The Walt Disney Company announced today in Anaheim its plans for a worldwide celebration of its flagship park Disneyland's 50th anniversary.
Call it a “Clone-ebration!”
The Walt Disney Company announced its plans for a worldwide celebration of its flagship park Disneyland's 50th anniversary today in Anaheim. In a sunbaked ceremony at the foot of Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Disney theme parks chief Jay Rasulo said all 10 of the company's theme parks would celebrate Disneyland's birthday by importing attractions from other Disney parks.
“In honor of the park that started it all, every Disney resort will join in creating great memories for our guests with this unprecedented global celebration,” Rasulo said.
An artist's rendition of the Sleeping Beauty's Castle treatment for Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Celebration. © 2004 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
The Disney ambassadors from the four Disney theme park resorts announced via video hookups what their parks would be debuting in the 18-month “Happiest Homecoming on Earth” celebration. Though Rasulo said all ten parks would participate, plans were announced for specific new shows or attractions at only eight of the company's theme parks.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will get:
- In the Magic Kingdom, the “Cinderellabration” show from Tokyo Disneyland, a castle forecourt show telling the Cinderella story.
- In Epcot, “Soarin'” the IMAX hang-glider show from Disney's California Adventure. (Disney will drop “Over California” from the attraction's title at Epcot, but announced that the film would still depict the Golden State.)
- In Disney-MGM Studios, the “Lights, Motors, Action” stunt show from Walt Disney Studios Paris.
- In Disney's Animal Kingdom, Lucky the walking animatronic dinosaur will return from Disney's California Adventure.
Tokyo Disney Resort
- “Wishes,” the recently debuted fireworks show from Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
- The company did not announce plans for any additions to Walt Disney Studios Paris.
- In Tokyo DisneySea, an unnamed Lost River Delta thrill attraction, featuring a high-speed, special effects-laden indoor roller coaster with a 360-degree loop.
- The company did not announce specific plans for an addition at Tokyo Disneyland.
Michael Eisner, Mickey, Art Linkletter and Disney cast members at the announcement.
And the flagship, Disneyland
, will get:
- In Disney's California Adventure, the “Block Party Bash” parade, featuring Pixar Animation Studios characters.
- In Disneyland, Tomorrowland will debut “Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters” a new version of the Magic Kingdom's “Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.” And the Main Street Opera House will welcome”Disneyland – the First 50 Years,” a retrospective of the park, with plans and models of past attractions and those that were never built, as well as a new film featuring Walt reminiscing about the park.
In addition, Disneyland will debut a new fireworks show called “Remember,” saluting past and present “E ticket” attractions. A new parade will also debut next year, called “Walt Disney' Parade of Dreams,” featuring floats themed to Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, the Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland and the Lion King. Space Mountain will also reopen after its extensive rehab.
Finally, Disney will redecorate the exterior of Sleeping Beauty's Castle with tapestries, banners and crowns. No company official could confirm if the castle's walkthrough attraction would reopen as part of the celebration. The walkthrough closed in September, 2001 and has not reopened.
The Disney Cruise Line will also participate in the celebration, sending the Disney Magic to the Port of Los Angeles for 12 seven-day cruises, beginning on May 28, 2005. The Magic will sail from L.A. to the Mexican ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. No company officials were able to respond to questions about future cruises from Los Angeles, or if the Disney Cruise Line would establish a permanent presence in Southern California.
Academy Award-winning actress Julie Andrews will serve as the honorary ambassador for the Disneyland 50th Anniversary. Both Andrews and original Disneyland host Art Linkletter participated in the celebration kickoff, reminiscing about visiting the park for their first times with Walt Disney.