Hoping to visit Disneyland for the 60th anniversary? Here is my post recapping the greatness of the 60th anniversary offerings.
Want to check out other years? Use the link at the bottom of this post!
So I was not even born in 1984 but it is a very important year in Disney history-why? Because it was the year of the 1984 Olympics and Disney had a part to play!
Living in Los Angeles and working and going to school at USC, the Coliseum holds a special place in my heart! USC Trojans play football there and it is right across the street from the school. They still have the Olympic torch in the stadium that they light at every football game!
- Olympic Night in March 1984 which was a fundraising opportunity for the US team that raised over 600,000 dollars where guests to meet Olympic Athletes!
- The Torch Relay passed through Anaheim
- During the Olympics, Wrestling occured at the Anaheim Convention Center
Even though record crowds were expected to come to Disneyland, it did not seem to happen! Attendance was actually at a 10-year low that year: less than 9.5 million ! They even started a promotion with Carl's Jr: buy a 2.49 hamburger and get a free children's ticket. Can you imagine a promotion like that now?
The locals seemed to stay away because of the hype surrounding the Olympics but they did get some top-notch guests including Princess Anne from England who was in town for the Olympics, not to mention the athletes themselves from over 140 visiting countries.
- Alice's Adventure in Wonderland reopened after a lengthy rehab
- Great Moments with Mr Lincoln is updated
- CircleVision: America the Beautiful closes
- new Circle Vision show opens
- The horsedrawn fire wagon is taken down Main St once last time before being retired to the Fire House
- Negotiations begin to try and buy the Disneyland Hotel after Wrather died. It would not officially happen until 1988 when his widow also passed away and they were able to buy the companies share.
- Country Bear Christmas show premieres
- Annual passes begin to be sold: Adults are $65 and children are $45 (I am not even going to mention how much my current pass costs!)
- Donald Duck's 50th anniversary parade
Want a video of what the park looked like in 1984? Here is a great one! So vintage! :)
I don't want to be remiss so here are the sources I used-so much great information out there!
Disneyland History 1980-1984
Great Summer Scare Off
Athletes through the years