The 1980's were a great time for Disneyland fans but it was also a shaky time for the park due to Disney being threatened to be bought out and sold in different pices. with the new all day pass and the new year round annual passport. The first half of the 1980's saw the new all day pass and the new year round annual passport. The new Fantasyland made its debut and a few more minor additions were added to the park as well.
The second half saw the saviors of Disney come into play, Michael Eisner and Frank Wells. Michael Eisney brought in record amounts of people to Disneyland during the second half but also brought somewhat of an identity crisis to Disneyland too. Disneyland saw the additions of "trendy" new attractions like Videopolis, Totally Minnie parade, Captain EO and Star Tours. There were also uncharaeristic promotions such as Circus Fantasy, Blast to the Past, and the State Fair. Other great additions were Disney Dollars and Splash Mountain.
Here is a great detailed timeline of the 1980's:
1980: Electrical Parade adds 25th Anniversary Float, Disneyland 25th Anniversary Parade, Fantasy on Parade returns, Disneyland is Your Land Show, Fantasy in the Sky 25th Anniversary Fireworks
Closures: Pirates Arcade Museum
1981: Electrical Parade adds Fox and the Hound float
Closures: Fantasyland Theater
1982: PeopleMover adds Tron scene
Closures: Big Game Safari Shooting Gallery, Skull Rock & Pirates Cove, Electrical Parade
1983: Flights of Fantasy Parade, New Fantasyland: Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, King Arthur’s Carousel Relocation, Mad Tea Party Relocation, Dumbo the Flying Elephant Relocation, Sword in the Stone Ceremony
Closures: Flights of Fantasy Parade
1984: Magic Journeys, Circle-Vision 360 is renamed World Premiere Circle-Vision and adds American Journeys and Wonders of China, Country Bear Christmas Special, Alice in Wonderland, Donald Duck’s 50th Birthday Parade, Haunted Mansion adds Pet Cemetery
Closures: America the Beautiful, Space Stage
1985: Main Street Electrical Parade returns with new floats and Return to Oz float, Haunted Mansion adds live Knight, Frontierland Shooting Arcade becomes Electronic, Submarine Voyage Subs renamed and repainted, Videopolis, Gift-Giver Extraordinaire, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is revised, 30 Years of Magic Parade
Closures: Adventure through Inner Space, Fantasy on Parade
1986: Circus Fantasy Promotion, Totally Minnie Parade, Captain EO, Golden Horseshoe Jamboree Show, Country Bear Jamboree renamed Playhouse and adds Country Bear Vacation Jamboree, Big Thunder Ranch
Closures: Golden Horseshoe Revue Show, Totally Minnie Parade
1987: State Fair Promotion, The Disney Gallery: The Art of Disneyland 19953-1986, Star Tours, Disneyland Monorail adds Mark V, Pirates of the Caribbean new queue, PeopleMover repainted, Very Merry Christmas Parade returns, Snow White 50th Anniversary Parade
1988: Blast to the Past Promotion, Mickey Mouse 60th Anniversary Parade, Electrical Parade adds Mickey Mouse 60th Float, Videopolis Train Station
Closures: State Fair
Closures: America Sings, Circus Fantasy, State Fair
1989: Splash Mountain, Bear Country renamed Critter Country, World Premiere Circle-Vision adds Working for peanuts pre-show
Closures: Disneyland Presents A Preview of Coming Attractions, Blast to the Past
It was a crazy time in Disneyland, what were your thoughts of what was going on, Did you feel Disneyland was going in a strange direction? What were your best memories of this time?