disneyland anniversary

Walt Disney's original theme park celebrates a BIG anniversary this year. To commemorate, Disneyland presents their 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration.

How does the "Happiest Place on Earth" kick off such a celebration? With a 24-hr party, of course. On Friday, May 22nd, the festivities officially began with a day (and night) long jubilee.

Do you and your kids like to get glittery?  Over 500 anniversary merchandise items were created to celebrate. Sport some bedazzled mouse ears or diamond themed collectors pins, or snuggle up with a sequined Mickey. Even Star Wars figures get in on the sparkly action with special edition figures.

Throughout the celebration, along with anniversary themed attractions and food offerings, Disneyland Resort is premiering three new nighttime spectaculars -- Paint the Night, a sparkly electrical parade; Disneyland Forever –- dazzling fireworks; and an all-new World of Color presentation.

And you might just clean up big time: guests of the park can enter the Diamond Days sweepstakes. Daily and weekly prizes include a one-carat diamond paired with a stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite; your very own crystal Cinderella slipper; and private tours and VIP event seating.

Although any day at the park is special, with a perfect mix of nostalgia and innovation, the Diamond Anniversary showcases what Disney does best:  make you really feel like a kid again.

Krista Hojnowski once worked as a Disney cast member, and she's still a HUGE fan of the Mouse.