Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, and I'm having fun watching the hoopla this year for the golden anniversary celebration at Disney's various amusement parks. They say it will be an 18-month anniversary, meaning lots of ads and publicity, and maybe some new rides, shows, parades, etc. too. At the original park, Disneyland, they are opening the newest ride, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, this week. You shoot blasters at bad guys as you ride, so they claim "you affect the outcome" of the ride, instead of just sitting. It's two people to a car, but you will be teamed with two other Disneyland guests who aren't on the ride (I think they are elsewhere in the park) but are on your team. When you get off, you can e-mail your score to yourself (and probably end up on their e-mailing list). If you score 100,000, you are a "Galactic Hero" - sounds impressive! OK, it may not be the coolest thing since iPods, but kids of the appropriate age will like it and at least Disney is trying to move forward a little, with less passive rides. After 500 million visitors (I suspect that includes repeat visits), they must have learned a bit about what kids (and some of us grown-up kids) like. Who lives near a Disney park? What are they doing at the other parks to celebrate?