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Disneyland's May '04
Press Event
Announcing the 50th Anniversary Celebration
Disneyland Celebrates
50 Years of Magic!




MAY 2005 -

"Coming Home" Commercial Teases 50th Anniversary of Disneyland

At Disneyland
-- The First 50 Years Exhibit
-- Remember Dreams Come True Fireworks
-- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
-- Space Mountain Re-Imagineered

At Walt Disney World
-- Cinderellabration
-- Expedition EVEREST
-- Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show
-- Soarin'


May 2004 Press Event Announcing the Celebration

Julie Andrews Honorary Ambassador

Disney Cruise Line West Coast Cruises



Dame Julie AndrewsWell, the 10 a.m. press conference was quite the spectacle, with lots of celebrities to help announce Disneyland's grand plans for its 50th birthday. Calling the anniversary plans the "Happiest Celebration on Earth," Disney notables, including Michael Eisner, Jay Rasulo and Bob Iger, described how each of Disney's 10 theme parks would mark the occasion. Here are some highlights:

--Walt Disney World in Orlando is going to import the "Cinderellabration" musical show from Tokyo Disneyland to the Magic Kingdom. The remaining Orlando theme parks will debut the previously announced new attractions in the parks (Soarin' in Epcot, the Motor Stunt Show in Disney-MGM Studios, and Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom). In addition, Animal Kingdom will have a walk-around Audio-animatronic dinosaur, named Lucky, who will interact with guests and sign autographs!

--Disneyland Paris will get its own version of the "Wishes" fireworks

--Tokyo Disneyland will debut a special summer salute.

--Tokyo Disneysea will announce a new high-speed roller coaster.

--Disney's California Adventure will debut the Block Party Bash, featuring Pixar characters.

--Disneyland itself will have its own "Happiest Homecoming on Earth," and will unveil the retooled Space Mountain, as well as a special exhibit on its first 50 years, including a film with Walt Disney. The Sleeping Beauty Castle will be made even more regal, decked out with crowns on its turrets. There will also be a new Parade of Dreams, led by Tinker Bell and featuring other Disney characters, and a new fireworks show called Remember... Dreams Come True, which will spotlight Disneyland's E-Ticket attractions.

In addition to the theme parks, the Disney Cruise Line will participate in the birthday celebration by sending the Disney Magic to the West Coast for 12 weeks next summer. Bookings for these cruises began today.

Also on hand for these big announcements were Art Linkletter, the now-93-year-old former TV host who helped open Disneyland in 1955, and singer/actress Julie Andrews, who starred as Mary Poppins in the Disney feature of the same name.

After much fanfare, it was finally announced that the official Disneyland celebration would kick off one year from today, May 5, 2005.

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