Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

In honor of Disneyland's 57th birthday today, I'm posting a few buttons from my personal collection. These first two were available for park guests to purchase on July 17th, 1985 and 1986 for Disneyland's 30th and 31st birthdays. I remember the button from the 30th birthday quickly selling out that day and I also remember being approached later in the evening by a park guest offering to buy mine for $20!

This next button was available only to cast members for Disneyland's 53rd birthday in 2008.

And this is the button that cast members were given just last year for Disneyland's 56th birthday.

It seems that the cast members are now given a special button to wear every year on July 17th, but there have been very few years that buttons have been available to park guests. The only July 17th-specific birthday buttons that I am aware of are the first two posted above from 1985 and 1986, and the one below from 1980 that was given to those attending a special 25 hour party for Disneyland's 25th birthday. To read more about that 25 hour party from 1980, click HERE.

Happy 57th Birthday, Disneyland!!!