Disney100 – All About Disney's 100th Birthday Celebration!
Prepare to be transported to a world of magic and wonder, as we celebrate the most magical company on earth! That's right, The Walt Disney Company is turning 100 years old this year and we're ready to party like it's 1923!
For a century, Disney has captured our hearts with its unforgettable characters, enchanting stories, and iconic theme parks. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Frozen, Mickey Mouse to Baby Yoda, and Disneyland to Walt Disney World, Disney has captured our hearts and become a beloved part of our lives, entertaining and inspiring us through the decades.
With a year-long extravaganza of special events, new releases and surprises that are sure to make your inner child jump for joy. Alongside limited-edition merchandise to new theme park attractions, Disney really is pulling out all the stops to make this milestone anniversary one to remember.
So grab your mouse ears, sprinkle some pixie dust, and get ready to celebrate 100 years of Disney magic!
For 100 years, The Walt Disney Company's passion has been storytelling. From one generation to the next, the greatest stories live forever and the proof is in the magic. Disney magic, of course!
When it comes to celebrations, Disney does not hold back! The 100 years of wonder celebrations are set to take place worldwide BUT when it comes to the parks, Disneyland Resort in California is right at the centre of the momentous occasion.
Earlier this year on January 27th to be exact, the celebrations kicked off at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California with the grand opening of the new Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction in Disneyland Park!
The celebrations in Disneyland Resort also include the return of the Magic Happens Parade, a brand-new night-time spectacular called Wondrous Journeys AND the debut of World of Color - ONE which celebrates the rich storytelling legacy begun by Walt Disney a century ago, bringing to life moments from favourite films including The Lion King, Moana, Ratatouille, Soul, Star, The Avengers and more.
Oh and we can't forget the return of the perfectly playful and animated worlds of Mickey's Toontown that opened just last week!
At Walt Disney World, Epcot is being treated to a brand new fireworks show replacing Harmonious AND at Magic Kingdom, the fan-favourite "Happily Ever After" night-time show returns on April 3rd including all-new projections along Main Street, U.S.A. We're not crying, you are.
As we speak Walt Disney World is still celebrating its 50th anniversary celebration BUT as of next week the celebrations will be coming to a close on March 31st. So fingers crossed we see some Disney100 decorations and celebrations entering the parks very very soon. (We're already starting to see the Disney100 merchandise slowly creeping into the shops!).
Across the pond in Hong Kong Disneyland, a new statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is set to be unveiled.
New features and surprises will continue to pop up across all the Disney parks all year long, leading up to the company's 100th anniversary on October 16th.
Disney100 - The Travelling Exhibition
Now just when you think the celebrations are just in the parks, don't worry! If you can't get yourself to the Disney parks, the celebrations extend beyond the parks!
Get ready to experience the magic of Disney up close and personal! The Disney100 travelling exhibition is a one-of-a-kind showcase of Disney's rich history and legacy! The exhibition is bringing the world of Disney to cities across the globe, giving fans a chance to see rare artefacts, props, and costumes from some of Disney's most beloved movies and attractions. There are around 250 items on display with classic Disney as the focus. There's even talk of a hologram of Walt Disney himself! The Disney100 travelling exhibition is a must-see for any Disney fan and you get to experience the wonder of Disney like never before? Count us in!
The Disney100: The Exhibition starts its journey across the US, then will be heading to Europe including stops in Munich and London.
Disney100 - The Concert
Get read to sing at the top of your lungs with the Disney100 concert, a celebration of the most iconic Disney songs and soundtracks of all time! From Hakuna Matata to Let It Go, the Disney100 concert is a high-energy musical extravaganza that will have you dancing in your seat to some of your favourite Disney songs!
Strictly Come Dancing star Janette Manrara will host the tour and will feature some of the most talented musicians and vocalists in the industry.
As part of the Disney100 celebrations in its 100th anniversary year, this upcoming concert series is a tribute to the power of music to bring people together and ignite our imaginations. So bring your singing voice and your best dance moves, and get ready to experience the magic of Disney music in a whole new way!
The Disney100 concert is set to tour the UK in June and will be visiting the following cities:
Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bournemouth.
On November 22nd 2023, Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut Wish, an original animated story with all-new characters, with an original soundtrack composed by Julia Michaels. Wish is inspired by the Studios' legacy of storytelling and explores how the star that so many Disney characters wished for came to be.
From the merchandise to music, shows and experiences, from what we've seen of the Disney100 celebrations so far, they have been nothing short of magical and this is just the beginning!
We're already starting to see fans across the world come together to celebrate the milestone anniversary, and it's been spectacular.
Already, the Disney100 celebrations have given us the chance to reflect on what makes Disney so special. From the enduring legacy of Walt Disney himself to the magic behind the storytelling of some of our favourite movies. We have been reminded of the incredible people, stories and the amount of hard work that goes into making the Disney brand what it is today.
So as the Disney100 celebrations continue, we can't wait to see what else is in store for us Disney fans. For the time being, let's take a moment to appreciate all the joy, laughter and memories that Disney has given us over the past century.
Here's to another 100 years of magic and wonder!