Let me start by saying that Disneyland Birthday weekend was (and, as of this writing, still is) the greatest fun. Friends from all over, parties fantastic, terrific Fun in the Park.
But the festivities Disneyland put on for arguably it's most important anniversary ever just plain sucked.
Jumbotrons!??! Freaking jumbotrons was the special surprises and festivities package for the bloody 50th Birthday of the Happiest Place on Earth??? Beyond Lame.
As if it wasn't bad enough that there was no special fireworks encore for the occasion, they had to go and tease the audience with a weird post-pyro announcement that got the whole crowd agog with anticipation only to be disappointed. Again, not that Remember wasn't suitably spectacular. But it was just a particulary fun day at Disneyland, and not much more than that.
Where was the special nighttime lighting throughout the Park that graced so many past birthdays? Where was the spectacle, the celebration, the entertaining amazement for the guests on this special day? The seventeenth takie ceremony of the year? Bah.
Yeah, the jumbotron footage was cool. But big TV screens is about the lamest thing (short of absolutely nothing) that I've ever seen Disneyland do on its birthday.
The retro park map was cool. Cupcakes a nice touch, ears fun. But that being the extent of the birthday festivities was the most disappointing of bad surprises.
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Not that I felt disappointment. I had soooooo much freaking fun. Friends and self-made festivities made the event the spectacular that is was and was right to be. WE MADE THE BIRTHDAY. Among the greatest of the greats, participated in by many a MiceChatter - - was the amazing 70+ Take-Over-The-Carousel ride. Better than any festivity planned by Disneyland, this attraction stunt, with its geektacular Castle drawbridge run, was sooo enjoyed by friends and by CMs alike. Thank you everyone who joined in, and kudos to everyone else who made this such a fun party weekend and fan celebration.
As for Disneyland, though - they dropped the ball big time and were, even for Disney, beyond the lamest of lame.