Disney 50th Aniv details

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 1:58 PM
Here are the two press releases I just received. I did not submit this to news because of their length. I'm sure Jeff has received these as well and will post them in the news section soon and close this topic.


Biggest Event in Disney History Premieres on May 5, 2005

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 5, 2004) – For the first time ever, all 10 Disney theme parks will join together for one global celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Disneyland in Southern California.

The Happiest Celebration on Earth pays tribute to Walt Disney’s dream of Disneyland, the original park that launched an industry and sparked an empire of fun that now spans the globe and continues to offer the most visited attractions in the world, drawing 100 million visitors on three continents every year - - and still growing.

Beginning May 5, 2005 and extending for 18 months through 2006, a worldwide celebration will take place in all Disney theme parks around the world, with the premiere of exciting new shows and attractions at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Resort Paris in France, and the re-positioning of the Disney Magic to the west coast. The Disneyland Resort in California will naturally be the center of the celebration, featuring its own unique Happiest Homecoming on Earth festivities.

“Since Disneyland opened its gates nearly 50 years ago, Walt Disney’s flagship park has been praised the world over for serving as the foundation for the modern theme park industry, and, moreover, for creating a unique place where the entire family can have fun and enjoy wholesome, quality entertainment together,” said Jay Rasulo, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Disney parks are at the heart of a timeless tradition for millions of families that pass down their experiences from generation to generation. In honor of the part that started it all, every Disney resort will join in creating more great memories for our guest with this unprecedented global celebration, which promises to be the biggest event in Disney theme park history.”

Walt Disney Company Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner noted that Disneyland has grown into a cultural phenomenon. “Disneyland was built on one man’s singular dream which has evolved to a point where today the sun never sets on a Disney theme park,” Eisner said. “Our Happiest Celebration on Earth is another example of our continued investment in creative entertainment for our guests, and will salute all of those valued guests who have helped to make Disneyland a national treasure and Disney theme parks the unrivaled leader in family vacation resorts worldwide.”

“We think this milestone will have tremendous appeal for the generations of Americans who have grown up vacationing at Disney resorts, and will result in increased visitation to our theme parks in 2005 and 2006,” said Randy A. Garfield, CTC, executive vice president of sales and travel operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Like many of our other commemorative events, that affinity, along with the vast marketing we will put behind it, will create unprecedented demand that travel agents who start planning now can tap into for increased sales.”

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Marking 50 Magical Years of Disney Parks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, May 5, 2004 – From Tokyo and Paris, from California and Hong Kong, Walt Disney World Resort is importing a collection of incredible new attractions and shows to commemorate 50 years of Disney theme parks.

As Disneyland prepares to mark its 50th anniversary, Walt Disney World officials today announced plans to join in “The Happiest Celebration on Earth” with a spectacular event in the Florida Vacation Kingdom.

During the event, which begins May 5, 2005, each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks will feature a blockbuster attraction imported from around the globe–plus a unique new attraction will be created just for the Florida resort.

“Disney parks are an international phenomenon–the most popular in the world,” said Walt Disney World President Al Weiss. “During this golden anniversary celebration, we’re giving Walt Disney World guests a chance to sample Disney magic from three continents and creating new reasons to visit each of our Florida parks.”

**At Magic Kingdom, guests will see Cinderellabration, an enchanting musical spectacular direct from Tokyo Disneyland Park. Performed on the castle stage, the show will continue the “happily-ever-after” story of Cinderella with elaborate costumes and a host of favorite characters that bring to life the coronation of this favorite Disney princess.

**At Epcot, Disney’s California Adventure will provide a tribute to the West Coast heritage of Disney theme parks. Soarin’–one of the most popular attractions at one of the newest Disney parks–will send EPCOT guests on a thrilling hang-gliding journey over the Golden State. The “flight” ends, appropriately enough, with an aerial view of Disneyland itself.

Also at Epcot, guests will get a sneak peek at the beginning of the next 50 years of Disney theme parks at the Hong Kong Disneyland Preview Center. An enormous and intricate scale model and never-before-seen renderings will showcase the park, scheduled to open December 2005.

**At Disney-MGM Studios, the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show from Walt Disney Studios Paris will feature the bombastic best of the movie industry’s stunt masters. Fast-paced and high-energy, the stunt show will send cars, motorcycles and jet skis careening across the Studios backlot, giving the audience of 5,000 seated in a custom built grandstand a behind-the-scenes look at movie mayhem.

**At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney Imagineering will introduce Lucky the Dinosaur, the first-ever free-roaming Audio-Animatronics® creation. After successful play-testing at Disney’s California Adventure, Lucky will walk the streets of Dinoland, U.S.A., greeting guests and even signing autographs. The startlingly lifelike creature–which can laugh, sneeze, bray and even get the hiccups–was named one of the year’s top inventions by TIME magazine and represents the next step forward in Audio-Animatronics technology.

Later in the celebration year, Walt Disney World will present a new adventure of its own with the opening of the enormous Expedition EVEREST thrill ride in the Asia area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The legend of the Yeti comes to life in a dramatic high-speed train adventure that combines coaster-style thrills with the excitement of a close encounter with the Abominable Snowman.

The celebration will cap an incredible array of blockbuster attractions and shows that have been added to the Walt Disney World resort over the past two years: Soarin’; the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show; Expedition EVEREST; Stitch’s Great Escape!; Wishes fireworks spectacular; Mickey’s PhilharMagic and Mission:SPACE.

These new experiences showcase all the ways that Disney parks entertain guests, Weiss noted, “from classic ‘E-ticket’ thrills to spectacular live shows to great new adventures with beloved characters.”

“Fifty years of Disney theme parks really means 50 years of magical experiences and cherished memories for families around the world,” Weiss said. “During ‘The Happiest Celebration on Earth,’ our guests here in Florida will find new magic from all the worlds of Disney, no matter which of our parks they visit.”


*** Edited 5/5/2004 5:58:34 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 2:04 PM
Must Go To Disney Parks for first time next year....

Must Go To Disney Parks for first time next year....

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 2:07 PM
Oddly, no Buzz Lightyear or Space Mountain mentions. Were those already officially announced?
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 2:16 PM
I know of whats going on with space mt. but whats the deal with Buzz Lightyear, mOOSH?
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 2:19 PM
Ummm....they're opening a Buzz Lightyear dark ride like in Florida?
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 2:23 PM
I think they *decided* not to mention Space Mtn., it's still quite a long time before the attraction re-opens, and there's little sense in REMINDING people that it's closed.

As for Buzz Lightyear....meh, give me a *Sally-brand* dark ride anytime. (oops, wrong thread...sorry.)....;)

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 2:26 PM
According to my source there are more announcements to come: Buzz, Space Mtn, and more.
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 2:37 PM
i work for disney cruise line on the magic
and we will be taking a 14 day cruise through
the panama canal
to san peidro (sp?) in LA to be there for the
celebrations. starts may 14th 2005. west coast
itineraries thru aug 20th (approximately) then
back to canaveral. book it now! *** Edited 5/5/2004 6:49:59 PM UTC by dagwood***
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 3:10 PM
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 6:03 PM
Their also giving Sleeping Beauty Castle a new Gold and Purple paint scheme for the anniversary:


Wednesday, May 5, 2004 6:14 PM
I noticed that the specific announcements are about WDW. They don't give many details about DL.

Did anyone else have a flash back to that recent article about the attack of the clones?

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 7:02 PM
The DL announcement is forthcoming. Look for details on Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, and more.

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