As we prepare to celebrate the USA Volleyball Team at Disneyland park on Tuesday, we look back at some other great Olympians who have visited us over the years.
As you might imagine, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics were a pretty big deal for us here at the Disneyland Resort. In addition to a big fundraiser event for the U.S. Olympic Team that May (which included pyrotechnic Olympic rings suspended from a helicopter!), we hosted thousands of athletes, officials and dignitaries from more than 140 nations during the games themselves.
In 1988, we hosted a send-off for Team USA as they prepared to leave for the Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Following the games, we saluted our returning Olympians with an event featuring then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.
This video, produced before the most recent games, features archival photography from these events as well as individual visits from some of our Olympic heroes over the last four decades.
Read more about the history of Disneyland park in these posts:
- The Disney Gallery: A Hidden Treasure Celebrates 25 Years at Disneyland Park
- Scaling the Majestic Matterhorn at Disneyland Park
- Celebrating 35 Years of Space Mountain at Disneyland Park
Olympians at Disneyland Park Through the Years by George Savvas: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
Posted: 2012-07-13 17:00:16