DISNEY PARKS WORLDWIDE CELEBRATE!- Disneylandnews.com 5/5/05
DISNEY PARKS WORLDWIDE CELEBRATE A GOLDEN MOMENT 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING, LAUNCHING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF DISNEYLAND
Biggest Event in Disney Theme Park History Premieres Simultaneously on Three Continents
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 5, 2005) – In a historic first, Disney parks, along with beloved Disney characters and various celebrities worldwide, came together for one spectacular “Golden Moment” as they collectively launched the “Happiest Celebration on Earth.” This first-ever global celebration commemorates the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, which opened in 1955, and five decades of Disney theme park magic.
In an unbelievable example of showmanship, world-famous Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California became the central focus for a most extraordinary “homecoming.” Under gold castle spires and fluttering regal banners (and with a bit of Disney magic and satellite technology) the ceremony unfolded simultaneously on three continents and at six different Disney Destinations around the word, including the Disney Cruise Line, showcasing an array of celebrities and Disney characters “Coming Home” to the once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
To the stirring sounds of an original composition performed by a live, 70-piece orchestra under the direction of Academy Award-nominated composer Alan Silvestri, a cast of hundreds made it “home” to Disneyland for the celebration kick-off. Mickey Mouse and Goofy arrived via Herbie the Love Bug, Cinderella raced across the drawbridge (just in time), Genie from Disney’s “Aladdin” arrived atop a camel, Donald Duck literally crashed landed and the irascible, Elvis-loving alien Stitch made an impressive entrance on a motorcycle with an Anaheim Police escort (complete with blaring sirens).