MousePlanet Mailbag for June 24, 2004
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Today, we shine our spotlight on some of the many comments we got regarding
Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebration, which we have covered in
both our Park
Update: Disneyland, as well as in The
Happiest Celebration on Earth: Disney unveils plans for Disneyland's
50th anniversary celebration, which we ran last month.
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Mike Ricciardi provides a pretty inspired list of things
he would like to see Disneyland do to celebrate the 50th. He writes:
Although there are many wonderful things that were announced
for the 50th anniversary, they missed a golden opportunity to
really bring back a lot of visitors from the past. Here's what
they could have done:
1. Restore the original Golden Horseshoe Revue
certainly they could have found a few of the original cast members
and perhaps a guest appearance by Wally Boag, himself. Let us
not forget that Walt and Lillian Disney celebrated their 3oth
anniversary in this historic theatre on Wednesday July 13, 1955.
Something else: this stage was used for a Disneyland Television
Special. Notable performers like Ed Wynn, Annette Funicello and
the original Dapper Dans appeared.
2. Reunite all the original Dapper Dans since 1955
3. Re-establish a classic Disneyland event known as Dixieland
at Disneyland The great Harry James, Louis Armstrong
and Louis Prima all appeared at this event.
4. Restore the Mike Fink Keel Boats with a launch
from TOM SAWYERS ISLAND/ THis would help the traffic exiting from
the Tom Sawyer island attraction while re-establishing a classic
ride from the past.
5. Reestablish the Firehouse Five Plus Two group
6. Replace the Limo ride and re-establish the Country Bears
in an attraction that could be called The Country Bears
7. Establish $19.55 admission for the selected days and hours
8. Do a major refurbishment of the Tiki Room
9. Reduce price for the Through Walt's Eyes tour
10. Re-establish the Twin Peak Waterfalls that were part of
the Frontierland landscape
11. Re-invent the Skyway to Fantasyland
12. Establish one of Walt's cherished plans for the park One
Nation Under God in a Liberty Street Attraction or Edition
Square type of attraction
13. Release a new Muppet film for the Muppet Adventure
It was okay for 1992 but not today. Miss Piggy as the Statue
of Liberty losing her dress does not cut it in a post-9/11 world.
14. We need an E attraction for DCA
Does anybody remember plans for a cowboy and Indian attraction
called Thunder Mesa? Can't do Indians with cowboys today, but
it could be with prospectors and the gold rush.
15. How about we dump the name California Adventure for the
Just a few suggestions. And to all those sharp-pencil boyskindly
remember what Walt used to say: We Never Do Anything Twice
and You Can't Top Pigs With Pigs So start thinking
original. Start thinking like our founder did!
It seems that a lot of people are disappointed in the 50th anniversary
plans. I'm not disappointed, but I'm not overwhelmed. I think
a lot of fans set themselves up for disappointments. With Paul
Pressler gone and now cast member Mat (as he is called) in charge
people just assumed that things would be better. Maybe cast member
Matt does have a better vision then Paul would have but he still
has to face the reality of Eisner and his penny pinching ways.
I'm glad they are not reopening Subs and Peoplemover. If Disneyland
is going to do anything, I'd rather they spend their resources
moving forward, not backward.
As far as Walt Disney World getting way better attractions on
Disneyland's birthday goes, I don't think that is the case. It
may seem that way, but I think Walt Disney World were getting
those attractions anyway. They are just using the 50th anniversary
as a marketing tool to promote them, because they were opening
around that time anyway. That's how I see it.
Disneyland has its history. Walt himself has walked around the
park. It is an original. There is no doubt that Disneyland is
But let's face it. Walt Disney World in Orlando is far superior
in almost every way. Its size, its cleanliness, its attractions.
If I lived elsewhere than Southern California and I had to choose
between Disneyland and Walt Disney World for my family vacation,
I'd choose Walt Disney World every single time. Disney knows this.
Walt Disney World generates more revenue for them, they get a
lot for tourists as apposed to locals, so yeah, Walt Disney World
is going to get more and better stuff. As they should.
Don't get me wrong, I love Disneyland and I'm looking forward
to the 50th stuff. But I understand the reality of the situation.
I'm fine with them adding stuff to Walt Disney World. Gives me
a reason to go back.
My parents celebrated their 50th anniversary 4 years ago. They
didn't want a fancy party, or any big celebration. They chose
to spend the time with family and we had a nice dinner. We talked,
we laughed, we cried (a little) and we simply enjoyed each other's
People are disappointed (that's what I gather from
the press it's been getting) that Disneyland won't be getting
lots of new stuff for its 50th Birthday.
Well, maybe that's a good thing. Seems to me like the best way
to spend the time and money between now and the 50th is to fix
everything that's already there so that it's in pristine condition
(and that's what they seem to be doing). We are getting
a new attraction (Buzz).
