Beginning later this year, Disney World will begin its highly anticipated 50th anniversary celebration to celebrate the opening of Magic Kingdom, which took place on October 1, 1971. But, this is much more than a celebration of 50 years for Magic Kingdom — it’s a celebration of Walt Disney World Resort as a whole!
Back in 2019, during the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products panel at the D23 Expo, it was announced that there will be a party brought to EACH theme park to commemorate 50 years since Walt Disney World opened — making this Walt Disney World’s biggest celebration yet!
In case you missed it, the Disney Resort’s 50th anniversary celebrations will begin on October 1, 2021 and will run for a total of 18 months. And these festivities won’t just be happening at Magic Kingdom — they will be happening at all four of the theme parks, including Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
So what this means is that no matter which park you visit at the Disney Resort, no matter which day you visit, you as a Disney World Guest will be celebrating Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary!
Though not too many details have been revealed quite yet, we do know that a special celebration will be coming to each of the four theme parks on Disney World property. Let’s break it down and take a look at what Guests can expect at each of the Disney World theme parks later this year.
Magic Kingdom — the Disney Park that started it all for Walt Disney World Resort. So what will be happening over at this theme park? Well, Disney has confirmed that Cinderella Castle, the theme park icon of Magic Kingdom, will be getting even more magical ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration.
Cinderella Castle recently underwent a makeover in honor of Walt Disney’s Cinderella (1950) celebrating 70 years. Now, we can look forward to additional embellishments to be added to the theme park icon, which will give Cinderella Castle an even more stunning appearance.
Disney Parks Blog shared:
As part of the celebration, Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park will add to its royal makeover from last year. As you can see in this new artist rendering, the castle will feature golden bunting and a 50th anniversary crest as part of its festive new look.
But that’s not all because Cinderella Castle will transform after the sun goes down as well! Disney Parks Blog continued:
The castle will add even more magic at night, joined by icons at each of the other three theme parks as they transform into Beacons of Magic. […]
Additionally, we know that Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will have custom-made looks, featuring “EARidescent” fabric and Cinderella Castle, which you can see in the image above. At this time we do not know if they will be decked out in this new attire at all four theme parks or they will only wear commemorative outfits at Magic Kingdom, but Inside the Magic will keep you posted as we get information.
Though an opening date has not yet been confirmed, Guests are excited for when Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will open this summer — Just in time for the 50th anniversary celebration.
As for what has been confirmed, Guests can look forward to new lights across Spaceship Earth! Disney Parks Blog explained:
And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another and resembling stars in a nighttime sky. This permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the theme park icon, also known as the thrilling attraction Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, will transform into something special just to commemorate 50 years of Walt Disney World Resort.
Though Disney Parks Blog did not give many details, they did share that Guests can look forward to “special new touches coming to life on the Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.”
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
One thing Guests look forward to every night at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the Tree of Life Awakening. Guests can look forward to something very similar come October 1, 2021.
Disney Parks Blog explained the 50th anniversary celebrations happening at this theme park as “magical fireflies inhabiting the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.”
Party in the Parks for Disney World’s 50th
So there you have it. From October 1, 2021 and running for 18 months, no matter which park Guests visit — and no matter which day Guests visit — they will be able to celebrate Disney World’s 50th anniversary! We are looking forward to even more news being released in the coming months, as we hope to find out that other surprises are in store for each of the four Disney World theme parks to commemorate this 50-year milestone.
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