How to Virtually Celebrate Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary!

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This Friday, July 17, marks the 65th Anniversary of Disneyland Resort. The Disneyland theme park opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.

Originally, Disneyland was scheduled to reopen this Friday following its temporary closure due to the pandemic. The reopening date has now been delayed, but the Walt Disney Family Museum has stepped in to give Disneyland fans a way to celebrate the park’s 65th birthday online.

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Using social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, the museum team will host a Virtual Community Day to celebrate Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary.

The official web page for the special virtual anniversary event can be found here. On the website, Disneyland Park fans can submit questions for the event’s special guests, including Bill Rogers, Camille Dixon, and Imagineer Chris Crump.

Rogers has been the official voice announcer of Disneyland Resort since 1991. Dixon, Rogers’s wife, has been the official voice announcer of Disney California Adventure park since 2010.

The full schedule of events for the virtual Disneyland 65th Anniversary celebration:


noon–1pm | Welcome from The Walt Disney Family Museum and Disneyland Memories Live with Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon

1–1:15pm | Intermission

1:15–1:45pm | Disneyland Home Movies with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Randy Haberkamp

1:45–2pm | Spotlight Talk: The Model of the Disneyland of Walt’s Imagination

2–2:15pm | Instagram Live Disneyland Trivia

2:15–3:15pm | Happily Ever After Hours with Disney Legend and Imagineer Bob Gurr (replay of previously recorded program)

3:15–3:30pm | Intermission

3:30–4:30pm | Happily Ever After Hours with Former Imagineer Chris Crump

4:30–4:45pm | Intermission

4:45–5pm | Closing and special announcement from The Walt Disney Family Museum

Because there are a number of different segments, Disney fans can tune-in for the entire event from noon to 5:oo PM or pick and choose the sessions that most interest them.

Even though many Disneyland Guests and Annual Passholders are sad they won’t be able to celebrate Disneyland Resort’s 65th birthday in the theme parks, this is a great way to add some magic to your day on Friday even without the grand reopening.

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Will you be participating in the virtual Disneyland 65th Anniversary event? Tell us how you’re going to celebrate Disneyland’s birthday in the comments!

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