Walt Disney World is known for its “above and beyond” mentality as well as its unique entertainment offerings. From fireworks to parades to iconic stage shows, Disney World is filled with one-of-a-kind offerings perfect for all ages.
One of the most popular entertainment shows is Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire — which used to take place daily in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom prior to the current pandemic. But with Disney World’s 50th anniversary just around the corner, have we seen the last of this stage show?
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Stage Show
First, let’s dive into what exactly Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is. In case you never got to see this Cinderella Castle stage show, the official description reads:
It takes a whole enchanted kingdom to put on this show—and you’re cordially invited. Look for Tiana and friends from The Princess and the Frog and Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled. Mickey even recruits Olaf, Anna and Elsa from Frozen to join in!
Watch as classic and contemporary Disney Characters interact in a magical, musical extravaganza featuring lively dancing, dazzling effects and music from the films.
You can watch a full video of a performance from 2016 on our YouTube channel here:
Could a Replacement Show Be On Its Way?
Since Walt Disney World is not currently hosting Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire due to pandemic-era restrictions and social distancing, and with the 50th anniversary celebration on its way, it has made me start to think about the possibility that we may have seen the final performance of Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire without even knowing it.
This Cinderella Castle stage show has been at the theme park since 2016, and with this big milestone of the Disney World 50th just around the corner, it could be a great time for Disney World to debut a brand-new stage show. Not only will this coincide with the 50th anniversary special events, but it will draw in even more Guests who may have already seen Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire but will want to see an all-new performance featuring new stories, costumes, and themes for the 50th anniversary of Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World Resort.
Personally, I would love to see Disney World bring a brand new stage show to the theme park specifically for the 50th anniversary celebration! Since the celebrations will last for 18 months, it could be the perfect opportunity to bring something new to the table for a lengthy amount of time.
Please keep in mind this article is pure speculation and Disney World has not announced the closing of Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire or a replacement show at this time.
More on Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
Disney Parks Blog shared more details on what Guests can expect at the Disney Parks for the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration:
Beginning Oct. 1, Walt Disney World Resort will throw “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in honor of our 50th anniversary, bringing new experiences to our four theme parks and beyond. This milestone is such a big deal, we’ve even coined a new word – “EARidescence” – to describe what you’ll see when you visit. Our Disney teams are creating all sorts of new decorations that will shimmer and sparkle all day and into the night.
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.
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.
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Do you want to see Disney World bring a new Cinderella Castle stage show to the park, or do you want to see Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stick around? Let us know in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: The opinions reflected in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Inside the Magic overall.