:: Friday, May 06, 2005 ::
Wow, I leave for a few days, come back, and there are a billion and a half e-mails, messages, and LiveJournal posts to catch up on! Who knew there'd be so much going on this week?
The three-day Disneyland 50th anniversary media event was amazing. The park was actually closed on May 4 for a private celebrity party, but they gave me press access to cover the event. I got to see/meet so many Disney "higher-ups" such as Walt Disney Company President Michael Eisner, Disney Company President-elect Bob Iger, Disneyland President Matt Ouimet, Disney Parks/Resorts President Jay Rasulo, Golden Horseshoe Revue star Wally Boag, Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar, etc. and celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Leann Rimes, Julie Andrews, John Voight, John Stamos, Geena Davis, Karl Malone, Sean Astin, Tyra Banks, Andy Garcia, Steve Martin, Kelsey Grammer, and Tim Allen. Plus, for the celebrity party, the Goo Goo Dolls gave a live performance. The food was amazing: spectacular catered meals and desserts with all the snacks and drinks you could care to have in between.
They premiered the new parade, which was a lot of fun to watch. The music is very catchy and the floats are much more detailed than previous parades. They also have new puppets and audio-animatronics to animate the scenes, and they are all elaborate and fluidly life-like. The parade also runs at night, so all the floats light up, making them a lot prettier. The new fireworks show was incredible; the biggest and best fireworks show I've ever seen in my life. They not only use the classic Disney songs, but they also pay tribute to Disneyland itself, using songs from rides and blasting new types of fireworks created just for the show. New special effects also enhance the presentation. The show is narrated by Julie Andrews, and it was very heartwarming. Yay for Disneyland.
And oh, they gave us such cool merchandise. All these new 50th anniversary collectibles, pins, and souvenirs. I even got my own pair of golden Mickey ears!
The publicity people treated us so well (what with the free meals and Disney hotel stay). It was strange doing work at Disneyland, but at the same time, the people helping the media gave us such great perks. I don't think I'll ever see Disneyland the same way ever again. I can't wait until Disneyland's actual anniversary on July 17!
:: SL 6:04 PM [+] ::