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Saturday, February 4, 2017
Disney's California Adventure McDonald's Happy Meal
In 2001, Disney's California Adventure theme park opened across the plaza from Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The new addition marked the beginning of "The Disneyland Resort."
To celebrate California Adventure, McDonald's launched a set of Happy Meal toys.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy gave Californians a new fun place to escape reality---themed to California!
Disney's California Adventure opened to lots of fanfare, but this McDonald's Happy Meal promotion is probably not familiar to Americans.
The California Adventure Happy Meal was sold in McDonald's restaurants in Asian countries. It was not a national promotion in the United States.
In the park's early days, the merchandise focused on the main Disney characters (celebrating California), and even on minor attractions like King Triton's Carousel.
Mickey Mouse is a photographer with a light up camera, ignoring his own rules about "No Flash Pictures, Please."
Hooray for Hollywood! Go out and try your luck, you might be Donald Duck! Hooray for Hollywood!
If you get famous enough, you may see your name in lights. In cement?!? Donald is a lucky duck.
Move over, Annette Funicello! Minnie Mouse is having a ball going back to the beach.
Minnie ironically doesn't wear a mini skirt.
Surf's up! Time for Goofy to do the dog paddle.
To my knowledge, there is no surfing at California Adventure. There is a Surf Dog Snoopy ride at Kings Island amusement park in Ohio. A Goofy version of that would have been a good fit for California Adventure.
Disney's California Adventure is now called Disney California Adventure. The park had a rocky start with lower than expected attendance, but has bounced back with additions like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and CarsLand. I got to visit the park in October 2008, as big changes were being implemented. I enjoyed my visit there. I guess the changes were working, because the park was very crowded.