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Magical Celebrations for Disney

When Walt Disney had a dream to create ‘a place for people to find happiness and knowledge’, everyone thought he was mad for purchasing 65 hectares of orange groves in Anaheim. Sixty years on, his vision has proven a roaring success, as Jenny Piper writes.

By Jenny PiperCastle blue sky

When Walt Disney had a dream to create ‘a place for people to find happiness and knowledge’, everyone thought he was mad for purchasing 65 hectares of orange groves in Anaheim. Sixty years on, his vision has proven a roaring success, with more than 700 million visitors from over 200 nations visiting what has been coined as the ‘Happiest Place on earth’.

Last month saw the 60th anniversary party kick off with three days of celebrations for key Disney partners from across the globe. The party will last 18 months as Disneyland Resorts celebrates 60 years of growth from a single theme park to one of the world’s most iconic destinations comprising three hotels, a shopping, dining and entertainment precinct, along with two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.

As part of the Diamond Celebrations, the resort has introduced a range of new nighttime spectaculars including the ‘Paint the Night’ parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ fireworks at Disneyland. Also new is the ‘World of Colour – Celebrate’ show at Disney California Adventure. Several attractions have been refreshed, with the Matterhorn Bobsleds now featuring a more exciting and ferocious ‘Abominable Snowman’. Peter Pan’s Flight also boasts new special effects, and the Sleeping Beauty Castle is now adorned with 100,000 blue glass crystals.

With Australia representing the largest international market for Disney Resorts outside North America, now is the perfect time for Aussies to book and travel, and to be part of the Diamond Celebrations. Visitors can partake in everything diamond, from themed food including Diamond Celebration cupcakes and drinks, to new entertainment and over 500 ‘Diamond’ merchandise items. Even Mickey has a sparkling new Diamond Celebration costume.

Qantas and Disneyland Resort have partnered to offer an anniversary incentive which gives travel agents the chance to win a trip for four to Disneyland. The prize includes flights, accommodation and park tickets. Book and ticket any Qantas flight along with a Disneyland booking before 31 July 2015 to be in the chance to win.

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