With the exception of some newly released commemorative merchandise, Disneyland’s 65th anniversary will go largely uncelebrated this July. The recent spike in COVID-19 cases nationwide has, unfortunately, shut the door on any possibility of celebrating this annual summertime milestone at the park itself.

But not all is lost! The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco recently announced a day of special events to help Disneyland fans all around the world celebrate their favorite theme park’s birthday on July 17th, 2020.

 

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Walt Disney on Disneyland’s opening day July 17, 1955

This “Virtual Community Day” will take place on July 17th from 12pm to 5pm Pacific Standard Time, and will be available to anyone online with no prior registration required.

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Autopia on Disneyland’s opening day

Special Disney guests will include voiceover artists Camille Dixon and Bill Rogers (the park announcers of Disney California Adventure and Disneyland, respectively), who will be on hand to share their memories and experiences of working at Disney.

Former Imagineer Chris Crump will also be in attendance to discuss his career at Disneyland, his work with his father, Disney Legend Rolly Crump, and what Disneyland means to him.

Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will screen rare home videos from Disneyland’s opening day in 1955.

The event will end with some special guests and a surprise announcement about the Museum’s next virtual exhibition.

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Jungle Cruise on Disneyland’s opening day

The museum is also asking fans to share their memories and submit their questions for Camille and Bill and/or Chris on their website. You can do so here. From the press release:

Join us as we celebrate Disneyland’s 65th trip around the sun with a day filled with special Disneyland-centric virtual programming, Disneyland trivia, and a few surprises along the way. We want to bring some of your favorite Disneyland memories to life—virtually! Start the day with well-known voiceover artists and producing partners, Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon, as they share their own favorite memories of Disneyland, along with some of yours, as you are invited to submit your favorite Disneyland memory for Bill and Camille to read aloud. Next up, join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Randy Haberkamp for rare home videos from Disneyland’s opening day in 1955. Then join former Imagineer Chris Crump as he discusses his illustrious career at Disneyland; his work over the years with his father, Disney Legend Rolly Crump; and what Disneyland means to him—followed by a Q&A. Enjoy a special Spotlight Talk featuring the unique Disneyland model in the museum. Finish the day with special guests and a surprise announcement about our next exciting virtual community exhibition. All aboard for a fun-filled day of magical memories of THE HAPPIEST PLACE

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Mad Tea Party on Disneyland’s opening day

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Let’s Hear From You

While we can’t be at Disneyland to celebrate its milestone anniversary in person, having a virtual community day at The Walt Disney Family Museum is a great method to share some Disney magic. Will you be participating in this special event? Do you have any memories of Disneyland’s opening day or any of its other anniversaries? Let us know in the comments below.

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Elaine is a former Emmy Award nominated television producer, writer, and correspondent. She's also worked with a variety of tech companies in Silicon Valley as a marketing and public relations professional. As a freelance writer, she focuses on food, culture, commerce, and all things Disney. Follow her on Instagram: @virgoinwonderland