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Julie Andrews to be
Honorary Ambassador of
Celebration That Begins 05-05-05 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



ANAHEIM, Calif., May 5, 2004 – In a grand ceremony this morning in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Southern California, Disney Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner joined Walt Disney Company President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Iger, and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts President Jay Rasulo in announcing details of "The Happiest Homecoming on Earth," the cornerstone of the overall "Happiest Celebration on Earth," an incredible global salute to the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.

Beginning May 5, 2005 the 18-month long "The Happiest Celebration on Earth" pays tribute to Walt Disney's original dream of Disneyland, the park that launched an entirely different genre of family entertainment that now spans the globe, attracting 100 million visitors on three continents every year—and still growing.

For the first time ever, the ten Disney theme parks around the world will join together for one celebration, each premiering news shows and attractions in honor of this landmark event.

At Disneyland, "The Happiest Celebration on Earth" becomes "The Happiest Homecoming on Earth," a unique opportunity for new and returning guests to be part of an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime milestone event and the Park's biggest party ever. It's also a chance for the generations of guests who have been touched by the magic of Disneyland to return and relive and share their fondest memories of past visits with family and friends.

"All of us at Disneyland are delighted to be saluted around the world by our sister parks with the 'The Happiest Celebration on Earth,'" said Ouimet. "In turn, every one of our Disneyland Cast Members looks forward to welcoming our valued guests to our exclusive 'Happiest Homecoming on Earth,' an extraordinary event which promises to be filled with great nostalgia, heart-warming moments, grand occasions and topped by the debut of elaborate new attractions, shows and events."

In addition to announcing the plans for "The Happiest Homecoming on Earth," Eisner also introduced the Honorary Ambassador of the Disneyland 50th anniversary celebration, legendary Broadway and film star Julie Andrews. "I'm delighted to be associated with this momentous occasion," said Andrews. "One memory I'll cherish forever is the thrill of seeing Disneyland for the first time with Walt Disney himself. I have been here many times since with my children but nothing will ever top that moment. Disneyland was Walt's gift to people the world over and I look forward to celebrating this unique national treasure with everyone who has ever been touched by its magic."

"The Happiest Homecoming on Earth" celebration will take different forms throughout the Disneyland Resort and will even extend out to sea:

Disneyland Park

• Sleeping Beauty Castle will be transformed into a breathtaking focal-point for "The Happiest Homecoming on Earth" gowned in swaths of richly colored finery, royal banners, bejeweled with precious stones, decorated in gold and topped by five regal turret “crowns,” this world famous Disney icon will glow with Disney enchantment as never before when it debuts on May 5, 2005.

• "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams" – When it premieres on May 5, 2005, audiences will be overwhelmed by the musical grandeur and visual spectacle of this all-new parade, featuring one of the largest casts of Disney Characters and performers ever assembled.

• "Remember . . . Dreams Come True" – An all-new fireworks spectacular, the most elaborate in the history of Disneyland, will premiere May 5, 2005 and will be highlighted by an incredible musical score, dramatic close proximity pyrotechnics, lighting effects and a whole new generation of never-before-seen fireworks.

• "Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters" – In this all-new Tomorrowland attraction opening in 2005 guests will pilot their very own Star Cruiser through a comical interactive space mission where they will twist, turn and fire personal laser cannons for points that will help to protect outer space from the forces of the evil Emperor Zurg!

• Space Mountain – This Disneyland favorite re-opens in 2005 as a re-Imagineered 21st century thrill attraction, featuring an all-new queue and Space Port, redesigned rockets, an all-new exhilarating on-board audio soundtrack and “out of this world” new effects, plus a few new surprises.

• "Disneyland—The First 50 Years" – Opening on May 5, 2005 this remarkable new exhibit will showcase 50 years of Disneyland memories through never-before-seen artwork, models and designs. A highlight of the attraction will be an all-new film featuring recently discovered film footage, most of which has not been seen in over 45 years, highlighting the amazing evolution of Disneyland from concept to reality.

Disney's California Adventure

• "Block Party Bash" – Beginning May 5, 2005 guests will suddenly find themselves surrounded by the rollicking music, excitement and fun of one of five instant celebrations starring Mickey, Minnie, the Muppets, the crew from Monsters, Inc.

Lilo and Stitch, and Flik and Princess Atta from A Bug's Life. Featuring cool surf tunes, pulsating 70s disco, 50s rock and roll and 80s retro, each unique party will be a celebratory free-for-all with wacky entertainment, irresistible music and over-the-top surprises!

Disney Cruise Line (Port of Los Angeles, California / Port Canaveral, Florida)

Disney Magic – Scheduled to sail 12 consecutive seven-night cruise vacations each

Saturday from the Port of Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta , Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, between May 28 and August 19, 2005. Guests wanting to combine the fun and excitement of the Disneyland Resort with the enchantment of a Disney Cruise Line voyage may book pre-or-post cruise stays in one of the three popular Disneyland Resort hotels.

Beloved by families around the world, Disneyland has welcomed over 500 million guests since its introduction. Guests hail from all 50 states and virtually every country on the globe. The Disneyland guest roster over the past five decades includes a host of dignitaries and celebrities—from seven US Presidents, countless heads of state, major athletes and stars of film, television, stage and music.

Art Linkletter, renowned TV personality and host of the live Disneyland opening day TV broadcast on July 17, 1955, joined in the announcement today and recalled his first impression of Disneyland. "Walt brought me down here to Anaheim when Disneyland was under construction and it was nothing but dirt roads and orange groves, the Santa Ana Freeway wasn't even completed," said Linkletter. "I didn't want to spoil Walt's enthusiasm but I thought 'Geez! Who's gonna come down here?' Shows you how much I know!"

Disneyland is synonymous with Disney quality, creativity and magic and its incredible success through the years has led to the creation of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida (the number one vacation destination in the world), Tokyo Disney Resort (Tokyo Disneyland is the most attended Disney theme park in the world), Disneyland Resort Paris (Disneyland Paris is the most popular tourist attraction in Europe) and soon Hong Kong.

Premiering on May 5, 2005, "The Happiest Homecoming on Earth,"an extraordinary celebration of the 50 th anniversary of Disneyland, will pay tribute to the millions of guests and cast members who have contributed to the rich legacy of “The Happiest Place on Earth” over the past five decades. The 18-month long occasion represents the biggest event in the history of The Walt Disney Company and is the first truly global Disney celebration (with commemorative events planned at each of the Disney theme parks around the world in salute to Disneyland).

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