Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Did you know...Disneyland's 35th Anniversary - January 11, 1990

When Disneyland opened July 17, 1955 it was unprecedented.  No one knew what to expect, and there was a lot of anticipation, so much so that ABC aired a special entitled "The Happiest Place On Earth."  The live special was hosted by Art Linkletter, who was joined by Ronald Reagan and Bob Cummings and of course, Walt Disney himself.

Clip from "The Happiest Place On Earth"

On January 11, 1990 Disneyland kicked off it's 35th Anniversary Celebration by bringing Linkletter, Reagan and Cummings together in front of  Main Street Station to be a part of  the Party Gras Parade. I think Walt would have been pleased that the three were brought back for this event.

Clip from "Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special"

All three icons have since passed away. I like to think they gather with Walt to celebrate all of Disneyland's milestones while looking down on all of us celebrate at "The Happiest Place On Earth." 

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay

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