Friday, March 06, 2015

This Week at Disneyland: Indiana Jones Adventure 20th Anniversary

Earlier this week we attended our second Annual Passholder party at Disneyland within a few days' time, following the Royal Celebration on February 24th.

This week's event celebrated two decades of the Indiana Jones Adventure, which opened on March 4, 1995.

The March 4th anniversary celebration was an after-hours party in Adventureland, Frontierland, and New Orleans Square.

The highlight for us was Tim O'Day hosting an hour-long talk with Imagineering Legend Tony Baxter. Tony showed original ride art, videos of the ride's development, and more. It was fascinating to learn that original designs included the Jungle Cruise boats and the Disneyland Railroad trains passing through the show building!

Ironically the celebration came less than a day before Indy himself, Harrison Ford, experienced engine failure and successfully crash landed his single-engine plane on a Santa Monica golf course. Thankfully Ford is said to be recovering. Aviation experts have praised Ford's skill in a difficult situation, with one saying the forced landing was "beautifully executed."

A couple more shots from Wednesday evening. The Sleeping Beauty Castle is looking beautiful after receiving a sprucing up for the park's upcoming 60th Anniversary celebration.

The area in front of the castle was uncharacteristically empty due to a separate party occurring that evening in Fantasyland to celebrate next week's release of CINDERELLA (2015). Stars Lily James and Richard Madden appeared in the park; I didn't see them but a friend I met up with that night saw Lily James walking by.

As he did last week, my husband tried out some nighttime shots on his new camera, including this neat shot of the moon over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:

My next visit to Disneyland will be a week from Sunday, when our family team Skipper in De Nile will play the latest MouseAdventure game, Ready Player One. Apparently I need to be brushing up on memories of Disney in the '80s!


Blogger Irene said...

This was one of the better AP appreciation events they've had in awhile. I also enjoyed the discussion with Tony Baxter and I thought the presentation was very well done. Something else I really enjoyed was the band "The Jones Family" which played a lot of swing music and whose interaction with the audience was great. The lighting effects, fog effect and the music that you normally hear in the queue line playing around the River area was a nice touch. Turns out I had a number of friends there and I missed seeing them all!

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