Disneyland 50th Press Kit and Fact Sheets

While on vacation in Florida in 2014, we stopped by Theme Park Connection. This is a great place to find retired Park merchandise and props along with all sorts of Disney ephemera.

I ended up buying about a dozen pieces (yes, of essentially what amounts to just paper) for my collection. Among the finds was this great Disneyland 50th Anniversary Press Kit:


This kit contains single sheet and two or three page fold-outs covering each division of the Disney company, as they were defined in 2005. There are twelve in all.

Each page gives detail about the division being covered, the special things that division will be doing for the 50th celebration, along with some cool statistics about the history of the division. Let’s look at them one by one:

Happiest Celebration on Earth

This page starts with an overview mentioning that the 18-month-long celebration was to begin on May 5th, 2005 and would run until 2006. Then it lists the new and exciting shows and attractions to be added for the Happiest Celebration on Earth, in Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Fun Fact

Diane Disney Miller, Bob Iger, Michael Eisner, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Art Linkletter were on hand to rededicate Disneyland on July 17th, 2005.

Disney Cruise Line

At the time of printing for this page, there were only two Disney cruise ships. The Disney Magic and Disney Wonder traditionally sailed out of Port Canaveral in Florida, but for the Happiest Celebration on Earth, sailings were added from the port of Los Angeles.

Fun Fact

Castaway Cay, Disney’s private Bahamian Island, is the only private island in the cruise industry where the ship docks alongside so Guests do not have to tender to land.

Walt Disney Imagineering

This page reminds us of the tremendous contributions that this division of the Disney company makes! It promises enhancements to existing rides and attractions during the Happiest Celebration on Earth. One special feature was the debut of Lucky the Dinosaur in WDW, after which he moved to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.

Fun Fact

Behind the Magic, an exhibit developed by The Henry Ford Museum and Walt Disney Imagineering, showcases the legacy of Disneyland and WDI’s commitment to innovation. The exhibit traveled to museums throughout the U.S. until 2007.

Disney Vacation Club

Although the DVC didn’t do anything special for the Happiest Celebration on Earth, this page highlights all of the properties available as of 2005. Started in 1991, this division of the Disney company had grown to employ over 1,300 Cast Members by 2005!

Fun Fact

In 2005, a special room at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge housed a collection of train memorabilia and artwork, including an exhibit featuring two of Walt Disney’s personal scale-model railroad cars.

Disney Regional Entertainment – ESPN Zone

At the time of the printing of this page, ESPN Zone had eight locations. There is a full-page chart listing the locations/contact information for each along with the square footage and opening dates. The location in California has 36,000 square feet and opened in January of 2001.

Fun Fact

All ESPN Zones feature television monitors in the restrooms so you will never miss a moment of the action!

The World of Disney Store, NYC

 This store opened on October 5th, 2004, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in the heart of New York City. In 2005, this store had 23,600 square feet of merchandise on three floors. I’ve been there, and it was quite the place to visit! With such a size, no wonder it takes over 230 workers to run it, including guards at the doors. Hey, its New York!

Fun Fact

The World of Disney Store is operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts merchandise team, who also operates World of Disney Stores at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

The first of the triple fold-outs, it starts with an overview of the history of the Disney theme park. It touches on the global celebration that is the Happiest Celebration on Earth, and hints at some of the new shows and attractions to come. This page concludes with a full-page fact sheet from 2005 giving the opening dates, sizes, number of hotel rooms, and approximate Cast sizes for all of the resorts operating at the time of printing.

Fun Fact

Do you know which resort has the most hotel rooms after Walt Disney World? If you guessed Disneyland in California, you’d be wrong! It’s actually Disneyland Resort Paris with 5,760 (over twice that of Disneyland).

Disneyland Resort

This page starts with a history of the park, and then moves on to list the new features available during the exclusive Happiest Homecoming on Earth, Disneyland Resort being the only resort in the chain to use that tagline.

Fun Fact

Each year, Disneyland Resort Guests consume 1.6 million servings of popcorn, 3.2 millions servings of ice cream, and 2.8 million churros.

Walt Disney World Resort

After the obligatory overview, the page launches into a detailed listing of every feature to be found in WDW. As of 2005, the page lists the workforce count at 57,000!

Fun Fact

There are enough of the famous “Mouse Ear” hats sold each year to cover the head of every man, woman and child in Portland, Oregon. There are enough Disney Character T-shirts for every Chicagoan.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Opened in 1983, the Resort just marked its 20th anniversary in 2003. So it’s from one party directly into the next! The Tokyo Disney Resort would mark the 50th anniversary of Disneyland with a fabulous salute to the 1950’s called Disney’s Rock Around the Mouse.

