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Behind-the-scenes of Disneyland's 60th AnniversaryFor its Diamond Celebration, Disneyland revamped some of its classic rides and its biggest shows. CNET's Brian Tong got to go backstage to see how the park is using tech to make the Happiest Place on Earth more modern and magical.
Since the years after Disneyland first opened its gates, the Magic Kingdom is reinventing and reinvigorating some of its most elaborate shows and beloved rides with technology. The new paint the night parade now lights up the park with 1.5 million L-E-D lights. Performers like Tinkerbell can change a float's colors using handheld devices that rely on wireless infrared technology. She's able to tap at the float and cause the float to come to life in a different fashion with different lighting looks. Disney is bringing its famed fireworks show a bit down to earth. In addition to the fireworks in the sky, special projections transform several landmarks. Now, during the day, Main Street Looks like this, but at night, it's a whole new world. Anybody? The projections are creating by layering video imagery in a process called video mapping. So we have one piece that's moving and another piece that's staying static. And all those layers stack in a digital way on top of each other. We have different layers back and forth. This could be out of focus and this could be in focus. See, if I actually adjust that digitally- Projections also changed the Matterhorn from a snowcapped mountain to Finding Nemo's Mount Wannahockaloogie. Inside the Matterhorn, Disney aimed to make the roller coaster scarier. With the Abominable Snowman, we looked at new ways of motion, new ways of using technology to bring the most animation to the figure. The old snowman first appeared in 1978. The new one stops riders in several places with a more menacing roar. [NOISE] so audio engineers took some of the original pieces of the sound of the roar and crossed it up with some other animal and panther and lion sounds to get in as much more breathy, bigger voice in the haunted mansion Disneyland resurrected the hat box ghost, it vanished shortly after the mansion's 1969 opening when it didn't perform well Shiva Mascrowitz said the technology used to bring it back to life wasn't available even 10 years ago. It's a mixture of using projection lighting affects and some really cutting edge technology inside the animatronic itself to be able to achieve the affect we've been looking for. So we'll just have to wait what new tricks Disney has up its sleeve for the 70th anniversary. Oh my Gosh. Guys, from cnet.com, I'm Brian Tong. You want a cotton candy?