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Starting March 28th, Disneyland50.com will change focus to the Walt Disney World Resort. There will be limited updates regarding Disneyland in California. I will be finishing the 50th anniversary down in Florida. I have been hired by the Walt Disney Company to work in the Canadian Pavilion at EPCOT for a year, as a cultural representative, participating in the Walt Disney World International Program.

 

As I will be living on the W.D.W. property for a year, you can expect tons of pictures from all of the things that I will be doing. I will be visiting all of the parks (multiple times), as well as other places around Florida.

 

I will try to participate in all of the learning courses, networking events, experiences, as well as try out various job shadows.

 

If you are ever visiting Walt Disney World in the next year, be sure to email me and drop by EPCOT's Canadian Pavilion to say hi.

 

Once again, thank you for visiting my site, and I hope you enjoy my Florida experience, as much as I do.

 

John Sargent

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Welcome to Disneyland 50.com! This un-official site was designed to be a central source for information and news regarding the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Disneyland. When information is updated on this site or on any of the other Disney fan sites, the links will be posted below. Please note that this site has links and pictures of possible spoilers for the 50th.  It takes a lot of effort to keep this site running, and if you enjoy this website, please consider a small donation through PayPal. Your contribution will help pay for the operational costs. Thanks for visiting, and please keep checking back for updated information.

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  02/28/06
 

 

Changes to the Haunted Mansion!

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DISNEYLAND RAILROAD GETS FIRST NEW ENGINE IN NEARLY 50 YEARS, HONORS FAMED DISNEY ANIMATOR
 

Grand Lady of the Rails Returns to “The Happiest place on earth”


ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 15, 2006) - - In an exclusive ceremony today at Disneyland in southern California, hundreds of Disney “Cast Members” came together to show their love for one of the park’s original attractions - - the Disneyland Railroad - - and to join in the dedication of two additions to the famed railway - - the new Ward Kimball steam engine and the returning Lilly Belle VIP parlor car.
 


The early morning event at the Frontierland Train Station, hosted by Disneyland Resort president Matt Ouimet, honored the namesakes of the engine (legendary Disney animator Ward Kimball) and the restored parlor car (Walt Disney’s widow, Lillian Disney), plus all the Disney Cast Members and Imagineers who made these new additions to the beloved railroad possible. Members of the Kimball family were in attendance during the dedication which also happened to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Lillian Disney herself.

“The Disneyland Railroad is an integral part of our 50-year heritage and I’m very proud of all of our Cast Members and Imaginers who have helped to make these new additions a reality,” said Ouimet. “The Ward Kimball engine and Lilly Belle car are wonderful salutes to two individuals whose impact on
Disneyland is everlasting.”

The Ward Kimball is the first steam engine added to the Disneyland Railroad in 47 years. It is a salute to legendary Disney animator Ward Kimball (1914 – 2002) whose credits include such film classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, The Three Caballeros, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Kimball was an avid train enthusiast who helped get Walt Disney actively interested in backyard steam railroading, beginning with a visit to the Chicago Railroad Fair in 1948. Kimball’s passion extended all the way to having a full-size steam train layout in his backyard dubbed the Grizzly Flats Railroad.  

The new engine (over 103 years old!) on the Disneyland Railroad was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and went into service in 1902. The little train was initially owned by Frank Barker and J. Wilson Lepine, proprietors and operators of the
Laurel Valley and Melodia sugarcane plantations, and the Laurel Valley Sugar Refinery in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The train was originally known as the Maud L., named after the young daughter of J. Wilson LePine. The little iron horse traversed the 15-mile railroad of the plantation, hauling cars of sugar cane from outlying fields, through mosquito-infested swamps to the mill.

The Maud L. was retired in 1946 and seemingly headed towards the scrap heap. In 1999, after years of alternate owners, the little steamer found her way into Disney’s hands. The engine has since been lovingly and meticulously restored. It has been rechristened as the Ward Kimball, steam engine No. 5 on the Disneyland Railroad. Featuring a red cab with red wheels, the engine also sports genuine gold-leaf stenciling and lettering, plus a unique Jiminy Cricket silhouette on the headlamp (Kimball created the character for Walt Disney’s animated film Pinocchio). The engine features more pin striping than any other engine on the Disneyland Railroad while the boiler itself is coated in metallic midnight blue paint that cost nearly $900 per gallon!

Part of today’s festivities included the re-dedication of the grand lady of the Disneyland Railroad, its VIP parlor car - - the Lilly Belle. This special car has been off the
Disneyland rails since 1998 due to the effects of the elements on its wood construction. However during the past seven months the car has been undergoing a painstaking refurbishment to restore it to its former glory

Now the Lilly Belle once again proudly welcomes guests to its Victorian splendor. The 37.75-foot-long car comfortably seats about 12 people with six sets of large double windows on each side for convenient viewing of the passing scenery. The décor of the plush parlor car is complete with gorgeous new interior elements such as a Victorian settee and chairs, velvet drapes, walls paneled with Himalayan mahogany, beveled mirrors, Disney family pictures and, rimming the top of the car, twelve stained glass panels.

         
Formerly the railroad’s signature observation car known as No. 106 Grand Canyon (dating back to 1955), the Lilly Belle sprang to life in 1974 after all of the railroad’s original, enclosed passenger cars had been retired. A proposal was put forth to transform No. 106
Grand Canyon into a “Bicentennial Car,” replete with red, white and blue finery. Eventually the concept evolved into rebuilding No. 106 as an elegant private railcar for visiting dignitaries and distinguished guests.


Created with interior design inspiration from Lillian Disney herself, the car welcomed its first VIP guests in 1975. During the first-ever visit to the United States by Japanese royalty, their Majesties Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako of Japan enjoyed a grand circle tour of Disneyland aboard the Lilly Belle during the park’s celebration of the American Bicentennial. 

Over the past 50 years the authentic steam trains of the Disneyland Railroad have covered enough track to circle the globe more than 200 times while carrying nearly 300 million passengers.

  02/02/06
 

Classic Attraction in California and Florida Adding New Characters Inspired by Hit Film Franchise Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 

 

          ANAHEIM, Calif. / ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2006) - - First the theme park attraction inspired the movie – now the movie is inspiring the attraction.

 

          Pirates of the Caribbean, the classic Disney theme park adventure brought to the big screen in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, is adding new characters and features from the blockbuster entertainment franchise and debuting when the next adventure begins in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

 

Both the Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will close the attraction in March to complete the updates in time for the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest on July 7. The attraction will re-open at Disneyland on June 24 and in Florida’s Magic Kingdom on July 7.

 

          The attraction will feature the addition of two of Hollywood’s most infamous buccaneers, Captain Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Barbossa. Joining the wildest crew that ever sacked the Spanish Main, Captain Jack and Barbossa add an exciting new twist to the attraction’s original storyline as they race to be the first to claim a cache of plundered treasure. 

 

“Successfully adding the popular characters from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films with the mythology of our classic attraction is an example of Disney synergy and Walt Disney Imagineering at its finest,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “These additions will result in an exciting new chapter for the attraction and an unforgettable experience for our guests, giving them another reason to come and be a part of our continuing 50th anniversary celebration.”

 

Woven into some of the attraction’s most memorable scenes, the rival swashbucklers will be seen interacting with some of the more familiar Audio-Animatronics buccaneers found inside the ride-thru adventure.  Also making a guest appearance is the ghostly Davy Jones from the second movie in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.  But new characters are only the beginning.  New special effects will also be added to enhance the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme park experience. 

 

"The creative legacy of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ has come full circle with the attraction initially inspiring our highly successful film franchise and now the films inspiring exciting additions to the attraction itself,” said Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “The attraction enhancements capture the same spirit, swashbuckling humor and action that moviegoers loved in the first `Pirates of the Caribbean' which will continue with the highly anticipated new tales this summer and beyond.”

 

Created under the direct creative supervision of Walt Disney himself, Pirates of the Caribbean is the quintessential Disney theme park adventure, a swashbuckling voyage that transports guests back to the days when pirates and privateers roamed the Spanish Main. Starring a comical cast of rascals, scoundrels, villains and knaves, the world-famous attraction sends guests of all ages on a boat ride through mysterious caverns where “Dead men tell no tales” and then into a colonial era Caribbean seaport under siege by a band of fun-loving pirates. The attraction’s jaunty theme song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” sets the show’s light tone with its tongue-in-cheek depiction of high-seas lawlessness.

 

The original incarnation of Pirates of the Caribbean premiered on March 18, 1967, in New Orleans Square at Disneyland in California. Featuring more than 120 Audio-Animatronics performers, lavishly decorated sets and special effects, it’s considered to be one of the most spectacular and enduring attractions ever created for a theme park. With its setting revised slightly to fit a Caribbean Plaza location in Adventureland, the attraction opened to guests at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on December 15, 1973. More than 500 million people have experienced the rollicking fun of Pirates of the Caribbean in California and Florida over the past 39 years.

 

“Enhancing the classic Pirates attractions with new characters and new technology will ensure their relevance and place in Disney theme parks as timeless adventures,” said Tom Fitzgerald, senior creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We’re adding a layer of storytelling from the films to the attraction while retaining all the familiar elements that make it vibrant and exciting for every age group.”

 

The Pirates of the Caribbean additions are one part of the “Happiest Celebration on Earth,” an 18-month salute (continuing through 2006) to 50 years of Disney park magic around the globe that started with the opening of Walt Disney’s original park, Disneyland, in 1955.

 

  01/22/06
 

MONSTER-SIZE PREMIERE HERALDS THE OPENING OF
MONSTERS, INC. MIKE & SULLEY TO THE RESCUE!

New Attraction, Inspired by Walt Disney Pictures Presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios Film, Monsters, Inc., Brings Screams of Fun to Disney’s California Adventure Park

 ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2006) - - The Disneyland 50th anniversary celebration continues in full swing as the Disneyland Resort rolled-out the spotted, blue carpet today in a gala Hollywood-style premiere for the grand opening of its all-new attraction “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” The new attraction, inspired by Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, Monsters, Inc., is located in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot section of Disney’s California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.

In the hit 2001 computer-animated film, the factory of Monsters, Inc. is the No. 1 scream-processing firm in the bustling metropolis of Monstropolis, generating the city’s power supply by scaring children and transforming their screams into an energy source.  The monster inhabitants of Monstropolis, however, are terribly afraid of being contaminated by kids.  So, when an errant little girl nicknamed “Boo” accidentally enters the child-adverse world of Monstropolis, fun and mayhem ensues.

