Disneyland will kick off its big 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration this weekend with a huge 24-hour party on Friday packed with all-new entertainment, enhancements at classic attractions, special food, and hundreds of commemorative merchandise items. The party kicks off at 6 a.m. Friday, running for a dazzling 24 hours — and there’s a lot going on! Today we help you prepare for your visit with a complete guide to Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration 24 Hour Party — from early arrival info and entertainment schedules, to special dining menus and previews of attraction enhancements — it’s all here!

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We’ve got a special Guide to the Diamond Celebration for you today. We’ll have a big merchandise update tomorrow and we’ll return to our regular update schedule on Monday! Let’s get started!

Your Guide to Disneyland’s
24 Hour Diamond Celebration Party!

    Disneyland Resort Hours
    Disneyland: 24 hours, 6 a.m. (5/22) — 6 a.m. (5/23)
    Disney California Adventure: 24 hours, 6 a.m. (5/22) — 6 a.m. (5/23)
    Downtown Disney District: Special hours at the following locations
    Starbucks: 4 a.m. (5/22) — 5 a.m. (5/23)
    La Brea Bakery Express: 4 a.m. (5/22) — 2 a.m. (5/23)
    Haagen Dazs, Wetzel’s Pretzels, Earl of Sandwich, Jamba Juice: 6 a.m. (5/22) — 2 a.m. (5/23)

    Theme Park Admission
    Regular park admission used on May 22 is valid for the entire 24-hour event — (6 a.m. on May 22 through 6 a.m. on May 23). SoCal and SoCal Select Annual Passports are not valid for admission. All other levels of Annual Passport are valid. For more information on ticket prices, see our post on Disneyland’s recent ticket price increases.

    The Pumbaa parking lot will open for early arrivals at 10:00 p.m. the evening of May 21. Mickey and Friends Parking Structure will open at 4:00 a.m. and Toy Story Lot will open at 5:00 a.m. on May 22.

    Unlike the last 24-hour event, Disney is not allowing costumes to be worn by adults. Disney Bounding, however, is permitted.

    Early Arrival:
    Lining Up: Guests can line up starting at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.

    Camping Out: Guests lining up can bring folding chairs, sleeping bags, tents, and personal items with them but these items must be returned to their cars or hotel rooms before 2 a.m. Guests will be allowed to leave and return to the line to go to the restroom or retrieve items from their cars, hotels, or lockers.

    Security: No smoking, fighting, or loud music is allowed.

    Moving In: At 2 a.m., all guests in line will be moved through Security checkpoints to the Disneyland Resort Esplanade. Guests in line will receive a commemorative keepsake, while supplies last.

    Celebration Kick-Off: Guests starting their day at Disneyland will be escorted onto Main Street, U.S.A. at 4 a.m. to prepare for an opening celebration moment that will take place at 6 a.m. Guests going to Disney California Adventure will be escorted onto Buena Vista Street at 5:30 a.m., with an opening celebration moment at 6 a.m.

    MouseAddict Tomorrowplan Crowd Forecast & Tips:

    Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

    May 21 – 27


    • With the launch of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary celebration, we expect this weekend’s 24-hour party to pack the resort. It would be a good time to try out Mouseaddict’s new Wait Watcher feature to watch the wait times for you.
    • Almost all Good Neighbor hotels are sold out this weekend, however, there is limited availability at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa for both Friday & Saturday.
    • Interested in joining in on the fun during the Diamond Celebration but want to plan the right days? Now Mouseaddict’s Tomorrowplan feature shows projections for a continuous two months!

    The free Mouseaddict app for iPhone and iPad features more than five dozen categories of searchable resort information, weather forecasts, park and show schedules, the latest news and articles from MiceChat, and more. Download free on the App Store or at mouseaddict.com.

24 Hour Party Live Streams
    Disneyland is offering live streams throughout the 24 hour party at select locations in both theme parks. Video streams will be available at the Disney Parks Blog and embedded below when they go live!

Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes
    For its 60th Anniversary, Disneyland is giving away birthday gifts to celebrate. Starting on May 22, Disneyland will be giving away special gifts every day to guests that text-to-win. Gifts include Cinderella glass slippers, a night in the Disneyland Dream Suite, a private excursion and dinner in Disneyland, and of course, diamonds. In order to win, you must be present on Disneyland Resort premises, but not necessarily inside a theme park as theme park admission is not required to win. For more information, click here.

Electrifying New Entertainment
    With dazzling new parades, breathtaking new nighttime spectaculars, updates to favorite musical groups, and more, Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration will dazzle you with plenty of debuts of great new entertainment throughout the 24 hour party. And if all of the spectacular new entertainment wasn’t enough, there’s a ton of special 24 hour party-exclusive entertainment that will keep you entertained all day and all night!
    Disney Paint the Night Parade
    Disneyland | 8:50 p.m., 1:00 a.m.

    This fresh take on the classic Main Street Electrical Parade lights up Disneyland’s parade route with over 1.5 million individually controlled lights, nearly all of which are LED. In the parade, Mickey Mouse uses his imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust to “Paint the Night.” This new parade features special appearances by Mickey’s pals and beloved characters from tales such as “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.”

Watch the live premiere of Paint the Night online
at the Disney Parks Blog on May 21 starting at 8:30 p.m!

    Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular
    Disneyland | 9:30 p.m.

    The skies above Disneyland come alive like never before with an all-new fireworks spectacular that envelops guests with sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and dazzling special effects. “Disneyland Forever” transports guests into the worlds of beloved Disney and Pixar films, including a dance with King Louie from the “The Jungle Book” and a flight over London with characters from “Peter Pan.” Two original songs also energize the show: the theme “Live the Magic,” and the inspiring new closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman.”

    Although “Disneyland Forever” can be viewed throughout Disneyland, the best viewing areas are along Main Street, U.S.A.; along the Rivers of America; and in Small World Promenade.

    Watch the live premiere of Disneyland Forever online
    at the Disney Parks Blog on May 21 starting at 8:30 p.m!

    World of Color — Celebrate!
    The Wonderful World of Walt Disney

    Disney California Adventure | 9:00 p.m., 10:15 p.m., 3:00 a.m.

    Join your hosts Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse in an all-new version of the popular “World of Color” nighttime spectacular featuring animation, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects, a musical score and more! “World of Color – Celebrate!” takes you on a fun-filled and inspirational journey exploring Walt Disney’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and his dream of Disneyland!

Diamond Mad T Party
Disney California Adventure | 8:30 p.m. — 5:00 a.m.

    The after-dark “Mad T Party” returns featuring sparkling new decor, interactive fun, dancing and delectable food and drink. Enjoy live music from the Mad T Party Band, hit tunes with the White Rabbit DJ, play interactive games, catch a performance by the Hottest Deck in Town dance crew, or snap some photos at a new location that combines the spirit of the Mad T Party with a tribute to Disney’s past.

The Dapper Dans of Disneyland
Disneyland | Performances 1:05 p.m. — 5:00 a.m.

    The Dapper Dans are expanding their repertoire of barbershop favorites with a festive new tune – actually a little-known, classic song by Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman, made new for the park’s 60th anniversary. Guests are encouraged to join in a new sing-along with the Dapper Dans.

Diamond March-Along up Main Street, U.S.A.
Disneyland | Disneyland Band Performances 10:30 a.m. — 4:45 p.m.

    You’re invited to join the Disneyland Band and Disney characters in their sparkling Diamond Celebration costumes. The cavalcade in Town Square with a special Diamond Sing-Along.

Red Car Trolley News Boys
Disney California Adventure | Performances 10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

    The Red Car Trolley News Boys and Mickey Mouse arrive on Buena Vista Street singing a new tune — an original song that invites us to step inside Mickey’s vivid imagination and pay tribute to Walt Disney!

Five & Dime
Disney California Adventure | Performances 9:05 a.m. — 8:15 p.m.

    Five and Dime is bringing along three new songs for the 60th Anniversary that’ll keep your toes tapping and put a smile on every face!
    Plus even more 24-Hour Party fun!
    Royal Swing Ball
    Disneyland | Fantasyland
    7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m., 1:30 a.m.
    Swing dancing late into the night at the Royal Theater in Fantasy Faire.

