Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Disney100 Celebration

by | Jan 25, 2023 | Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland, Disneyland Parks

Starting January 27, 2023 you can join Disney in celebrating its 100th anniversary with an array of new – including brand-new attractions, spectaculars, and so much more. Find out the latest about the Disney100 Celebration right here!

This year, Disney fans aren’t just celebrating another milestone in history. As the 100-year anniversary of the Walt Disney Company arrives, there’s a huge party planned, and it’s one that’ll span the entire globe! The Disney100 Celebration is honoring all things Disney in theme parks, films, cruises, artwork, and so much more. And you can take part in all of the exciting events and magical happenings that’ll take place.

Wondering what’s in store and how you can catch some of the biggest offerings during the Disney100 Celebration? Here’s everything you need to know about what to expect, where to find it, and how to experience this big milestone anniversary to the fullest! Click the links below to jump to the exact info you’re looking for.

The 2023 Disney100 Celebration

Disney100 FAQs

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Wondering where to start when you’re ready to join the Disney100 celebration? Here’s a look at some commonly asked questions so you can plan ahead – or find out what’s happening at theme parks, cruise ships, and other locales around the world.

What is the Disney100 Celebration?

The Disney100 Celebration is a yearlong commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. In October 2023, it’ll mark 100 years since the company was founded by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney back in 1923. So, Disney is celebrating the journey and storytelling of the Walt Disney Company’s creative visionaries throughout the past 10 decades – along with Disney fans and families who’ve created memories along the way.

As part of the yearlong celebration, Disney will introduce new experiences and bring beloved characters to Guests around the world. Exciting events are scheduled to take place at Disneyland Resort, the heart of the celebration, but there will also be opportunities to mark the milestone and join in the fun at Walt Disney World, international theme parks, and even aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

When Does the Disney100 Celebration Begin?

The official kickoff for the grand event is January 27, 2023.

However, the actual official 100-year anniversary of the Walt Disney Company is on October 16, 2023. It’s highly likely that Disney will have something special planned just for this momentous date – check back here for more!

What’s Planned for Disney100?

Disney has plenty in store for the Disney100 celebration! For an overview of the brand-new attractions, restaurants, nighttime spectaculars, and more, check out our guide here.

Some of the biggest events you won’t want to miss include:

  • The grand opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • The reopening of the newly-redesigned Mickey’s Toontown
  • Wondrous Journeys, a new nighttime spectacular at Disneyland Park
  • World of Color – ONE, a new nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park

Increasingly more news about the Disney100 festivities will be released throughout 2023, so check back here for the latest! We’ll keep you updated, with links about news and exciting happenings, so you know exactly what to expect.

Will Disney100 Take Place Only at Disneyland?

Many of the planned festivities will take place at Disney theme parks – and Disneyland Resort is the central location for many of the big Disney100 happenings! However, it won’t be the only place for Guests and Disney fans to join in the fun.

Disney100 events, entertainment, and more are planned for Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and other destinations worldwide. Plus, there will be plenty of fun beyond Disney theme parks and ships! From brand-new animated film releases to a special European concert tour to D23 members-only events happening virtually and in-person, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch a Disney100 celebration where it’s convenient for you.

How Long Will the Disney100 Celebration Last?

Disney100 is a yearlong celebration, so it will run from January 27, 2023 to January 2024.

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Can’t-Miss Experiences, Entertainment, and More During the Disney100 Celebration

Keep up with all of the happenings and news about all things Disney100 right here! Whether you’re hoping to learn more about key dates and openings or want to know what to expect when you head to the theme parks, here’s where you’ll find all of the need-to-know info.

Experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disneyland

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This brand-new attraction opens January 27, 2023 inside Mickey’s Toontown. While Toontown itself is still undergoing a huge transformation (more on the future opening to come!), you can step inside a colorful cartoon world with Mickey, Minnie, and a whole host of classic Disney characters past and present inside this brand-new attraction. Click below to learn more about this attraction:

Explore History with The Disney Gallery Presents: Disney 100 Years of Wonder

The Disney Gallery Presents: Disney 100 Years of Wonder

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If you’ve ever wondered how some of Disney’s most famous film moments became standout attractions brought to life in theme parks around the world, you won’t want to miss this. At Disneyland, you can wander through The Disney Gallery inside the Main Street Opera House and see the new Disney 100 Years of Wonder exhibit.

Featuring history from Disney Animation Studios as well as Disneyland Resort, you’ll be able to see how animators and Imagineers worked together to bring to life some of the attractions, lands, and characters you know and love with a walk through the past, present, and future. Get a sneak peek of the Disney 100 Years of Wonder exhibit at The Disney Gallery here.

See World of Color – ONE at Disney California Adventure

World of Color – ONE at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Danny Shuster

At Disney California Adventure, you’ll find a brand-new nighttime spectacular illuminating the waters of Paradise Bay: World of Color – ONE. This show is a total treat, whether you adore the original World of Color spectacular or you simply want to see a whole host of Disney characters, moments, and memories paired with incredible special effects. We’re sharing a sneak peek of the stunning show right here.

Watch Wondrous Journeys at Disneyland

Wondrous Journeys for Disney100 at Disneyland

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Across the esplanade, there’s another new nighttime spectacular to catch! To celebrate the Disney100 anniversary, a new show called Wondrous Journeys will honor 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios, illuminating spots throughout Disneyland Park with the sights and sounds of Disney films. We got to preview this thrilling nighttime entertainment, and trust us – it’s filled with surprises you won’t want to miss! See a preview of what’s in store for Wondrous Journeys here.

Shop Exclusive Disney100 Merch

At both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, you’ll find plenty of celebratory merch available for the big event! From colorful spirit jerseys that shine with platinum details to an array of accessories, plush picks, and fan favorites like Loungefly backpacks and fresh ear hats and ear headbands, it’ll all be available. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of all of the exciting merch coming to theme parks and shopDisney – you can see what exciting items will be on sale starting January 27 right here!

Want to see more? Take a peek at what you’ll find inside the theme parks below:

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Thanks to Disney for hosting us on a 3-day Disney 100 Press Preview at the Disneyland Resort where we we able to learn about the magic behind new offerings like World of Color – ONE, Wondrous Journeys, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, food and merchandise for the celebration. #Disney100 #DisneyParks #Disneyland

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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