I know, I know. A lot of you read that and went 'WHAT?!'.
Oh, I assure you, I am no stranger to the confusing (and more then often misleading) advertising campain put together for Disneyland's 50. The one that increasingly makes it look as though it were Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary. The one that gives WDW all of the new rides and TV spots.
But now let's think about this for a second: this is Walt Disney World's 35th anniversary (1971-2006).
Where's the celebration? It's focused on Disneyland, who has already turned 50, and has already been celebrating for almost a year. While Walt Disney World gets no cake.
It's ironic, I know, but undeniably true.
But wait, you say, Walt Disney World got all of that cool new stuff for the 50th instead of Disneyland.
Well, let's briefly recap the offerings for a second. The Magic Kingdom got a redecorated castle, which many feel is too gaudy, and a gigantic Magic Mirror many feel is too big. They also got a new castle show based on a show from Tokyo Disneyland, which everyone was dissapointed with and is expected to be replaced by Cinderella's Suprise Celebration after the 50th cools, if I'm not mistaken. Disney MGM Studios got a new stunt show. Which is good, and it's a good show. But it's really just a copy of the one in Paris, and besides, MGM alreay HAS a stunt show. Disney's Animal Kingdom got an animatronic. A really cool, walking animatronic, but still just one animatronic. An animatronic which left months ago to help open Hong Kong Disneyland. And finally there's EPCOT, which recieved an actual attraction. However, it's a carbon copy of the one at DCA, and doesn't really fit the theme of the Land as well as it does in DCA.
Disneyland, on the other hand, got a new parade, which everyone loves, a new fireworks show, which everyone loves, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (with free photos!) and a new Space Mountain, plus the immanent return of the subs and possibly the people mover and rocket jets.
Personally, I am appauled by the faulty marketing campain that has WDW be the shining star for Disneyland's 50th. But it is interesting to think that now Disneyland is getting it's revenge.