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The Happiest Celebration on Earth

The events at Disneyland Resort, California

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Disneyland's classic Space Mountain atraction gets an anniversary makeover.

Disney 2005. Used with permission.
Disneyland, the park where it all began, will kick off The Happiest Celebration on Earth with a host of new attractions and special events. Among the 18-month anniversary highlights:

Remember...Dreams Come True

An all-new nighttime fireworks spectacular in the spirit of Walt Disney World's lavish Illuminations and Wishes presentations. Like Wishes, Remember will feature narration by Jiminy Cricket. Incorporating Walt Disney's own words, the show will hark back to Disneyland's origins. Disney is the world's pyrotechnics master, and it's likely this production will enhance the company's reputation.

Space Mountain

The seminal indoor roller coaster already had one makeover a few years back that included the addition of onboard audio. Instead of the Dick Dale surf music that had been part of the attraction, the reconfigured coaster will introduce a new "edgy" soundtrack. Disney hasn't been particularly forthcoming about additional updates, but the E-ticket attraction will reportedly include new rocket coaster cars (which will likely deliver smoother rides), a modified finale with a longer reentry tunnel (I hope they don't tinker too much with that, it's one of Space Mountain's most endearing features), and a bunch of new special effects, including a near-encounter with massive meteorite.

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

A clone of the popular Tomorrowland attraction, Buzz Lightyear's Space Rangers Spin at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the new interactive ride will send guests to infinity and beyond. Armed with laser guns and pivoting Star Cruiser vehicles, riders will attempt to zap Emperor Zurg and his minions while racking up points. Think of it as a three-dimensional video game.

Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams

What would a Disney celebration be without a parade? With over 100 performers, floats that reach up to 20 feet tall, confetti blasts, classic Disney characters, and choreographed musical numbers, the anniversary parade sounds like it will be spectacular.

Disneyland--The First 50 Years

This new Main Street USA attraction will trace the evolution of the landmark theme park through a film and an exhibit of artifacts including concept artwork and attraction models. A post-film exhibit hall will showcase attractions and concepts that never made it from the drawing board to bricks and mortar.

Disney Cruise Lines Sails for the West Coast

The "Disney Magic" will leave its Port Canaveral, FL berth between May 28 and August 19, 2005 for a series of 12 seven-night cruises that will originate in the port of Los Angeles and sail to the Mexican Riviera. The line will also offer two 14-night Panama Canal cruises. While Disney hasn't said anything officially, it's likely that these anniversary cruises are testing the waters to develop a permanent California fleet.

In addition to the new attractions, Disneyland will be burnishing its centerpiece Sleeping Beauty Castle with a fresh coat of paint, royal accoutrements, cutting-edge lighting, and other enhancements. Guests who have sent in their Disney vacation snapshots (sorry, it's too late to send any more) will be featured in The Happiest Faces on Earth...A Disney Family Album. Artists will position the small photos to create large photo collages of classic Disney attractions and characters. And Disney's California Adventure, the sister park which recently opened its version of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, will introduce a Block Party Bash to commemorate the anniversary.

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