Disneyland's 50th Anniversary: It's a Clone-ebration!
The Walt Disney Company announced today in Anaheim its plans for a worldwide celebration of its flagship park Disneyland's 50th anniversary.
Written by Robert Niles
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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.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will get:
Disneyland Paris will get:
Tokyo Disney Resort will get:
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.
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