Article from AFP available at Yahoo! News - 5/3/05:
Disneyland launches 50th anniversary celebrations
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Walt Disney Co. launched 18 months of global celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the original Disneyland that spawned a theme-park empire on three continents.

An evening party and concert at the park in Anaheim in Los Angeles was a prelude to months of parades, fireworks shows and celebrity-studded events in what has been titled the "Happiest Celebration on Earth."

A parade on Wednesday was set to feature Hollywood stars Julie Andrews, Geena Davis, Jim Belushi and Andy Garcia, as well as basketball legend Magic Johnson.