Sunday, August 24, 2014

#Disneyland60.....Today In Disneyland History.......August 24, 2002

First Ever ABC Primetime Preview Weekend
August 24, 2002

On August 24, 2002 Disney's California Adventure played host to the first ever "ABC Primetime Preview Weekend." The 2-day event inaugurated the new ABC-TV fall line-up.  This brand new event featured the shows and stars of ABC. Lucky Disney California Adventure guests were invited to screen episodes of then upcoming ABC Primetime series including “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter”, “Less Than Perfect” among others. One of the many highlights for guests was "announced" as part of a mock red carpet arrival complete with camera flash bulbs as they entered the Golden Dreams Theater, which now houses The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
In the Pacific Wharf guests were invited to watch a brief promotional video about ABC and answers some questions. Following the survey's completion, they were given a special entrance pass into selected attractions. Also located at this station were postcards featuring the various ABC shows which could be sent to family and friends for no additional cost .The Pacific Wharf Stage was host to the "Happy Hour" Trivia Challenge where participants competed for a prize given out by surprise celebrity visitors.
Actors from each of the ABC-TV Fall shows were available to the media for a very brief question and answer session by the Golden Vine Winery. They also participated in a question and answer session for the public in the Golden State Amphitheater which lasted about 30 minutes. The Parade of Stars motorcade gave excited fans a chance to see their favorites as it journeyed from the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, now Hollywood Land, and traveled along the Disney California Adventure Park Performance Corridor. Each segment of the route had a separate ABC affiliate hosting. Celebrities were equipped with a microphone and were able to speak briefly as they passed each area.

The most popular element of the first ABC Primetime Preview Weekend was the then popular show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” held in the Hyperion Theater, home of the Aladdin – a musical spectacular.  Many guests waited from park open or even earlier to secure seats for this event which performed once each day of the weekend to a packed theater.

The weekend events were concluded each night with a performance by stand-up comedian George Lopez and a Blues concert by Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts.  Be sure to check out this year’s ABC Fall TV lineup which broadcasts into homes beginning September 21. And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history. 

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