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    Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    OK, I have been trying to track down the info for awhile, as for some reason, the Disneyland Marketing Department has been flown to Orlando to attend meetings. (Yes, strange timing).

    SO, the best info I have....

    The normal 10 AM "50th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony" will not be held in the morning, but instead be held at 4:45 PM instead (This is listed on the current TIMES Guide).

    Supposely it will be "plussed" a bit, and the script slightly changed to note that it really is the 51st Anniversary (Well, I personally think it is on July 18th, but that is another story....

    The ceremony will be held at Town Square, with the Train Station Main Stairs as the stage.

    As far as I can find out, there will be no "freebies" such as pins, hats or cupcakes.
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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    But isn't there always a cake of some sort available every year on July 17, regardless of the 50th celebration?
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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    LOL Trying to stir up that old dispute about July 18 again.. someone just needs to go back in time and correct Walt on that then...................

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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disneyland


    Disneyland Park was opened to the public on Monday, July 18, 1955. However, a special "International Press Preview" event was held on Sunday, July 17, 1955 which was only open to invited guests and the media. The Special Sunday events, including the dedication were televised nationwide and anchored by three of Walt Disney's friends from Hollywood: Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and Ronald Reagan.

    The event did not go smoothly. The park was overcrowded as the by-invitation-only affair was plagued with counterfeit tickets. All major roads nearby were congested. The summer temperature was over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and a plumbers' strike left many of the park's drinking fountains dry. The asphalt that had been poured just the night before was so soft that ladies' high-heeled shoes sank in. Vendors ran out of food. A gas leak in Fantasyland caused Adventureland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland to close for the afternoon. Parents were throwing their children over the shoulders of crowds to get them onto rides such as the Dumbo Flying Elephants.

    The park got such bad press for the event day that Walt Disney invited members of the press back for a private "second day" to experience the true Disneyland, after which Walt held a party in the Disneyland Hotel for them. Walt and his 1955 executives forever referred to the first day as "Black Sunday," although July 17 is currently acknowledged by Disney as the official opening day. On July 17 every year, cast members wear pin badges stating how many years it has been since July 17, 1955. For example, in 2004 they wore the slogan "The magic began 49 years ago today." But for the first ten years or so, Disney did officially state that opening day was on July 18th, including in the park's own publications.

    On Monday, July 18 crowds started to gather in line as early as 2 a.m., and the first person to buy a ticket and enter the park was David MacPherson. Walt Disney decided to have a photo taken with two children, Michael Schwartner and Christine Vess instead, and the photo of the three always carries a caption along the lines of "Walt Disney with the first two guests of Disneyland." MacPherson, Schwartner and Vess all received lifetime passes to every single Disney-owned park in the world.
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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    You know, that wiki article reminded me of something...

    kids always get the press and the gold passes... </rant>

    Ok.. so they redeicate it like walk did on 7/18... and celebrate the next day the offical guests came in... i see nothing wrong.. as walt did dedicate the parks and lands on 7/17... besides.. some anniversary stuff was always early... (10th anniversary show broadcast in what, january?)

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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    Whats the deal with taking his pic with the kids and saying they were the first in the park?
    and the first person to buy a ticket and enter the park was David MacPherson.
    not to make folks angry, but was this really fair?

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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    I think it boils down to celebrating the day that Disneyland was dedicated rather than the day it was opened to the general public. Whether you agree with that or not, is up to you.

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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    I have a credible source inside TDA telling me there will infact be a ceremony in front of the castle at 10:00. He would NOT confirm this but said to plan on it happening. it is supposedly with Matt Ouimet only. Like I said he Could NOT confirm this, but said it WAS likely.





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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    Quote Originally Posted by kronos
    ...there will infact be a ceremony in front of the castle at 10:00. ... it is supposedly with Matt Ouimet only. ...
    What? A ceremony of one? Who's going to take the pictures and adjust the microphone then?

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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    hey frog, thats all I know! That is all he said. And please do NOT take my quotes out of context. Please!





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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    I found out they have a 1 day AP only pin tomorrow at Pizza Port.

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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    Look for a little something special just above the castle in the morning.
    (hint: it'll have 2 REALLY big ears!)
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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    Quote Originally Posted by kronos
    hey frog, thats all I know! That is all he said. And please do NOT take my quotes out of context. Please!
    I think he was just kidding about it.
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    Re: Monday, July 17th special event will be held at 4:45 PM in Town Square

    Yeah, big golden ears... although CIty Hall made it sound like it was going to be moved over to (and above) the castle, not over at small world.


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