“This delightful new adventure continues our tradition of creating memorable, immersive storytelling attractions,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “It’s another great example of how our Imagineers take a beloved film and popular franchise and bring it to life in a three-dimensional experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family.”

The popular film has now been transformed into a fun-filled attraction where guests climb aboard waiting taxis and hit the streets of Monstropolis to follow the film’s stars Mike and Sulley on their mission of safely returning “Boo” to her bedroom.  As guests witness the chaos of a child-on-the loose in Monstropolis they encounter the super-sneaky Randall Boggs, the yellow-suited agents of the CDA (Child Detection Agency) and other characters from the film.  Guests will even get to see the seemingly endless Monsters, Inc. door vault and receive a unique, personalized farewell from the slug-like, ever watchful factory dispatcher Roz!

“With the addition of ‘Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!’ during our 50th anniversary celebration, Disney’s California Adventure continues to broaden its appeal with family-oriented attractions and entertainment,” said Matt Ouimet, president of the Disneyland Resort, citing the recently added “Turtle Talk with Crush” and “Block Party Bash.”  “We’re confident that this new addition will become a must-see attraction with our young guests.”

“Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” has been created in the tradition of the classic Fantasyland-style “dark rides” by Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts and attractions worldwide.  The attraction features over 40 characters in 16 distinct scenes, plus incorporates the unique use of both black-light and white-light illuminated sets. Technical highlights of the attraction include seemingly personalized farewell remarks to passing guests from Roz and a multi-hued Randall Boggs who changes colors as little Boo “bonks” him on his head in the attraction’s finale.

Staying true to the film, the attraction features newly recorded performances by many of the film’s original voice talents including Billy Crystal and John Goodman.  Additionally, the musical soundtrack for the attraction is derived from the Academy Award® nominated “Monsters, Inc.” film score by noted Oscar® winner Randy Newman.

“Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!’ represents the next generation of family-friendly adventures, with humor and adventure to delight every age group,” says Tom Fitzgerald, senior creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We’re bringing this new classic to life with magic and special effects while remaining true to the charming story that inspired it.’”

The new attraction joins an incredible array of innovative new adventures and spectacular entertainment premiering at Disneyland during its 50th anniversary celebration, continuing through 2006.  The anniversary is also being celebrated globally and features the introduction of new shows and attractions at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan; Disneyland Resort Paris in France and the recently opened Hong Kong Disneyland. 

More information about the grand opening of “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” and the Disneyland 50th anniversary celebration, plus vacations at the Disneyland Resort is available at www.disneyland.com, by calling (877) 700-DISNEY, or by visiting local travel agents.


  MONSTROUS FACTS

•Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! was inspired by the hit 2001 Walt Disney Pictures  presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film “Monsters, Inc.”

•The exterior of the attraction is reminiscent of the opening title sequence from the film, featuring multiple colored doors. The facade also features graphics of such characters from the film and attraction as Roz, Randall Boggs, Boo, Needleman and Smitty.

•The entry point of the attraction is set in the Monstropolis Transit Authority, featuring posters that exhort guests to “Join the Child Detection Agency!”  A video by the Monstropolis Chamber of Commerce gives guests a peek into the world they are about to enter.

•An open phone book in the Monstropolis Transit Authority features advertising for such establishments at “Monster City Café,” “Cyclops Optical,” “Tony’s Grossery” and “Screamtronics.”

•The Transit Authority features sales of “The Daily Glob” and “Monstropolis Horn” newspapers with headlines such as “Baby Born with Five Heads – Parents Thrilled” and “Scream Shortage Looms – Modern Kids Hard to Scare.”

•A vending machine in the Transit Authority features such snacks as “Primordial Ooze,” “Blort,” “Bag O Calories,” “Sugar-Salt & Fat” and “Polyvinyl Chloride.”

•Guests pick-up their taxi vehicles across from the “Rabid Transit Stop” featuring a crosswalk signal that blinks “Stalk” / “Don’t Stalk”

•Each taxi features personalized license plates such as “FOBY AH,” “SCREAMR,” “GOTCHA,” “PETRIFY,” “CLAWS” and “MNSTR4U.”


•Imagineers created the three-dimensional world of Monstropolis based on actual blueprints developed by Pixar Animation Studios for the film, “Monsters, Inc.”

The main cast of Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! includes:

James P. Sullivan (Sulley) - Voiced in the film and attraction by John Goodman
Sulley is the purple-spotted, aqua blue top Kid Scarer at Monsters, Inc. who inadvertently lets a little girl into the monsters world of Monstropolis.

Mike Wazowski - Voiced in the film and attraction by Billy Crystal
The little green-eyed monster is Sulley’s scare assistant at the factory and best friend who helps him return Boo back to the safety of her bedroom.

Boo - Voiced in the film and attraction by Mary Gibbs
The little girl in pigtails who has accidentally crossed-over into the world of Monstropolis and causes mayhem as Mike and Sulley (whom she calls “Kitty”) attempt to return her back to her bedroom safe and sound.

Randall Boggs - Voiced in the film and attraction by Steve Buscemi
The purple slithery chameleon is Sulley’s rival for top Kid Scarer and is determined to thwart Mike and Sulley’s attempt to successfully return Boo to her bedroom.

Roz - Voiced in the film and attraction by Bob Peterson
The slug-like Dispatch Manager at Monsters, Inc. who is forever reminding Mike Wazowski to turn in his paperwork.

Celia - Voiced in the film and attraction by Jennifer Tilly
The receptionist at Monsters, Inc. with the Medusa style hair (literally) and Mike Wazowski’s girlfriend whose patience wears thin as havoc ensues as Mike tries to get Boo home.

Needleman and Smitty - Voiced in the film and attraction by Dan Gerson
These two somewhat dim-witted best friends are Scare Wranglers on Mike and Sulley’s Scare Floor at Monsters, Inc.

The C.D.A. (Child Detection Agency)
The yellow-suited agents of the C.D.A. are everywhere throughout Monstropolis, protecting its citizens from child contamination and contact with little Boo.

•The havoc-wreaked sushi restaurant in the attraction is called Harryhausen’s. This is an homage to stop-motion film animation pioneer and Academy Award® winner Ray Harryhausen noted for such films as “Jason and the Argonauts,” ”One Million Years B.C.” and “Clash of the Titans.”

•The sushi chef octopus behind the bar in Harryhausen's has only six legs. This is a reference to “It Came from Beneath the Sea,” a 1955  science-fiction film in which Ray Harryhausen created an octopus with six arms due to budget restrictions.

•Jonathan Sachs, the arranger who worked with Randy Newman on the music for the film, arranged and composed additional music for the attraction.

•The attraction features both black light and white light art direction, giving it a variety of rich environments.

•This is the first Disney park attraction that travels through a scene in a bathroom.  


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  12/30/05
  DISNEY’S “MOST MAGICAL CELEBRATION ON EARTH” FETED WITH 2006 ROSE PARADE FLOAT FIT FOR A PRINCESS
Disney Parks Worldwide Celebrate 50 Years of Fun with 50,000 Roses and Flora From Around the World

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2005) - - With a theme of “It’s Magical” for the 117th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, what could be more magical than five beautiful Disney castles from around the world seeming to float down the parade route on a pillow of clouds? “The Most Magical Celebration on Earth,” the 2006 Rose Parade float entry from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, depicts just such an enchanting scene – the ongoing celebration of 50 years of Disney theme park magic around the world (continuing throughout 2006).

Millions of Rose Parade viewers worldwide will get to see the Disney float on Monday, January 2 (the parade is never presented on a Sunday), highlighted by a floral depiction of each of the five iconic castles that stand as symbols of dreams, wishes and magic at Disney parks in California, Florida, Japan, France and Hong Kong. Soaring nearly 50 feet high and 150 feet long (the longest Rose Parade entry this year), the entry features the U.S. premiere of the newest Disney song “One,” written exclusively for the recent grand opening of Hong Kong Disneyland.

“The Rose Parade is a wonderful way for us to highlight our ongoing celebration of five decades of Disney theme park magic,” states Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resort. “Our parks are magical experiences that offer creatively unique entertainment that appeals to families the world over, transcending geographic and cultural barriers to simply speak the international language of fun – that’s pretty magical.”

The float is composed of 50,000 roses (including the official Disneyland Rose), plus flower and plant material indigenous to the home country of each park. Additional touches include a pixie dust path created from white sparkled coconuts, castle walls made from strawberry powder and clouds of white roses, irises, carnations and cattleya orchids. The float will stop once along the parade route and present a small musical number featuring an energetic array of Disney characters and dancers.

The impressive Disney entry salutes an incredible 50-year legacy of fun but also represents an equally exciting future characterized by the creative application of new technologies and breakthrough innovations at Disney Parks around the globe. New dreams and magic on the immediate horizon include soon-to-open Disney attractions such as “Expedition Everest” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort, “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” at Disney’s California Adventure in California, “Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast” at Disneyland Paris and a 21st century version of “Autopia” at Hong Kong Disneyland

Since 1938 Disney has been a frequent presence in the world-famous Rose Parade. The traditional visits of the Rose Bowl teams and the Rose Queen and her court to Disneyland began in 1960 and continue today. Both Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse have served as grand marshals of the parade (in 1966 and 2005 respectively). The 2005 Rose Parade featured the official unveiling of the celebration saluting 50 years of Disney theme park magic, featuring a spectacular kick-off show and parade entry.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, part of the magic of The Walt Disney Company, is where the magic lives. Disney Parks and Resorts operates or licenses 11 Disney theme parks on three continents, along with 37 resort hotels, the two luxury ships of the Disney Cruise Line, seven Disney Vacation Club resorts (with more than 90,000 members) and eight ESPN Zone dining locations, plus Walt Disney Imagineering (responsible for the design and creation of all the Disney attractions, resorts, real estate developments and more).

The float entry by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in the 2006 Rose parade is just one aspect of the ongoing “Happiest Celebration on Earth,” an 18-month salute to 50 years of Disney park magic around the globe that started with the opening of Disney’s original park, Disneyland, in 1955.


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  11/28/05
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NATIONAL TURKEY is THE STAR OF THANKSGIVING DAY at

 “THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!”

