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April 29, 1985

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) _ You’d need a brigade of bullies to knock over the latest contender for tallest sand castle in the world.

Standing 37.2 feet tall, the 140- by 145-foot El Moro-style sand castle completed Sunday night took two weeks, six front-end loaders, nearly 500 volunteers, and about $100,000 in donations, says the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

The castle’s height surpasses the previous Guinness Book of Records mark of 29.5 feet, said chamber member David G. McConnell, general manager of the nearby Sea Castle Hotel.

The bullies come into their own next weekend, however, when work begins to pull down the mound and restore the state-owned beach to its original condition, McConnell said.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Disneyland’s 3 millionth visitor for its 30th anniversary year drove to the amusement park in a 1969 Chevy, but will drive away in an ’85 Cadillac.

″I never had this kind of luck before,″ said plastics worker Sabino Juarez, 28, on Sunday. ″I guess I had the luck today.″

Disneyland spokesman Al Flores said the park is celebrating its anniversay by giving away about $12 million in prizes, ranging from free passes to 400 automobiles.

Prizes are given to every 300th, 3,000th, 30,000th, 300,000th and 3 millionth guest, he said.

Officials expect 1985 to be their best-ever year, with 12 million visitors clicking through the turnstiles. More than 244 million people have visited the park since it opened in July 1955.

Juarez, speaking through an interpreter, said he was unaware of the anniversary or the prizes when he made his third visit to the park Sunday with his wife and 10-month-old daughter.

″I want to come again and win another car,″ he said.

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