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TITLE P - 50resented here, for your enjoyment, is a magical and musical virtual audio tour of the Happiest Place on Earth, both past and present. From this comprehensive collection of rare audio recordings, the stay at home listener is granted their very own 'E' Ticket to adventures that recreate the ambiance and simulate the you-are-there sensation of an actual trip to the park. Just close your eyes and let your mind run free. It won't be hard to imagine you are really inside the Magic Kingdom for anexciting day at Disneyland, the place where dreams really do come true...
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1 - Disneyland's 10th Anniversary - 1965 - The Anniversary Son4:31

The first major birthday celebration within Disneyland was to honor its tencennial anniversary in 1965. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, Walt Disney enlisted the Oscar winning Sherman Brothers to write a special theme song. The year saw the addition of several new attractions and a spectacular 10th anniverary parade.

 

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2 - Fantasy on Parade - Walt Disney Productions 50th Anniversary  45:45

The annual Fantasy on Parade was a holiday tradition that began in 1965. It always included scenes from classic Disney films, but the 1973 parade was led off by a special float honoring the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney Productions as well as characters from the latest animated feature, "Robin Hood," with Prince John's royal procession.

 

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26 - 3A- Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday - 1978 -

Many fondly remember Mickey's 50th birthday in 1978. In addition to a primetime TV special, a nationwide tour, extensive news coverage and a major merchandising campaign, Disneyland played a major role in the year-long celebration. A daily birthday parade debuted in early 1978, and the walk-around version of Mickey received a whole new curvilinear look. When the big day finally arrived on November 18th, anyone also celebrating their 50th year was admitted into the park for free. Following a celebration in Town Square, Mickey and his pals arrived in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle to cut an enormous birthday cake, serving a free slice to all in attendance. Several original songs were also composed and recorded that year to commemorate Mickey's golden anniversary, including a special birthday tribute by musical artist Davy Jones which became a huge novelty hit. The enormous success of this park wide event set a precedence for many anniversary celebrations to follow, remaining a tradition to this day.

 

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3 -  Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse   2:04

 

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4 - (Hey Ra Ra Ra) Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse   2:54

 

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5 - I Grew Up on Mickey Mouse   3:35

 

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6 - Mickey's 50th Birthday Parade   3:39

 

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7 - Mickey's 50th Birthday - Radio Announcement   2:11

 

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8 - Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday Party   15:39

 

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26 - 9A- Disneyland's 25th Anniversary - 1980 -

Disneyland's 25th Anniversary was one of the biggest commemorative events in park history. A special theme song was written just for this occasion, "Disneyland is Your Land," which was featured in both the anniversary parade and in an all-new live stage show performed at the new Space Stage in Tomorrowland. The live show also featured several other original songs, and familiar park favorites, highlighting all of Disneyland's themed areas and attractions with an all-singing, all dancing, musical revue. The year kicked off with a prime time television special featuring Hollywood legend Danny Kaye as the master of ceremonies. For the program, Kaye both wrote and performed a musical tribute to Disneyland entitled, "Once Upon a Time in Anaheim." The events of 1980 were promoted as a Family Reunion, welcoming all past generations of Disneyland guests to return to the Happiest Place on Earth and be a part of its year-long homecoming celebration. Throughout the year, the park was decked out in blue and silver banners and bunting and a lavish 25th Anniversary Family Reunion Parade was presented twice daily. The procession was divided into seven segments, each honoring one of the park's seven themed lands. The Main Street Electrical Parade also featured a special anniversary tribute with a special "Fanfare of Lights" float. When the milestone July 17th anniversary date arrived, the park remained open a full 25 hours for a gala birthday bash. After the ceremonial cutting of an enormous layer cake, the festivities came to a culmination with a spectacular 25th anniversary version of the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks, with a musical retrospective of the past quarter century.

