Thursday, May 10, 2012

Disneyland's 50th Anniversary

Fifty 50s

In honor of Disneyland's Golden Anniversary in 2005, 50 gold and blue logos were placed throughout the park. Known as the "Hidden 50s", these anniversary icons where located in the following places:

  1. - 13.   Main Street, U.S.A., Street Lamps
Each real gas street lamp on Main Street sports a "50." The lamps are over 150 years old and were purchased in Baltimore, Maryland.

  1. Flower Mickey
For fifty years this spot has been one of the most photographed locales in the world. This "50" is fashioned completely out of real flowers.

  1. Main Street Station- Main Entrance
The iconic structure sports a "50" directly above its venerable clock.

  1. Main Street Station-Main Street
The clock tower of the station, facing Town Square, features a "50".

  1. Main Street Opera House
This "50" is placed prominently at the entrance to the new attraction Disneyland: The First "50" Magical Years.

  1. Main Street City Hall
A "50" is perched high above Town Square on the cupola of City Hall.

  1. Sleeping Beauty Castle
Bejeweled for the 50th anniversary, the castle wears a shining "50" directly above the Disney family coat of arms that adorns the castle drawbridge entrance.

  1. I Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard
As guests exit the castle, they can spy a small" 50" between two coat-of-arms directly above the archway.

  1. Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
This carved "50" adjacent to the lanai is possibly hard to find among the lush foliage of Adventureland.

  1. Jungle Cruise
Under the attraction marquee, this "50" is literally skewered with native spears and has a faded, aged look.

  1. Frontierland Stockade
Just inside the Frontierland stockade entrance, this" 50" can be found among assorted U.S. Cavalry supplies.

  1. Frontierland Shootin' Exposition
Placed as part of the attraction marquee, this" 50" has been accidentally riddled with buckshot by a not-so sharp shooter.

  1. Frontierland Indian
A hand-carved wooden sculpture of a noble American Indian, replete with feathered headdress and red robe, is also adorned with a "50" pendant around his neck.

  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Water Tower
This “50" is literally painted upon the old plank-board water tower that supplies water to the mighty runaway trains of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

  1. Mark Twain Riverboat
This small" 50" can be spotted adorning the pilot house of this majestic vessel. In 1955, the Mark- Twain riverboat was the first paddle wheeler built in the United States in half a century.

  1. Tom Sawyer Island
Harper's Mill features a "50" nailed to the wall along with various metal tubs and pans. The mill acts as the stage backdrop for the nightly spectacular Fantasmic!

  1. Sailing Ship Columbia
The figurehead of this unique attraction wears a "50"around her neck. When the ship was built it was the three-masted windjammer built in the United States in more than one hundred years.

  1. Indiana Jones™ Adventure
Literally hanging in rope mesh off the attraction marquee, this "50" appears to be carved of wood and aged to blend-in with the archaeological dig occurring at the base of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

  1. Sailing Ship Columbia (Stern)
An all-gold "50" can be seen under the windows of the Captain’s Quarters on the ship. The Sailing Ship Columbia is modeled upon the first American vessel to circumnavigate the globe.

  1.  Pirates of the Caribbean
This "50" is located directly above the entrance to possibly the most popular Disney theme park adventure of all time, and the direct inspiration for the hit film Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and its sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

  1. New Orleans Square Street Banner
Located above the elegant courtyards and winding streets of this charming area of Disneyland, this "50" themes with the surrounding Mardi Gras décor.

  1. Splash Mountain
A "50" is carved into the mountain directly below the summit of Chickapin Hill and directly adjacent to the final fifty-two-foot drop into the briar patch below.

  1. New Orleans Square Balcony
This" 50" adorns the entrance to one of the most popular of the many quaint courtyards that guests can find and explore within New Orleans Square.

  1. Critter Country Train Trestle
A wood-carved "50" decorates this sturdy overpass that carries the authentic steam engines of the Disneyland Railroad.

  1. The Haunted Mansion
The most unique of the "Hidden 50s" is to be found at the entrance to The Haunted Mansion where the numeral "50" has been fashioned to resemble an oversized spider web.

  1. Observatron
One of the futuristic satellite dishes of this "public art" features yet another hard-to-find "50."

  1. Frontierland Stagecoach
The stagecoach at Big Thunder Ranch sports a shiny "50" on top of its carriage. The stagecoach was a popular mode of transportation in Frontierland from 1955-1959

  1. . Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
A" 50" is prominently placed right in the middle of the logo for the imaginary Imagination Institute.

  1. Pinocchio's Daring Journey (Weather Vane)
A "Hidden 50" acts as a weather vane atop this Fantasyland attraction. Other fanciful weather vanes adorn the roofline of Peter Pan's Flight, featuring the Crocodile and Captain Hook's pirate galleon.

  1. Innoventions
This hard-to-find "50" is featured as part of the décor for one of the loading stages of the rotating attraction.

  1. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
A statue of J. Thaddeus Toad that once held a monocle features "Toady" holding a "Hidden 50."

  1. "it's a small world"
Directly under the beloved attraction's smiling glockenspiel clock is a golden "50 guarding the facade doors where every fifteen minutes a parade of little dolls emerge to announce the time.

  1. Mad Tea Party (Lanterns)
One of the yellow Chinese lanterns that hang above the swirling cups and saucers features a "Hidden 50."

  1. Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
At the attraction entrance, Lenny the Cab balances a"50" atop his hood ornament.

  1. Matterhorn Bobsled (Entrance Crest)
As guests approach the chalet to board their bobsleds, they pass right under this" 50" nestled among various alpine crests.

  1. Astro Orbitor
Sharp eyes will find one of the swirling and undulating planets of this out-of-this world attraction featuring a hard-to-find "50."

  1. Mickey's Toontown Station
. A "50" adorns the marquee signage of this station for the Disneyland Railroad.

  1. Mickey's House-Mickey's Toontown
The front entrance to Mickey's residence features a hanging" 50" directly over the front door.

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