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California Celebrates Disneyland Day with Mickey Mouse

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | June 02, 2015

California Celebrates Disneyland Day with Mickey Mouse

Photo by James Shillinglaw

The Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, may be celebrating its 60th anniversary of serving children and adults alike, but Mickey Mouse was in Sacramento on Monday to enjoy the inaugural Disneyland Day.

According to Disneyland, the California State Senate and Assembly declared June 1 Disneyland Day and celebrated with the man mouse of the hour. In addition, the Happiest Balloon on Earth—a giant inflatable rendition of Mickey Mouse’s head—was also seen outside the State Capitol building.

Sacramento Bee photographer Hector Amezcua grabbed a snapshot of the giant balloon:

While Mickey Mouse was in Sacramento to celebrate the holiday, the character and the good people at Disney decided to give back to the community. Not only did the oversized mouse visit children at the UC Davis Medical Center, but he also teamed with 500 volunteers from Disney, KaBOOM! and the city of West Sacramento to build Disney's largest KaBOOM! playground ever.

As if Disney, Mickey Mouse and the volunteers’ contributions to the area during Disneyland Day weren’t enough to warm your heart, the company also decided to make a surprise donation of $10,000 to the Club West Teen Center and Yolo County Children's Alliance.

All of the celebration is due to Disneyland being a staple of the California landscape since it was opened in 1955. In the 60 years of operation in Anaheim, 700 million guests have visited the theme park.

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