Today marks the officially recognized birthday of my favorite place, Disneyland (technically the park opened to the public on July 18, 1955, but don’t let’s quibble).
Because 56 isn’t one of the sexier milestones, Disneyland itself isn’t doing much to mark the occasion, but there will be a small ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today during which Walt’s opening speech (see photo above) will be played over the loudspeakers, and then Mickey, Minnie and that angry duck will lead a cast member sing-along of “Happy Birthday.”
Sidenote: I was thinking about going to Disneyland for my birthday, which is in September, but I found out Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed for a two-month refurbishment. I’m curious to know: what’s your Disneyland dealbreaker? Would you cancel a trip if you found out your favorite ride wouldn’t be open?