Disneyland kicks off yearlong ‘Disney100 ‘ celebration with new ride and 2 nighttime shows

by ZeuCer

Disneyland is gearing up for a yearlong party celebrating 100 yeas of Disney animation with a new nighttime spectacular, fireworks show and dark ride dedicated to the Mouse that started it all.

The Disney100 celebration officially kicks off on Friday, Jan. 27 at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The Anaheim theme parks hosted media and employee previews of the shows and ride during a two-day event on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway takes riders on a madcap journey through a cartoon short in the first ride-through attraction dedicated to Mickey Mouse.

A nearly identical version of Runaway Railway opened in March 2020 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida just a few days before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered Disney theme parks around the globe.

  • Mickey Mouse Dons his 100 anniversary costume at Disney California...

Mickey Mouse Dons his 100 anniversary costume at Disney California Adventure on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Runaway Railway will be the marquee attraction of the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown when the themed land reopens on March 8.

On Friday, Disneyland will open the new Mickey Mouse ride and a small portion of the refreshed land.

The returning Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin along with the new Chip n’ Dale’s Gadget Coaster, Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard, Donald’s Duck Pond and Walt’s Dreaming Tree will open in March as part of Toontown transformation geared toward young children and their families.

A pair of new nighttime spectaculars officially open to the general public on Friday alongside the new Mickey and Minnie attraction.

The new “World of Color — One” water show at Disney California Adventure tells the story of a single drop of water that grows into a wave of change.

The preview presentation of the thoughtful, contemplative and mellow “One” on Wednesday night was marred by high winds that shredded the mist screens used during the show for video projections.

The new “Wonderous Journeys” fireworks and projection show highlights all of Disney”s 61 animated films plus the new “Wish” coming in November.

On Thursday night, Disneyland previewed the new nighttime spectacular that typically will be presented without fireworks on weeknights and with pyrotechnics on weekends.

The new 100 Years of Wonder historic exhibit debuting Friday in the Disney Gallery in the lobby of the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln looks at how a Disney movie becomes an attraction — and how the process occasionally moves in the opposite direction.

Disney will mark the yearlong celebration with platinum and purple Disney100 décor draped on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street USA along with 100th anniversary merchandise, food and drinks at Disneyland and DCA.

The party continues on Feb. 24 with the return of Magic Happens — the daytime and nighttime parade that ran for only a few weeks at Disneyland in 2020 before the pandemic closure of the park.

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