Fun Fact

Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney park built outside the United States.

Disneyland Resort Paris

This Resort honored her sister park in California with the addition of Wishes, a dramatic combination of glittering fireworks and Disney music. This ran from July 16th until August 28th, 2005. This Resort is perhaps the most multicultural with Cast Members coming from more than 95 different nations and speaking 19 different languages!

Fun Fact

Disneyland Resort Paris is the number-one tourist destination in Europe.

Hong Kong Disneyland

At the time of this printing, Hong Kong Disneyland had not yet opened. It was slated to open on September 12th, 2005. So ‘Happy Anniversary!’ Disneyland, we’re giving you a whole new Park!

This page gave a great preview of what was to come by featuring each Land and its signature attractions. Guests could look forward to traveling to Hong Kong Disneyland in style, aboard the Disneyland Resort Line Train, complete with vibrant interior and exterior colors and Mickey-shaped windows.

Fun Fact

Hong Kong Disneyland has signage in three languages to accommodate the many cultures that will visit: Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.

I hope you enjoyed this exhaustive look at the Disneyland 50th Anniversary Press Kit. These great pieces of ephemera are an education to read, helping to preserve the history of the Parks and Resorts!

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Will there be a Disney Bus Wait Times App?

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Image ©Disney Parks

You know, I think the jury is still out when it comes to the My Disney Experience website and app.  I think that a lot of people like it, a lot of people don’t, and I’d guess that it’s about 50/50 in terms of split.  Maybe not, but that’s my feeling.

From a techy perspective, I think the MDE concept is a great one, and I have enjoyed using it for our trips and for helping my clients with their trips.  It is the present and the future I believe, so I think that we need to embrace it and roll with it.

Rumors are surfacing, though, that their is in testing a new feature for the My Disney Experience app, one that may tip the scales considerably in Disney’s favor.  I’ve heard that Disney is in testing to see about incorporating a Disney bus wait times into the system!

I personally think that this is a great idea, and one that would really improve a lot of guests experiences in transporting themselves around the Walt Disney World Resort!  What do you think?  Great idea, one that you would utilize each trip, or one that you think is no big deal?  Please let me know in the comments, and also let me know what you think of My Disney Experience in general.  Thanks, and have a great day!

Bay Lake Tower

#DisneyTrivia – Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is celebrating a birthday!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our Disney Trivia post for this week!  I’m joined by my great friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and today I’ve got a special birthday to share with you!

It was on this day in 2009 that Bay Lake Tower, Disney’s 9th Disney Vacation Club property (and 6th at Walt Disney World) opened for business!  Happy 5th Birthday BLT!

Here are some facts that you might find really interesting:

  • Bay Lake Tower is the first Monorail resort to open in over 20 years! The previous Monorail resort to open was the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which opened on June 28, 1988!
  • Bay Lake Tower is 16 stories tall, and features a pedestrian walkway called the Skyway Bridge
  • Similar to the Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower features a lounge at the top of the building, call the Top of the World Lounge.  The difference is that you can’t order off of the full menu (unless this has changed) — it’s only appetizers and drinks.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning about Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!  My family has stayed there twice, and we really enjoy the proximity to the Magic Kingdom that it brings!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries, and have a great week everyone!

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Arrival Day at Disney World

0 Days: Arrival Day at Disney World!

Arrival Day at Disney World

Welcome Home…two of the best words you can hear at Walt Disney World!

Welcome Home…the first words a Disney Vacation Club member hears when they approach the resort they are staying at and are checking in.  For us, our home for the next week is Bay Lake Tower, the modern resort located next to and connected to the Contemporary Resort, with views overlooking the Magic Kingdom Park and Bay Lake.  Today is the day!  Today is our arrival day at Disney World!

If all goes as planned, we should arrive at our home around lunchtime, in time to check our luggage, hop on the monorail to Epcot, and then make our first FastPass of our trip, at Soarin’ at 3:35PM.

I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your schedule to visit our site during our #DisneyWorldCountdown series.  In the days ahead I will create a page with links to each of the posts so it’s easier for you to scan them, and during the week I’ll share special photos from the parks that I think you may find interesting.  Until we speak again, I wish you all the best, and I hope that you are excited for your trip as I am for ours!

Today’s question is simple — who is a DVC member?  If you aren’t, and you have been considering it, I invite you to use me as a reference — you’ll get a special prize and so will I.  Just use the information in the image below if you do use us as a reference for your DVC purchase!  Have a great day!

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