CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
The World’s Most Magical Celebration for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary is now underway! You may be wondering, what does the 50th anniversary have planned for Walt Disney World® guests? Well, this is a 18-month celebration featuring new decorations, entertainment, food, merchandise and loads of magical fun at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Disney resort hotels. The official date of the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary is October 1st, 2021 and is running for 18-months to allow everyone a chance to experience the EAR-idescent Excitement.
HISTORY BEHIND THE MAGIC
It all started back in 1955 when a brand-new theme park was built in Anaheim, California. Disneyland’s goal was to create a place where kids and adults alike can go and have fun. From the time of opening, Disneyland was a success.
Therefore, in the mid-1960’s, Walt Disney wanted to build another park in Florida, based on Disneyland. On October 1, 1971, the concept became a reality when Walt Disney World opened in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Today, the Resort sprawls across 42 square miles, employs more than 70,000 people and attracts roughly 50 million visitors annually.
50TH ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHTS
THE MAGIC IS CALLING
One of the first sounds you’ll hear upon arrival is a brand-new song that is incorporated into elements of the celebration, The Magic is Calling. Platinum-selling songwriter and music producer Alana Da Fonseca has created an original anthem in collaboration with award-winning composer Emily Bear and singing sensation Journi – created specifically for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.
Upon entering, you’ll immediately notice Cinderella’s Castle has received a temporary makeover for its 50th birthday featuring the EAR-indecent colors in shades of royal blue, light pink, and gold which were inspired by Disney Imagineer Mary Blair’s vision and concept art for the classic Disney film, “Cinderella.”
The all-new Fab 50 Character Collection is featured throughout the four theme parks. The collection includes gold character statues of classic popular characters, like Mickey and Minnie, as well newer ones, like Dante from “Coco.”
DISNEY ENCHANTMENT FIREWORKS
The World’s Most Magical Celebration has a brilliant new centerpiece. Experience the new stunning nighttime firework extravaganza, Disney Enchantment. For the first time, guests experience a magical journey in a new immersive experience filled with enhanced lighting, music and projection effects that extend down Main Street in Magic Kingdom.
DRAWN TO LIFE
Watch in wonder as the magnificence of Disney animation blends with the delightful performance of Cirque du Soleil! Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil® & Disney opens November 18, 2021! The collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering is outstanding showcasing a celebration of life – a ‘love letter’ to the art of Disney animation.
Walt Disney World® is taking the magic to new heights with Animal Kingdom’s High-Flying Kites. These incredible windcatchers dance through the air to the beat of beloved Disney songs during the performance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park with shows inspired by “The Lion King” and “The Jungle Book.”
FESTIVE NEW FOOD
For the foodie, the 50th Anniversary Celebration has a delicious new Sips and Bites Guide to savor all the delicious new tastes across all the theme parks and resorts. There are more than 150 new food and beverage items added to various Disney menus to help you celebrate. Many of these new items pay tribute to history of Walt Disney World®.
Equally exciting, Disney World has released a ton of new merchandise in celebration of 50 years! You can find everything from shirts, pins, tumblers, and hats to several vintage collections. Be on the lookout for the retro-inspired Vault Collection merchandise which features nods to former attractions – like “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” and so much more!
And finally, everything we just listed above are simply the highlights! There is SO MUCH to offer in celebration of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary of The Most Magical Place on Earth. We could not possibly list every amazing addition to Walt Disney World® so reach out to our Fox Dream Team to learn more and book your next magical experience!
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