Consumer Lookout: January

Mickey Mouse Turns 50 this spring
By Kathy Chin Leong

Walt Disney's dream icon hits fifty years old this May, and Mickey Mouse becomes an official member of the AARP. How significant is that? According to Disney officials, worldwide party plans are being concocted at every Disney resort and property. No news yet on how much rates will go up, but don't be surprised. Here's a sampling of what's in store for the festivities:

  • At Disneyland in Anaheim, Sleeping Beauty's castle will get a new temporary look with a gold fabric sheeting which will seem to turn the entire castle into gold. The five turrets will have crowns built on top to signify each decade in existence.
  • Several new Disneyland attractions will include a new parade, revamped fireworks display, and a Disneyland history place, which will replace Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
  • For the first time, the Disney Cruise Line will travel on the West Coast. It is already selling seven-day cruises from Los Angeles to Mexico. It will offer these trips from May 28 until August 19th. Word is that these new cruises are already selling out.
  • Walt Disney World in Orlando plans a new show and at least three new rides.
  • Tokyo Disney is working on a new Cinderella show for the theme park.
  • Disney Paris boasts it will unveil a new fireworks show in May.
  • Hong Kong Disney, the newest theme park for the Mouse enterprise, will open sometime in May.

With new events, shows, and attractions planned, figure on more crowds than ever. If you want to get in on the Disney magic, you should book your tickets and lodging very, very soon. To keep posted on the day-to-day happenings, visit .

-Kathy Chin Leong, editor

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