-- What was billed as The Happiest Homecoming on Earth certainly
got the attention of the worlds media, as Disney launched the
50-year anniversary celebration for the theme park that started it
its neighboring park, California Adventure, were swarmed with TV
cameras from more than 100 networks, rows of booths for more than
80 radio stations broadcasting live from the scene and reporters
and photographers from hundreds of print and online media
organizations around the world.
Star power was
provided by Steve Martin, Julie Andrews, Christina Aguilera, LeeAnn
Rimes and Art Linkletter, who appeared at the original Disneyland
opening in 1955. Disney CEO Michael Eisner was omnipresent during
the festivities and shared the spotlight at the opening ceremony
with his successor-to-be, Disney President and COO Robert Iger, who
will take over as CEO Oct. 1.
anniversary ceremony was coordinated with corresponding events at
Disney parks in Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.
Disney used the
occasion to announce a number of new and upcoming attractions and
entertainment events, including:
Parade of Dreams, a procession of Disney characters that will take
place twice daily in the park.
First 50 Magical Years, an exhibition and film presentation of the
history of the park that will be housed in Disneylands Lincoln
The Block Party
Bash, a street celebration with musicians, dancers and acrobats
that will become a nightly institution.
Lightyear Astro Blasters, on which riders battle with aliens.
announced a number of upcoming additions to California
with Crush, debuting July 15, an exhibition that uses an
interactive voice-activation program to give an animated turtle
from the film Finding Nemo the ability to interact with audience
Mike and Sulley to the Rescue (derived from the Disney/Pixar film
Monsters, Inc.), set to debut in January. In this attraction, the
characters are followed on adventures through a detailed virtual
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