As a kid, I used to love watching the window displays at the Emporium on Main Street. When my family and I would come for our annual visit it was one of the first things I looked at on the way in, and one of the last things I looked at on the way out. For a while, there was a time when there was nothing exciting in those windows and a part of me was really sad. Sometimes they would do one or two, but never like it was when I was growing up. But now, Disneyland is really going all out to celebrate its 60th birthday! No detail is being overlooked. From huge parades (Paint the Night) to a new fireworks show (Disneyland Forever) to attractions upgrades (Peter Pan and the Matterhorn), everything is getting “plussed” as Walt would like to say. Even the Main Street windows are getting some old Disney magic.
Already two of the slated six windows are up on display with two more being released in July and the final two in August. According to the Disney Parks blog, the scenes we will see will come from Peter Pan, Cinderella, Frozen, The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story, and Aladdin in that order. I was fortunate enough to be at the park soon after the unveiling of the first two windows and had to wait my turn to see the magic for myself. Many window gawkers sat there, eagerly anticipating what would happen next and were not disappointed. The technology used for the window displays far outstrip anything done in the past and utilize a whole host of tricks to bring them to life. Is it anything earth shattering? Probably not, but it is indicative of how much goes into every detail when Disney does it right. They spend time on not just the big things, but the little things, too. And for those of us who remember fondly the days when those windows would come to life, it is a welcome addition to the park!