Friday, July 17, 2020

Disneyland's 65th Anniversary - From a Distance!

Happy Anniversary Disneyland! I know that for a while we were all expecting the Happiest Place on Earth to celebrate its 65th by reopening, but it just didn't work out this year. 2020 is the worst, let's face it. But if you're feeling like you need a little Disney in your life and you need a reason to celebrate, there's lots of other things you can do!

Downtown Disney

Photo Credit: Disney
Ok, if you're local you *can* go celebrate from Downtown Disney. World of Disney is open with plenty of cute 65th anniversary merch and there's plenty of room to hang out and listen to the wonderful music in the esplanade while staying away from other people.
***Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands!***

Not everything in Downtown Disney is open, but these are the places you can visit so far:
  • Asian Street Eats
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes
  • California Churro
  • Curl Surf
  • Disney Home
  • Disney's Pin Traders
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Jamba
  • Kayla's Cakes
  • Marceline's Confectionery
  • Naples
  • Pandora
  • Rinse Bath and Body
  • Salt & Straw
  • Sephora
  • Starbucks (both of them)
  • Sugarboo & Co
  • Sunglass Icon
  • The Disney Dress Shop
  • The Lego Store
  • UVA
  • Wetzel's Pretzels 
  • WonderGround
  • World of Disney

Watch Disneyland Through the Years!

Thanks to the magic of YouTube, there are SO many things you can watch to feel the Disneyland magic wherever you are. We've compiled a list to help you see the best of Disneyland throughout the years, from 1955 to, well 2019...because again, 2020 is the worst.

Disneyland's Opening Day - 1955

Disneyland After Dark Special - 1962

The Magic of Disneyland - 1969

Disneyland's 30th Anniversary, with Drew Barrymore! - 1985

A Day at Disneyland - 1991

Rocket Rods - 1998

California Adventure Opening Day 2001

Remember... Dreams Come True, Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Fireworks - 2005

Paint the Night Parade - 2015

World of Color - 2019

Do Some Shopping

There's some good 65th anniversary merch available on ShopDisney, but act fast! When they held the special event for merch a few days ago, people were in virtual "waiting rooms" for most of the day with sometimes tens of thousands of people ahead of them. Here's our faves that are available online at the time of publishing this article (and there's more if you're heading to Downtown Disney!). 

Anniversary Merch

65th Anniversary Spirit Jersey 

65th Ornament

Special Edition Disneyland Wishables
Special Deal!!! 

Other Fun Disneyland Stuff to Buy!

Loungefly Backpack

Because we ALL need more sweatpants right now!

This might be the cutest hat I've ever seen!


Who doesn't love to color?? Check out these free Disneyland inspired coloring pages available from And there are plenty more!

Make your Own Personal Disneyland

Have you checked our Paper Parks yet? You can build your own Main Street complete with Magic Happens parade!

Eat All the Disneyland Foods

We've been doing quite a bit of Disney cooking while we've been at home and over the years. Give our faves a try!

Wear your Disney Gear

We know your have some awesome Disney gear tucked away for your next trip. Put it on and pretend you're in the parks! Let's do it!

So who's in?? 
How will you be celebrating? Let us know in the comments below.

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