Disneyland’s biggest party
DISNEYLAND TURNED 50 this
year, but the world-famous
amusement park still knows
how to have fun.
The happiest place on earth is celebrating
“The Happiest Homecoming on Earth,” featuring special events, new attractions and creative tributes to Walt Disney’s original vision.
The festivities, which began last May, continue
for another year, until early November 2006.
Here are some highlights of the celebration.
The centerpiece is the famous Sleeping
Beauty Castle, which has been decorated in
swaths of colorful finery and royal banners
and topped by five regal turret crowns.
Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams features
one of the largest casts of classic Disney characters ever assembled. They crowd onto
floats, perform choreographed musical numbers and give performances from classic
Disney films such as Pinocchio and Beauty
and the Beast. The parade includes several
animatronic characters as well.
Each night, the most elaborate fireworks
spectacular in the history of Disneyland,
“Remember … Dreams Come True,” lights
up the sky. This dazzling display is
highlighted by an incredible musical
score, dramatic close-up pyrotechnics
and a new generation of fireworks.
A new retrospective exhibit in Main
Street’s Opera House replaces the animatronic President Lincoln during the
celebration. “Disneyland—The First 50
Magical Years,” showcases five decades
of Disneyland memories through
never-before-seen artwork, models and
designs. One of the highlights of the
attraction is a new film featuring
recently discovered footage, most of
which has not been seen in more than
45 years, highlighting the evolution of signedrocketsandout-of-this-world
Disneyland from concept to reality. new effects.
In Tomorrowland, a new ride, Buzz Light- The anniversary is also being
year Astro Blasters, takes guests on a comical celebrated at Disney’s California
interactive space mission. Also, the popular Adventure with the Block Party
classic Space Mountain recently reopened as Bash, a wild parade featuring
a re-“Imagineered” 21st-century thrill attrac- classic Disney characters and
tion and features a new soundtrack, rede- characters from Pixar Ani-
The Parade of Dreams (above) featured a nearly
endless array of classic Disney characters. The
action at Disney’s California Adventure (left) was
a parade in the form of a block party.
mation films, including Monsters, Inc. and
Founder Walt Disney said, “Disneyland
would be a world of Americans, past and present, seen through the eyes of my imagination—a place of warmth and nostalgia, of
illusion and color and delight.” The resort certainly is that on its 50th anniversary.—TT
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