After more than a year of closure and a careful reopening, Disneyland is back in full swing with the return of its spectacles, plus a new show that presents a Disney classic in a new way. The return of Disneyland parades, shows, and its fireworks signals to fans that the parks are back, and judging by the crowds, Disney park goers are ready to welcome back these fan favorites.
And bonus: Disney Imagineers made the most of the park downtime, adding extra sparkle and more wow to every show. Expect brighter brights, more highlights, and new additions–here’s what’s back and better than ever at Disneyland.
Back in time for its 30th anniversary, Fantasmic! draws the crowds to the shore of the Rivers of America for fire, water, and a 45-foot-tall dragon plus a soaring score and plenty of Disney movie scenes. There are plenty of performers in the mix too, including some ghost pirates and princesses.
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Main Street Electrical Parade
In honor of its 50th year, the Main Street Electrical Parade has some new additions, including a new grand finale with a 118-foot-long Small World float. Whether you’re there because you’re bringing kids to witness the next generation of a Disney classic or because you’re embracing the nostalgia of childhood, you’ll find the 22 floats featuring 18 Disney tales (including The Princess and the Frog, Peter Pan, Encanto, and Coco) better than ever.
Disneyland Forever Fireworks
Since 2015, Disneyland visitors have come to expect the pyrotechnic magic of the fireworks show. And after empty skies for too long, they’re back with nightly shows this summer. Whether you’re watching from Main Street, U.S.A, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, or near It’s a Small World, you’ll get solid views of the show. Music and fireworks combine to tell familiar stories including Mary Poppins, The Lion King, and Frozen.
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World of Color
Fan favorite World of Color is Disney California Adventure’s nighttime show. The dazzling spectacular is a blend of mist, fountains (1,200 of them!), lasers, music, and scene projections from Disney and Pixar movies. World of Color will give you all the feels you get from the most exciting and touching moments in movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and more. Just note that if you get a front row spot (standing only), you’re likely to get misted.
The Lion King
Catch new staging of Tale of the Lion King at the Fantasyland Theatre. This retelling of The Lion King features a cast of 20 actors, singers, dancers, and drummers, and is told in the spirit of traditional storytelling with a narrator and an ensemble cast that plays all the parts. The backdrop is a cool screen that changes with each scene. The show runs Thursday through Monday and is short enough to keep even young audiences captivated.
As these shows ramp back up for Summer 2022, there will be plenty of chances to see them all. Check the Disneyland app during your visit for details on showtimes.