"Few companies have both a legendary past as well as a limitless future," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, in a statement. "But we had the great fortune to be founded with a spirit of creativity and innovation — one that continues to define this phenomenal company, allowing us to keep moving forward to meet the future without ever losing sight of who we are and where it all started. We’re thrilled to usher in Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary and celebrate the triumph of imagination in a place where dreams really do come true." The fireworks spectacular, "Disneyland Forever," is described as a "street-to-sky, immersive experience like nothing seen before at the Disneyland Resort." Two original songs enrich the show: the “Disneyland Forever” theme “Live the Magic,” and the closing song “A Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney legend Richard M. Sherman (co-composer of "Mary Poppins" and "It's a Small World After All") and sung by Ashley Brown, star of Broadway's Mary Poppins.
In "World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney," Tony and Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris joins Mickey Mouse on a "magical water canvas to entertain guests in this fun-filled new presentation," which "brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score."
The "Paint the Night – All-New Electrical Parade," which is led by Tinker Bell, "creates a river of color flowing down Main Street, U.S.A., with an array of Disney characters and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights that flash and glow as Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to 'Paint the Night.'" Guests will also see Cinderella, Rapunzel and characters from “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Toy Story."