Tuesday theme park news round-up: Happy Birthday, Disneyland
Written by Robert Niles
This Saturday, July 17, Disneyland Park celebrates its 55th birthday. Special edition park maps, as well as 55th anniversary cakes, cupcakes and candy packaging are available in the park all week. On Saturday, the park will hold a dedication ceremony at noon in Town Square and cast members will sing 'Happy Birthday' to the park at 4:15 pm. Special anniversary Mickey ears also will be available for sale that day, and the park will host a 55th Anniversary Art & Collectible merchandise event at The Disney Gallery from 9-11 am.Tweet
Tickets went on sale today for this fall's Destination D event at the Disneyland Hotel, September 24-25, 2010. This is the event for D23 club members that will alternate years with the D23 Expo. The event will feature panels and sessions on Disneyland's history. Tickets start at $125 per person.
Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host the third annual Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show Weekend November 5-7, 2010. The show is scheduled to feature appearances by more than 30 astronauts, including Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter and Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell, and benefits the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Tickets and more information are available at www.astronautscholarship.org/aams.
On the accident watch: A 21-year-old woman passed away Sunday from injuries after falling from the Xtreme roller coaster at Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police are investigating. Xtreme is a Maurer Sohne Xtended SC 2000 spinning coaster and initial reports said that inspectors found no obvious flaws or failures on the ride.
Also, Osceola County and Florida officials are investigating after a 50-year-old electrician was electrocuted on the job at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World on Friday. Co-workers were unable to resuscitate Steven Snyder, a Buena Vista Construction Co. employee.
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