I will be celebrating both the 17th and 18th this year - as well as the 15th and 16th (Remember, Walt and Lillian rode the Mark Twain and attended the Golden Horseshoe Review to celebrate their wedding anniversary the day before )
Of course! It opened to the PUBLIC on the 18th. There was an official, invitation-only, limited guests opening on the 17th. The park opened at 2:00 on the 17th and opening ceremonies were at 4:00 or 4:30 (can't remember which now).
The ribbon cutting/bottle smashing ceremonies were done on the 17th.
All the formalities were done on the 17th.
In my opinion, just because it opened to the public on the 18th doesn't warrant the 18th to be Disneylands Official Anniversary. The 17th will always stand out as the historical day that even though there were those that couldn't attend they huddled around the television to get their first glimpses of the park in operation.
I agree with the above. What exactly is a "birthday?" The day when someone or something is BORN. Perhaps we could say that the BIRTHDAY of Disneyland is on July 17, and it was open to the public on July 18.
BTW - My father in law was there on the 17th...sold all of the pipe that the plumbers didn't use and was given a ticket.
So is DCA's Birthday is in Mid-January 2001??? DCA started to offer previews to AP holders and SoCal's in Mid January, but Disney celebrates it on the day the opened to the public, February 8th, 2001.....
I think Darkbeer should stay home on the 17th. No need to celebrate prematuraly, right?
Crimony, Darkbeer... are you telling me that I've got a room for the wrong night?!?? All this turmoil... now I'm going to have to find a therapist. And here I was wasting my time worrying about my friend in Afghanistan...