Turtle, monsters to honor Mouse

Disneyland celebrated the public kickoff of its 18-month celebration of it 50th anniversary Thursday with appearances by top executives, songs from recording stars and the unveiling of two new interactive attractions — both based on Pixar films. Opening July 15 at Disney’s California Adventure is Turtle Talk With Crush, featuring the surfer-dude sea turtle from “Finding Nemo.” Coming in January is a so-called dark ride based on “Monsters, Inc.” that will take audiences into Monstropolis. The anniversary event featured performances by LeAnn Rimes and former Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera, accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Alan Silvestri.Julie Andrews introduced a throng of Disney characters that converged on the square, keeping with the “Come Home” theme of the anniversary promotional campaign.

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