Disneyland celebrated its 58th anniversary last week with a small rededication ceremony in Town Square featuring Disney characters and daytime fireworks. The ceremony wasn’t a major celebration but fans still packed Town Square on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the birthday of The Happiest Place on Earth. Meanwhile, the weekend brought big summer crowds along with some unseasonable rain showers on Saturday. Around the parks, new merchandise and some menu changes have gone into effect while the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Market House refurbishment projects continue.
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|Welcome to Disneyland!|
|Celebrating 58 Years|
Disneyland celebrated its 58th anniversary on Wednesday afternoon with a special rededication ceremony in Town Square. The ceremony was hosted by the Mayor of Main Street, featured daytime pyrotechnics and included a “flash mob”-type portion with 58 Disney characters and park Cast Members.
Following the “Happy Birthday” singalong, the characters, Cast Members and audience began dancing to the tune of a somewhat grating and highly auto-tuned pop rendition of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” performing some choreography that a Cast Member had gone over with the crowd before the event started.
All-in-all a simple ceremony to mark a non-major anniversary year. Unfortunately, this sort of small, flash mob-style anniversary ceremony is what we’ve been seeing for several years now, including on the 55th anniversary. Hopefully we’ll see Disneyland rise to the occasion and put together something truly special for the 60th anniversary in just a couple years.
Below, our friend Bryan at Dlandlive.com has video of the anniversary moment:
|Limited Time Magic|
[center]Christmas in July
at Disneyland Resort
July 22-28, 2013[/center]
For this week’s Limited Time Magic offering, Disney is pulling out all the stops by reminding guests that they have Christmas ornaments available year-round in theme park gift shops. They’re specifically highlighting the growing line of resin Mickey ear hat-style ornaments. Also featured this week are some special holiday-themed desserts and beverages in both parks, including a Peppermint Sundae at Gibson Girl Ice Cream or gingerbread cookies, cupcakes and iced peppermint mochas at Jolly Holiday Bakery and Cafe.
[center]Christmas in July ‚Äì The Muppet Christmas Carol Screenings
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disney California Adventure Park
July 22 & 23, 2013[/center]
Annual Passholders are invited to celebrate “Christmas in July” with special screenings of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” at California Adventure’s Muppet*Vision Theatre. The free event will take place at 8 pm on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Celebrate the festive holiday season during the summer at this special Annual Passholder screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol
- Christmas in July
- Wristband distribution for the event will begin at 3:00 PM on the day of event at the Muppet*Vision 3D Theater.
- This is an all-ages event. However, all participating Guests ages 3 and older must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event. Guests under the age of 3 do not need an Annual Pass, but will need a wristband to attend.
- Registration must be completed in person at the Muppet*Vision 3D Theater on the day of the event only; no phone reservations or other registration will be accepted.
- It is recommended that all members of your party register together to help ensure that everyone receives a wristband.
- All participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member, who will check event availability. Photo ID may be required.
Dates and Times
Monday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m.:
Tuesday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.:
Film Screening Location
Muppet*Vision 3D Theater in Disney California Adventure Park
Event Registration and Wristband Distribution
|Welcome to California Adventure|
The fountain at the Cozy Cone Motel is working once again after its recent refurbishment. The fountain had been dismantled and getting some work for several weeks, but still wasn’t properly operating recently after it had been put back together. It’s now once again running.
|Menus and Merchandise|
Over at the Golden Vine Winery, the Sonoma Terrace recently reopened as a beer-and-wine outpost after being decommissioned as a food service location when Disney discontinued the World of Color picnic meal program.
Back inside California Adventure, Cars Land continues to get new merchandise that’s often well-designed and unique to the land. Shame more of this type of merchandise can’t be seen over on Buena Vista Street.
One of the new “vintage” metal signs that the Disney Parks Blog posted about is available in the Radiator Springs Curios shop. The sign is rather big and sells for $150. Unfortunately, the graphic print on it look kind of pixelated and low-quality.
Back in Disneyland, the China Closet on Main Street has the full line of popular new Haunted Mansion merchandise in stock. It’s been difficult to find this new Haunted Mansion merchandise available since it was released in waves and many items quickly sold out and often took a while to get restocked.
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
July 22 – 28, 2013
|[B]Disneyland Park[/B]||[B]California Adventure[/B]|
8am – 12am
8am – 10pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
|[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]
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