 

         

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2005) - - Today in a Thanksgiving Day salute the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey, named Marshmallow, was honored as the grand marshal of Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Day parade as the park celebrates its 50th anniversary year. The famed turkey “gobbled” his way down Main Street, U.S.A. under sunny 73-degree skies surrounded on a float by children dressed as little Pilgrims and Native Americans. After the parade, the turkey was moved to Santa’s Reindeer Round-up in the park’s Frontierland section to greet his eager fans.

 

          Following the traditional Presidential pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a White House ceremony on Tuesday, November 22, in Washington, D.C., the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey became “The Happiest Turkey on Earth” and then headed west to “The Happiest Place on Earth” - - Disneyland! Joined by National Turkey Federation Chairman Pete Rothfork on United Airlines Flight 197 from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, the National Thanksgiving Turkey flew first-class 2,288 miles nonstop to the west coast for the special Thanksgiving Day honor.

          The 18 ½ week old tom turkey weighs about 37 pounds and was raised under Rothfork’s direct supervision. He was brought up on a farm owned and operated by Jim and Vicki Trites in Henning, Minnesota.

 

About the National Turkey Federation       

The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities, which increase demand for its members¹ products and protect and enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high quality, nutritious turkey products.

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Sleigh Bells Ring, Snow Falls and Chestnuts Roast at

“The Merriest Place on Earth!”

 

            ANAHEIM, Calif., – As its 50th Anniversary celebration continues in full swing, the Disneyland Resort has been transformed into a dazzling holiday wonderland (now through January 2) featuring an unbelievable array of spectacular entertainment, amazing decorations, festive foods and favorite adventures and attractions.         

 

            The fun is extended with expanded park hours for Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure for much of the season, and Downtown Disney District and the Disneyland Resort hotels join in the merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining.

 

Disneyland

 

            Disneyland will continue to celebrate its 50th Anniversary throughout the holiday season, adding to its golden line-up of new attractions (“Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters,” “Space Mountain,” “Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years,” etc.)  with a range of holiday shows, seasonal attractions and lively entertainment.

 

            The 2005 holiday season at Disneyland is a whole lot brighter this year as the traditional Christmas tree in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. has turned gold in honor of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary. Glittering in gilded splendor the traditional live tree has received the “Midas Touch” with a golden theme to commemorate Disneyland’s half-century milestone. The tree is 60 feet tall and is decorated with 10,000 golden ornaments and holiday lights. The tree’s gold topper is a symbolic pair of golden Mickey Mouse ears with the numeral “50” in the center, and is accented with genuine, hand-applied 24-karat gold leafing.

 

            Also new this year is “Santa’s Reindeer Round-up” at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland.  The ranch has been transformed into a “West Pole” getaway where Santa can unwind with Mrs. Claus and his team of reindeer.  Kids and their families can chat with St. Nick, see real reindeer grazing in a corral, play some reindeer games, create take-home Yuletide souvenirs and join in holiday line dances with music from a Western trio.

 

            The park’s annual holiday parade, “A Christmas Fantasy,” will be presented November 18 through January 2 on Main Street, U.S.A.  This ever-popular procession depicts an enchanting collection of holiday scenes, music and a cast of Disney characters and performers in Yuletide vignettes.  Toy soldiers march in cadence, friendly snowmen dance and Santa waves from a soaring sleigh as his reindeer prance below.

 

            “Haunted Mansion Holiday” returns with a madcap celebration where the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide.  The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” has come to the “Haunted Mansion” to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.

 

            In Fantasyland, the classic “it’s a small world” will again become “it’s a small world Holiday” with a popular seasonal overlay that transforms this classic Disneyland attraction into a holiday trip around the world.  More than 300,000 glittery lights adorn the attraction’s façade.

 

            Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary entertainment includes the all-new nightly fireworks spectacular, “Remember… Dreams Come True,” the most elaborate pyrotechnics show in Disneyland history featuring an amazing new flight path for Tinker Bell.  During the holidays, “Remember” will conclude with a touching rendition of “White Christmas” as a magical snowfall gently flutters down on Main Street, U.S.A., Small World Mall and New Orleans Square. 

 

            “Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams” continues daily on Main Street, U.S.A., immersing guests in the musical grandeur and visual spectacle of this innovative Disney parade, featuring one of the largest casts of Disney characters ever assembled.

Disney’s
California Adventure

 

            Disney’s California Adventure will celebrate the season with fanciful park-wide decorations and lively entertainment. Guests approaching the park will immediately get in the holiday mood as the iconic entrance-way letters that spell “CALIFORNIA” have been magically transformed to appear as swirling red and white peppermint sticks.

 

            Inside a bug’s land, Flik and his bug buddies have spread giant Christmas lights, oversized ornaments and towering candy canes throughout their realm.  Alongside Paradise Bay, a resplendent Christmas tree provides a dazzling sight as other nearby trees sparkle with hundreds of lights and wreathes adorn lampposts.

 

            The Sunshine Plaza becomes “Santa’s Beach Blast,” where the Disney characters playfully blend classic holiday images with the California beach lifestyle.  Santa the surfer greets guests near a Woody wagon sleigh, and the area is filled with seaside-style holiday decorations.

 

 

New Monthly Podcast Takes Listeners Behind-the-Magic of

“The Happiest Place on Earth”

 

            ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2005) - - The Disneyland Resort in southern California has premiered the Official Disneyland Resort Podcast, an entertaining and informative monthly show featuring a “Behind-the-Magic” look at what’s new and exciting at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” This unique Internet-based show is free, available now and is accessible to a global audience at: www.disneyland.com/podcast or via a “Disneyland” search on iTunes.

 

            “Our initial podcasts in May and July were so well received by listeners that we have decided to produce a monthly magazine-style show emanating from the Disneyland Resort,” states Duncan Wardle, vice president of press and publicity for the resort. “These podcasts will be an entertaining and engaging way for people to stay connected to our great heritage, find out what’s new and hear what’s coming in the near future.”  

 

            A new episode of the Official Disneyland Resort Podcast, hosted by podcast pioneer Michael Geoghegan, will debut every month and will be available online for three months each. As the official podcast from the Disneyland Resort each show will feature interviews with the people who make the magic, from Disney Imagineers, animators, entertainers, authors, celebrities, Resort Cast Members and artisans of every kind.

 

            The premiere podcast features interviews to celebrate the autumn season. Michael Geoghegan scares up some frightful fun with Jason Surrell, Disney Imagineer and author of the book “The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies.” Geoghegan also conjures up a conversation with master Disney animator Andreas Deja, who has drawn a rogues gallery of Disney villains. The podcast closes as Geoghegan takes listeners to the 50th anniversary of "The Mickey Mouse Club" celebration at Disneyland in October.

 

The innovative Disney podcast made its initial debut in May, 2005, during the launch of the “Happiest Celebration on Earth,” the 18-month global commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, continuing throughout 2006. It was the first time that any Disney resort in the world utilized the rapidly growing medium of podcasting.

 

  11/10/05
  Christmas Trees at the Disneyland Resort - Mouseinfo.com
 

 
DISNEYLAND 50th ANNIVERSARY GOLD CHRISTMAS TREE
FUN FACTS

The 2005 holiday season at the Disneyland Resort will be a whole lot brighter this year as the traditional Christmas tree in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. goes gold in honor of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary celebration (continuing daily through 2006). Glittering in gilded splendor the traditional live tree has received the “Midas Touch” with a golden theme to commemorate Disneyland’s half-century milestone.

Here are the trunk-to-tip facts regarding this most unique Disneyland holiday icon:

· The Disneyland 50th Anniversary Gold Christmas Tree stands in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland from November 11, 2005 to January 2, 2006.

· The tree is 60 feet tall and decorated with 5,000 golden ornaments and 5,000 holiday lights.

· The lights decorating the tree are clear, white and amber accenting and highlighting the tree’s golden luminescence.

· The tree’s gold topper is a symbolic pair of golden Mickey Mouse ears with the numeral “50” in the center, and is accented with genuine, hand-applied 24-karat gold leafing.

· At the base of the tree are giant decorative gift boxes and colorful red poinsettias.

· The tree was harvested from the Mount Shasta region of Northern California, near the city of Redding.

· The tree is a White Fir, which is also known as a Shasta Fir.

· For its journey to the Disneyland Resort the tree was secured horizontally on a flatbed tractor-trailer and transported by a trucking company to southern California.

· The tree arrived at Disneyland on October 17 and soon began an extensive preparation and decorating process that took place in the Resort’s “backstage” area.

· More than 20 Disneyland Resort Cast Members were involved in the process of preparing, decorating and displaying the Disneyland 50th Anniversary Gold Christmas Tree.

· The entire process for this year’s tree, from selection to installation on Main Street, U.S.A., took 560 hours.

· The tree firmly rests in a planter in Town Square and is kept secure from any wind effects by four guy wires that are attached to the tree. Two guy wires are anchored to Main Street buildings and two are anchored into the ground.

· During the decorating process, the tree was placed in a five-foot-deep well containing 50 gallons of water. While in Town Square for its eight-week display, the tree sits in a similar well that is replenished with water every few days.

· The Disneyland tradition of a giant Christmas tree towering over Main Street, U.S.A. began in 1956. Disneyland is the last Disney park in the world to still utilize a real live tree as its holiday centerpiece in Town Square.

· Since its first holiday season in 1955 Disneyland has celebrated this special time of year with Yule time parades, an abundance of festive décor and special entertainment including the annual holiday parade, carolers, holiday foods, seasonal merchandise and the traditional Candlelight Ceremony and Processional.

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  11/03/05
  DISNEYLAND RESORT 2005 THANKSGIVING DAY DINING
 

The Disneyland Resort is offering a variety of dining options for Thanksgiving Day, November 24.  For more information and reservations, call (714) 781-DINE. Below are some of the options available:

 

“A Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast,” Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim

A wealth of traditional holiday fare, including the Disney characters, will be part of this popular and elaborate all-you-care-to-eat buffet in the hotel's Grand Ballroom. The menu includes hand-carved oven-roasted turkey with gravy, honey glazed ham, carved round of beef, jumbo shrimp, creamy mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, salads and a crepe station.  Also offered will be fresh bread, pastries, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, tarts, cookies, chocolate mousse, ice cream and fresh fruit.  A special buffet for children features macaroni and cheese, pizza, hamburgers and a build-your-own sundae station.

Date: Thursday, November 24

Time: 2 to 8 p.m.

Price: $55 for adults, $13.50 for children ages 3-11. Children under three are free.