 

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9 - Once Upon a Time in Anaheim  4:01

 

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10 - Disney Family Reunion - One Big Happy Family   1:26

 

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11 - 25th Anniversary Family Reunion Parade   20:34

 

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12 - Disneyland is Your Land - Character Stage Show  23:17

 

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13 - Disneyland is Your Land - The Disneyland Band   2:50

 

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14 - Main Street Electrical Parade - Fanfare of Lights   1:55

 

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15 - Fantasy in the Sky 25th Night - Anniversary Event   23:22

 

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26 - 16A- Donald Duck's 50th Birthday - 1984 -

1984 was a huge year for Disneyland. The summer Olympics were  in Los Angeles, a brand new Fantasyland had just opened, and of course, Donald Duck celebrated his 50th Birthday with a year long event and daily parade. The catchy parade theme song, "Happy Happy Birthday to You," had first been featured in a 1983 Disneyland Record called, "Splashdance." New lyrics were incorporated into the parade version, becoming a special anthem devoted to everyone's favorite fine-feathered friend. The parade also featured many members of Donald's extended family, from Grandma Duck, to Uncle Scrooge and Huey, Dewey and Louie. Even a gaggle of real live ducks waddled their way down the parade route. Throughout the year, Donald traveled the United States on a Disneyland ambassador tour,  receiving many citations, awards and accolades along the way, including the keys to many major cities, an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, (of which he had been a serving officer since World War II) his footprints added to the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

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16 - Donald Duck Song/Quack Quack Quack, Donald Duck   2:36

 

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17 - Donald Duck's 50th Birthday - TV Commercials  1:27

 

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18 - Donald Duck's 50th Birthday Party   20:23

 

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19 - Donald Duck's 50th Birthday Parade  7:49

 

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26 - 20A- Disneyland's 30th Anniversary - 1985 -

1985 marked Disneyland's 30th anniversary, and a year long park-wide celebration commemorated the three decade milestone. At the Disneyland main gate, the all-new Gift-Giver Extraordinaire counted each click of the turnstiles, awarding every 30th guest a special prize, from souvenir pins, complementary Disneyland admission, airline tickets to any continental U.S. destination and new 1985 General Motors cars to every 30,000th guest. A star-studded, two hour, primetime television special aired on NBC in mid February of that year, starring co-hosts John Forsythe and a young Drew Barrymore. The grand finale featured a lavish musical production number with the USC Trojan Marching Band and the versatile entertainer Peter Allen, culminating in the roll out of a giant birthday cake and a fireworks spectacular. A new anniversary parade complete with an original song was presented daily, featuring Mickey and all the gang. Later that year the "Family Cavalcade" event paid tribute to Disneyland's many dedicated cast members and their families with a special procession down Main Street. Topping off the many festivities held throughout the year was an event called "Skyfest," sponsored by the city of Anaheim. One million muti-colored balloons were released into the skies above Disneyland amidst much fanfare and wall-to-wall media coverage

 

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20 - Disneyland's 30th Anniversary - TV Commercials   1:01

 

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21 - Disneyland's 30th Anniversary - GM Showcas0:30

 

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22 - The Gift-Giver Extraordinaire   28:16

 

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23 - For 30 Years We've Been Coming Together  1:39

 

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24 - Is There a Band Big Enough?  7:51

 

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25 - 30th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony   3:33

 

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26 - Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Parade   3:36

 

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27 - 30th Anniversary Family Cavalcade   7:11

 

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28 - Skyfest Balloon Festival   12:10

 

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29 - Snow White Golden Anniversary Celebration  4:56

To honor the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney's classic animated feature,"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," coinciding with its theatrical re-release, a new parade and live stage show were presented at Disneyland throughout 1987, featuring the many beloved characters and memorable songs from the landmark Academy Award winning  film.

 

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26 - 30A- Mickey Mouse's 60th Birthday - 1988 -

After the phenomenal success of the Mickey Mouse 50th birthday promotion of 1978, one decade later Mickey's 60th was recognized in a similar fashion. In Disneyland there were several events dedicated to the main mouse all year long. The Gift-Giver Extraordinaire, which was originally installed for the 30th Anniversary celebration three years prior, was put back into operation. Now, instead of every thirtieth guest, every sixtieth guest to enter the park would win a prize, Mickey's 60th also continued a trend that started with the "Blast to the Past" promotional event from earlier that same year. In addition to a traditional parade, a secondary street party would be presented at alternating times throughout the day. At several prime locations, a block long collection of floats would stop, and a live show would commence in front of spectators lined up along the parade route. Of course there was also a more traditional Disneyland parade as well. It was presented with a underlying tone of  humor, as dancers dressed in outfits resembling Swiss cheese, and anthropomorphic mice dressed in international costumes rode atop trains planes and automobiles as if they were traveling  from the far points of the globe to congregate for Mickey's special 60th celebration.

