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Disneyland Diamond Celebration Wrapping Up

The Paint the Night parade and a few other special to-dos will bid the theme park adieu.

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    The Paint the Night parade and a few other special anniversary year to-dos will bid the theme park adieu in early September. (Paul HIffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

    ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL: A commonly voiced notion around one's birthday is how it is rather nice to see the whole celebratory shebang last beyond a single day. Perhaps your birthday festivities stretch out into a week, with a few lunches in the mix, and maybe you even go for a full month, if your friends are intent on keeping the cake-y goings-on alive. But what to do when you're a famous theme park — the world's most famous theme park, and the happiest place on earth, to boot — and you're marking your big 60th anniversary? That occasion isn't just a day, or a week, or a month, or even a year, no sirree. In fact, the Disneyland Diamond Celebration revved up at the end of May 2015, with an end date of early September 2016. That time is on the near horizon, which means that a few of the features and events that became hallmarks of the Diamond Celebration will soon wave their goodbyes and bid park goers farewell. That includes the diamond-cute decorations seen around the park, yes, and the special character clothing, and it also means...

    PAINT THE NIGHT... will take its final brightly lit turn through Disneyland on Monday, Sept. 5 (yep, that's Labor Day). The popular procession, with its oodles of glowing bulbs and "When Can We Do This Again"-y soundtrack (a catchy ditty, indeed), is ending with the 60th anniversary observance, as is the special fireworks show. And over at Disney California Adventure? The World of Color Celebrate extravaganza will also say its early-September goodbyes (Fantasy in the Sky and the classic World of Color show "will return this fall," says the resort). And keep an eye on this: It was announced in July 2016 that the park's famous trains will again run on the Disneyland Railroad, and the boats on the Rivers of America, starting in the summer of 2017.