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Just Call It Liz's Magic Kingdom : Parties: All this and Mickey too. A Disney rep says there's never been a party like the one they are putting together for Elizabeth Taylor's 60th.

January 22, 1992|ANN CONWAY | TIMES STAFF WRITER

ANAHEIM — In what's probably her biggest extravaganza since she floated up the Nile in "Cleopatra," Elizabeth Taylor and 1,000 guests will take over Disneyland Feb. 27 to celebrate the actress's 60th birthday.

"It's going to be the biggest party she's ever seen--the biggest party Hollywood has ever seen," Disneyland spokesman Greg Albrecht said Monday. "It's going to be wild and fun. We're pulling out the stops."

Record producer David Geffen is lining up the entertainment for the bash, which will take place in the Main Street, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Videopolis areas of the Happiest Place on Earth.

"We're going to overdress the park," Albrecht said. "Some of the party theme will center around her birthday, some will have a medieval theme. We want to turn it into a fantasy situation. Her guests are going to see a lot more than you normally see here."

Michael Jackson, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, hairstylist Jose Eber and Taylor's seventh husband, Larry Fortensky are helping to organize the party.

Details of the entertainment--which may include a tribute to the star's career--are sketchy, Albrecht said. Disneyland chief Michael Eisner is working with Taylor on the party concept, and Disneyland executives are meeting with Taylor in Anaheim this week to complete the details, he said.

"We're going to ask her what sort of things she likes, what she wants to do," Albrecht said. "All of our attractions will be open that night."

A Taylor spokeswoman said the actress was unavailable for comment.

The park will close to the public at 6 that night, and only Taylor's guests will be admitted to the party.

Disneyland officials declined to discuss how much the Taylor bash would cost. But the amusement park offers a party concept it calls "Enchanted Evenings" to people or corporations that want exclusive use of the park when it closes to the public.

For an $8,000 minimum charge, a firm can take over one of Disneyland's "lands," says Diane Killeen, secretary to Disneyland's Executive Vice President Ron Dominguez.

"For private parties, we rent our lands and set up buffets in them--that sort of thing," she said. The most popular area for Disneyland party giving is New Orleans Square, Killeen said. "There, we can create a great Mardi Gras atmosphere." Tomorrowland is the next favorite for companies.

Said Disneyland's Albrecht: "We've never done anything on this scale before. And never for an individual."

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