 

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30 - Mickey's 60th Birthday - Sixty Years with You  3:32

 

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31 - Mickey's 60th Birthday Bash  19:15

 

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32 - Mickey's 60th BirthdaParade   11:01

 

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26 - 33A- Disneyland's 35th Anniversary - 1990 -

The 35th anniversary of Disneyland began at the very start of a new decade, kicking off the New Year at the 1990 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. A musical tribute to Disneyland was performed live on Colorado boulevard at the opening to the coast to coast parade telecast, promoting the park's upcoming year long Mardi Gras and South American inspired carnival celebration. Following the success of the park's 30th anniversary prize giveaway promotion, the Gift-Giver Extraordinaire begat the all-new Dream Machine, which was erected in Central Plaza. Here guests would present that day's admission ticket to see if they were a lucky winner of a fantastic prize, including one new car every day. Further promoting the event, one of Disneyland's recently retired Mark III Monorails was specially outfitted as the Mouse-O-Rail, bringing Mickey and his pals across the United States on a goodwill ambassador tour. The participants in the 35th anniversary parade, better known as Mickey's Party Gras, danced to a  Latin American beat while dressed in Carmen Miranda inspired costumes. They performed beneath colorful inflatable floats towering several stories high, pausing along the parade route at several key positions to invite audiences out into the streets to participate in an impromptu Conga line. Disneyland was also officially rededicated that year, with honored guest President Ronald Reagan invited as the special guest speaker. Reagan had in fact been one of the original hosts of the 1955 Disneyland opening day TV broadcast, so he appropriately returned to deliver a special address for the 35th Anniversary in what would be one of his very last public appearances.

 

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33 - Tournament of Roses - Celebrate 35 Years of Magic  7:11

 

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34 - 35th Anniversary Rededication   2:42

 

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35 -  Disneyland's 35th Anniversary - TV Commercials   1:01

 

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36 - The Dream Machine   5:45

 

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37 - The Mouse-O-Rail   2:14

 

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38 - Disneyland's 35th Anniversary - Party Gras Parad3:30

 

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39 - Party Gras Street Party   6:35

 

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40 - Goofy's 60th Birthday - The World According to Goofy Parade  9:51

After Mickey and Donald both had their milestone birthdays celebrated in Disneyland, in 1992 everyone's favorite goof finally had his moment of honor. Goofy's 60th birthday was spotlighted in an colorful and lively parade parade featuring Goofy's many ancient ancestors in a wacky "history lesson" of the many great goofs throughout history.

 

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26 - 41A- Disneyland's 40th Anniversary - 1995 -

After the three huge promotional events which marked Disneyland's 25th, 30th and 35th anniversaries, recognition of the 40th anniversary would be much more modest by comparison. However, the milestone did not come and go without a whimper, far from it. The big news of 1995 was the grand opening of the all-new Indiana Jones Adventure, an 'E' Ticket attraction located in the jungles of Adventureland. So to tie into the park's latest offering, the promotional slogan for that year became "40 Years of Adventures." After a gala press event and grand opening ceremony were held for the debut of the new Indiana Jones attraction in early spring, by the time the park's anniversary rolled around, the entertainment division had to scramble to somehow top themselves. Yet another gala press event was announced for the big day. Giant inflatable Disney characters were placed above the buildings along Main Street, arching over the thoroughfare were rows of rainbow colored balloons, and an enormous banner was placed on the southern face of the Matterhorn reading "Happy 40th Birthday." A special ceremony was held in front of castle. It involved the unveiling of a unique time capsule shaped like Sleeping Beauty Castle, and appropriately dubbed the "Time Castle." After it was filled with all manner of Disneyland memorabilia from the year 1995, it was buried in the castle forecourt with a bronze plaque placed atop its location to act as a marker. There it shall remain until July 17th 2035, and reopened on Disneyland's 80th anniversary. Following the lowering of the "Time Castle," the activities moved to the front of the Matterhorn where Mickey announced two surprise guests. First country singer Randy Travis appeared atop the highest peak of the mountain to perform Happy Birthday to Disneyland, followed by the climactic arrival of Indiana Jones, who bravely glided over the park, on a tightwire suspended from the top of the Matterhorn, as an adventuresome tone was set by the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" theme music.

