Thursday, February 21, 2008

VIP Party - February 21, 1982

Set your time machine back exactly 26 years from today and you can join Mickey and the gang for a VIP Party! February 21, 1982 – 12 noon to 10:00 pm, “See you there”!

Did this VIP occasion have a more specific purpose? I guess if you had gotten this ticket in 1982, you would know why you are a VIP, so the mystery remains…

A friend of mine looked at the picture of Mickey and friends on this ticket and commented that the characters don’t look like that anymore, they are all “glitzy” and “over plus’d” now. I hadn’t really noticed it, but come to think it, Mickey & Minnie have not looked “right” since the 50th and the endless “dream” promotion.

Tomorrow, can you believe it; The New Fantasyland – PART 4!


Viewliner Ltd. said...

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Progressland said...

On February 21, 1982, Disneyland was open from 9 AM - 7 PM. Note the copyright date of 1980. This suggests an ongoing promotion. The VIP party was probably a mix-in.

An August 30, 1986 Los Angeles Times photo caption provides further details: "Sales associates and staff members of Jon Douglas Co., with family and friends, pause during a recent VIP party at Disneyland. The firm bought more than 100 tickets for the event."

I think it was probably a program companies could participate in. If they couldn't afford to buy out the whole Park for a private party, they could take part in a party with others, and then get three hours without "regular" Park guests.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Great background information Progressland. That makes sense for the small companies to have this option. Were the normal park hours different than those on the VIP ticket and how did they handle that? “It’s 7pm, you regular guests, it’s time to leave!”? THANKS!

Randy said...

I just came across this blog, and so while I know this is a bit out of date, I still feel like commenting.

Back in the late 80s I had the pleasure of going to two company parties at Disneyland. Basically the way it worked was that our party began at 7, but we were allowed in the park starting at 5. The park officially closed at 6, and announcements were made as such. Most people in the park at the time made their way to the exit, but there were always the stragglers who realized that the park wasn't really closing and decided to stick around.

But the park was still far less crowded than any other time I've ever been there. Being able to walk on Space Mountain was a real treat. The biggest line was for Star Tours (which had just opened a few months earlier), and even that line didn't make it out of the front doors.

I miss those parties.