    Mary Poppins Sing-Along at the Opera House
    Disneyland | Main Street, U.S.A.
    6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 12:45 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
    Enjoy a sing-along screening of Walt Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” in the Main Street Opera House.

    Marvelous Movie Screenings
    Disneyland | Tomorrowland
    Guardians of the Galaxy: 10 p.m. or 3 a.m.
    The Avengers: 12:15 a.m.

    Enjoy a late-night screening of MARVEL’s Guardians of the Galaxy or The Avengers in the Tomorrowland Theater!

    Dance into the Future at Tomorrowland Terrace
    Disneyland | Tomorrowland
    Live Band performances starting at 7 p.m.
    Live DJ 12:30 a.m. — 5:00 a.m.

    Start the evening with a live band playing retro hits and then dance into the future with DJ spinning dance favorites into the wee hours of the morning.

    Toon Town Pajama Party
    Disneyland | Tomorrowland
    Starting at 12:00 a.m.
    Join Mickey and friends for a pajama party all night long in Mickey’s Toon Town.

    Paradise Garden Bandstand
    Disney California Adventure | Paradise Pier
    Performances 11:55 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
    Live music performances throughout the day and late into the night.

    For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    Disney California Adventure | Hollywood Land
    Performances 9:00 a.m.—4:30 a.m.
    Enjoy a late-night performance of the popular sing-along show.

    Pacific Wharf Dance Party
    Disney California Adventure | Pacific Wharf
    Live DJ 10:45 p.m. – 5 a.m.
    Dance the night away at this Latin dance party on Pacific Wharf.

Dazzling Attraction Enhancements
    In addition to spectacular new entertainment, Disney Imagineers have worked their magic on enhancing classic attractions and re-imagining areas of the park. Several newly-enhanced offerings are open now, including the re-themed Grizzly Peak Airfield in Disney California Adventure and the return of the Hat Box Ghost in Disneyland. Opening as part of Friday’s 24 hour event, the Abominable Snowman will unleash his fury at the Matterhorn like never before! And coming later this year, new magic at Peter Pan’s Flight and at Luigi’s in Cars Land.

Hat Box Ghost Rematerializes
Disneyland | New Orleans Square | Now Open

    The Hatbox Ghost appeared in the Haunted Mansion for a short time around the opening of the attraction in 1969. Although he was only in the mansion for a brief time, he became a legendary figure in Disneyland history and now — he’s back!

What’s Gotten Into the Matterhorn?
Disneyland | Fantasyland | Open May 22

    The Matterhorn’s Abominable Snowman is now more exciting and ferocious than ever, appearing as you’ve never seen him before! A new scene will reveal some lost treasure the Snowman has been hoarding inside the mountain.

New Magic Soars at Peter Pan’s Flight
Disneyland | Fantasyland | July 2015

    New special effects will make this classic sparkle with new life. In a reimagined nursery scene, the Darling children have discovered the magic of flight as Tinker Bell sprinkles them with Pixie Dust. Marvel at moonlit London Town and Never Land will glow in beautiful new ways.

New Stories on Main Street, U.S.A.
Disneyland | Main Street, U.S.A. | First phase opens May 22

Since the early 1960s, scenes from Disney animated classics have been featured in the windows of the Emporium at Disneyland. This year, these classic windows will be updated for the Disneyland Diamond Celebration with new, exciting technology and effects showcasing scenes from film favorites including “Peter Pan,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Frozen” and more! The six new windows will open in three phases, with two in May, two in July and the final two in August.

Grizzly Peak Airfield Takes Flight
Disney California Adventure | Grizzly Peak | Now Open

    Lush pine trees, landscaping and new theming transports you to California’s High Sierras in the newly-expanded Grizzly Peak. Soarin’ Over California is also back with updates to its screen and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience

Luigi Dances Back Into Cars Land
Disney California Adventure | Cars Land | Winter 2015

    Now under construction, Luigi’s Festival of the Dance will replace Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land, taking guests on a free-moving dance with Luigi and his extended family!

