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Throwback Thursday: Disneyland’s 30th Anniversary


As Disneyland prepares for its Diamond Anniversary celebrating 60 years of adventures, it’s a good time to flashback to 30 years ago in 1985 when the park was still a young 30 years old. This special report aired on CBS and features a glimpse at what was going on in the park at the time. Believe it or not, there was still some question if Walt Disney’s experiment would be a success

Disneyland’s 30th anniversary had a lot of great elements. First there was the Gift Giver Extraordinaire, a giant machine that doled out thousands of prizes to guests as they entered the gates, including a new GM car to every 30,000th guest. Disneyland had its first 24-hour day event, staying open July 17th, the parks birthday for a full 24 hours. 1985 also saw a new version of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln open on Main Street, U.S.A., complete with a new advanced Audio-Animatronics figure. Videopolis gave teens and young adults a place to dance the night away to the mega-hits of the day. 1985 was also the year that Disneyland began operating 365 days a year. Prior to then it still closed Mondays and Tuesdays during the off-season.

What are your memories of Disneyland’s 30th anniversary? Did you win a car?