On October 1, 1971, Walt Disney World opened to the public for the first time with its first theme park — Magic Kingdom — and before we knew it, it became one of the most popular vacation destinations around the world. And now here we are, almost 50 years later!
Walt Disney World is bringing the festivities for this major milestone to all four of its theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Known as “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Disney World will begin its anniversary festivities on October 1, 2021 to commemorate exactly 50 years since Magic Kingdom first opened its gates in 1971.
As many already know, a Disney Park Pass plus a valid theme park ticket are required in order to visit a Disney World Park at this time. With this being said, Guests are eager to secure their spot at one of the four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — for the day of the 50th anniversary.
However, if you are an Annual Passholder, we have some unfortunate news as all four Disney Parks have hit their limit on Park Passes for October 1.
Previously, we reported that Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios were booked, leaving availability for Animal Kingdom; however, as you can see in the screenshot below, all Park Passes for all four theme parks are now booked for Annual Passholders for October 1, 2021.
The good news is that this celebration isn’t just going to last one day. In fact, it’s not even going to last just one full year — it’s going to be going on for a total of 18 months! So if you are an Annual Passholder and weren’t able to score a Park Pass reservation for October 1, 2021 — You will have plenty of time to visit the Disney World theme parks and celebrate the 50th anniversary.
It is also important to note that Disney World may add more Park Pass availability as capacity could continue to increase. Additionally, as some may cancel their Park Pass reservations, more spots could open for others. Keep checking the official Walt Disney World website for the most up-to-date availability.
Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
Guests are eager to check out what Walt Disney World brings to the table for the big 50th anniversary celebration, which will begin on October 1, 2021 and run for 18 months!
In case you missed it, Disney Parks Blog shared some exciting details surrounding the upcoming celebration, writing:
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.
Disney Park Pass
Keep in mind, as Disney has shared in the past — If you want to visit a Walt Disney World theme park, such as Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you will need a Park Pass along with a valid ticket. At this time, there is no reservation required for Disney Springs — Disney World’s outdoor shopping and dining district.
- You’ll need a My Disney Experience account, as this is where your Walt Disney World Resort plans are stored and managed.
- You’ll also need a valid theme park ticket or Annual Pass that’s linked to your My Disney Experience account.
- If you have a Disney Resort hotel reservation, be sure to link it to your My Disney Experience account beforehand, as well.
Currently, Disney Park Pass reservations have been extended into 2023.
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Are you an Annual Passholder? Did you grab a Disney Park Pass for October 1, 2021? Let us know in the comments below.