For the past few months, we’ve been inviting guests to celebrate 60 years of magic and memories with us during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Now we have a way for you to celebrate at home – with some of your own favorite memories!
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Last night, the Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25. The torch shined brightly even in the rain, and I was encouraged to see so many guests brave the weather to watch Special Olympics athletes carry the torch down Main Street, U.S.A. to a ceremony at the Downtown Disney District.
More than 30,000 volunteers, including Disney VoluntEARS, will support the Special Olympics World Games. ESPN is the official broadcast partner of the Games, and will be covering the Opening Ceremonies, plus sharing highlights throughout the event.
On July 18, 1965, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln officially opened at the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland park. Walt Disney first debuted the attraction honoring our 16th president in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair, and after earning international acclaim, made Main Street, U.S.A., its permanent home the following year.
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln not only pays tribute to history, but it marks a milestone in Audio-Animatronics technology. Debuting one year after Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room introduced Audio-Animatronics figures, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was the very first attraction to use the breakthrough technology to create a lifelike human figure.
In 2009, the classic attraction was refined to incorporate advanced Audio-Animatronics technology. Before the opening of The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, we gave you an in-depth look at the Lincoln figure’s extraordinarily realistic expressions and took you behind the programming board to see how Walt Disney Imagineering integrated modern enhancements with elements of the original show.
Now, fifty years after its original opening, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln continues to bring history to life and dazzle guests at Disneyland park.
What is one of your favorite moments from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln?
A few weeks ago, we invited fans visiting for the official 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort to come dressed in their finest 1955 Disney Side. And they sure did come out in style! Take a look at some of the sharp and snazzy ensembles sported by some of our guests on Friday, July 17.
On Friday, we marked 60 years of happiness at the Disneyland Resort with a day full of celebrations. From thousands of cupcakes to special photo locations, guests joined in to help us commemorate the anniversary of Disneyland opening day – July 17, 1955. Take a look back!
Did you celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day with us on Friday? Tell us about it in the comments!
The sessions will include the Tahitian Terrace Tribute Show with Tahitian dancers; a historical overview by Imagineers; and tastes from the original menu of the “gone-but-not-forgotten” Tahitian Terrace tropical restaurant. Guests also receive two drink tickets good for non-alcoholic Tahitian Punch, Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration drink (with alcohol), wine or beer.
Everyone also gets goodies: a commemorative Tahitian Terrace Diamond luau lei, a special edition diamond Tiki glass and swizzle stick, a Tahitian Terrace print on parchment and a Tahitian Punch recipe card. Guests can also purchase up to two Diamond Tiki glasses.
Pre-paid admission is $150 (with tax and gratuity) for either 5-6:30 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. on August 10 or 11. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each session. Reservations are now open. For tickets, visit Disneyland.com or call 714-781-DINE.
As part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, it was announced that we will honor 60 years of Walt’s dream with the “Million Dollar Dazzle” program. Each month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew will surprise one or more Southern California nonprofits with a $60,000 gift, totaling more than $1 million.
Check out Erin’s story for more information. And check back on Monday for new video from the celebration.
Disney chairman and CEO, Bob Iger also unveiled new, exciting details on Shanghai Disney Resort, the area’s first Disney destination, and the six themed lands planned for the Shanghai Disneyland theme park.
During a special event that included Disney COO Tom Staggs and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek, Bob Iger shared a peek at what the Resort will look like with the unveiling of a spectacular scale model showcasing its two hotels, Disneytown – its international shopping, dining and entertainment district, Wishing Star Park’s beautiful gardens and six themed lands of mainland China’s first Disney theme park – Shanghai Disneyland. Check out video from the event.
Our original story has more details on each of the themed lands, including Tomorrowland, where guests will be able to experience the TRON Lightcycle Power Run and more.
Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.
“Ant-Man,” directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, introduces us to a hero armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
The ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle also included the tradition of playing the recording of Walt Disney’s July 17, 1955, welcome to the first Disneyland guests. Mickey Mouse and all his friends were in attendance, and Disney Legend and Academy Award-winning composer Richard M. Sherman (“Mary Poppins”) was joined by actress and singer Ashley Brown (star of “Mary Poppins” on Broadway) singing “Feed the Birds” and leading Disneyland park guests in singing “Happy Birthday.”
Take a look back in the video below.
Be sure to check back on Monday, and we’ll have another video showing even more of the fun from this magical day.