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    Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    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.

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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    I thought they did a good job. It really felt like a party all day, and I think the continual running of vintage footage and repeats of the ceremonies added to that atmosphere. Even if you had been on a ride at the far side of the park at the moment the ceremonies happened, you could not have missed the fact that you WERE at the celebration, as the ceremonies kept playing during the day.

    But yeah, the 70 person carousel ride was the best thing all day!

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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    ISM, while I agree that they could have done more for the park ON the bday, I must say that we did get alot of Pre-17th surprises. The castle, a beautiful park. Tomorrowland resurected paint wise from it's poop like appearance!!!!! I would rather have that than any other special lighting. At least I can enjoy that day after day, month after month (the paint job mainly) The park looks so beautiful again and if they had skimped on that for anything else, we would be here complainin that they needed to do more in that area.
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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    Quote Originally Posted by innerSpaceman
    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.
    Don't forget the Matterhorn Bobsled takeover

    I was pretty sick of the Jumbotrons, they've put more effort and entertainment into New Years Eve's before...

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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    I think Al put it best in his recap when he said that when Disney kept replaying all day Sunday what Walt said 50 years ago "Disneyland is YOUR land" ended up feeling like they were just rubbing it in.

    Disneyland stopped being our land back in the 80's and has since become a place of unbridled commercialism and opportunism (thanks to Eisner). The official birthday celebration ceremony was just shoving our faces into the icing on the birthday cake.

    The fact remains though, that Disney can get away with it and knows it very well. How many HUNDREDS of people skipped the ceremony to head over to the Big Thunder Ranch area so that they could line up from there all the way around the Rivers Of America to the Haunted Mansion just to buy a "collectible" pin? I was in the orange group and there were a good 200-300 people still in front of me. I stopped on Main Street to get a locker, and by the time I walked back onto Main Street PINK bracelets were the majority walking up the street. I then proceeded to the left side of the hub where I realized my friend was on the RIGHT side of the hub... so I scrambled over there and still was able to walk right up to her and we were only about 3 people back from the rope. So out of maybe 500 people who had entered the park by that time, only about 40 were actually bothering to make it to the rope on one side of the hub or another to see the ceremony.

    Why bother to spend the money to put on anything else in the park when they know FULL WELL that all they need to do is the minimum!? Put on a cheap ceremony so that some nice shots and B roll footage can be handed out to the media outlets (that swallows it up whole) and then feed said media some food and soda, and to the paying public offer up a 75 cent pin and price it at $8.98... oh, right, free hats and cupcakes will make the day really special. And you know what, most of us will still show up again the next time they announce a big to-do. So we're not learning our lesson very well.

    I think Diane Disney Miller knew all too well the hypocrisy of the day and while her smile was wide, she knew she was swimming with sharks and crocodiles. It's only because Disney corporation might want to use them later the she and Art Linkletter made it out of there alive.
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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    They put as much effort as the gate receipts could provide. In the past, maybe the gate receipts were relatively higher.

    Giving away a car per day (25th) is pretty nice, if it's actually pulling more paying guests into the park.
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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    personally, I thought the jumbotrons were a work of genious! How else could 40,000 people watch a presentation set in an area that can only be SEEN by maybe 10% of that? If there were no jumbotrons, you would have complained that you couldn't SEE anything at all...how much fun would that have been?
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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    Disney could have made it that several THOUSAND people could see the ceremony, but they chose not to. Once again, it was about the VIPs and the media. Paying guests were an afterthought.

    If it wasn't for the internet community, I get the impression that July 17th's ceremonies would have been even smaller, and we would have gotten even less. Marketing and Publicity spent all it's money on 5/5... they reportedly didn't think most anyone would even care about 7/17.
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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    Quote Originally Posted by daddyb
    I think Diane Disney Miller knew all too well the hypocrisy of the day and while her smile was wide, she knew she was swimming with sharks and crocodiles. It's only because Disney corporation might want to use them later the she and Art Linkletter made it out of there alive.
    I got the impression that this was Art Linkletter's last public event...

    Diane Disney Miller threw in some curve balls, I think she came in with her own adjenda... Partly because she knew that she could get away with them... And to be honest, I think this has a LOT to do with the Disney Family Musium project that she wants to put together...

    The gift to the governor was total Hollywood BS... I wanted to barf on the reiterations that the motorcycle will be dontated to afterschool programs... But hey, at least we know that he will be able to find a job after he leave Sacramento...

    I am kinda suspicous of Disney wheeling out VIP's and presenting plaques and gifts like this...

    I am glad that Eisner decided to dress for the occasion... I am going to hang his picture with the golden ears up next to my picture of Einstien sticking out his tongue...
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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    In retrospect, the 17th showed me that Disneyland really IS our land...

    I had the most fun as a result from hanging out with fellow micechatters and thousands of like-minded Disney fans. Even though there wasn't anything SUPER great at Disneyland, I still had a good time. I got my first Disney pin, dated Golden ears, Special Map, and a once in a lifetime chance to sleep in DCA!

    So yeah, Disney didn't really have THAT much stuff, but considering the fact that Space Mountain is open, new paint, new ride additions, and everything else that we got before the 50th began, it's ok...

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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    5/5 was promoting the whole summer, so folks would spend their summer vacation at DL (or WDW).
    Guests who care that much about 7/17 are not guests that DIS cares that much about. Not enough money in it.
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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    All I can say is I had a blast and it had nothing to do with the day but the people I was surrounded with. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you and we did make it our day- The cermony in the morning was awash of emotions based on the speaker but the end with Diane was beautiful. Otherwise I thought it was weak the way they did the 4:45 cermony and every else seemed pale in comparisson- make me wish I had been there May5th. Oh well.







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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    my favorite part was walking in from DCA at 7am through the barricaded walkway & down main street lined with cast members (including CM matt!). they were cheering and waving and making us feel so welcome...like we were the celebrities. it just totally made my day!

    maybe it was the total lack of sleep, but i got teary-eyed when diane disney miller read the first line of walt's speech & then the went to the footage to have him finish the rest of the speech.

    i won't get into what i didn't like, especially the fact that i had to work & was walking out just as the meet was starting!!
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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    the entire fiftieth celebration has been about nostalgia, not crazy-awesome party bashes. i for one loved it. the ears, cupcakes, and maps WERE the surprises for the birthday, but being here on the internet, we found out all too soon and the surprise was ruined. i'm not sure but i think that free ears and very nice looking and planned maps for ONE day is much better than any other birthday where they just gave you cake. with what goes on here on the web we can't really expect more than what we hear in the truly reliable rumors to happen. there are no more real surprises. and about the jumbo-trons...they were by no means the gift to us. how else was everyone supposed to see what was happening? and heck, leading up to it, look at everything we got BEFORE the 17th.

    when it comes down to it, think about how different it would be if you had NO idea about what was going to happen at the celebration and compare what you WOULD have felt. then write about that for those that weren't there.
    You would think that being in New York for eight months out of the year would be cool...not when the closest thing you have to Disneyland is the World of Disney Store on Madison.

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    Re: Disneyland BDay - Great Fun, Festivities SUCKED

    I am pretty dissapointed that there weren't any fabulous giveaways- like random lifetime passes $50,000 or anything like that. Giveaways have always been a part of celebrations in the past. I think they dropped the ball by not offering something like that- that would truely have been a great surprise and I am pretty dissapointed that the suits did not dig a little deeper into their mighty pockets to pull off something amazing like that. It certainly would have warmed my heart to hear it!
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