We are getting a new parade. We are getting a new
Fireworks show. We are getting a new Space Mountain. We
are getting a new retrospective in a very underutilized
facility (Mr. Lincoln). The castle is being tastefully made over
for the 50th. A lot of little things are getting fixed (all the
work on Main St; Tomorrowland pavement; Tiki Room overhaul, etc.,
etc., etc.). All these things take time and moneyand
well, when you are fifty, sometimes a good makeover is
the best thing you could get!
Am I disappointed? A little. Am I going to visit during the 50th?
Absolutely! If, for nothing else, to see Walt's Dream in the best
shape that it's been in, in say, 50 years? Surethere are
areas that need to be worked on (Tomorrowland comes to mind immediately)but
that's always been the case (except during the glory
days of Tomorrowland from the 1968 Rehab up until the closing
of America Sings)Disneyland is looking pretty good for a
50 year old (almost)and with the good makeover that it seems
to be getting these days, it will be even better for the 50th.
See you at Disneyland!
Where are the giveaways like the free cars when they did the
30th anniversary? The park should give something, not just raise
I also feel that they should do something different
a ride that they already have
Come on, Disney trying to
pull something over on us
A parade? Don't they have one
now? Hmmm, a firework show? Still nothing different.
I really don't know what I'd like to see, so maybe I should try
working for them since I don't have any ideas either and get paid
tons of cash for nothing, but I do think that they should come
up with something unique to make this 50th something special for
everyone that loves Disneyland
After all, isn't that what
the Imagineers get paid for? Well, these are just my thoughts
at the moment.
Elizabeth Field writes:
My husband and I were so disappointed on the plans for the celebration
at Disneyland. It seems that Disney World is getting the better
end of the deal. We went to Disneyland last year, going this year,
and have plans of being there for the 50th.
I grew up going to Disneyland on a regular basis. Almost seems
like it will be just another trip to Disneyland. Don't get me
wrong, Disneyland is a lot of fun. We love it! However, considering
that this is Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, well, it just seems
very disappointing on what they have planned for the park. As
I was reading the article to my husband, he said, Wait a
minute. I thought this was Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. I didn't
realize it was Disney World's 50th Anniversary.
We are also very upset that they will be taking Soarin' Over
California away. Heck, that's one of the best rides in the California
Adventure park. And let me tell you, that park needs all the help
it can get.
Hi Elizabeth You will be pleased to know that the Soarin'
Over California ride is not closing at the Disney's California Adventure
park. It's that Walt Disney World in Florida is getting a copy of
it. One of the few hits at DCA, and it has to share it with its
Florida sibling. So it's not quite as bad as losing the ride, but
it's again taking some of the spotlight away from the Anaheim park,
Thank you for the info. My husband and I are very happy
to hear that.
Gary Baldassari writes:
Seems like the finest in spreadsheet entertainment has come home
to roost. Maybe they can put up the likeness of a giant contract,
in 3D and color, with the smell of new paper, to keep the park
Stan Schwarz writes:
I agree with the disturbing non-announcement and lack of new
attractions for Disneyland Park for its 50th. At least, as you
stated, they could have told people if they will ever bring back
There are other issues that Disneyland's 50th doesn't seem to
address here. As you stated, what will become of the Rocket Rod
track in Tommorowland, and why won't they tell us? Why take out
the Lincoln attraction, and will it return? I agree with you there.
You know, Disney Company makes its own decisions independent
of what its frequent visitors think. I don't hear them asking
questions like, if you had a say so, how would you improve Disneyland
Resort? What attractions would you like to see? They don't ask
How very disapointing! Thats all that can be said. It's, How
can we do this on the cheap? Another example why Eisner
and those who blindly support him must go.
I'm very dissapointed, Walt Disney World gets 6 new rides and
attractions betwwen now and the end of the celebration and the
Disneyland Resort gets magor ones, a parade, and a fireworks show.
So much for Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort being their
flagship park. Buzz Lightyear will be the second ride in three
years to have a borrowed concept from Florida. This is sad. Walt
must be flipping in his grave.
Phil Riordan writes:
As I understand it, the completion of the Disneyland theme park
was made possible by the success of the 1954 Disneyland
television show. And that show's success was due to the popularity
of it's first big hit, Davy Crockett. I am disappointed
not to see mention of Fess Parker, who played Davy Crockett, in
Disneyland's anniversary plans. Mr. Parker was at the opening
ceremonies of Disneyland, and he should be a part of it's 50th
Well, no one has botherd to mention that, in spite of promises,
Space Mountain will not be reopened at Disneyland until
well after the birthdate! Its reopening has apparently been put
off again, this time until November 2005.
Karen Hahm writes:
I think it is absolutely brilliant to celebrate the 50th Anniversary
as it is a thing to show the world that Disney is still alive.
I would love to be there and celebrate the 50th Anniversary in
the Disney World Resort Florida as it is the Place where my Disney
madness broke out. I never thought I would be so affected by the
whole thing but it is a different world and since then I met so
many people with the same feeling. Celebrate it and let the World
know that Disney is the place where dreams come from. I will try
to save money to be a part of the celebrations next year as I
always wanted to come back.
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