Disney celebrates 100 years of entertainment in 2023

Founded as Disney Brothers Studio in 1923 by Walt Disney and Roy Disney, The Walt Disney Company turns 100 in 2023 and celebrations will be held in every division of the company and across the country.

The company has grown from a simple animation studio to a $160 billion entertainment giant that includes Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, ESPN, ABC, Hulu, the Disney+ streaming service, and more.

Dubbed Disney100, the company will mark the anniversary company-wide with celebrations honoring Walt Disney’s legacy, ranging from new nighttime shows at Walt Disney World and Disneyland to traveling museum exhibits, to a new long animated footage dedicated to the legacy of the animation studio.

“It is remarkable that we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. Walt is the gift that keeps on giving. All these years later, we can’t forget that it all started with a man with no money and big dreams,” Marcy Carriker Smothers, author of “100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime,” “Eat Like Walt,” and other best-selling shared Disney books.

Disney100 Disneyland and Walt Disney World Celebration

During the Disney100 announcements, Disney Parks President Josh D’Amaro described the Disneyland Resort in California as the “heart of the whole celebration.” The Disney100 celebration at Disneyland will include two new nightly shows, the return of a short-lived parade that debuted just before COVID, and a new attraction.

“World of Color – One” is a new fountain show highlighting the legacy of the entire company’s 1oo-year storytelling. “Wondrous Journeys” is an all-new projection show from Disneyland that pays homage to all 60 films from the Walt Disney Animation Studios. It takes guests on a journey showcasing art, music, storytelling and the heart. On some nights, Wondrous Journeys will also have fireworks.

The Magic Happens Parade only lasted two weeks before the Disneyland Resort closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and returns this spring. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will also open in Toontown, bringing this popular ride that debuted at Walt Disney World to the West Coast. Image credit: Pexels

Disneyland’s new entertainment will launch on January 27, 2023. Based on the precedent set by other launches, Disneyland tickets and reservations for that day will likely fill up.

At Walt Disney World in Florida, an all-new nighttime show will replace the Harmonious show currently running on the World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT in late 2023.

In addition to these large-scale launches, the theme parks will feature new platinum-inspired park decor, specialty food and drink, and character experiences, including a special platinum look for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Disney said it would continue to add to Walt Disney World’s calendar of events to honor the 100th anniversary.

At Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney will unveil a new statue honoring Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse near Cinderella’s golden carousel.

Disney Films celebrates Disney100 in 2023

Walt Disney Animation Studios announced the next movie To wish at Expo D23 2022 as part of the Disney100 celebration. To wish is an original animated musical inspired by the legacy of Walt Disney Studio films and features all new songs by Grammy-nominated artist Julia Michaels. The story looks into the future for the studio as it explores how the “wishing star” that Disney characters wanted became.

A new studio logo featuring the castle crafted in platinum will grace the Disney100 celebration ahead of all Disney theatrical and streaming releases, which will include the live-action story of The little Mermaidnew Haunted house inspired by the theme park attraction, and a reimagining of the Peter Pan story in Peter Pan and Wendy.

Visit of the exhibition

Disney100: The Exhibit is a traveling museum exhibit that uses immersive technology in ten galleries of the 15,000-square-foot exhibit to showcase hundreds of objects from the Walt Disney Archives, including more than 250 works of art and rarely seen artifacts, costumes and props, and other memorabilia.

Disney’s cinematic legacy in these galleries extends Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to strange worldas well as Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and National Geographic.

Disney100: The Exhibit opens February 18, 2023 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The next two stops on the North American tour will be Chicago, Illinois, and Kansas City, Missouri. There are also exhibitions in Munich and London.

Inspired by platinum

Much of the merchandise offered during the Disney100 celebration is inspired by platinum. Disney shared that “Platinum is a rare and precious metal known to stand the test of time, just like beloved Disney characters.” An additional merchandise line will celebrate Disney through the decades, and new books from Disney Publishing will offer a fresh look at the company’s history.

ABC News Studios will also launch a new “once-in-a-lifetime documentary event” to commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary. The film will capture the story through the lens of the company’s core values ​​and philosophies rather than a linear narrative from 1923 until today to better highlight how these values ​​represent an “ever-changing world”. .

Disney is celebrating its 100th anniversary across all parts of the company and has already guaranteed that there will be more activations and special events added throughout the year leading up to the company’s actual anniversary on October 16, 2023.

This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.

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