Disney Files Secretive Permits, May Be Planning 50th Anniversary Surprises

in Walt Disney World

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The Walt Disney Company has been gearing up for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort for quite some time. Magic Kingdom Park officially opened on October 1, 1971, which makes October 1, 2021 a particularly special day for Disney World fans.

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Although we know quite a few details about the upcoming “World’s Most Magical Celebration” — from merchandise previews to brand new nighttime spectaculars like EPCOT’s Harmonious and Magic Kingdom’s Enchantment fireworks to interactive statues featuring 50 beloved Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Flounder and Sebastian, Orange Bird, Dumbo and Timothy Mouse, Gus Gus and Jaq, R2-D2, and more — Disney undoubtedly still has some secrets up its sleeve.

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In fact, Disney recently teased that there is “much more” to come for the 50th anniversary party in the Parks, and now we may have gotten a glimpse at a secretive installation.

Disney World recently filed four permits — one each for EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — with the same contractor, Wen Construction Services, LLC.

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Although the permits are all for vague “General Construction”, it is worth noting they were filed simultaneously and they are all for key, central spots in each Disney Park — such as the Main Street, U.S.A. bridge in Magic Kingdom, and the Island Mercantile in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

While we don’t yet know what these new Disney World permits are for, specifically, it does seem likely that they are connected to one another and are, in some way, related to the upcoming 50th anniversary.

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As we gear up for the 50th anniversary, Disney Parks Blog recently promised that more and more surprises will be revealed, so hopefully we won’t have to wait long to find out what these new permits are for:

We’ve already shared lots of exciting details about what’s in store, including new nighttime spectaculars at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom Park, the grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT and a new daytime show premiering at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. There is much more of this story left to tell…

What do you think Disney is planning for the 50th?

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Disney World’s four theme parks — EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!

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