Between May's kick-off to the 50th Celebration, and the Disneyland's actual birthday Celebration on July 17th, there were two different extremes, in terms of press coverage.
The media blitz at the the kick-off served to cover and promote every important aspect of what happened that day. The drawback was that regular guests were blocked from viewing most of the events, and media tents were one big obstruction. Crowd control became a serious issue. Scores of guests found it difficult, if not impossible, to even find a decent viewing place for the Believe... fireworks and the Parade of Dreams. On top of everything else, few rides were open.
On the 17th, crowd control was far less of an issue as most all of the crowd eating rides were open, and the media didn't obstruct the viewing of the day's events hardly at all. Unfortunately, the press barely covered the event, and there was scarcely a word about it in the news.
So, it seems as though the Resort went from one extreme to the other. Disneyland celebrated the 50th with the media during the May kick-off. It appears as though the intent of the Julu 17th event was primarily geared toward the guest experience - although, there are likely many guests who do not feel this was accomplished.
With all of this in mind, did you prefer the 50th kick-off, or the recent celebration on Disneyland's actual birthday? Or, did you not care for either of them, and enjoy another event (such as the 4th of July) much more?