The Disneyland Resort celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2005. To commemorate the event the Park offered a special tour of the property and gave each person a tour-exclusive book.
I wasn’t able to attend this celebration in Disneyland and so had to buy this awesome keepsake from an eBay Seller. I get my Disney magic where I can find it! Let’s have a look:
The ‘book’ (more of a pamphlet, really) measures 4 3/4 inches by 10 1/2 inches. It’s printed on glossy card-stock and features full-colour images.
The two pages above are the ‘Introduction’ page and ‘Welcome’ page, respectively. And peeking out of the side of the ‘Welcome’ page you can see the format of the book. It is designed to resemble the old ticket books that the Park used from 1955 to 1982.
Each letter, ‘A’ through ‘E’, represents a ten-year span of events in the history of Disneyland. After each image, I will share a few highlights from that decade:
1955: Park opens and eventually welcomes its one-millionth guest.
1956 – 1965: 45 new attractions were added to the Park.
1965: Disneyland celebrates its Tencennial and welcomes the 10-millionth guest.
1966: Walt Disney passes away.
1971: The Park welcomed its 100-millionth guest.
1978: Mickey Mouse celebrates his 50th Birthday at the Park.
1980: Disneyland celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
1982: Ticket books are phased out in favour of Disneyland Passports.
1985: Disneyland celebrates its 30th Anniversary and welcomes the 250-millionth guest.
1987: Disney Dollars are introduced.
1988: The Disneyland Hotel is purchased by the Disney Company.
1990: As part of the 35th Anniversary the Park is rededicated, featuring the original opening-day hosts Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and now-President Ronald Reagan!
1993: The Partners Statue of Walt and Mickey is dedicated.
1995: Disneyland celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
1997: The Park welcomes the 400-millionth guest.
2000: Disneyland celebrates its 45th Anniversary.
2001: Disney’s California Adventure opens.
2005: The Happiest Homecoming on Earth celebration marks Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary.
It may seem like I’ve given you almost all of the facts contained in this book but that simply is not the case. There are so many more! For any Disney fan, this wonderful keepsake is a font of knowledge. For the blogger/vlogger, it is an indispensable resource for accurate dates of pivotal events in the history of Disneyland.
I can only imagine how cool it would have been to take the actual tour! But at least I can live vicariously through this book.