 

Napa Rose, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim

This award-winning restaurant will feature a four-course menu celebrating California Wine Country Cuisine.  Executive Chef Andrew Sutton will prepare some special dishes for the holiday, including braised range pheasant with Sonoma mushrooms and crisp potato gnocchi; harvest pumpkin bisque with wild rice, roast parsnip and duck confit; and oak-roasted American Heritage “bronze” turkey with country corn bread stuffing and chanterelle mushroom gravy.  Among the dessert choices is country style nut tart with walnut caramel ice cream.

Date: Thursday, November 24

Time: 2 to 7 p.m.

Price: $75 for adults, children's menu available

 

Goofy’s Kitchen, Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim

Goofy’s Kitchen will offer a Thanksgiving Feast menu filled with traditional entrees and side dishes, plus a wide variety of desserts.

Date:  Thursday, November 24

Time: Between 3 to 9 p.m.

Price:  $28.99 per adult, $11.99 per child 3-11

 

Storytellers Cafe, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, 1600 S. Disneyland Drive

Storytellers Café will present an elaborate dinner buffet on Thanksgiving Day offering turkey and all the trimmings and much more.

Date:  Thursday, November 24

Time: Between 3 to 9 p.m.

Price:  $28.99 per adult, $11.99 per child 3-11

 

Disney’s PCH Grill, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, 1717 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim

Disney’s PCH Grill will serve a Thanksgiving feast buffet featuring traditional entrees, favorite side dishes and a variety of desserts.

Date:  Thursday, November 24

Time: Between 3 to 9 p.m.

Price:  $28.99 per adult, $11.99 per child 3-11


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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2005) - - Disneyland, “The Mickey Mouse Club” and the Mouseketeers - - three American pop culture icons - - share their 50th anniversaries in 2005 and ten of the original Mouseketeers returned “home” to Disneyland today to celebrate their golden milestone where they first made their initial public appearance. In salute to one of the most popular children’s television shows of all-time, the Mouseketeers were at Disneyland for a reunion saluting the debut of the classic 1950s television series.

 

The special salute honoring the original cast of Mouseketeers and “The Mickey Mouse Club” is just one of many memorable moments taking place during the 18-month Disneyland “Happiest Homecoming on Earth” 50th anniversary celebration as it kicks into high gear and continues throughout 2006. Additional upcoming milestones and celebrations include “Golden” holidays at Disneyland, the January opening of the all-new attraction “Monsters, Inc. – Mike & Sulley to the Rescue at Disney’s California Adventure and the 40th anniversary of “it’s a small world.”

 

In a nostalgic ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Mouseketeers reflected on 50 years of “Mouske-Memories” in story and song before unveiling the world’s largest pair of “Mouseketeer Ears,” comprised of nearly 1,000 “Honorary” Mouseketeers filling the expansive forecourt of the castle. Seen from above, and to the strains of the familiar “Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater,” the iconic black ears with the “Mickey Mouse Club” logo magically came alive and transformed to shimmering gold to mark the milestone occasion.

 

            “We are very proud to honor the Mouseketeers for their contributions to Disneyland and to children’s television,” said Matt Ouimet, president of Disneyland Resort.  “The Mousketeer hats that ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ made so popular 50 years ago continue to be popular with Disneyland Guests today.”

 

“The Mickey Mouse Club” made its national television premiere on Monday, October 3, 1955, on the ABC television network. The Mouseketeers were a talented cast of youngsters that starred in the popular variety series that included cartoons, music and live-action adventures. The show began with the famous “Mickey Mouse Club March” (a tune still familiar with today’s generation) and ended with another popular song, “The Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater,” which expressed a heartfelt goodbye with the famous: “M-I-C – See ya real soon – K – E – Y – Why? Because we like you! M-O-U-S-E.” 

 

The Mouseketeers were first introduced to the public during the live broadcast of the Disneyland’s grand opening, televised nationwide on Sunday, July 17, 1955. They were featured in the inaugural Main Street parade and were showcased with their very own musical production number. All 24 initial Mouseketeers performed the “Talent Round-Up” song at the Mickey Mouse Club Theater in Fantasyland, culminating in the soon-to-become familiar “Mouseketeer Roll Call.” Over the course of a four-year run (1955 – 1959), 39 original Mouseketeers appeared on the show.  

 

For many years The Mickey Mouse Club Theater at Disneyland was the official home of the Mouseketeers. Opening on August 27, 1955, the theater featured a program of Disney cartoon shorts and 3D films. On November 24, 1955, Disneyland premiered the elaborate “Mickey Mouse Club Circus,” starring many of the Mouseketeers as stunt riders and trapeze artists, plus head Mouseketeers Jimmie Dodd and Roy Williams. From 1963 - 64 the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland became the “Mickey Mouse Club Headquarters” where children could sign-up and get their own official membership cards in the club.

 

Throughout the years the original Mouseketeers have returned to Disneyland numerous times, including reunions in 1980, 1990, 1995 and most recently at the actual 50th anniversary of Disneyland on July 17, 2005.

 

“The Mickey Mouse Club” featured numerous Mouseketeers that would go on to successful entertainment careers including Annette Funicello (“Babes in Toyland,” “The Shaggy Dog,” numerous “Beach Party” films with Frankie Avalon), Bobby Burgess (“The Lawrence Welk Show”), Tommy Kirk (“Old Yeller,” “Swiss Family Robinson”), Cubby O’Brien (professional drummer for numerous Broadway shows and headliners) and Tommy Cole (Emmy Award winning make-up artist).  

 

The show was revived in 1977 as “The New Mickey Mouse Club” with a whole new cast of Mouseketeers including Lisa Whelchel who later starred in the hit TV series “The Facts of Life.”  From 1989-1994, the “MMC” was broadcast on The Disney Channel and launched the careers of such successful performers as Christina Aguilar, J.C. Chasez, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.


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Are you a Mouseketeer? Annual Passholders Wanted!

What: A limited number of Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders are needed to participate in a special event. The special event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club and will take place at the Sleeping Beauty Castle forecourt. Annual Passholders will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

When: Monday, October 3, 2005
6:00am-10:30am

Who: Annual Passholders

Annual Passholders must be 18 years of age. This event requires standing for an extended amount of time and the ability to hold light production props.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

How do I sign up?
Click the link or e-mail your name and Annual Passholder number to:

dlr.press.event.res.center@disney.com  *Updated/Corrected Email Address*

Where do I park?

Please park as directed in the Timon Parking lot. The Timon parking lot can be accessed from Harbor Blvd.

What time do I arrive?
The parking lot opens at 5:00am with the gates opening at 6:00am. Please arrive early as we will only accommodate the first 900 guests.

What time do you stop taking participants?
We will close the gates at 7:00am or when we have received 900 participants, whichever comes first.

Where do I check-in?
Check-in will be at the Disneyland Main Entrance – near the Kennel Club.

Do I get paid to participate in this event?
No. This is a volunteer event to be done on your own time. Each person will receive breakfast, Mickey Mouse ears, and a commemorative limited edition certificate of participation.

Can I bring a guest that does not have an annual pass?
No. You must have a valid Anuual Pass in order to participate.

Do I have to stay the entire time?

Yes. After you have checked in, there will be an event rehearsal for your volunteer assignment. Your volunteer shift will end at approximately 10:30am.

What do I need to bring?
- Your Annual Pass
- You will be moving in between locations and you will need to have your hands free of personal belongings. We ask that you bring as little as possible with you. A mini black backpack (approx. 8” w x 12” h) is appropriate, anything larger you will be asked to take it back to your car. There will not be a secured storage location for you to leave anything unattended.

What should I wear?
- Black, long pants
- Dark comfortable shoes – you will be standing for an extended period of time
- Event T-Shirt will be provided at the event
- Light weight jacket or sweatshirt – must be able to tie around your waist.

Can I bring a camera?
No. Cameras and/or video recording of any kind is strictly prohibited, including the use of camera phones, during this event.


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Honda to Give Away a Civic-A-Day at the Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 22, 2005 – Starting October 1, Honda will present a month-long 2006 Civic-A-Day giveaway at the Disneyland Resort as part of the re-launch of “Space Mountain,” American Honda Motor Co. and Disneyland Resort jointly announced today.

Honda’s “The Coolest Ride in the Galaxy” sweepstakes is the latest addition to the 18-month celebration of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary that continues through 2006. Each day, one lucky guest at Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure will win a new 2006 Civic. Park guests will receive a scratch-off card upon entry, with finalists participating in a daily ceremony to award the car at a replica of “Space Mountain” in the Disneyland Resort Esplanade.

As Disneyland marks five decades of fun with all-new shows, adventures and attractions, Honda debuts its all-new eighth-generation 2006 Civic. The new Civic represents an extreme transformation of technology, design and dynamics, and delivers clean and efficient performance with class-leading standard safety equipment.

"We believe this month-long giveaway will create added excitement for our guests as Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary shifts into high gear,” said Matt Ouimet, president of the Disneyland Resort.

"We’re excited about this opportunity to spotlight the 2006 Civic, which offers enhanced safety, performance and refinement beyond anything we’ve ever offered in this segment," said John Mendel, senior vice president, Auto Operations, American Honda.

The Civic, available in two distinctive body styles and highlighted by an environmentally friendly Civic Hybrid and a high performance Civic Si model, symbolizes the new generation compact vehicle that is stylish, fun-to-drive and practical.


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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2005) – In celebration of 50 years of Disneyland magic, The Walt Disney Company inducted the 2005 “class” of Disney Legends for their roles in creating the company’s treasure trove of entertainment, particularly their part in creating “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Today’s 10:00am ceremony was presented in the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland. Following the awards presentation the honorees participated in a hand-print ceremony.

 

          Honored during the ceremony at the Disneyland Resort were famed Hollywood star Steve Martin and legendary broadcaster Art Linkletter. As a teenager growing up in Orange County, California, Martin spent time working at the Magic Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. where he honed his talents for magic, juggling and creating balloon animals. Linkletter was one of the three hosts of the live nationwide telecast of the Disneyland grand opening festivities on July 17, 1955 (along with future U.S. President Ronald Reagan and actor Bob Cummings).

 

          The 2005 Disney Legends Ceremony marked the first time that the prestigious presentation has been showcased at Disneyland. It also signified the first time that an hourly Disney theme park “Cast Member” has been given the award (longtime Disneyland Cast Member Chuck Abbott). The honor was also bestowed upon Milt Albright, who in 1954 became the very first “Cast Member” on the Disneyland payroll.  The other new inductees represent such Disneyland disciplines as attractions, entertainment, public relations, community service, custodial, administration, the Disneyland Marching Band, Imagineering, hotels, food and merchandise.

