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  • 2022 Anniversaries for the Disneyland Resort

    With 2022 just beginning, there will be some notable anniversaries to the Disneyland Resort this year. Below is a reference list of significant anniversaries for 2022 (AKA anniversaries ending in 5s or 0s & 10+ years old). Major anniversaries will be in bold. I also added some former attraction anniversaries and events for nostalgia sake.

    Most of this list is pleasant (COUGH Light Magic COUGH). But I believe all of Disneyland history should be examined and remembered. The good and the bad.

    I apologize in advance if there are any omissions or errors to this list. Correct me on any mistakes.

    On to the list:

    Anniversaries for Current Attractions

    65th Anniversary: Sleeping Beauty's Castle Walk through (1st Version) [April 29th 1957]

    55th Anniversary: Pirates of the Carribean [March 18th, 1967]

    50th Anniversary: Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade (Original 2D version) [June 17th,1972]

    45th Anniversary: Space Mountain [May 27,1977] Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade Revival (2nd Version with Floats) [June 11,1977]

    35th Anniversary: Star Tours [January 9th, 1987],

    30th Anniversary: Fantasmic! [May 13th, 1992]

    25th Anniversary: Pirates of the Caribbean (30th Anniversary Refurbishment/Revision) [March 7th, 1997]

    15th Anniversary: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage[June 11th, 2007], DCA 2.0 & Cars Land are announced [October 17th]

    10th Anniversary: Buena Vista Street and Cars Land Open; Carthay Circle Restaurant , Mater's Junkyard Jamboree & Radiator Spring Racers [June 15th, 2012]

    Former Attractions or Miscellaneous Anniversaries

    65th Anniversary: Disneyland's Viewliner of Tomorrow [June 10th, 1957]

    60th Anniversary: Disneyland After Dark Short [April 15, 1962]; Swiss Family Treehouse [November 18th, 1962]

    55th Anniversary: New Tomorrowland, PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, Rocket Jets [July 2nd, 1967]; Adventure Thru Inner Space [August 5th, 1967]

    50th Anniversary: Country Bear Jamboree [March 24th, 1972]

    45th Anniversary: Closure of Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland [January 2nd, 1977]; Starcade & Space Stage [May 27, 1977]; PeopleMover SuperSpeed Tunnel [1977]

    40th Anniversary: PeopleMover Tron SuperSpeed Tunnel (2nd Version)

    35th Anniversary: Disneyland 60 Hour Marathon [January 9th-11th, 1987]

    30th Anniversary: Closure of Mission to Mars(3rd Iteration) [November 2, 1992]

    25th Anniversary: Light Magic [May 23rd, 1997]

    20th Anniversary: A Bug's Land: Flik's Flyers, Heimlich Chew Chew Train, Francis' Ladybug Boogie, Princess Dot Puddle Park, Tuck and Roll's Drive' Em Buggies [October 7th ,2002]

    10th Anniversary: Minnie's Fly Girls Charter Airline [February 17th, 2012], Disneyland's 24 Hour Leap Day [February, 29, 2012], Mad T Party & Luigi's Flying Tires [June 15th, 2012]
    Spongeocto4
    OBJECTION!
    Last edited by Spongeocto4; 01-17-2022, 09:51 PM. Reason: Added entries

  • #2
    I love this list!

    The tenth anniversary of Cars Land/Buena Vista Street hits me the most. I vividly remember being a passholder while California Adventure was undergoing its big transformation: construction walls were everywhere, we had to enter the park through Condor Flats, and I would meticulously study the Cars Land model at Blue Sky Cellar to ramp up my excitement (the internet/YouTube didn't seem oversaturated with construction updates then). It was so special when it all opened in summer 2012. I've liked some of the additions given to California Adventure in the following decade (Grizzly Peak Airfield and added information in the Boudin Bakery Tour are certainly highlights), but being a Disneyland Resort fan in 2011-2012 had a distinct energy that I don't think has been recreated.

    I'm glad to see Fantasmic thrive for 30 years, even though it took extended breaks in 2016-2017 and 2020-2022. The anticipation of the new dragon during 2009's Summer Nighttastic was a highlight, as was its 2017 reimagining (I love watching this show with first-timers just to see them jump when the cannon fires).

    The evanescence of Main Street Electrical Parade has worn on me, but I commend it for doing what no other parade has done-make it to 50.
    “I think, therefore I am... confused.”
    ― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Brian PieGuy View Post
      I love this list!

      The tenth anniversary of Cars Land/Buena Vista Street hits me the most. I vividly remember being a passholder while California Adventure was undergoing its big transformation: construction walls were everywhere, we had to enter the park through Condor Flats, and I would meticulously study the Cars Land model at Blue Sky Cellar to ramp up my excitement (the internet/YouTube didn't seem oversaturated with construction updates then). It was so special when it all opened in summer 2012. I've liked some of the additions given to California Adventure in the following decade (Grizzly Peak Airfield and added information in the Boudin Bakery Tour are certainly highlights), but being a Disneyland Resort fan in 2011-2012 had a distinct energy that I don't think has been recreated.
      I remember those days. 2008-2012 were exciting days with a lot of construction photos and online speculating(like the Pillar of Mystery).

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      • #4
        20th Anniversary of Flik's Fun Fair, with the attractions and water play areas...really hits the nostalgic button...starting off in DCA and walking directly to Flik's with daughter in her stroller...spending about 2 hours there and daughter enjoying every minute...
        I am old. But still love Disneyland.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bayouguy View Post
          20th Anniversary of Flik's Fun Fair, with the attractions and water play areas...really hits the nostalgic button...starting off in DCA and walking directly to Flik's with daughter in her stroller...spending about 2 hours there and daughter enjoying every minute...
          Fun Fact: Flik's Flyer was saved and rethemed to Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind for Pixar Pier.

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          • #6
            So sad that Bugs land didn't even last 20 years before they dozed it. So glad my kids got to enjoy it when they were younger. Most parents loved that land and it was truly a magical place for families with kids under 8. But Disney obviously doesn't care they can make more money selling Marvel merch than Bugs Life so guests enjoyment be damned they're not there to enjoy themselves they're there to spend, spend, spend!.
            Disneyland Fan since the 70's

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Starcade View Post
              So sad that Bugs land didn't even last 20 years before they dozed it. So glad my kids got to enjoy it when they were younger. Most parents loved that land and it was truly a magical place for families with kids under 8. But Disney obviously doesn't care they can make more money selling Marvel merch than Bugs Life so guests enjoyment be damned they're not there to enjoy themselves they're there to spend, spend, spend!.
              Disney now all about Marketing -Advertisment
              Now we see Disney parks being turn into Billboards !
              IMO
              Soaring like an EAGLE !

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              • #8
                This year will be the 30th anniversary of Mission to Mars' closing.

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                • #9
                  Space Mountain will turn 45 this year as well as the 45th anniversary of Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland's closure.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DLHMFAN View Post
                    This year will be the 30th anniversary of Mission to Mars' closing.
                    Originally posted by DLHMFAN View Post
                    Space Mountain will turn 45 this year as well as the 45th anniversary of Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland's closure.
                    Thank you. Space Mountain was already listed, but I did not have Mission to Mars or Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland listed.

                    Both attractions were closed before I first
                    visited Disneyland in '97. Mission to Mars actually closed not long after I was born.

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