Happy 59th Anniversary Disneyland

Walt Disney wanted Disneyland to b a source of joy and inspiration for the world.

Disneyland Walt Walking Through Castle - 59th Anniversary

Disneyland Dedication 1955
July 17, 1955 Disneyland invited media and special guests {read movie stars} preview day for Walt Disney’s dream family amusement park called Disneyland. The following day it officially opened to the public.  The Walt Disney Company celebrates Disneyland’s anniversary every year on July 17th.

This year on July 17th is the start of something big, it is the 59th anniversary year for Disneyland and leading up to the 60th anniversary celebration in 2015.

The Disney Parks are known for throwing the most amazing anniversary celebrations for their parks. They have given away big prizes such as cars but also smaller fun prizes like plush or t-shirts.

Did you know that a 60th wedding anniversary traditional gift is a diamond. Maybe they will give away a diamonds!! My pixie dust senses tell me that the 60th diamond anniversary is going to be the not to miss event of the year.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 2015

Here are some of the details about Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary
Disneyland 60th Logo - #disneyland60

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin in spring 2015.

From the Disney Parks Blog

Starting today, fans in the United States and District of Columbia are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share the photos via Twitter or Instagram. Let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet. For details and rules, click here.

Here are some of the highlights of Disneyland anniversary celebrations of years past.

10th Anniversary (1965)

The Wonderful World of Disney

This video is a must see for any Disney Nerd because it is a treasure trove filled with legendary Imagineers such as Marc Davis, Mary Blair, Rolly Crump, Blaine Gibson, Claude Coats. When I watched it my eyes were wide and my jaw was dropped open because of all the talent in that room.

Walt takes Julie, a Disneyland guide on a tour of Imagineering. During the tour he speaks with Mary Blair about “it’s a small world,” Marc Davis about the hall of illusions and Rolly Crump about the museum of the weird. Both of these later became “The Haunted Mansion” and didn’t open until 4 years later.

Walt also take Julie on a tour of the New Orleans Square and talks to her about a new ride called the blue bayou lagoon which later became “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

25th Anniversary (1980)

The Wonderful World of Disney
Numerous celebrities appear in this video including Michael Jackson performing “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

30th Anniversary (1985)

Featuring the Incredible Gift Giver Extraordinaire where every 30th, 300th, 3,000th guest was given a gift. I was at Disneyland for the 30th anniversary and I remember getting a Donald Duck T-shirt from the gift giver, although I really wanted to win a car even though I was only 12.

DawnCullo with Mickey Mouse 1985

35th Anniversary (1990)

Hosted by Tony Danza and an appearance by the cast of Cheers and Miss Piggy.

40th Anniversary (1995)

This video starts with promotional clips about the 40 Years of Adventure. The new attraction Indiana Jones Adventure and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye opened on March 3, 1995.

The video then shows the Castle Ceremony where they buried the Time Castle (capsule) to be opened in 2035 on Disneyland’s 80th Anniversary.

50th Anniversary (2005)

The Happiest Homecoming on Earth

Appearances by Art Linkletter, Wayne Brady, Michael Eisner, Christina Aguilera sings “When you Wish Upon a Star,” Julie Andrews {OMG I love her}.

Donald Duck and Steve Martin open the attraction “Disneyland the First 50 Magical Years” as well as an interview with Steve Martin about his experience working at Disneyland in the Magic Shop. Tim Allen riding Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters with Michael Eisner. Lastly, the Parade of Dreams closes out the show because who doesn’t love a parade?

55th Anniversary (2010)

Love this quick look back with vintage video of Walt talking about the inspiration for Disneyland along with opening day highlights.

I can’t wait to see what magic Disneyland has up their sleeve for the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland. Be sure to follow the hashtag #Disneyland60 for all the announcements.

What do you think Disneyland will do for their 60th Anniversary?

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.


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