or Magic Key that allows for park hopping. While joining the virtual queue is not required, it is highly suggested as standby options are generally limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. More details can be found at Disneyland.com.

Platinum-Infused Décor and Limited-Time Offerings

Throughout the Disneyland Resort, there will be some platinum-infused décor to be found, along with some limited-time offerings. Disney shared concept art about what some of the decorations will look like at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and also Downtown Disney District. There will be platinum decorations and statues along with Disney100 medallions found throughout the resort. These will make great photo opportunities and Disney promises that MagicBand+ will interact with select Disney100 décor later this year.

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle will be decorated with platinum banners and bunting along with a cabochon and shining wishing star. In its moat there will be two new water fountains. On Main Street, USA, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and their pals will be wearing new platinum-inspired outfits that were designed to “reflect the optimism and creativity that are at the heart of everything Disney.”

There will also be some limited-time offerings found at the Disneyland Resort. This will include Disney100 merchandise and also food focused on the celebration.

The Disney Gallery Presents: Disney 100 Years of Wonder 

The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A. will be showcasing a new exhibit that is inspired by Walt Disney’s vision for Disneyland as a place where his films would come to life. There will be artwork that was created by Disney animators for early Disney films along with concept art created by original Disney Imagineers as they worked to recreate those stories in the park.

There will also be an animator’s desk on display, a model of a multi-plane camera, and more found in the exhibit. This will be a tribute to Disney films that eventually became Disneyland Resort attractions and park experiences that later inspired Disney films along with the rich traditions that they both share.

Magic Happens Parade

The Magic Happens parade will be returning to the parade route at Disneyland on February 24, 2023. The parade begins with Mickey Mouse and his pals and then continues to celebrate the different moments of magic that are found in stories from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. This includes some stunning costumes, incredible floats, and fantastic music.

Mickey’s Toontown

Mickey’s Toontown will be reopening on March 8, 2023 after closing last year. When it does reopen, it will be more beautiful and immersive than ever before. It will also be the home of the already-opened Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

There will be many ways to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company at Disneyland Resort starting on January 27, 2023. What are you most looking forward to? Stay tuned to Daps Magic for future coverage, videos, and more throughout the Disney100 celebration! Share your thoughts and opinions about Disney100 at Disneyland Resort in the comments below!

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