From a romaing dinosaur to new rides to an online computer game, Disney will offer new attractions and spectacle at all of its parks this year to mark the 50th anniversary of Disneyland
The flagship park in Anaheim, California opened in July 1955. A celebration kicks off May 5 with festivities there and at the other Disney parks in Florida, France and Japan.
The newest Disney park - in Hong Kong - will also open this year on September 12.
In Anaheim, the anniversart celebration will include spontaneous block parties, a new fireworks show, a new parade, and a new attraction, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, in which guests pilot their own ship through an interactive space mission. Summer shies over Disneyland Paris will light up with a new musical fireworks show, "Wishes" inspired by a similar show from the Florida park, and Tokyo Disneyland will feature "Raging Spirits," a new high speed ride with special effects.
Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida will feature several attractions imported from the other Disney parks - the "Soarin" ride from Anaheim; the "Cinderellabration," a musical from Tokyo; and "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show" from Paris. And a new critter will be roaming through Animal Kingdom - an animatronic dinosaur
The Disney Cruise Line is marking the anniversary with its first west coast itinerary departing Los Angeles to Mexico for 12 one-week cruises.
An interactive computer game called "Virtual Magic Kingdom" will be launched May 5th on the Disney web site, www.disney.com. Players will be able to visit the virtual parks, design their own creations, accumulate points and status and even link real-world Disney experiences to the game.
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