I came across this really well done video while reading through articles on The Disney Blog. I know that the concept of reversing a video goes way back, including some black and white footage by Uncle Walt himself of milk bottles spontaneously fixing themselves, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a time-lapse park video put into reverse. Now if only it was also tilt-shifted. 🙂
B&W and Color Footage
While visiting Disneyland for its 55th Anniversary last weekend, one of the special things they did to commemorate the day was to replace the B&W Mickey and Minnie Cartoons in the Main Street Cinema with Disneyland Opening Day footage. Some of the footage is black and white and some is in color. There were a few different reels they had playing, and I did my best to grab a few. This is the first reel that I captured. I added some audio to the silent films and I hope you enjoy these seldom shown recordings.
Black and White and Color footage from the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland. On July 17th, 2010 they replaced the standard Mickey and Minnie B&W cartoons with opening day footage of Disneyland. Here’s one of the video loops with some added audio.
The Emerald Anniversary
Next week, on July 17th, Disneyland will be celebrating it’s 55th Birthday. Today, the Disney Parks blog announced the schedule of events for commemorating Disneyland’s anniversary including a dedication ceremony at noon, a birthday sing along at 4:15, special Retro-designed park maps, and a special set of Mickey Ears available only on July 17th that reads: “D 55th,” July 17, 2010. I was there last year for the 54th Anniversary and I recorded a somewhat shaky video of the commemorative ceremony with The Mayor of Mainstreet, the Disneyland Band and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
As you can see, the festivities were rather simple, but special none-the-less. It seems like they do a bigger deal when the anniversary mod 5 = 0. 🙂 Or, in non-engineer speak, anniversaries that end with a 5 or a 0. During the 50th Anniversary, they celebrating for 2 years and we ended up with the wonderful fireworks show called Remember… Dreams Come True as narrated by Julie Andrews. I absolutely adore Julie Andrews — for me, listening to her speak is like a warm voice-hug. The 50th anniversary also brought us the Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams once again, narrated by Julie Andrews. Both of these were strongly imbued with Walt’s touch when they chose to include audio recordings from his Original Dedication of Disneyland Speech. If there ever was a time you could feel Walt’s presence up above the Firehouse, it’s listening to Walt’s Dedication on the Park’s anniversary. And the Park never looked so beautiful as when it was all decked out with Mickey 50’s.
May you always stay young at heart. And may your Dreams continue to be inspired by imagination. And may you forever treasure this very special day at the Happiest Place on Earth.