 

          The Disney Legends program was established in 1987 to acknowledge and honor the many individuals whose imagination and talents have made a significant impact on the Disney legacy. The Legends are chosen by a selection committee comprised of longtime Disney executives, historians and authorities. The awards are presented annually.

 

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HONG KONG (Asia Times) - After six years of planning and construction, with 600 Hong Kong government officials, visiting PRC Vice President Zeng Qinghong, 900 members of the international and local press and hundreds of local VIPs (local tycoons, corporate bigwigs and stage and screen stars) in attendance for the grand opening ceremony, Hong Kong Disneyland officially opened its doors to the public at 1 pm on September 12.

 


HONG KONG, Sept. 12 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Against the dream-come-true backdrop of Sleeping Beauty Castle and the natural grandeur of the green Lantau Island mountains, Hong Kong Disneyland officially brought the fun and excitement of a Disney theme park to Hong Kong Monday with a spectacular Grand Opening.

The ceremony began with a colorful display of spinning parasols which parted to reveal children welcoming the spectators in English, Cantonese and Putonghua. Classical Chinese tradition joined with Disney heritage as the ceremony continued with the 100-voice Hong Kong Children's Choir, dazzling Chinese acrobats and dancers, and Disney ambassadors representing all of the Disney theme parks worldwide -- Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and the United States.

Centerpiece of the ceremony was a traditional Lion Dance ritual in which the Lions were "brought to life" when their eyes were dotted with brushes and red ink by Michael D. Eisner, Walt Disney Company Chief Executive Officer; Robert A. Iger, Walt Disney Company President, Chief Operating Officer and CEO-elect; Zeng Qinghong, Vice-President of the People's Republic of China; and Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR Government).

"Hong Kong Disneyland stands before us as a living symbol of the creativity and imagination that are the heart and soul of Disney," said Eisner. "With a spirit of goodwill and friendship, we invite the people of Hong Kong, China and all of Asia to share in the magic, imagination and soaring spirit of Disney."

"We hope Hong Kong Disneyland will be a beacon," said Iger, "reminding us that no matter the language of borders, humankind can accomplish great things when we work together, especially when we can show the world that imagination is alive, that fantasy can be reality and that magic happens."

In welcoming Disney to Hong Kong, Tsang observed, "The arrival of the world's most widely recognized and best-loved theme park in Hong Kong will allow us to provide visitors from all over the region with a fun-filled and diversified experience¡K We warmly and wholeheartedly welcome the Disney family to Hong Kong."

Two Disney theme park anthems were sung by the Hong Kong Children's Choir: "It's a Small World" in English and "One" in Cantonese, and the final ribbon-cutting was performed by Eisner, Iger, Zeng and Tsang, and observed by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and singer and Hong Kong Disneyland spokesperson Jacky Cheung.

The Monday Grand Opening of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was preceded by a weekend preview for business and government leaders and such celebrities as Eason Chan, Emil Chau, Jacky Cheung, Andy Hui, Brad Kane, Coco Lee, Paige O'Hara, Lea Salonga and Joey Yung who spent Sunday enjoying the themed lands of Hong Kong Disneyland Park.

The vacation resort on Hong Kong's Lantau Island is a joint venture of The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong SAR Government. It includes two intricately detailed hotels -- the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel -- with breathtaking views of the theme park and the South China Sea, along with a public recreation area with a sparkling lake and arboretum.

Following the ceremony, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort opened its gates for thousands of waiting guests. The Opening Day crowd enjoyed a full day of entertainment including encounters with such famous Disney characters as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and Cinderella, as well as adventures on such classic Disney attractions as Jungle River Cruise, Mad Hatter Tea Cups and Space Mountain. Other highlights in Hong Kong Disneyland include live Broadway-quality entertainment, distinctive Disneyland gifts and souvenirs, and flavorful Asian and Western cuisine in a variety of restaurants and cafes. Walt Disney's philosophy that Disneyland would "never be completed¡Kas long as there is imagination left in the world," extends to Hong Kong Disneyland, where work is already underway on Autopia, a new Tomorrowland attraction where guests of all ages can drive electric cars along the highways of tomorrow. The new adventure is scheduled to open in 2006.

    About Hong Kong Disneyland:

Located on lush Lantau Island overlooking Penny's Bay, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is a brand-new, world-class family entertainment and recreation center consisting of a magical, Disneyland-style theme park of shows and attractions, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (400 guestrooms), Disney's Hollywood Hotel (600 guestrooms) and Inspiration Lake, a public area featuring boat rentals and a 3.5 hectare arboretum. Offering guests of all ages a full day immersed in imagination and creativity uniquely Disney, Hong Kong Disneyland is home to Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Mulan and other Disney characters beloved the world over.

A joint venture of The Walt Disney Company and Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort employs 5,000 cast members. The HKSAR Government estimated the first phase of the project will generate a present economic value of HK$148 billion (US$19 billion) in benefits to Hong Kong over a 40-year period.

 

 

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After 2 weeks in California, Disneyland50.com has a massive multi-day photo update. It includes pictures of the N.F.F.C. convention, the preview and grand opening of Space Mountain, as well as the campout, ceremony, and rededication of Disneyland on July 17th.

 

   
  09/11/05
 

HONG KONG (Sept 09, 2005) - Dumbo gleams. Brass fittings sparkle on the horseless carriages of Main Street, U.S.A. Mickey Mouse's tux is pressed to perfection. Even the rocket ships of Space Mountain are poised for the stars.

All is in eager readiness for the dawning of a new frontier in family entertainment in China. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is about to open.

Disney's 11th theme park and first-ever in China, Hong Kong Disneyland has its grand opening Monday, bringing Disney's brand of wholesome family fun to an exciting new corner of the world and the fastest growing tourism market anywhere.

Guests will be treated to a theme park of four magical 'lands' radiating from Sleeping Beauty Castle, a loving re-creation of the original at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Two dramatically themed hotels -- Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel -- flank the theme park on Lantau Island, about 30 minutes from Hong Kong by car, bus or the MTR, Hong Kong's sleek, far-flung rail system.

On Friday, just days away from opening, landscapers pruned, musicians tuned and shutters got a final coat of paint as the resort's 5,000 cast members (Disney parlance for employees) readied the resort for its first official guests.

'You can feel the excitement building all across the resort as our cast members add the finishing touches in preparation for our grand opening,' said Don Robinson, group managing director.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Company and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), offers a full day's and evening's entertainment. 'We are beginning what we hope will be a lifetime relationship with our guests full of memories that will touch the hearts of millions,' said Jay Rasulo, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

'This resort is a great example of how The Walt Disney Company combines cutting-edge technology with fantastic storytelling to create unique entertainment experiences,' Rasulo added.

Artfully themed Disney hotels continue the magic outside the park. With dramatic views of the park and sea, each is a showplace, from the dramatic facade of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to the fun icons of Disney's Hollywood Hotel.

On Monday, dignitaries will join officials of The Walt Disney Company, celebrities and Disney's world-famous characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Mulan in unwrapping the first true family vacation destination in Hong Kong, ushering in a new era.

Disney's fifth vacation resort (others are in California, Florida, Paris and Tokyo) offers attractions new and classic, exciting live shows, a treasure trove of shopping and cuisine with a focus on the flavors of China.

When Hong Kong Disneyland Park grand-opens Monday, the curtain rises on such classics as Space Mountain (with new and exciting special effects), Jungle River Cruise and Mad Hatter Tea Cups. Joining the lineup are latest hits such as 'Mickey's PhilharMagic' (a 3-D magical musical spectacular starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and friends), live shows such as 'Festival of the Lion King' inspired by Disney's smash-hit animated feature film "The Lion King,' and all-new Fantasy Gardens where guests may meet, take photographs with and get autographs from cherished Disney characters. It's the most elaborate Disney character meet-and-greet location at any Disney theme park in the world.

Disney magic rooted in creativity and imagination fills the rest of the park -- from the fun-filled, float-filled "Disney On Parade" rolling daily down Main Street, U.S.A. to whimsical 'streetmosphere' (including a harmonizing barbershop quartet) to a nightly fireworks spectacular painting the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle with China's ancient mountains for a backdrop.

Thoughout the gala, grand opening weekend festivities, stars won't be just in the skies. The event has attracted top-name performing acts from all across Asia. Among those scheduled to perform for invited guests:

Emil Chau Wakin -- Best known as the title singer for the Disney animated feature film hit 'Tarzan,' Emil's many talents came into play when he recorded the film's score in both Mandarin and Chinese.

Andy Hui -- a well-known pop male vocalist throughout Hong Kong, Andy is known to millions as the voice of Denahi Bear in Disney's award-winning, animated feature film, 'Brother Bear.' In addition to his voice-talent work, Andy also recorded the title song for the film.

Joey Yung -- an award-winning Hong Kong singer and actress, Joey was named Best Female Singer during the Hong Kong Music Awards in both 2003 and 2004. Joey's ties to Disney date back to the release of a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film 'Toy Story 2,' where she recorded the theme song for the computer-animated hit movie. Later Joey recorded the theme song for Disney's animated film 'Atlantis.'

Eason Chan -- This famed actor-singer from Hong Kong was voted 'Best Selling Male Artist' for 2003. He has also been the voice of Milo in the full-length, Disney animated feature film, "Atlantis."

CoCo Lee -- This well-known contemporary singer served as the voice of Mulan in the Disney animated feature film of the same name. Coco also recorded the main title track for Disney's 'Mulan' -- the song 'Reflections.'

Jacky Cheung -- A multi-talented Hong Kong performer and entertainer, Jacky is the official spokesperson for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and can be seen as the host of the 'Magical World of Disneyland' on TVB. He was named the official spokesperson for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in July 2004 and became the newest member of the Disney family.

  Three Reads - Micechat.com
  Howard Johnson's of Anaheim Deepens their Discounts for September
  When it comes to layoffs at WDI, the stealthy approach really pays off - Jim Hill Media.com
  09/02/05
  Updated Merchandise Page
  Updated Anniversary Calendar Page
 

DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update 8/15!

 

DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update 8/22!

 

DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update 8/30!

