Disney100: Complete Celebration Guide

The Happiest Place on Earth is heating things up with a sizzling Disneyland 100th anniversary celebration. From vivid multi-colored nighttime spectaculars to extra alluring collectible platinum-themed apparel and souvenirs, the Walt Disney Company is splashing out.

Follow along to discover everything you need to know about Disney 100th anniversary at the Disneyland resort.

Catch up with Mickey and Minnie as you commemorate 100 years of Disney with decorations, unique food offerings, and new attractions. Inject some whimsy and enchantment into your next Disney vacation! Hum along to the heartwarming melodies of Wondrous Journeys. Or pose in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle shimmering in pixie dust.

From parades to Platinum Mickey Balloon Popcorn Buckets, Disney fans of all ages will be ecstatic over this commemoration of 100 years of Disney. There’s never been a better time to experience the excitement and thrill of Disney Parks.

Ready to kick off Disney 100 years of wonder? Read on…

What is Disney 100?

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Before you pack up those Mouse ears, let us give you the lowdown on the Disney 100 celebration. This epic affair will commence on January 27, 2023, and is being held in honor of a century’s worth of laughter, entertainment, and love from the Walt Disney World Company.

Expect to see sprinkles of platinum all over the parks as we break into the Walt Disney archives and explore the eternal appeal of Disney. Reunite with old characters, hop aboard a runaway train, or gaze in wonder at the evening firework explosions.

This Disneyland 100th celebration will begin at the Disneyland Resort in California but eventually spread to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, as well as all other international parks.

yellow float in a parade at DisneylandWalt Disney Tickets

Magic might wait for no mouse, but you’ll need to secure some Disneyland tickets before you can participate in all of the revelries of Disney 100.

Whether you have your sights set on screaming your head off on the Incredicoaster or are planning on battling the First Order on the Rise of the Resistance, you’ll want to spend at least one day in Disneyland Park.

Choose from various ticket options, and make sure to budget plenty of time to celebrate a century of fun with Goofy, Moana, the Avengers, and more.

Disneyland Hotels

Palm trees, Pina Coladas, and a premier hotel room. No Disneyland vacation is complete without some A-list-worthy accommodations. After saving the Avenger’s Campus and singing along to ‘It’s a Small World,’ you’ll want a welcome respite.

Ensure you relax in style, post-Disneyland adventures, when you book any of our Disneyland hotels. From budget-friendly Anaheim Inns to luxurious lodgings featuring whirlpool spas, we offer options for every type of traveler. As always, reserve with confidence, knowing you are guaranteed our lowest rates online.

The blue Mikey magician hat with a Disneyland logo on it and the Disneyland Hotel in the background in Los Angeles, California, USA
photo credit: Disneyland Hotel via Facebook

Disney 100 Years of Wonder

A century of smiles, and we still can’t get enough of Disney. Any true Mouseketeer will be grinning ear to ear as they step inside Disneyland Park and prepare to salute 100 years of storytelling and childlike wonder.

No matter if you have your eye on scoring a commemorative jersey jacket or have been waiting with bated breath to sing along to ‘Start a Wave,’ Disney 100 year whirlwind promises to deliver a plethora of platinum surprises:

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Everyone’s favorite drowsy royal headquarters will be receiving a shiny new makeover just in time for this incredible celebration. The oldest of all the Disney castles, Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle will be showing off a century of magic with some elegant new adornments.

Standing 77 feet tall, this towering edifice serves as the gateway into Fantasyland. During the Disney 100 festivities, Beauty’s castle will be decked out with platinum banners, bunting, and a magnificent cabochon featuring the three Good Fairies.

Gaze in awe as these spritely figures illuminate this eternal Disney monument with clouds of shimmering pixie dust. In addition, two sparkling water fountains will grace either side of the moat, while a singular wishing star will watch over from the tower above.

