Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary – 25 Hours of Disneyland

For a few years between 2012 and 2015 Disney would hold annual 24-hour-long events at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. They were a fun way for fans to spend an entire full day at the parks. But did you know there was time Disneyland was open for 25 hours?

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Detroit Free Press
Disney’s land of fantasy fun turns 25 (Jun 29 1980)

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Disneyland Celebrating Its Silver Anniversary (Jun 27 1980)
Disneyland Marks Anniversary (Jul 17 1980)

The Desert Sun
Disneyland Stages ‘Festival Canada’ (Mar 3 1980)

The Los Angeles Times
Disneyland Marks Silver Anniversary (Jul 18 1980)
‘Star Tours’ Opens to Crowds at Disneyland (Jan 10 1987)
Disneyland is a Month of Fundays! (Feb 3 1980)
How Will Disneyland Celebrate Its Silver Year? (Jan 20 1980)

The San Bernardino County Sun
Disneyland Celebrates 25th (Jul 18 1980)

1980 was a special year for Disneyland as that July would mark the 25th anniversary of the iconic park. Now this was before the Eisner era, so Disney wasn’t yet in the habit of making big celebrations out of every little anniversary. However Disneyland’s silver anniversary was anything but little. Disneyland 25 was a year long celebration of the park’s birthday, and while it wasn’t as prize-heavy as later anniversaries would be, it certainly was packed with events.

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