  Park Update: Disneyland - Mouseplanet.com
  Round-Up - Micechat.com
  I Wann-a Honda - Micechat.com
  The Name Game - Micechat.com
  Remember, Whishes & Dreams - Miceage.com
  A fond look back at Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebration: Part I
  A fond look back at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration: Part II
  A fond look back at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration: Part III
  A Fond Look Back at Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Celebration: Part IV
  A fond look back at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration: Part V
  08/01/05
 

Image © Disney BBC AP

  Disney to Open Shanghai Theme Park in 2012 - China Knowledge Press
   
  Disney to Open Shanghai Theme Park in 2012 - Discussion at Mouseinfo.com
  DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update- (08/01/05) - Visionsfantastic.com
  Ollie Johnston and the “Marie E” Steam-Up at Disneyland - Jim Hill Media
  Disneyland Photo Update (07/29/05) - Disneygeek.com
  Disneyland Park Update - Mouseplanet.com
  Disneyland Resort Photo Update 07/30/05 - Darkbeer
  Disneyland Resort Photo Update 07/31/05 - Darkbeer
  07/27/05
  Disneyland Pictorial Update by XP_GUN - 07/22/05 - Mousetimes.com
  MiceChat Round-Up - Miceage.com
  Thoughts on the 50th - Miceage.com
 

How to Have a Good Time on a Busy Day at Disneyland - O-meon.com

 

Video Supplement: Disneyland Disneyanamania - O-meon.com

  Disneyland Photo Update - Mouseinfo.com
  DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update- (07/11/05) - Visionsfantastic.com
  Fans are put center stage - O.C. Register
  Space ride worth the two year wait - O.C. Register
  O.C. Register Disney Section
  07/21/05
  Welcomed Home - Miceage.com
  Space Mountain Re-Launch Ceremony - Laughingplace.com
  Celebrating 50 Years of Magical Memories Event - Colddeadfish.net
  07/20/05
  Space Mountain Press Release - Disneygeek.com
  "Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage" To "Surface" In Tomorrowland in 2007
  July 17th Press Release - Disneygeek.com
  Disneyland's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - Disneygeek.com
  July 17th Disneyland Resort Update - Disneygeek.com
  DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update- (07/11/05) - Visionsfantastic.com
  Disneyland's 50th Ceremony - Laughingplace.com
  Disneyland Rededication Ceremony - Darkbeer
  Disneyland/Early Morning and Merchandise Event -7/17/05 - Darkbeer
   Disneyland Space Mountain Opening - 7/15/05 - Darkbeer
  Space Mountain & Turtle Talk Ceremonies - Mouseinfo.com
  50th Anniversary Ceremony at Disneyland - Mouseinfo.com
  General Disneyland Update - July 17, 2005 - MIBoards.com
  Anaheim Update: Wide Awake next to "Golden Dreams" - Jim Hill Media.com
  Anaheim Update: Hangin' at the Hub - Jim Hill Media.com
  Anaheim Update: Climax at the Castle - Jim Hill Media.com
 

Pictures of the new Ward Kimball - Westcoaster.net

  Disneyland 50 Years of Magic - NorCalCoasters.net
 

First Person: Disneyland Disneyanamania - O-meon.com

  07/13/05
  Disneyland Park Update - Mouseplanet.com
  DCA's Zoom Zoom - Miceage.com
  Celebrate MousePlanet's 5th Birthday on July17th
  Disney Survey Press Release - Disneygeek.com
 

Events of the 50th Anniversary:

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The countdown to July 17 and the actual 50th anniversary of Disneyland has begun. Various memorable events are planned throughout the week of July 11 to commemorate what U.S. President Ronald Reagan called “one of America's national treasures.”

 

Although the Disneyland “Happiest Homecoming On Earth” 50th anniversary celebration festivities continue through 2006, the actual anniversary is one of this summer's highly anticipated events. To commemorate this milestone occasion, the following special events are planned to salute 50 years of Disneyland:

 

July 13 -- Fred Segal
Famed Hollywood boutique Fred Segal salutes the 50th anniversary of Disneyland with an invitation-only evening of high, fun fashion as its Santa Monica locale debuts the new “Disney Vintage” apparel line saluting Disneyland during a star-studded evening Wednesday, July 13.

 

July 14 -- Hollywood Salutes Disneyland
The stars will shine on Thursday, July 14, as Disneyland is honored on the occasion of its milestone 50th anniversary by the Hollywood Historic Trust and Johnny Grant, honorary mayor of Hollywood. In recognition of its 50th anniversary, Disneyland will receive the coveted Award of Excellence star adjacent to the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” during a 10:30 am ceremony next to the El Capitan Theatre. Accepting the award in person on behalf of Disneyland and its 20,000 cast members will be Michael D. Eisner, chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, Robert Iger, CEO-elect and president of The Walt Disney Company and Mickey Mouse. Joining them will be an additional eye-popping cast of 49 Disney Characters on-hand to celebrate the moment.

 

July 15 -- Space Mountain Returns/Premiere of Turtle Talk With Crush
The Disneyland Resort will welcome two new attractions to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure on Friday,

Space Mountain blasts-off into a new era of thrills as the popular Disneyland attraction reopens in a ceremony attended by legendary U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the lunar surface of the moon (August 11,1969). The high-speed interstellar adventure reopens following nearly two years of being re-Imagineered for the 21st century. As the signature attraction of Tomorrowland, “Space Mountain” beckons guests anew to its special brand of intergalactic thrills.

A new wave of fun washes ashore at Disney's California Adventure as Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Amanda Beard helps to open Turtle Talk with Crush, an all-new attraction inside the park's “Disney Animation” exhibit. The California native and four-time Olympic medalist will introduce guests to the park's new and unbelievable encounter experience with Crush, the sea turtle from the Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film “Finding Nemo.”

 

July 16 -- An Evening of Magic
On Saturday, July 16, there will be stars over the Pacific and aboard the Disney Magic in the Port of Los Angeles as The Walt Disney Company salutes the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 50 years of making dreams come true. Hollywood celebrities and dignitaries will be aboard to help raise money for this renowned organization.

 

July 17 -- 50 YEARS OF DISNEYLAND MAGIC
Sunday, July 17, Disneyland celebrates its actual 50th anniversary with a day-long series of special events highlighted by a heartwarming rededication ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at 10:00 am, featuring Mickey Mouse, Michael D. Eisner (chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company), Robert Iger (CEO-elect and president of The Walt Disney Company), Art Linkletter (Host of the Disneyland opening day live TV broadcast in 1955) and Walt Disney's eldest daughter, Diane Disney Miller.

  07/05/05
  DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update- (07/05/05) - Visionsfantastic.com
  2005 Laughingplace Meet Schedule
 

Disneyland 50 Years of Souvenirs Website: An article about Dave MacPherson

  Happy Fourth of July!
  07/02/05
  Disneyland in Anaheim will celebrate American independence on July 4th with an extended Independence Day fireworks show: "A Salute to America's Golden Dreams." The show will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Monday, July 4
  07/01/05
 

Space Mountain is having a Soft Opening!!!! Riders were able to board last night

  Darkbeer's Photo Update - 07/01/05 - Includes pictures of Space Mountain
  Space Mountain Coverage - Mouseinfo.com
  Disneyland50 will have coverage of the 50th Anniversary events starting on July 11th
  06/30/05
  Disneyland Photo Update - Mousetimes.com
  DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update - Visionsfantastic.com
  Darkbeer's Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 06/30/05 - Smugmug.com
  06/20/05
  Disneyland Park Update - June 20-27th - Mouseplanet.com
  High Five! The Little Engine That Could - Miceage.com
  People concerned with the 50th event have created a website - Saveourevent.com
  DaddyB's Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update - Visionsfantastic.com
  Disneyland Resort Photo Update 06/19/05 - Darkbeer
  Disneyland Resort Photo Update 06/20/05 - Darkbeer
  06/19/05
  V.M.K. Now open in the parks - Disneyland Photo Update - Mouseinfo.com
  06/18/05
  The news about the 50th anniversary has been really slow lately. It seems like things inside the company are very hush-hush. Also, I have had grad ceremonies the last few days and nothing really big has been published. But as of today, there is lots to read about. Please take a look below.
  V.M.K. - Virtual Magic Kingdom News:
 

Announcing the VMK Virtual Summer Bash! TONIGHT:

Throw on your best summer threads, and join the first ever VMK Party.

When: Saturday June 18th at 4 PM (West Coast), 7 PM (East Coast)
Where: Meet at any one of these three locations: Main Street, Town Square and Central Plaza.
What: An awesome party, a special scavenger hunt, prizes for great summer outfits, and more.
 

-Click here-

  June 18 Marks 50 Years of Disneyland Railroad - Laughingplace.com
  Grand Opening of Mousetimes.com / Closing of Disneyforever.com
  Disneyland will raise prices this Monday; One Park Admission to be $56 - Micechat.com
  Laughing Place Lotion - Resort Photo Update - Laughingplace.com
  06/13/05
  Park Update: Disneyland June 13-20th - Mouseplanet.com
  Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update - Visionsfantastic.com
  06/11/05
  Space Mountain Cast "ONLY" Previews (Spoilers) - Micechat.com
  50th RSP Merchandise has been updated with more pictures and details - Disneygallery.com
  50th Merchandise Event Catalog Mailed Out - Micechat.com
  50th Event - Seminars and New RSP Item announced - MousePad
  06/06/05
  Updated Anniversary Calendar Page
  Disneyland on your Desktop Photo Update - Visionsfantastic.com
  Darkbeer's Disneyland Photo Update (06/05/06) - Smugmug.com
  06/04/05
  2005 LaughingPlace.com Meet for Disneyland's Birthday - Laughingplace.com
  50th Anniversary Tour Info - Mickeynews.com
  Disneyland Resort Update - 06/03/05 - Disneygeek.com
  DaddyB's Lost Weekend on your Desktop Photo Update - Visionsfantastic.com
  Lenox Gold Club Member - Exclusive Opportunity - Disneygallery.com
  06/03/05
  Mickey Welcomes Asimo To Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary - Mouseinfo.com
  Around the Disneyland Resort - Laughing Place Lotion
  Disneyland Photo Update - Norcalcoasters.net
  Reservations for the Disneyland Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame add-on package begin TODAY, at 9AM. (LINK)
  06/02/05
 

