Well, today is Disneyland’s 57th anniversary. It seems like just 7 years ago was the 50th. And two years ago was the 55th. Oh, wait. It really was.
Disneyland is known for at least acknowledging its opening date. Whether it’s a huge golden, year long event, or a rat tripping into a Churro cart, Disney does something for the milestones. Although, the big celebrations are reserved for significant years, like the 25th, or 50th. So, what happens on an odd year?
Here now is a rough idea of what happens on an odd year anniversary. I was at the park 13 years ago, on July 17, to witness the 44th anniversary of Disneyland. What happened at that time? I sadly have no photos of the run around the park on the day…I was just a punk kid with a Disney twinkle in his eye. But, I did take photos of what I got on that day! The gallery is below.
What transpired was sort of a scavenger hunt around the park to the major attractions. At each one, a booth with a cast member would stamp a passport book. If the passport book was complete, the owner got a special pin. With the passport was another pin, and there were a few for sale marking anniversaries of the mountain range. Even the idea for the passport book was about conquering the Disneyland mountain range.
For kids, it was a ton of fun to go to each station, and even ride the attraction. This was all the thrill rides at the park (okay, minus Star Tours, and Indy). It wasn’t a huge celebration with characters or parades, but it was a nice gesture to a moment back in 1955 when the entertainment world was changed!
Until next time, have a marvelous day!