Walt Disney World Announces 50th Anniversary Celebrations

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Celebrating 50 Years of Magic at Walt Disney World

It has been 50 years in the making and later this year, Walt Disney World will officially come alive with a year-long celebration of its 50 years of Disney magic.

Walt Disney World officially opened on October 1, 1971. In the five decades since, the “vacation kingdom of the world” has seen considerable growth and expansions. With this significant 50th Anniversary milestone approaching, visitors will soon be able to join the festivities and share in “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” which start on October 1, 2021.

18 Months of Disney Magic

Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations will last a full 18-months (would you expect anything less?) and will feature new experiences at the resort’s four theme parks and beyond. Disney has coined their decor as “shimmering EARidescent” and we cannot wait to see how it all comes together. No surprise, but at the center of it all will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, which will add to its royal makeover from 2020 with new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments and other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest warmly welcoming everyone to the join the festivities.

Cinderella Castle Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary

There will be “Beacons of Magic” at All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks

As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will transform into magnificent Beacons of Magic at night, coming to life with their own EARidescent glow.

  • Cinderella Castle will illuminate Magic Kingdom with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.
  • The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.
  • And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky. The iconic structure’s permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Walt Disney World 50th

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be Dressed for the Occasion

As hosts of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be dressed in sparkling new looks, custom-made for this special occasion. Highlights of these celebratory designs include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle backed by fireworks, as well as a brocade in multi-toned, EARidescent fabric – all punctuated with pops of gold.

Joining Mickey and Minnie, Walt Disney World cast members will be at the heart of this event. They will demonstrate yet again why they are renowned for their commitment to service, consistently exceeding guests’ expectations by going above and beyond to make visits to The Most Magical Place on Earth special.

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