and from midnite to 8am, it was NOT curb-to-curb Guests! the private party was sold out indeed, but, they had a limit on tickets sold and it was VERY comfortable ... that is until 8am the next morning and the gates were opened to the Guests coming in for the day.
it was so cool!
at midnight, in the cover of darkness, a helicopter hovered HIGH up in the air with its lights darkened. we could hear it, but could not see it. the Kids of the Kingdom were on a beautiful blue and silver reflective float the encircled the hub and spelled out D i s n e y l a n d. the music stopped and a countdown began. Mickey and Minnie appEARed on the balcony of Sleeping Beaty Castle and joined in singing Happy Birthday to Disneyland and for the duration of that sonf, a giant blue and silver PYRO 25th anniversary logo ignited as it was suspended from that secret helicopter.
later that day, Town Square was the place to be as, precisely at 3pm, the Opening Day dedication was re-created along with a release of beautiful white doves, blue and silver balloons and the playing of Walt's famous speech. soon, the Marine Corps Honor Guard and Band led the fabulous 25th anniversary celebration parade down Main Street. among the memorable units was the lead float with the fab five, 8 HUGE black Percherons pulling the most massive REAL blue and silver circus caliopy, and units representing each of the lands of that era.
i also have saved all of that amazing memorabilia and am so grateful for those happy lifetime memories -- and for the dedication of Ron Domiguez, Jack Lundquist, Dick Nunis and thousands of other Cast Members during that incredible homecoming celebration.