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Old 05-14-2004, 01:18 PM   #1
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Disneyland\'s 50th Birthday

Disney’s original theme park will turn 50 on July 17, 2005, and we’ve waited a long time for the celebration’s details. Disney unveiled them in grand style on the morning of May 5, in front of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Fireworks, live stage performers, video hook-ups with Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney Magic, and Hong Kong Disneyland… You may have already read the reports of the festivities elsewhere, so we’ll keep this part of our report short. Certainly most touching, though, and well worth mentioning, were the appearances by television legend Art Linkletter and Disney’s Honorary Ambassador for the 50th anniversary celebration, Julie Andrews. Art Linkletter reminisced about the day Walt Disney showed him the orange groves that would become Disneyland, and about his role as television host for Disneyland’s opening day broadcast. At 93 years old, Mr. Linkletter still has a twinkle in his eye and a spring in his step – it must be a bit of Disney magic. And what can we say about Dame Julie Andrews that hasn’t already been said? We’re sure this ambassador will be practically perfect in every way.
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