Disneyland marks 50th anniversary
Sunday, May 8, 2005
Singers Christina Aguilera and LeAnn Rimes sang Disney classics, while actors Tim Allen and Steve Martin opened new attractions. Martin had worked at Disneyland as a teenager, and Aguilera was part of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1980s.
Within California, Disney is calling it the Happiest Homecoming on Earth, and worldwide it is known as the Happiest Celebration on Earth. Several attractions have been swapped between parks, and the four main Disney theme parks (the Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland) gave a salute to Disneyland via live satellite feed.
The ceremony was hit with deep purple stormclouds but no rain.
The park celebrates its actual birthday on July 17, 2005. There are no clear details on how Disney will mark the occasion.
- Al Lutz. "Launching the 50th Part 1" — , May 5, 2005
- Sue Kruse. "Launching the 50th Part 2" — , May 6, 2005
- Sue Kruse. "Launching the 50th Part 3" — , May 7, 2005
- Disneyland.com. "Happiest Homecoming on Earth" — , May 5, 2005
- Karen Haymon Long. "Disneyland's Latest Theme Is Gold" — , May 6, 2005