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    Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo)

    This is basically a post I wrote in another thread, but I wanted to make a seperate thread to let folks know they REAL anniversary....

    Yes, I know a lot of you have heard this before, but for the new folks who don't know the history of the park...

    Here is OFFICIAL Disney material showing the date is clearly July 18th...

    http://darkbeer.smugmug.com/ga
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    A Pin sold in 2005 with this on the bottom



    1st Day ticket, July 18, 1955

    And a printed card came with a pin with this question...



    What individual bought Disneyland's first general admission ticket for its public opening on July 18, 1955?

    And the OFFICIAL publication of the park, The Disneyland News from July 1955



    More than 50,000 visitors were attracted to Disneyland on Monday, July 18, when the Park officially opened its gates to the general public.

    Disney did celebrate the 18th for about 10 years, even holding ceremonies and opening rides on that date. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln opened at the Opera House for Disneyland's 10th Anniversary on July 18th, 1965. Splash Mountain also opened on July 18th in 1989.


    Then someone in marketing decided to make it the 17th.....

    Sorry, but I don't care if folks want to CHANGE history, it is clear that the park opened to the public on the 18th.

    Heck, why did the special tickets for the 17th say "International Media Preview"??

    http://www.keeline.com/DLTickets/


    When is the official DCA opening day, the first preview in January, or the first day it opened to the general public on February 8th, 2001?

    IMHO, a Preview is not an official opening.
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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    Darkbeer, you are like the coolest hardcore fan ever. I did not know this, but I am sure many more people knew than I.

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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    I think that the answer is that Disneyland was dedicated on the 17th and opened to the public on the 18th. So it depends on whether you want to celebrate the dedication or the public opening. I'll take both!

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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    Walt Disney read the Dedication on both Sunday (for TV) and then on Monday, for the official opening. Ceremonies were held both days.
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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    Quote Originally Posted by TheManator View Post
    Darkbeer, you are like the coolest hardcore fan ever. I did not know this, but I am sure many more people knew than I.
    Thank you.
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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    The televised opening was just for special VIP's right?

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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    Yes.

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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbeer View Post
    Walt Disney read the Dedication on both Sunday (for TV) and then on Monday, for the official opening. Ceremonies were held both days.
    Thanks for the info. Let's celebrate both!

    If you want to get picky. The vote for independence was made on July 3, 1776, not July 4th. The document was presented on the 4th. The last signing was months later. John Adams was certain that we would celebrate the 3rd.

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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    Quote Originally Posted by Disney Wrassler View Post
    The televised opening was just for special VIP's right?
    Yes, though some folks forged tickets and/or jumped the fence.

    This link in the OP has an image of the Media Preview ticket, front and back.

    http://www.keeline.com/DLTickets/

    The front says


    International Media Preview
    And the back had this on it (Selected words only)


    During the ABC network telecast of the Disneyland preview...
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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    The park opened publicly on the 18th. The Media Preview where everybody first saw it was july 17.


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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    That's good information that not many people know, and I for one, am all for both, because my friends usually come to me for Disney info and I have dropped this bit of information most recently as last night. Way to educate the masses!

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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbeer View Post
    Here is OFFICIAL Disney material showing the date is clearly July 18th...
    And I can show you tons of OFFICIAL Disney material that shows the opened as July 17th.

    The truth is that we celebrate the opening on the day that Disney celebrates the opening. And that happens to be July 17th.

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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    The opening day plaque says July 17,1955

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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    Opening day is when something is open to the masses, Disneyland was not opened to the masses on July 17th, but on July 18th. July 17th was for the invited, so the reality is that it did in fact Open July 18th, and had a press party July 17th.


    I believe the plaque needs to be changed to reflect the truth. The reality is, as it stand now, the plaque should say Press Party Dedication


    Or we could just change the date on the plaque to the 18th..

    you decide.






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    Re: Disneyland's Official 52nd Anniversary is July 18th, 2007 (and this is NOT a typo

    While we're at this momentus issue ...

    How many faeries can fit on the head of a pin ?

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