Grab that selfie stick, as you won’t want to miss snapping photo after photo of yourself in front of Aurora’s iridescent home.

wide shot of Sleeping Beauty's castle with Disney 100 decor at DisneylandWorld of Color

Swing on over to Disney California Adventure Park and become part of ONE. Never doubt the power of a single action when you witness this extravaganza of dancing water, color, and special effects. Delight in appearances from your most beloved Disney and Pixar characters as World of Color – ONE takes flight.

This brand-new show is a stirring love letter to the legacy of storytelling perpetuated by the Walt Disney Company. Stake out your spot ahead of time, as you’ll want an up-close look at this evening’s opus.

Witness Simba, Moana, Ratatouille, the Avengers, and more exemplify how the smallest ripples of kindness can create waves of positive change. Clap along to the fresh new original song, ‘Start a Wave,” and reflect on how you can dare to make a difference in your own world.

Wondrous Journeys

From Snow White to the Lion King to Soul, Walt Disney has spent a hundred years entertaining and inspiring us with their creativity and artistry. Embark on your own momentous sojourn when you catch a riveting performance of Wondrous Journeys in Disneyland Park.

This thrilling all-age performance will span a century of Walt Disney animation. Keep your eyes trained on the majestic Sleeping Beauty’s castle as you watch this testament to fairy tales and fantasy come alive with glowing animations and sparkling fireworks.

Feel yourself whisked away to a world of imagination as you clap along to the sweet symphony of Disney’s incredible new song, “It’s Wondrous.”

Fireworks at night over Sleeping Beauty's castle for Disney 100Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Reunite with Mickey and Minnie mouse in a wacky wonderful cartoon universe located right in Disneyland Park. While Mickey’s Toontown will not reopen for guests until March 8, 2023, mouse-loving visitors can pull on those conductor hats and ride the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.

Prime yourself for zany exhilaration as you careen on and off the tracks of this animated world. Don’t forget to pop into the El CapiTOON theater to take in the latest Mickey and Minnie cartoon short, ‘Perfect Picnic.’

Artist renditrion of toon town at disneyland. Colorful boat with splash pad and families playing around itMagic Happens Parade

What would a Disney party be without a parade? Prepare to cheer with glee as you watch Miguel, Moana, and Elsa illustrate the ethereal magic of 100 years of Disney. Beginning on February 24, 2023, gather around to witness the unforgettable drama of Mickey’s latest parade.

Scout out a spot early, as you’ll want to capture every moment of fabulous floats, eye-catching costumes, and catchy musical performances. Remember to wish upon a star as you wave hello to Elsa, Olaf, and Goofy as they march along.

Disney 100 Commemorative Food, Drink, and Merchandise

Refuel after your languid Jungle Cruise or Haunted Mansion scares with some extra special libations and snacks. Thanks to a century of fairy godmothers, magic potions, and more, Disneyphiles will be able to snack on plenty of new treats and novelties such as a Platinum Mickey Sipper or the Platinum Mickey Balloon Popcorn Bucket.*

Caught a slight chill? Bundle up and remember your Disney 100 for years to come when you purchase a commemorative platinum-themed jersey, sweatshirt, or jacket.

*More specialty food items to be announced as the festivities continue rolling out.

Disney characters illumination through the World of color illusions on a black screem.Walt Disney World Celebrations

Worried you won’t be able to make it to the West Coast in time for the Disneyland 100 commencement? Don’t fret, as this momentous fete will be reaching the East Coast too. Loyal Disney World lovers can expect to take part in Walt Disney World 100 Celebrations after the conclusion of the 50th-anniversary celebration on March 31, 2023.

Light sabers, Blue milk, and top-secret rescue missions with everyone’s favorite Guardians of the Galaxy. There truly is never any shortage of high-octane fun to be had at Disneyland.

Are you a Disney purist? Do you worship Mickey Mouse? Or can you not get enough of Tom Holland and the Spider Bots? We can all agree that 100 years of wonder is worth celebrating.

Beyond stomach-churning roller coaster turns and childhood memories of sugar-dusted churros, Disney reminds us that it’s ok to believe.

Believe in magic, believe in the dream, believe in Disney. So this January, come along for the ride and toast to the dazzling dream of the Disney 100th anniversary!

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

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