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Favorite Vacation Photos Comprise Enormous 50th Anniversary Photo Collages

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 26, 2005) – Smiles and memories combine to create one of the most distinctive aspects of the Disneyland 50th anniversary “Happiest Homecoming On Earth” celebration, launching May 5, 2005. “The Happiest Faces on Earth ... A Disney Family Album,” a series of 34 gigantic photo collages of classic Disney imagery comprised of thousands of small, individual Disney vacation photos submitted by guests over the past year (including celebrities Christina Aguilera and Tyra Banks), will decorate both Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park during the milestone celebration.

The collages are themed to each respective “land” in each park. For example, near the “Haunted Mansion” is a photo montage showcasing the famed Hitchhiking Ghosts from the attraction and near the “Alice in Wonderland” adventure in Fantasyland is a montage showcasing Alice at the Mad Tea Party from Walt Disney’s classic Disney animated film. Other themes include Disney Princesses (Fantasyland), Buzz Lightyear (Fantasyland entrance), and “20,000n Leagues Under the Sea” (near the submarine lagoon).

Mickey Mouse is naturally featured in the biggest collage in the collection (28 ft. wide and over 20 ft. high), a collage-within-a-collage image from his breakthrough 1928 film “Steamboat Willie.” The sepia-tone collage on Main Street, USA, is also the most unique due to the fact that it is comprised of 800 images of Disneyland Resort Cast Members, with each Cast Member portrait comprised of 800 smaller Guest and Cast Member pictures!

“The Happiest Faces on Earth ... A Disney Family Album” program is exclusive to Disneyland during the global celebration of the park’s 50th anniversary. To announce the program and to visually demonstrate the collage concept, the “The Happiest Faces on Earth” concept was launched on July 17, 2004, via the creation of a spectacular photo collage of Mickey Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Each of the more than 1,000 participants in the kick-off ceremony held a square, 3' x 3' color personal photo over their heads and when properly arranged and combined, created a gigantic smiling (and even winking) image of Mickey Mouse. The impressive visual was produced to accurately illustrate the photo collage technique utilized in creating “The Happiest Faces on Earth ... A Disney Family Album.”

The unveiling of “The Happiest Faces on Earth” joins an incredible array of new innovative adventures and astonishing entertainment premiering at Disneyland during its 50th anniversary “Happiest Homecoming On Earth” celebration, launching May 5, 2005. Other highlights include the fun-filled and interactive “Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters” (inspired by a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, “Toy Story 2,”) in Tomorrowland, the re-launch of “Space Mountain,” “Remember . . . Dreams Come True,” (the biggest fireworks spectacular in Disneyland history), and the energetic “Block Party Bash” where Disney presents the Pixar Film Pals at Disney’s California Adventure.

The 50th anniversary will also be celebrated globally via the “Happiest Celebration On Earth” (Disney’s first-ever global celebration), and will be highlighted by the introduction of spectacular new shows and attractions at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan; and Disneyland Resort Paris in France, plus the first west coast itinerary for the Disney Cruise Line and the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland (September 12, 2005).