We are one year, four months, and 12 days away from the Walt Disney World resort’s 50th birthday. The 50th-anniversary celebration is arguably the most anticipated Disney Parks event since Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. It is going to be a resort-wide celebration of epic proportions. Each theme park will be taking part in the celebration, and construction was underway adding new attractions and completing renovations in preparation. But then came the global pandemic which caused all of Walt Disney World to shutter and delay construction.
As we get closer and closer to October 1, 2021, we have to ask when will Disney World’s 50 Anniversary Celebration begin? Or, in the present circumstances, when CAN it begin?
Now, like Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration (which lasted around a year and a half), Disney World’s 50th Celebration will no doubt last several months, if not an entire year. And it makes sense for the event to begin on or around the mega-resort’s actual birthday, October 1, 2021. It could also start in January, right after Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and run through the entirety of 2021. It could also commence a few months before the actual date, like celebrations did for Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary.
But before when we can think about what day the party will get started, we need to answer the question when can it get started?
Obviously, the theme parks first have to reopen to the public. But beyond that, the most significant deciding factor could be construction progress.
The primary concern for many Disney fans is construction progress. There are plenty of frequent visitors who don’t want to have the celebration with construction barriers and ride closures. The parks should presumably look better than ever. That means the completion of the EPCOT Revamp with the new entryway, redesigned Future World, and new attractions like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind be up and running.
That also means the Tron Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster could be completed at the Magic Kingdom, along with the renovations currently underway on Cinderella Castle. Not to mention the completion of the new Star Wars-theme hotel, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.
But the global pandemic brought those projects to a grinding halt. After Disney made the decision to close Walt Disney World, the company also made the decision to cease construction activities as well. Inside the Magic reported that over 1,000 construction workers were laid off.
The director of Buena Vista Construction Co., Tom Troffer, has stated, “We do not currently know how long the cessation of construction and maintenance projects serviced by the affected project workers will last, but we will continue to communicate with the union halls throughout the process and during our anticipated efforts to ramp the business back up within six months.”
It has been almost two months since the decision to stop major construction. And while some progress has begun to be made recently, the total delay time is still unknown.
But that has not stopped the rumor mill. Insiders have stated that construction projects will be delayed will into 2021. The Orlando Weekly shared one writer’s story who states that the 50th Anniversary Celebration was supposed to launch in early 2021 but has since been delayed due to construction.
“According to industry insider Jim Hill, who has been crucial in the reporting on the film-related delays for the Guardians attraction, the 50th Anniversary was to launch in early 2021 but has now been delayed to October 1, the actual date of the 50th Anniversary. This allows for the projects currently delayed to be finished and gives more time for the pandemic to subside.”
At this time, is still no official completion date released for the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. The same article also noted attractions like the Mary Poppins attraction planned for the UK Pavilion are rumored to be “indefinitely postponed.”
Again, these are just rumors, but construction progress will most likely be the determining factor for when Disney fans everywhere can get the party started. At this point, only time can tell how construction will really affect that celebration.
When do you think Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will begin? Let us know in the comments!