Walt Disney WorldThe World’s Most Magical Celebration Has Begun

Disney World 50th

Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary
"The World's Most Magical Celebration"

OCTOBER 1, 2021 - APRIL 1, 2023
Fifty years ago, the Walt Disney World Resort, born of impossible dreams, opened its gates and starting today, the magic is calling everyone to The World’s Most Magical Celebration – the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World Resort.

You will be immersed in shimmering EARidescence and experience special touches during this incredible 18-month celebration, from embellishments on Cinderella Castle to décor throughout the theme parks and beyond.

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Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, get ready for classic favorites and new adventures unlike any other place on Earth. Come celebrate the small stuff, the big stuff, and all the in-between stuff. Share the magic Disney fans around the world have helped create over the last 50 years, and kick off the next era where the best is yet to come.

Shining at the center of it all will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, which shows off its royal makeover of new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments and other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest warmly welcoming guests to the join the festivities.

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The magic is calling everyone to The World’s Most Magical Celebration, as all four Walt Disney World theme parks and beyond shimmer with breathtaking magnificence. Book your magical vacation today with a free no obligation quotation here.

  • Cinderella Castle now illuminates Magic Kingdom with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a warm light now emanates 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 is now awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.
  • And at EPCOT, new lights 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, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale are now part of a new collection of special golden character sculptures across the four Walt Disney World theme parks. There are 50 characters featured overall, and guests can interact with the “Disney Fab 50” in surprising ways as part of the 50th anniversary celebration.

Platinum-selling songwriter and music producer Alana Da Fonseca answered the call to create an original anthem for the 50th Anniversary, collaborating with award-winning composer Emily Bear and singing phenom Journi on “The Magic Is Calling.” Da Fonseca’s pop music style, Bear’s soaring orchestrations and Journi’s magical vocal performance come together to create a song that is all at once nostalgic, inspirational and contemporary.

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As hosts of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will now be dressed in sparkling new looks, custom-made for this special occasion. Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Chip & Dale also have festive EARidescent costumes for the celebration.

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 and the gang, Walt Disney World cast members are at the heart of this event. They 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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During its 50th anniversary celebration, Walt Disney World introduces more than 150 new food items and drinks! We all know that Disney snacks and special beverages can be key ingredients for a day of fun at The Most Magical Place on Earth.

New menu items for the celebration offer nods to the resort’s past while pushing culinary adventures to exciting new places. These include theme park classics and some of Walt Disney’s favorite items, along with novel dishes and sips full of color, whimsy, and a touch of EARidescent shimmer.

As the magical unfolds over the next 18 month we will bring you more and more magical vacation deals to be part of the EARidescent birthday celebrations.

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