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7 ways to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary | Walt Disney

by Corey Piccirillo

The Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October, and Walt Disney Imagineers are pulling out all the stops for this monumental occasion. Special activities, new attractions, and even a new parade explicitly created to honor Walt Disney’s legacy. Exciting news like this makes it hard to wait until October! To get you excited for Walt Disney World’s big birthday bash, here are seven ways to celebrate the milestone celebration.

1. Disney Enchantment

Disney Enchantment is an all-new nighttime extravaganza that Walt Disney World debuted recently. The show has taken the place of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, which Walt Disney Imagineers call “the grand finale” to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary this year. This new nighttime spectacular combines fireworks with projections that bring many Walt Disney World’s attractions and characters alive. You can expect captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, magnificent fireworks, and all-new special effects during this spectacle.

Disney Enchantment is the newest firework display

2. Beacons of Magic

Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

Beacons of Magic lights up many of the theme park’s sought-after icons, including the Hollywood Tower Hotel and Cinderella’s Castle. The icons at all four Walt Disney theme parks will be the pinnacle of everyone’s attention as they are illuminated with dazzling displays of lights and colors. Starting on October 1st, the Beacon of Magic will occur nightly at each park.

3. Mickey's Celebration Cavalcade

All the characters for Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

Walt Disney World is also releasing a special new “Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade.” The parade features all-new floats that tell the stories of Walt Disney and Walt Disney World, celebrating 50 years of magical memories in Orlando. The Cavalcade occurs in Magic Kingdom, which will be performed several times throughout the day beginning October 1, 2021.

The Cavalcade will feature Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale sporting their sparkling new EARidescent fashions for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. As hosts of the event, they will be dressed for the occasion in custom-made fashions made from EARidescent fabric. Highlights include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle and fireworks with brocade in multi-toned EARidescent fabric – all punctuated with pops of gold.

4. 50th Anniversary Celebration Merchandise

Nothing marks this celebration more than the 50th-anniversary merchandise collection that Walt Disney World just launched. Originated by Walt Disney himself, the line consists of various product assortments inspired by Walt’s original sketches and designs. To mark the grandiose celebration, Disney is launching five new collections!

Celebration Collection at Walt Disney World

Celebration Collection | Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary

With this selection from our celebration collection, you will never run out of ways to show support for your favorite anniversary. You’ll find everything you need, perfect for mixing and matching; the collection will feature accessories by Dooney and Bourke, festive headwear, coordinating mommy-and-me ensembles, fashionable t-shirts, and collectible 50th-anniversary character plush.

The Disney Castle Collection is a new merchandise line that will launch as part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” an 18-month extravaganza that begins Oct. 1 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney)

Disney Castle Collection | Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary

This royal collection is inspired by Cinderella Castle, one of Walt Disney World’s most iconic attractions. From collectibles to castle-inspired attire, the products will appeal to everyone in your family and are perfect for celebrating The Most Magical Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort.

Explore the vault collection at Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary

Vault Collection |Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary

This super-fun assortment of retro-themed treasures is inspired by The Walt Disney Archives. It contains ultra-cool items that were created for the 50th-anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World Resort.

EARidescent Collection is a new collection for the 50th anniversary

EARidescent Collection | Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary

This collection of shimmering clothing is inspired by the 50th Anniversary celebration and lets you wrap yourself in all things magical. Get your hands on this out-of-this-world apparel now!

Lxe Logo Collection for Disney's 50th Anniversary

Luxe Logo Collection |Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary

Celebrate the golden anniversary with a highly coveted selection of 50th-year collectibles. These items are destined to be crown jewels in your collection and will add the glamour and style that this milestone deserves.

The collections feature Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary EXCLUSIVES, such as special 50th logo pins, new 50th MagicBands, never before seen apparel, and much more! All of the collections mentioned will be launch on October 1st, 2021!

5. Cinderella Castle Redesign

Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary decorated castle

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

In honor of the park’s 50th anniversary, Magic Kingdom’s iconic Cinderella Castle has been adorned with 113 pieces of golden swirls and bunting. The castle received a baby pink paint job, followed by decorations such as gold ribbons, royal blue jewels, and pearls. These visually striking additions were installed gradually during overnight shifts this spring and early summer. The final piece of the puzzle was the large “50” medallion above Cinderella Castle’s balcony, installed over the Summer. So if you’re visiting ahead of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary ahead of October, you’ll see the final product. Celebrate the 50th anniversary by striking a pose in front of the new decked-out castle!

