On Saturday July 17, 2021 Disneyland celebrated its 66th anniversary. It was a beautiful day to celebrate 66 years of magic at the Happiest Place on Earth. While the celebrations for the day were a little bit more low key than previous years, it was a welcome return for guests who weren’t even able to celebrate inside the parks last year.
The day was a completely magical day and gave a chance to experience the magic and also catch up with old friends that were also in the park. Many of these friends hadn’t been seen since before the parks closed in March 2020. Several of the DAPS MAGIC team were also in the parks and were able to connect.
Disneyland Opening and Jungle Cruise
The park opened at 8:00 and by the time the rope was dropped there were many people eagerly awaiting the opening announcement. Once the announcement was heard, guests began to stream their way into the park. Many headed towards the bigger attractions like Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain. After taking a few pictures, the DAPS MAGIC team made their way to The World Famous Jungle Cruise to experience this recently refurbished attraction.
A Morning at Disneyland
After enjoying a ride on the Jungle Cruise, it was time to see some of the fun things that were happening for Disneyland’s 66th Anniversary. On Main Street, USA, Mickey and friends were dressed for the occasion and having fun on the steps in front of Main Street Station. Other characters throughout the park were also having a blast on this special day interacting with each other and with guests.
First Cavalcade for Disneyland’s 66th Anniversary
There were two cavalcades to celebrate the occasion. They consisted of Mickey Mouse in the firetruck, the Disneyland Band, and the omnibus with characters in and around it. The Disneyland Band played music as it marched down the parade route. There were four locations that the entire cavalcade stopped: it’s a small world, the Hub, Main Street, USA, and Main Street Station in Town Square. At each stop, Happy Birthday, Disneyland was sung and played.
After the first cavalcade, our boarding group was called for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The group made their way over to experience this incredible attraction. It was an incredible experience, just as it always is. We then made our way to Town Square where we saw more characters that were celebrating the occasion.
Second Cavalcade for Disneyland’s 66th Anniversary
The second cavalcade took place at around 1:45 and began at Town Square and then made its way up to its a small world. It was the same cavalcade as the first. It was charming and fun and full of magic. As the music could be heard, people were drawn to the parade route to watch the cavalcade.