Disneyland’s 59th Birthday Celebration

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Disneyland 59th Birthday

Yesterday I had an amazing morning helping to celebrate Disneyland’s 59th Birthday! 

In true Disney fashion, it was a magical experience and something I will not soon forget! The morning started off with the world famous Dapper Dans singing some of the most loved Disneyland songs… and ended with a reception fit for a {Disney} Princess!

Dapper Dans

You could almost feel the energy from the crowd. 

I love events that bring out the truest Disneyland fans. We all share a passion for something that is hard to put into words. Being at Disneyland is like walking back into a memory yet at the same time making new ones. Disneyland is constantly evolving and changing and at the same time, it’s as if everything is still the same. That is the Disneyland magic!

Disneylands Birthday Party

There was major celebrating because let’s be honest here…

59 years is pretty epic… and there were lots of fun announcements for what will come during the 60th Yearlong Diamond Celebration in 2015. Starting with the unveiling of the Diamond Celebration logo. Isn’t it beautiful!

dlr(image credit: Disneyland)


The first major announcement came during the end of the celebration.

It was announced that Disney is inviting generations of guests to share their favorite memories through photos taken at the Disneyland Resort.

Readers of the Disney Parks Blog will vote for the top photos and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015.*

How out of this world amazing would that be?

Here’s how it works… guests are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades – the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share their photos via Twitter or Instagram by August 27, 2014. For complete rules, see the post on the Disney Parks Blog. 


After the celebration was over we headed into the reception which was located inside the Opera House. Upon arrival we were greeted with beverages and cupcakes and then we were gifted with beautiful cupcakes and an amazing keepsake surprise!

Disneyland 59 celebration

The keepsake was beautifully presented inside this gorgeous blue box! As I opened the box I saw a sparkling crystal diamond to commemorate the coming 60th birthday year, full of surprises to come! 

Disneyland 60th Anniversary

Later in the day, I took a stroll through California Adventure and I remember that it wasn’t too long ago that this wasn’t even here. If I remember correctly it was a parking lot where we used to park when I was a little girl. So much has changed, but so much is still the same. Disneyland is such a special place and I was so honored to help celebrate the 59th birthday!

Disneyland Diamond Celebration

Expect lots of Disneyland news this coming year on It’s a Lovely Life! as I help celebrate Disneyland’s 60th birthday! The fun will kick off in the spring of 2015! 

Disneyland 2014

 Here is a video I put together of yesterdays celebration!

What is your favorite Disneyland memory? 

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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