Mickey Welcomes ASIMO to Disneyland's 50th Anniversary - PRNewswire.com

  Golden Days at Disneyland Part 1 - Disney Insider
  Reservations for the Disneyland Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame add-on package begin tomorrow, June 3rd at 9AM. (LINK)
  05/30/05
  Disneyland Resort Update - 50th on but work not done - Mouseinfo.com
  Fire in the sky - Jim Hill Media
  05/28/05 - Only 50 days until Disneyland's Birthday!
  Disneyland on your desktop - Photo update - Visionsfantastic.com
  NFFC Summer Convention Information Posted - NFFC.org
  2005 LaughingPlace.com Meet for Disneyland's Birthday - Laughingplace.com
  05/26/05
  Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom is Now Online - (Beta Testing) - Disney.com
  Buzz Lightyear Online is Now Working - Disney.com
  05/23/05
  The Happiest Music on Earth - Fourth of July Fireworks
  Park Update - Mouseplanet.com
  Happiest Homecoming Drink Info - Thread at Mouseplanet.com
  05/22/05
  Updated Merchandise Section - "Now on Sale" page added
  (by purchasing items, you help support our website)
  Disneyland Pictorial Update - Mousehub.com
  Eyes on the Land: Let the Celebration Begin !!! (Huge Photo Update) - Utilidors.com
  05/20/05
  Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa Experience - *Canceled* - Disneygallery.com
  "It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the Fess Parker Winery package.  We frankly did not get enough Guests registering for this add-on package and so the decision was made to cancel it and provide full refunds to those who had signed up.  This was an exciting opportunity but we realize that there were just too many offerings to choose from and so we will look at offering it again in the future.  Thank you for your interest in this package."
  50th Anniversary Collectable Cards
  Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years Grand Opening (Pics. & Video) - Laughingplace.com
  Ruminations: A look at Disneyland's new Official Album - Jim Hill Media
  50th Kick-off Desktop Pictures - Mouseplanet.com
  Updated 50th RSP Merchandise Page - Disneygallery.com
  Disneyland on your desktop - Photo update - Visionsfantastic.com
  All that glitters (golden vehicles) - Jim Hill Media
  How "Star Tours" became a reality - Jim Hill Media
  Updated merchandise section coming soon
  05/17/05
  *Reminder* - it's 60 days until July 17th, Priority Seating reservations can now be made
  Pictorial Update (05/15/05)  - Mousehub.com
  05/15/05
  Disneyland Photo Update - Disneygeek.com
  Artist and Author Appearances and/or Signings Announced - Disneygallery.com
  California, Here We Come! Disney Magic on it's way west - Yahoo News
  05/14/05
  Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Gold Carpet Pictures & Video - Laughingplace.com
  05/13/05
 

© Disney

  50th Anniversary Auction Items Listed - Disneygallery.com
  Random Selection Process Merchandise - Disneygallery.com
 
Disney Gallery Package Announcement
 
We have kicked off our 50th Anniversary Celebration and the excitement is building to a crescendo as we approach the anniversary date in July.  We hope you are planning to join in all the fun!  The packages for the Celebrating 50 Years of Magical Memories event are going fast and we have capped out on the top three packages.  No additional Guests will be added to those packages as of this date, May 13, 2005.  
 
Walt's Dream Package - 78 Guests (Sold Out)
Roy's Plan Package - 46 Guests (Sold Out)
Lillian's Inspiration - 187 Guests (Sold Out)
Imagineer's Quest  - Still Available  
Taste of the Disneyland Resort and Auction Package - Still Available 
Auction (only) - Still Available 
 
If you wish to opt out of this event for any reason, we will be happy to accept your declination within the next 10 days and refund your package price (event refund offer expires May 24, 2005).
 

New Auctioneers Package

·          Entry into the Live Auction (7/15/05)

·          Auction Catalog & Paddle (7/15/05)

·          Commemorative Pin (7/15/05)

 

Guests wishing to participate in the Auctioneers Package at the Disneyland® Hotel on Friday, July 15, 2005, may purchase a ticket for $45, per person. Phone Bids will be accepted.  Subject to availability.  (Guests that register for the Walt's Dream, Roy's Plan, Lillian's Inspiration or Imagineer's Quest do NOT need to register for this, as the auction is already included.)

  05/12/05
  The Present & The Future of the Submarines - Disneyforever.com
  Disneyland Photo Update - (New garbage cans and projector covers) - Micechat.com
  Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Guided Tour - Mouseplanet.com
  The First 50 Magical Years Photos - Mousetimes.com
  05/11/05
  Magical Milestone Penny Presses - Disneygallery.com
  Parade of Dreams Pictures and Video - Laughingplace Lotion
  Monsters Inc. Concepts and Downloads - Visions Fantastic
  DaddyB's "Nifty Fifty" Photo Update
  A Few Pics from May 4-6th - Micechat.com
  MiceChat Round-Up - Miceage.com
  Remember... Detailed Viewing Guide - Mouseplanet.com
  The New Boss - Mouseplanet.com
  05/10/05
  Mouse Tales: Disney dusts off "Star Tours II" project - Mouseplanet.com
  50th Anniversary Food & Merchandise - Mouseplanet.com
  50th Launch Aftermath - Al Lutz - Miceage.com
  Imagineers add "Boom!" and bite to Disneyland's "Jungle Cruise" - Jim Hill Media
  Dizzy for Disneyland - Yahoo News
  Photos from 05/05/05 - Micechat.com
  05/09/05
  New Disneyland 50th Secrets, Stories and Magic DVD
  Pictures of various 50th paper items - Micechat.com
  Park Update for May 9-16 - Mouseplanet.com
  Disneyland's 50th Celebration Kick-Off - May 4 - 6, 2005 Trip Report
  "From Imagination to Celebration" Tour Info
  05/08/05
  Remember... Fireworks Pictures (05/07/05) - Darkbeer
  Parade of Dreams Pictures (05/07/05) - Darkbeer
  Block Party Bash (05/07/05) - Darkbeer
  Why For? - (Plans for July 17th) - Jimhillmedia.com
  Photos of Remember Fireworks - Intercotwest.com
  "Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage" Trademark
  05/07/05
  Trip Report with Pictures (05/06/05) - Micechat.com
  The First 50 Magical Years Exhibit Pictures - Darkbeer
  The Disney Gallery Pictures - Darkbeer
  Photo Update: The Disney Gallery & "First 50 Magical Years" - Micechat.com
  Pictures of the Jungle Cruise - Darkbeer
  Updated Picture Album (05/04/05) - Darkbeer
  Launching the 50th: Part 3 - Miceage.com
  WDW's May 5th Celebration Pictures - TDL Fan
  Block Party Bash Premiere - Mouseinfo.com
  Finding Nemo Construction Photos - Mouseinfo.com
  05/06/05
  MousePlanet's Continuous 50th Anniversary Coverage
  Laughingplace Live - (Most Recent Photos) - Laughingplace.com
  Remember Dreams Come True Pictures (05/05/05) - Mousehub.com
  50th Ceremony Pictures (05/05/05) - Mousehub.com
  Parade of Dreams Pictures (05/05/05) - Mousehub.com
  Block Party Bash Pictures - Mousehub.com
  Miscellaneous May 5th Pictures - Mousehub.com
  50th Global Launch Ceremony - Mouseinfo.com
  05-05-05 Launch Ceremony Pictures - Mouseinfo.com
  May 5th Pictures
  05/05/05 Pictures - Darkbeer
  05/05/05 Block Party Bash Pictures - Darkbeer
  See more pictures below....
 
 

- We will keep you updated as information becomes available from today's events-

Updated items are in Bold or a different color; most recent are at the top

 

The 50th Anniversary has begun! - Laughingplace.com

  Press Release of May 5th Events
  MousePlanet's Continuous 50th Anniversary Coverage
  Laughingplace Live - (Most Recent Photos) - Laughingplace.com
 

50th Anniversary Kick-Off (Pictures and Video) - Laughingplace.com Lotion

  Disneyland 50th Pictures (May 3,4,5) - Liquidboxes.net
  Yahoo.com Pictures
  New Disneyland Dessert Plates - MIBoards.com
 

        -Monsters, Inc. : Mike And Sully To The Rescue and Turtle Talk With Crush have been

                   announced as the new attractions. No word on the Submarine Lagoon

          -Photo submitters can now find if/where photos were used, at the park
          -Disneyland is extremely crowded, lines are long, and it is raining
  Disneyland Photo Update (May 4th) - Darkbeer
  XP's Disneyland Trip - Mousetimes.com
  Launching the 50th - Al Lutz - Miceage.com
  05/04/05 - Tomorrow is the launch of the 50th Celebration
  *Note* Disneyland is closed to the public today
 

