The fans were definitely there to help Disney celebrate, as opposed to being there because Disney was holding a big party or giving things away.
The parade was filled was all of our favorite Disney Characters from Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse to Woody and Jessie. All of the Disney Princesses were escorted by their princes. The parade also included signs marking the previous milestone anniversaries that were previously celebrated at The Walt Disney World Resort.
Magic Kingdom Vice President Phil Holmes, who was a Cast Member that worked at the Haunted Mansion on opening day related a touching story about that first day and paid tribute to the Disney Cast Members and the work they do to make a visit to Disney World special for all guests.
This was certainly a day to celebrate, as one of the moved loved places in the United States, if not the world, celebrated it's 40th Birthday!