 

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41 - Tournament of Roses - 40 Years of Adventures   4:28

 

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42 - 40 Years of Adventures - Press Release   1:20

 

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43 - 40 Years of Adventures - TV Commercial   0:33

 

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44 - 40th Anniversary - Time Castle Ceremon2:52

 

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45 - 40th Anniversary - Indiana Jones Over Disneyland   8:51

 

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In anticipation of the big plans already under development for the 50th anniversary only five years away, the comparatively modest events centered around Disneyland's 45th anniversary were not as heavily promoted as in years past. However, two major shows did premiere that year. The floats created for the new 45th anniversary parade were highly influenced by the design aesthetic of Disney's latest animated feature, "Fantasia 2000." The parade made no reference to its anniversary tie-in, including in its soundtrack. The original musical score was adapted from the classic graduation march, also known as "Pomp and Circumstance," which was also featured in one of the animated segments from "Fantasia 2000," but after only a few weeks the music was changed. Noting the audiences reaction, it was deemed far too slow in its pacing and much too somber in mood. So in short order a medley of classic Disney themes replaced the low-key march, livening up the mood immeasurably. The parade far outlived the 45th anniversary, running until 2004 under the name, "Parade of the Stars." Also premiering for the 45th anniversary was the first completely new fireworks show presented in Disneyland since the original Fantasy in the Sky had first debuted in 1958. The new "Believe, There's Magic in the Stars" utilized the latest in computer technology to synch the show's musical score to the precise timing of each firework explosion, adding an amazing new dramatic element. Upon the success of this production, Disney would produce many other similarly programed pyrotechnical shows in the years to follow.

 

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46 - 45 Years of Magic - Parade of the Stars   4:20

 

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47 - Believe, There's Magic in the Star10:12

 

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Disneyland's 50th anniversary was one of the largest promotional events in the park's long history. The celebration all began on January 1st when a special anniversary float was featured in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade, as well as a parade kick-off show staged by the Disneyland entertainment division for the live coast-to- coast telecast. The year long event was publicized as "The Happiest Homecoming on Earth" inviting the many generations who had grown up with Disneyland to return once again and remember the magic. The original theme song written for the 50th anniversary was in fact titled "Remember the Magic." However, it would never be used. As plans further developed, an adapted version of the song "Welcome to Our Family," from the recent Disney animated feature "Brother Bear," was chosen instead. Musically, it perfectly captured the spirit of the opening remarks to Walt Disney's famous July 1955 Disneyland dedication, "To all who come to this happy place... welcome." The in-park festivities began when a newly refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle, decked out in 24 karat gold embellishments and colorful 50th anniversary banners and bunting, was unveiled during a special star-studded ceremony hosted by Julie Andrews, who had been chosen as the official 50th anniversary ambassador, and Art Linkletter, one of the hosts of Disneyland's original opening day ceremonies five decades earlier. The main theater of the Disneyland Opera House became the showcase for a special new film presentation documenting the 50 year history of the park, through rare footage and clever dialogue, as provided by none other than Steve Martin and his sidekick Donald Duck. The lobby outside the theater showcased original blueprints, concept art, rare memorabilia, archival photographs and detailed models including an intricate scale model of how Disneyland appeared on opening day. The 50th anniversary parade was known as the "Parade of Dreams." It featured an opening float in the shape of the Main Street train depot layered in gold leaf, followed by a procession of scenes from classic Disney films and a grand finale with Mickey and Minnie positioned atop a golden representation of Sleeping Beauty Castle and dressed in royal attire. Each evening was topped off with an amazing fireworks spectacular called "Remember Dreams Come True." The narration was provided Julie Andrews and featured an opening segment borrowed  from Walt Disney World's fireworks show, "Wishes," followed by a musical tour of Disneyland played in synchronization to the pyrotechnical display and colorful imagery projected onto the walls of the castle. Another special theme song written for the 50th celebration was, "Remember When" performed by Leann Rimes. It became the exit music to each performance of "Remember Dreams Come True" and was also used as part of a special Disneyland rededication ceremony held on July 17th, where giant monitors were positioned throughout the park showing nostalgic footage of the Happiest Place on Earth and the man behind the magic, Walt Disney.

