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Throughout the country, state parks, historic sites, museums, and similar institutions are struggling to continue operating. Because of general financial problems, many of these institutions are operating on a reduced schedule or in danger of closing. Some are being forced to sell off artifacts and property. Many will not weather these hard times without your help.

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50th Anniversary Visit

Disneyland requires no introduction. Disney opened the gates and lowered the drawbridge on July 17, 1955 and has been delighting and fascinating the world ever since. Two decades later, it was joined by a sister park in Florida and later, parks in Europe and Asia. Forty-five years later, Disneyland was joined by the "second gate," which is a WED Imagineering term for a second adjacent theme park, and Disney California Adventure opened. There have been critics over the years, but they are by unhappy people and are greatly outweighed by the fans.

Disneyland opened with five themed lands, Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Ten years later, New Orleans Square was squeeded in between Adventurland and Frontierland. In the 1980s, Bear Country, later renamed Critter Country, was carved out of a piece of Frontierland and in the 1990s, Mickey's Toontown was tacked on to the top of Fantasyland.

There have been many changes made throughout the over half century of operation, but some areas would still be recognizable to Walt Disney today. Main Street still looks like it did on opening day, the Jungle Cruise has changed little except where Indiana Jones was shoehorned in, Tom Sawyer's Island has changed little, Sleeping Beauty's Castle is still as magical, even though the castle is larger in the sister parks. Little of the original Tomorrowland remains, but if it hadn't changed, it would be Yesterdayland by now.

See the official Disney web site for up to date details.

Mickey Mouse at park entrance.

Mickey Mouse and Main Street RR Station.

The Keel boats no longer run, but are still used as decoration.

Firing the canon.

Eeyore is my favorite Winnie the Pooh character - we share the same optomistic atitude.

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