“We just love it!” “It’s great!” “It’s the best yet!”
It’s the Disneyland 35th Anniversary Party Gras Parade and Celebration.
You could win tickets on Delta Airlines or a new Geo every day!
Come to a party that’s Disneyland BIG!
Welcome to 1990!
Big hair, big shoulder pads, and a big Disneyland celebration…sort of.
As we look forward to all that is planned for the Disneyland 60th Anniversary celebration, the plans of the 35th Anniversary seems somewhat subdued (you can only get SO excited about a Geo…it’s still a Geo after all).
The centerpieces of the celebration were the new Party Gras Parade, Dick Tracy’s Diamond Double Cross stage show, and 35th Anniversary commemorative park tickets – which resulted in selected guests winning special gifts. Additionally, Disneyland unveiled the Disneyland Mouserail. Monorail red, which spent 19 years traveling around Disneyland, was transformed into a street-legal anniversary party on the road – complete with a “35 EARS” license plate.
In what I consider a genius marketing move, Disneyland released a 35th anniversary special that highlights not only the theme park – but it’s expanding media empire.
The special opens with the cast of Cheers sitting around the bar when Woody walks in and asks to turn the television to the Disneyland special (directed by John Landis!). As Woody says, “Everyone loves Disney!”
Highlights and guest appearances include:
- The cast of Cheers
- The Haunted Mansion attraction
- Footage of the opening day of Disneyland and the 35th Anniversary re-dedication with Ronald Reagan
- The new Party Gras parade
- Footage of the original construction of the theme park
- Famous visitors to the theme park over the last 35 years
- Michael Eisner talking to the very first Disneyland guests – 35 years later
- Tony Danza on the Jungle Cruise attraction
- C3-PO and R2-D2, Tony Danza, the Three Little Pigs, Gonzo, and Miss Piggy on the Star Tours attraction
- Miss Piggy and Cinderella with Gonzo as “Your Fairy God-thing”
- Jim Varney as Ernest
- DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince singing a hip-hop version of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
- January 11: For the 35th anniversary of Disneyland, the Party Gras Parade debuts, with balloons 45 feet high of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy
- January 12: Michael Eisner announces Disney’s most ambitious expansion of Disneyland over the next ten years, to expand park capacity by 20 percent
- February 4: The special TV show Disneyland’s 35th Anniversary Celebration airs, starring Tony Danza and the Muppets
- April 6: The Blue Ribbon Bakery shop opens on Main Street at Disneyland, in place of the Sunkist Citrus House
- April 29:
- The Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Store in Frontierland at Disneyland closes
- The One Man’s Dream show gives its last performance at the Videopolis in Disneyland
- June 3: The Fine Tobacco shop on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland closes
- June 15:
- The stage show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross begins performances at Videopolis in Disneyland
- The Patented Pastimes shop opens on Main Street in Disneyland
- June 29: The Bonanza Outfitters shop opens in Frontierland at Disneyland, in place of the Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Store
- October: Jack Lindquist is named president of Disneyland
- November 18: The Party Gras Parade makes its last run at Disneyland
- December 31: The stage show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross at Videopolis in Disneyland gives its last performance
- Month unknown: At Disneyland, the Dumbo Flying Elephants attraction is updated with a new ride system
Did you get to visit Disneyland in 1990 during the 35th Anniversary celebration? Did you win a Geo?!?!
Perfect Goofy Gail