 

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48 -The Happiest Homecoming on Earth   7:25

 

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49 - Disneyland's 50th Anniversary - TV Commercial  0:31

 

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50 - Remember the Magic: Dare to Dream   3:33

 

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51 - Welcome to Our Family - Tournament of Roses   3:04

 

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52 - 50th Anniversary - Happy Homecoming Ceremony   26:18

 

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53 - Remember When   7:07

 

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54 - The First 50 Magical Years - If You Beleive in Magic   4:30

 

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55 - The First 50 Magical Years - Musical Score   15:03

 

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56 - Disneyland, The First 50 Magical Years   15:47

 

 

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57 - Disneyland's 50th Anniversary - Parade of Dreams   23:11

 

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58 - Remember Dreams Come True   20:28

 

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59 - Mickey Mouse's Birthday Cavalcade  9:50

After the full scale year long celebrations honoring Mickey's 50th and 60th birthdays, Disney entertainment scaled back on the anniversary observances. However, Mickey's milestones have continually been regognized on a smaller scale in years hense. His big day is often marked by a small ceremony and cavalcade with his favorite Disney pals.

 

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60 - It's a Small World 50th Anniversar3:07

To honor the 50th anniversary of It's a Small World, which premiered at the 1964 New York World's Fair, a live "Global Sing-Along" featuring the people of over 25 nations was simulcast live on "Good Morning America." Songwriter Richard Sherman also made a special guest appearance in Disneyland to perform his classic Disney anthem.

 

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In January of 2015, Disney executives held a special after-hours press conference at Disneyland to announce all of the future planned festivities for the park's upcoming 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. The year ahead promised to be an exciting one. The celebration officially kicked-off on Memorial Day weekend with a special 24-hour party. The event included the official unveiling of the newly diamond studded Sleeping Beauty Castle, the world premiere of two all new pyrotechnical shows and a new nighttime light parade imported from Hong Kong Disneyland. With over 1.5 million sparkling lights, the "Paint the Night" parade brings the traditional Main Street Electrical Parade to a whole new generation, with the majority of floats and characters based on the hit animated films from the Disney/Pixar era. Appealing to all generations, the new "Disneyland Forever" fireworks spectacular soundtrack features a blending of Disney standards from past to present, as well as a special new song written by Disney legend Robert Sherman called "A Kiss Goodnight." sure to rank among Disney's most tuneful classics in years to come. As the fireworks are set off from behind Sleeping Beauty Castle, the buildings along Main Street USA are illuminated with the latest advancements in light projection mapping, synched in perfect harmony with the corresponding soundtrack. Many other special live entertainment offerings will be found throughout the park during the 18 month long celebration, including a brand new incarnation of the classic Disneyland Band and a special birthday tribute presented daily by the Main Street Dapper Dans, including the classic 1965 10th Anniversary Song performed with newly added 60th Anniversary lyrics. Across the Disneyland main entrance esplanade, her sister park, Disney California Adventure, has been delighting audiences since 2012 with its breathtaking nighttime water show, "The World of Color." For the Diamond Anniversary, an new version of this favorite after hours event is being presented nightly, hosted by one of Disney's greatest celebrity fans, Neil Patrick Harris. The new show pays tribute to Walt Disney and his faith in dreams, leading to the creation of the Happiest Place on Earth.

 

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61 - 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration Announcements   25:01

 

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62 - 60th Anniversary Birthday Ceremony - Feed the Birds   6:30

 

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63- The Dapper Dans - Disneyland Birthday Song  0:49

 

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64 - The New Disneyland Band   22:55

 

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65 - Paint the Night Parade   21:63

 

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66 - Disneyland Forever   18:26

 

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67 - A Kiss Goodnight   4:04

 

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68 - World of Color - Celebrate!   29:57

 

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