Delicious Disney Dining
    A large variety of specialty dishes, entrees, desserts and special treats are being offered at restaurants and snack locations throughout both theme parks. Below is a complete guide to what you’ll find during the event.
    Table-Service Dining

    • [b]Carnation Cafe[/b], Main Street, U.S.A.
      Country-fried Chicken Sandwich with honey-mustard coleslaw on brioche bun. Reservations recommended.
    • [b]Blue Bayou[/b], New Orleans Square
      Creole-brined Bone-in Pork Chop served with roasted garlic Boursin-mashed potatoes, sautéed baby spinach, champagne pear coulis and tomato relish. Reservations recommended.
    • [b]Café Orleans[/b], New Orleans Square
      Bananas Foster French Toast – thick-cut brioche bread battered and grilled then topped with fresh caramelized bananas and rich caramel sauce, served with bacon. Reservations recommended.

    Quick-Service Dining

    • [B]Plaza Inn[/B], Main Street, U.S.A.
      Fried chicken and Mickey Mouse waffles.
    • [B]Tomorrowland Terrace[/B], Tomorrowland
      Breakfast Burrito (available 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.)
    • Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Tomorrowland
      Supernova Pizza Special with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, salami, chorizo, chicken sausage, bacon, pepperoncini and seasoned parmesan.
    • [B]Rancho del Zocalo[/B], Frontierland
      Street Taco Trio – three street-style tacos with beef, chicken or carnitas on soft corn tortillas garnished with cilantro and onion, topped with salsa verde served with rice and beans
    • [B]French Market Restaurant:[/B], New Orleans Square
      • Creamy Corn Chowder – garnished with roasted corn and black eyed peas, maque choux in a sourdough bread boule
      • Slow-Roasted Louisiana Beef Stew – simmered with seasoned carrots, peas, red potatoes and mushrooms in a sourdough bread boule
      • Market French Dip – thinly-sliced slow-roasted beef with crispy onion straws on a potato roll with a side of handmade Cajun chips and au jus
      • N’Awlins Salad – lettuce medley, julienned yams, Granny Smith apples, caramelized pecans, lentils, tart cherries and a sweet citrus vinaigrette
      • Royal Street Chicken Caesar Salad – crispy romaine lettuce, citrus chicken, parmesan cheese, croutons with a traditional Caesar dressing
      • Shrimp Po’Boy – popcorn shrimp, mayonnaise, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce seasoned with vinegar and oil, served on a toasted potato roll with house-made potato chips and fruit
    • [B]Hungry Bear Restaurant[/B], Critter Country
      Pulled Pork Hot Dog with citrus slaw, fried jalapenos and fresh cilantro.

    Desserts, Treats, Drinks & Snacks

    • [B]Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor[/B], Main Street, U.S.A.
      • Diamond Anniversary Ice Cream Sandwich: choice of ice cream between two sugar cookies.
      • Ice cream sundae served in a souvenir kitchen sink
    • [B]Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe[/B], Main Street, U.S.A.
      • Disneyland Diamond Celebration Cupcake* (lemon flavor)
      • Frozen Pomegranate Silver Sparkler*
    • [B]Troubadour Tavern[/B], Fantasyland
      Enchanted Cherry Apple Frozen Lemonade*
    • [B]Stage Door Café[/B], Frontierland
      Mocha Chip Funnel Cake.
    • [B]Hungry Bear Restaurant[/B], Critter Country
      Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade*

    Disney California Adventure
    Table-Service Dining

    • Wine Country Trattoria, Golden Vine Winery
      • Surf & Turf – roasted lobster tail and grilled sirloin, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and demi-glace.
      • Special two-course, prix fixe breakfast menu from 12-1:45 a.m. with reserved seating for a special 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.” Reservations recommended.
    • Ariel’s Grotto, Paradise Pier
      Special two-course, prix fixe breakfast menu from 12-1:45 a.m. with reserved seating for a special 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.” Reservations recommended.

