Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Kickoff Event – Nighttime Shows

The new nighttime shows were really why I wanted to attend the 24-hour event. I’d seen sneak peak videos of them and I was intrigued. They looked great. I also wanted to see for myself if they lived up to my high expectations. I practically know Remember… Dreams Come True by heart (and I loved that Julie Andrews narrated) and tear up when watching the Main Street Electrical Parade. Sometimes change is good. Sometimes I really wish things would be left the way they were. Which would this be?

They were AMAZING!!!! The Paint the Night parade is nothing short of spectacular. I loved it!!! The floats are huge. The lights are bright. The Main Street Electrical Parade will always have a special place in my heart, but this was great. For the Disneyland Forever fireworks, with all the new projections, there was so much to see I didn’t know where to look! World of Color? There are more lights, more videos, more effects… just more! Photos and video can’t do them justice, but I know so many can’t get to Disneyland to see them so while it’s making this post really long, I’m going to share photos I took and at the bottom, I’ve a link to where my videos can be found. Hope you enjoy!

PAINT THE NIGHT

The first thing you see are the fiber fairies with beautiful, lighted wings and fiber optic wands that change color preparing you for what's to come.

The first thing you see are the fiber optic fairies with beautiful, lighted wings and fiber optic wands that change color preparing you for what’s to come.

 

What would fairies be if they weren't accompanied by Tinkerbell spreading some pixie dust?

What would fairies be if they weren’t accompanied by Tinkerbell spreading some pixie dust?

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Of course, where there’s Tinkerbell, there’s Peter Pan. You can see how huge this float is with Pan sitting on top.

Lightning McQueen was impressive...

Lightning McQueen was impressive…

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…but looked so small with Mac following behind. Look how tiny the people on the other side of the parade route are in comparison!

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We went “under the sea” with some beautiful corals. I think this photo really shows off how bright the lights were. Look at how much their costumes glow on the pavement below them and it wasn’t even wet!

No visit under the sea would be complete without Ariel and King Triton. I really love this float. The colors are amazing.

No visit under the sea would be complete without Ariel and King Triton. I really love this float. The colors are amazing.

There were many princesses in the parade. Ariel had her own float. Anna & Elsa had a float. Then, there was one with Belle in front followed by Rapunzel and Cinderella.

There were many princesses in the parade. Ariel had her own float. Anna & Elsa had a float. Then, there was one with Belle in front followed by Rapunzel and Cinderella.

There are lots of things not pictured, but I had to stop somewhere. The parade ends with this amazing float. The lights spin and change color. Of course, Mickey would be the finale!

There are lots of things not pictured, but I had to stop somewhere. The parade ends with this amazing float. The lights spin and change color. Of course, Mickey would be the finale!

DISNEYLAND FOREVER

I chose this hoto because it just gives a glimpse of all there is to see in this new show. In this view, there were projections on It's a Small World and fireworks in the sky. What you're missing? Projections on Main Street, Matterhorn, fireworks in other locations, and it was "snowing." One doesn't know where to look!

I chose this photo because it just gives a glimpse of all there is to see in this new show. In this view, there were projections on It’s a Small World and fireworks in the sky. What you’re missing? Projections on Main Street and Matterhorn Bobsleds, which can’t be seen from here plus fireworks in other locations, and it was “snowing,” which could be seen in this location. One doesn’t know where to look!

Speaking of projections on the Matterhorn, at one point, it is turned into Mount Wanna-Hock-a-Loogie with Nemo swimming through the sky.

Speaking of projections on the Matterhorn, at one point, it is turned into Mount Wanna-Hock-a-Loogie with Nemo (not pictured) swimming through the sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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I found this projection touching and while at first I was upset that there were so many heads in the way, seeing all the mouse ears made it seem fitting.

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The fireworks, as always, were spectacular. This was from the finale.

WORLD OF COLOR CELEBRATE

World of Color Celebrate is narrated by Neil Patrick Harris and basically tells the story of Walt Disney's creations.

World of Color Celebrate is narrated by Neil Patrick Harris and basically tells the story of Walt Disney and his dream to create Disneyland.

No Walt Disney story would be complete without Mickey Mouse and there is a segment covering him and his cartoons over the years.

No Walt Disney story would be complete without Mickey Mouse and there is a segment covering him and his cartoons over the years. It’s amazing to me how clear some of the pictures are projected on a spray of water.

Several iconic Disneyland attractions are represented including this segment from the Haunted Mansion.

Several iconic Disneyland attractions are represented including this segment from the Haunted Mansion.

Newer Disney acquisitions are represented as well including a short clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Newer Disney creations are represented as well including a short clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Other Disney Parks are represented as well. Notice Epcot's Spaceship Earth in this photo.

Other Disney Parks are represented as well. Notice Epcot’s Spaceship Earth in this photo.

The show ends with a very spectacular display and a reminder "that it was all started by a mouse."

The show ends with a very spectacular display and a reminder “that it was all started by a mouse.”

Want to see more? I hope so because the photos just can’t share it all – the movement, the music. I captured what I could, but even though these photos were taken straight from the videos I took, they are still simply photos. The full videos can be found in my Video Album on my Facebook page.

3 thoughts on “Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Kickoff Event – Nighttime Shows

  1. Jocelyn Sanchez

    So excited for a chance to see the Paint the Night parade since it’s the closest parade Disney has gotten to the Main Street Electrical Parade (which was my favorite to watch every time we went!) cannot wait for the next trip😄

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  2. Jocelyn Sanchez

    (Since email was written as hmail instead of gmail WHOOPS) also wanting to see the new World of Color since it’s one of my favorite shows!

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