The following is part of an old email from Disney, explaining the celebration plans for what was then their 40th birthday celebration, on July 17, 1995. I thought it might be of interest to this board:
"WHAT: Disneyland in Anaheim, Walt Disney's original theme park which
evolutionized the concept of "amusement parks" and other outdoor
attractions, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Monday, July 17.
Birthday cake, party hats and other surprises will be available at
Disneyland during the day in recognition of Disneyland's "40 Years of
Among the Disney stars, past and present, in attendance will be Fess
Parker ("Davy Crockett") and Irene Bedard (the voice of "Pocahontas").
The celebration will be highlighted at 11 a.m. with a "Time Castle"
ceremony. Michael Eisner, Roy Disney and other senior Disney executives
will place key items from Disneyland's 40th Anniversary year into a time
capsule, to be buried for 40 years in the forecourt of Sleeping Beauty
WHEN: Key events in the "40 Years of Adventures" celebration will
5 p.m. Sunday, July 16
Grand Ballroom, Disneyland Hotel
40TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF THE DISNEYLAND ALUMNI CLUB Invitees will
include many veterans of Disneyland's 40 year history, including Bob
Penfield and Ray Van
De Warker, both of whom are still working at Disneyland having joined the
"cast" in 1955.
7 a.m. Monday, July 17
Main Street, U.S.A.," Disneyland
ANNIVERSARY "CAST MEMBER" PHOTO
Thousands of Disneyland Cast Members, in their work costumes, will pose
on Main Street for a special 40th Anniversary photo, to be placed in the
"Time Castle" later that morning. The crowd will also record an "Oh,
What a Beautiful Morning" Greeting for "CBS This Morning." Media
interested in covering this early morning event should plan on arriving
at Disneyland's Main Gate no later than 6:45 a.m.
11 a.m. Monday, July 17
Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland
THE "TIME CASTLE" CEREMONY
Participants will include Michael Eisner; Roy Disney; Judson Green,
President of Walt Disney Attractions; Paul Pressler, President of
Disneyland Resort; Marty Sklar, President of Walt Disney Imagineering;
Dick Nunis, Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions (and a "cast member"
since 1955); John Hench, Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering (and
one of the original planners of Disneyland), Bob Penfield and Ray Van De
11:20 a.m. Monday, July 17
Immediately following the "Time Castle" ceremony, a guest celebrity will
lead a Parkwide "Happy Birthday Disneyland" sing along.
Throughout the day, visiting media will be give special opportunities to
view "The Spirit of Pocahontas" stage show, The Lion King Celebration,
FANTASMIC! and the Main Street Electrical Parade.
9:25 p.m. will mark the premiere of "Light Fantastic," a special light
effects show which will be part of the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks for
the remainder of the summer.
In a related event at the Disney Gallery, New Orleans Square, Disney Art
Editions will present "The Art of Animation Cels," featuring Disney
artists hand inking and painting cels in honor of Disneyland's 40th
Anniversary and the recent release of the animated film "Pocahontas."
"The Art of Animation Cels" will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon and
from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 17, in the Disney Gallery.
That's all for now, make sure you check out the Birthday Card for
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 1995 08:19:53 GMT
New tours are a-brewin' at Disneyland! Here's a flyer I picked
up in City Hall today at DL.
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Unlock the 40 Years of Disneyland History and join us for a look
"Behind the Scenes"
Disneyland has recently added several "behind the scenes" and
historical highlights to its Guided Tour. Your tour embarks
>from Tour Guide Gardens, where you receive your Passport to
adventure. Then it's off on a journey to previously unexplored
sights. Choose from ...
Lights, Camera, Action
Including the Walt Disney Story, Costuming, Parades
and the Animation Building
at 8:20 a.m.
Disneyland Fairy Tales
Including the Roundhouse, the Lilly Belle, Space Mountain
Tower and the Haunted Mansion Ride Control
at 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
The cost is $25 per person, not including Disneyland admission.
Discounts are available for Annual Passport Holders. Tickets
may be purchased at Tour Guide Gardens.
* Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to join the tour.
The use of cameras or video equipment will not be allowed in backstage
areas. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.