A Guide to 100 Years of Wonder Celebration Across Disney Parks

In honor of the Walt Disney Animation Studios 100 year anniversary, the Walt Disney Company will launch the Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration across Disney Parks worldwide, and here’s a guide to the magic!

Plus, Disney has announced that for each month of 2023, it will celebrate the “Wonder of” some of the most beloved Disney characters, starting with Mickey and Minnie, of course! No matter which of Disney’s theme parks you choose to visit this year, there’s plenty in store and ways to share the wonder.

mickey and minnie disney 100 years of wonder guide

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Here’s your one-stop shop for each Disney Park if you want to celebrate a century of magic!

Disneyland Resort

Of course, we already know the festivities are expected to kick off at the Southern California Disneyland Resort on January 27 with the opening of Walt Disney Imagineering’s second Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway dark ride in the renovated Mickey’s Toontown. What’s more, two new nighttime spectaculars will debut this month: Wonderous Journeys fireworks at Disneyland Park and World of Color — One in Disney California Adventure, both of which will commemorate the ways in which decades of Disney storytelling have contributed to our culture.

While only weekend or peak evening shows come spring and summer will feature actual pyrotechnics, each performance of Wondrous Journeys will include special projected effects and Baymax flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle! In addition, for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown, the coveted Magic Happens parade featuring music and choreography from Todrick Hall will return to Main Street, U.S.A. on February 24, 2023.

Wondrous Journeys

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Of course, while new characters such as Moana, Queen Anna, Fifth Spirit Elsa, and more will feature in these entertainment offerings, the spotlight will remain on the iconic Mickey Mouse and his partner Minnie Mouse. ABC News recommended viewpoints for Magic Happens include the start of Main Street, the central hub, Pixie Hollow, and “it’s a small world” benches.

Especially with the new CenTOONial Park and sensory areas reopening at Toontown by March 8, it’s likely Mickey and Minnie will be everywhere for Guests to see, and possibly in new outfits to reflect the platinum celebration too!

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Walt Disney World Resort

Over at Walt Disney World, the Orlando Resort has advertised all-new Mickey and Minnie-themed offerings throughout all four theme parks and the Disney Springs shopping district! For instance, Guests can soon enjoy yummy delights such as Mickey & Minnie Chocolate Covered Apples in Magic Kingdom, Mickey & Minnie Mousse Dome Cakes from Amorette’s Patisserie, plus the recently added Vintage Mickey & Minnie Sugar Cookie at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn’s Carousel Coffee.

Moreover, Disney World has teased some new updates to the Festival of Fantasy parade as well as souvenir “mementos featuring the iconic duo” to take home in celebration of the start of 100 Years of Wonder and the end of the 50th Anniversary Celebration in March.

Disneyland Celebrates Polka Dot Day With Minnie Mouse

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Disneyland Paris

Across the Atlantic, Guests can celebrate Polka Dot Day, the annual fête for Minnie Mouse’s iconic style, in an all-new way. From a never before seen, exclusive performance at Walt Disney Studios Park to a one-on-one PhotoPass opportunity with a special backdrop, plus one-day-only treats and surprises, the Parisian Parks have got you covered for a mini Minnie fix!

It certainly sounds like a thrilling way to start off the new year! For more information about the Disney 100 Years of Wonder Celebration, follow DisneyTips for tricks and updates as we head into Disney’s 100th year.

About Spencer Beck

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the halls of the Walt Disney Family Museum, and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @pinknpurble everywhere.