6. Harmonious

Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary Harmonius

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

Come to the heart of Epcot as Harmonious, one of Disney’s largest nighttime spectaculars ever. Witness a beautifully crafted medley that pays homage to classic Disney movies and music, with 240 artists from around the world creating this performance for you! With its inspirational message how all people can overcome any language or border when there is magic in storytelling, it will have your eyes dazzled by everything at once.

Enter an amazing world inspired by Moana, Aladdin, Coco, and more as “Harmonious” brings diverse Disney stories together in musical fashion. Colorful images and effects dance to familiar music from various cultures throughout the show that spans over seven languages.

This magnificent new show combines floating giant screens, choreographed fountains with lights pyrotechnics lasers at World Showcase Lagoon for all guests to experience in 360 degrees! The immersive presentation blends classic Disney films like Mulan and Princesses Tiana & Rapunzel into one spectacular production; audiences can expect colorful imagery dancing across moving scenes while listening to iconic songs amidst different multi-lingual perspectives.

7. Disney Fab 50 Character Collection

Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary Golden Sculptures

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

During the world’s most magical celebration, 50 golden characters wait to be discovered in all 4 theme parks. The first Disney Fab 50 sculpture is Mickey Mouse. Other character designs will continue to be announced by Walt Disney World, Pixar, D23 Magazine, National Geographic Channel (NGC), and more through October.

Here’s the full list of Disney Fab 50 statues as of September 3rd, 2021:

  1. Mickey Mouse
  2. Minnie Mouse
  3. Donald Duck
  4. Goofy
  5. Daisy Duck
  6. Pluto
  7. Chip
  8. Dale
  9. Lumiere
  10. Cogsworth
  11. Joe Gardener
  12. Timon 
  13. Pumbaa
  14. Figment 
  15. Orange Bird
  16. Dante
  17. Edna Mode
  18. Woody
  19. Bo Peep
  20. Buzz Lightyear
  21. Mad Hatter
  22. Dumbo
  23. Timothy
  24. Stitch
  25. Cheshire Cat
  26. Miguel
  27. Bambi
  28. Thumper
  29. Pooh
  30. Piglet
  31. Pinocchio
  32. Rocket Raccoon
  33. Baby Groot
  34. Frozone
  35. Gus
  36. Jaq
  37. R2-D2
  38. BB-8
  39. Pua
  40. Hei-Hei
  41. Lady
  42. Tramp
  43. Simba
  44. Bruni
  45. Sebastian
  46. Flounder
  47. Olaf
  48. Abu
  49. Tinker Bell
  50. Ariel

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

BONUS

New Attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Launches on

October 1st, 2021

Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

What It’s Like to Be Inside Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Join the fun as you become one of your favorite characters from Disney Pixar’s film “Ratatouille. This 4D ride experience will captivate all your senses and allow you to zip, dash, and scurry through an exciting Parisian restaurant kitchen!

When Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure initially opens, to experience the attraction, guests will be required to join a virtual queue. A standby queue is not available at the opening, and it may get limited soon after launch.

Disney Castle for the 50th

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

Starting October 1st | Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary

All Park Hours

Animal Kingdom 8 am-7 pm

Disney’s Hollywood Studios 9 am – 9 pm

Epcot 10 am – 10 pm

Magic Kingdom 9 am-9 pm

 

Times of 50th Events

Disney Enchantment – 9 pm (Oct 1-3) | 8 pm past Oct 3rd

Beacons of Magic – Nighttime | Every Night

Harmonious – 9:45 pm | Every Night

Map of 50th Events

Never miss a moment of the celebration! Here is a map of each 50th event so you know where you’re headed.

Safety Guidelines

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all indoor attractions and indoor queues and in Disney buses, monorail, and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status.

Experience the Magic of 50 years

The 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World is just around the corner, and there are so many ways you can celebrate. Whether you’re planning a trip to Orlando or simply staying in your own backyard, we want to know what excites you most about this milestone! So let us know- will you be visiting for the first time? Will it be with family members like never before? Or do you plan on coming back again as an annual tradition? Share how excited you are below in the comments section, and keep checking back for more updates from our blog!

As to Disney artwork, logos, and properties: ©Disney © & TM Lucasfilm. Ltd.

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

Firstly, Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is huge. Secondly, you have to go and experience this! Thirdly, there is a bunch of new activities to take put in. In other words, that means new memories and experiences. Above all, you have to go!!

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