    Quick-Service Dining

    • Award Wieners, Hollywood Land
      “The Insomniac” – bacon, egg and sausage dog with pepper jack cheese, topped with a maple crunch
    • Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, Paradise Pier
      Mac and cheese pizza – crispy pizza topped with sun-dried tomato sauce, crispy bacon, mozzarella and creamy mac and cheese, topped with bacon pesto
    • Cozy Cone Motel, Cars Land
      Barbecued pulled pork and slaw cone.
    • Lucky Fortune Cookery, Pacific Wharf
      Steamed chicken and vegetable dumpling bowl served with rice, vegetables and rice wine vinegar dipping sauce.

    Desserts, Treats, Drinks & Snacks

    • Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream, Buena Vista Street
      S’mores Bar – vanilla or chocolate ice cream bar dipped in milk or dark chocolate with fluff drizzle and graham cracker crumbs.
    • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, Buena Vista Street
      Disneyland Diamond Celebration Cupcake* (orange flavor)
    • Lucky Fortune Cookery, Pacific Wharf
      Lucky Fortune Tea* featuring mango and red passion fruit
    • White Water Snacks , Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
      Wild Raspberry Rapids Frozen Lemonade*
    * These items will be available at their locations for the duration of the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration.
Celebration Shopping & Merchandise
    A ton of new 60th Anniversary merchandise will hit store shelves across the Resort this weekend, including event-specific t-shirts for the 24-hour kick-off party. There’s pretty much something for everybody, so get your wallets ready! Click here for our big Guide to Diamond Celebration Merchandise.

    • Commemorative 24 Hour Event Merchandise
      Special commemorative t-shirts and pins for the 24 hour event will be available at select locations on May 22. For more information, click here.
    • Disneyland 60th Anniversary Merchandise Event
      Disneyland’s big 60th anniversary merchandise release event will be held May 20-21 at the Disneyland Hotel. The event is sold out but remaining merchandise from the event will be sold to the public after the event. For more information on the merchandise release event and to see the full catalogue, click here.
    • Disneyland 60th Anniversary Merchandise Collection
      Disneyland’s special lines of 60th Anniversary merchandise will be available at Disney Showcase and the Emporium at Disneyland, at Elias and Co. in Disney California Adventure, and in World of Disney in Downtown Disney starting May 22. For more information on the merchandise, click here.
    • Disneyland Diamond Celebration Pins
      Over 100 new pins celebrating the 60th will be released during the Disneyland Diamond Celebration, with some released in stores this weekend. For more information and images, click here.
    • Specialty Souvenir Food Items
      Special souvenir popcorn buckets, mugs, and steins will be available at select food locations starting May 22.
    • Jewelry and Bags
      • Special 60th Anniversary Pandora charms will be available at New Century Jewelry and La Mascarade d’Orleans in Disneyland, Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure, and World of Disney in Downtown Disney starting May 20
      • 60th Anniversary Alex and Ani bracelets will be available at New Century Jewelry in Disneyland, Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure and at World of Disney and Disney Vault 28 in Downtown Disney starting May 20.
      • HARVEYS attraction poster tote bags and Dooney & Bourke bags will be available at Disney Vault 28 in Downtown Disney
    • Commemorative Pressed Coins
      Over 40 new commemorative pressed coins will be available at select pressed coin machines throughout the Diamond Celebration.

Continue the fun
with Disney Legend Tony Baxter!
    If all of Disneyland’s big 60th Anniversary offerings don’t quench your Disney thirst, then set your alarm and wake up the day after the 24 hour party for a special opportunity to meet Disney Imagineers including Disney Legend Tony Baxter! Minutes away from Disneyland, Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim is hosting a special event to celebrate the hardcover release of Disney’s Figment comic series and launch of the new Big Thunder Mountain Railroad comic series.

    Figment & More!
    with Tony Baxter, Brian Crosby, Jim Clark,
    Josh Shipley, Tom Morris and Andy Digenova

    Saturday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m.

    Beach Ball Comics
    3024 W Ball Rd Suite G
    Anaheim, CA 92804

Click here for more information!

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Alright, that wraps up our special guide to Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration 24 Hour kick-off party! There’s a whole lot to do this weekend at Disneyland — will you be visiting during the 24 hour party? Let us know in the comments below!

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