   - We will keep you updated as information becomes available from today's events-

Updated items are in Bold or a different color; most recent are at the top

  MousePlanet's Continuous 50th Anniversary Coverage
  Laughingplace Live - (Most Recent Photos) - Laughingplace.com
  50th Anniversary Global Celebration Overview - Laughingplace.com
  Updated Merchandise Page
  The Biggest Musical Celebration Ever (with samples) - Walt Disney Records
  Good Morning America (7-9am  tomorrow) will be at Disneyland
  The first 50th pod cast is available - Disneyland.com
  50th Global Overview Presentation Pictures - Mouseinfo.com
  The Disney Gallery - Opening May 5th - Disneygallery.com
                -Disneyland®: A Magical Canvas 50 Artists Celebrate 50 Years
  Frank's Disney Parks Photo Tips - Mouseplanet.com
  Remember Fireworks Pictures - Remain Seated.com
  Live with Regis & Kelly Merchandise - Disneygallery.com
  05/03/05
  The Jungle Cruise is Open (Pictures) - MIBoards.com - Page 1
  The Jungle Cruise is Open (Pictures) - MIBoards.com - Page 2
  Floral Mickey Revealed (Pictures) - MIBoards.com
  Happiest Faces on Earth Mosaics - It's A Small World - MIBoards.com
  New netting on Castle - MIBoards.com
  New Hidden "50" (Spoilers) - MIBoards.com
  Laughingplace Lotion - Remember... Video & Pictures
  Disneyland Pictorial Update (May 2nd) - Darkbeer
  Parade of Dreams - Darkbeer
  Remember.. Fireworks Pictures - Darkbeer
  Remember... Dreams Come True! Photos & Video - (Spoilers) - MIBoards.com
  Parade of Dreams Performance Photos - MIBoards.com
  Updated Merchandise Pages
  It All Started With A Mouse - Miceage.com
  MousePlanet's Guide to May 4th
  Disneyland Resort 50th Anniversary Podcasts should start today
  05/02/05
  Main St and Tomorrowland Merchandise on Sale NOW! (May 2) - DisneyDirect.com
  The Stage is Set - Mouseplanet.com
  Surprise visitor to DL on Sunday, May 1 - Laughingplace.com
  Discovering Disneyland - San Francisco Chronicle
  New Disneyland Resort News website - Disneylandnews.com
  DL 50th May 2nd Merchandise Release - Laughingplace.com
  Disneyland Photo Update for Week of May 2nd 2005 - Micechat.com
  Pictures (4/30) - Micechat.com
  Registration is now open for the July NFFC Convention - NFFC.org
  05/01/05
  The Happiest Kingdom Turns 50 - Escape News
  Two new mosaics on the back side of the castle - MIBoards.com
  Block Party Soft Open - Mouseinfo.com
  Disneyland Resort 50th Anniversary Podcasts!
  DaddyB's Disneyland Photo Update
  04/30/05
  50 Page Photo Update - (April 29th) - Disneygeek..com
  Finalizing for the 50th (Part 2) - Utildors.com
  Parade of Dreams Photographic Preview - Utildors.com
  Disneyland "Welcomes Home" Steve Martin - MIBoards.com
  Main Street Lamp Posts - MIBoards.com
  "A Musical History Of Disneyland" Box Set Coverage and Contest - Mouseinfo.com
  04/29/05
  Preview of Block Party Bash - (Spoilers) - Utildors.com
  Disneyland Remember Sneak Peak (Spoilers) - Dolphinhome.net
  50th Anniversary Artisan Watches - New Century Timepieces - Disneygallery.com
  Laughingplace Lotion - Disneyland Prepares for the 50th - Laughingplace.com
  04/28/05
  Mickey Floral (new picture) - MIBoards.com
  More Hidden "50"'s (Spoilers) - MIBoards.com
  New Mosaic in Tomorrowland - MIBoards.com
  Mr. Toad's Golden Vehicle - MIBoards.com
  New Mickey Floral - MIBoards.com
  New Mickey Floral - Mousepad
  Disney Gallery - Art & Collectables Brochure 2005 (New 50th Merchandise)
  Disney Gallery - New Additional Experience - Hollywood Walk of Fame
  Disney Gallery - Tentative Event Itinerary
  04/27/05
  More Happiest Faces on Earth Mosaics - (Pictures) - MIBoards.com
  Another Hidden "50" at It's a Small World - (Picture) - MIBoards.com
  New 50th Anniversary Tour - Mousepad
  New 50th Anniversary Tour - Micechat.com
  More Gold Vehicles - (Pictures) - MIBoards.com
  4/26 - But is it enough? Really? - Al Lutz - Miceage.com
  New Tomorrowland Pictures - Mousetimes.com
  Mickey Floral Construction Pictures - Mousetimes.com
  6 New Murals by Its a Small World - (Part 1) MIBoards.com
  6 New Murals by Its a Small World - (Part 2) MIBoards.com
  April 26th News and Info (Pictures) - Mouseinfo.com
  04/25/05
  Parade of Dreams - In Depth - Mouseinfo.com
  Disneyland Update - week of April 25 - Micechat.com
  Disneyland Trip Report - (Pictures of new merchandise) - Colddeadfish.com
  Happiest Faces at Disneyland - Laughingplace.com Lotion
  Gold Vehicle - (Gold Teacup) - MIBoards.com
  04/23/05
  Pictorial Update - (04/22/05) - Mousehub.com
  Parade of Dreams Photos - Mouseinfo.com
  Remember Fireworks Testing Video - Laughingplace.com
  Discovering Millions of Ways to Hype 50th - LA Times
  04/22/05
  Today is Registration Day for July 15-17th Event (Walt, Roy & Lillian are Sold Out)
  Tomorrowland Photo Update - MIBoards.com
  Submarine Lagoon Update - MIBoards.com
  SHAG "Cocktail Hideaway" Reception & Product Release
  Parade of Dreams Rehearsal Photos (Spoilers) - MousePad
  50th Anniversary Theme Song (clip) - Disneyland.com
  04/21/05
  Happiest Faces Mosaics - Winnie the Pooh - MIBoards.com
  Happiest Faces Mosaics - Buzz Lightyear - MIBoards.com
  Sleeping Beauty Castle Jewel Fixtures - MIBoards.com
  Hub Area Lighting Fixtures - MIBoards.com
  More Hidden 50th Logos (Spoilers) - MIBoards.com
  May 2005 Pin Releases - Dizpins.com
  04/20/05
  Disneyland Resort Pictorial Update (Part 1) - Disneyforever.com
  Disneyland Resort Pictorial Update (Part 2) - Disneyforever.com
  KTLA Contest for May 4th Disneyland tickets
  Picture Update - Laughingplace.com
  04/19/05
  Remember.... Testing - (Pictures of fireworks) - Discussion at MIBoards.com
  Remember.... Testing - (Pictures of new projectors) - Discussion at MIBoards.com
  Goofy Warehouse Commercial - Mouseinfo.com
  New Pictorial Update - (04/18/05) - Mousehub.com
  04/17/05
  New Pictorial Update - (04/15/05) - Mousehub.com
  A new picture of the Space Mountain queue (loading area) - Micechat.com (SPOILERS)
  "Hidden" 50th Logos (pictures) - Discussion at MIBoards.com
  Happiest Faces on Earth Mosaic (pictures) - Discussion at MIBoards.com
  Some very cool Disneyland ads (pictures) - Discussion at MIBoards.com
  04/16/05
  Updated Merchandise Page
  A Musical History of Disneyland - Magicmusic.net
  Disneyland Official Album – The 2 Disc Set - Magicmusic.net
  The Happiest Music on Earth Contest - Magicmusic.net
  Picture Update (04/15/05) - Disneygeek.com
  04/15/05
  T-Minus 90 Days and Counting - Space Mountain - Mouseinfo.com
  Remember (fireworks).... Testing (Pictures) - Discussion at MIboards.com
  Block Party Bash's Big Red Cone (Pictures)- Discussion at MIboards.com
  04/13/05
  Pyro testing Tuesday (includes great pictures and video) - Discussion at Mousepad
  New Pictorial Update - (4/12/05) Mousehub.com (includes fireworks testing)
  04/12/05
  Celebrating 50 Years of Magical Memories - Event Update
  A Musical History of Disneyland – The Facts (CD Box Set Info) - Magicmusic.net
  New Pictorial Update - (4/11/05) Mousehub.com
  04/10/05
  The first look inside Space (Rockit) Mountain - Pictures of the Queue - Micechat.com
  Disneyland Resort Pictorial - 04/08/05 - Disneyforever.com
  Disneyland Resort Pictorial - 04/09/05 Part 1 - Disneyforever.com
  Disneyland Resort Pictorial - 04/09/05 Part 2 - Disneyforever.com
  04/09/05
  A Pictorial Update - Mousehub.com
  04/07/05
  Celebrating 50 Years of Magical Memories - Event Information is POSTED!
  04/07/05
  Space Mountain by day - RockIt Mountain by night - Discussion at Micechat.com
                                  -Picture at MIBoards
  New Mural in Tomorrowland - Micechat.com
  04/05/05
  New Space Mountain sign & a new mural at the exit - Photo Update at Mousehub.com
  Check back here on Thursday/Friday for Disney's announcement for the 50th
  04/01/05
  50th Anniversary Merchandise - Now Available - Disneygallery.com
                                  - Pictures
  Disney's Casino Adventure - Miceage.com
  03/31/05
  Kim's Corner - Sneak Peak of 50th Merchandise - Laughingplace.com
  Merchandising, Merchandising, Merchandising! (Disneyland 50th style)-PART I - JHMedia
  Merchandising, Merchandising, Merchandising! (Disneyland 50th style)-PART II - JHMedia
  POTC - A Walt Disney Collectibles DL-50th merch sneak peak! - Tell No Tales.com
  Haunted Mansion - DL50th merch: an exclusive sneak peak! - Doombuggies.com
  What's Gnu - Behind the vines on the revamped Jungle Cruise - Mouseplanet.com
  How will they do it? [Beam of light out of the castle] - Discussion at Miceage.com
  03/21/05
  Steve Martin & Donald Duck to be in 50th film - Laughingplace.com
  New Vintage Merchandise Pictures - Discussion at MousePad
  50 Years of Souvenirs Website
  03/18/05
  Photo Update - Grand Opening of Buzz Lightyear - Mousehub.com
  Photo Update & Discussion - Grand Opening of Buzz Lightyear - Mouseinfo.com
  Merchandise: The Art of Disneyland book is released - Laughingplace.com
  March 17th Photo Update - Disneygeek.com
  Splash Mountain has re-opened today
  03/17/05
  Surprises for July 17th - thread at Micechat.com
  Splash Mountain should be re-opening tomorrow
  New 50th Merchandise for sale (retro, gold ears) at MouseShoppe.com
  03/16/05
  Gold Mouse Ears are now on sale!
  New Disneyland DVD coming to stores in July - Micechat.com
  03/12/05
  Disneyland Memories Stay Forever Young - USA Today
  The Tiki Room is open! Pictures posted at MIBoards.com
  03/10/05
  The new Disneyland50 forums are open - Hosted by Magical Ears
  DLR is giving away 2,500 invitations to A.P. holders for May 4th festivities - MiceChat.com
  Remember Dreams Come True (Article with awesome concept pictures)- Magical Ears.com
  03/09/05 - Disneyland50's Grand Opening
  Disneyland Announces July 15th Opening of Re-Imagineered Space Mountain - Miceage.com
  Paint continues to flow in Tomorrowland - Mouseinfo.com
  State of the Resort address - Laughingplace.com
  State of the Resort address (Pictures and Video) - Mouseinfo.com
  Celebrating 50 Years of Magical Memories - July 15-17th - Save the Date! (T.B.A.)
  Jungle Cruise 50th Changes? thread - Micechat.com
  Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters - Is currently having a soft open
  Explosive New Entertainment for Disneyland's 50th - Mousehub.com
  The Magic Kingdom Castle receives the magic mirror - Pictures - Laughingplace.com
  Enchanted Tiki Room re-opens this Saturday (12th)
  Cast Blast 50th Presentation Discussion - Micechat.com
  Disneyland Railroad Refurbishment Discussion - Micechat.com
  Discussion of what to do with the People Mover track - Micechat.com
  The Artist Shag to be a part of the 50th Celebration Discussion - Micechat.com
  Disney's Happiest Homecoming on Earth (Extended Commercial)
 

 

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