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Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary

"The World's Most Magical Celebration"


OCTOBER 1, 2021 - APRIL 1, 2023


Fifty years ago, the Walt Disney World Resort, born of impossible dreams, opened its gates. And beginning October 1, 2021, the magic is calling everyone to The World’s Most Magical Celebration – the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World Resort.

Be immersed in shimmering EARidescence and experience special touches during this incredible 18-month celebration, from embellishments on Cinderella Castle to décor throughout the theme parks and beyond. And at the heart of everything, cast members will be making boundless magic, ready to create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.

Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, get ready for classic favorites and new adventures unlike any other place on Earth. Come celebrate the small stuff. The big stuff. And all the in-between stuff. Share the magic you helped create over the last 50 years. And kick off the next era where the best is yet to come.

Get ready for a celebration 50 years in the making. It’s the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary. The World’s Most Magical Celebration. And the only thing missing is you.

Shining at the center of it all will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, which will add to its royal makeover from 2020 with new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments and other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest warmly welcoming guests to the join the festivities.

Disney has also announced that George Kalogridis, president of Disney Park's Segment Development and Enrichment team, will be the Global Ambassador of the upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World. Kalogridis has worked for Disney for 50 years himself; he started his career in 1971 on opening day at Walt Disney World.



Celebrate at All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks

A new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” will help kick off the 50th anniversary festivities when it debuts at Magic Kingdom featuring music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.

Joining “Disney Enchantment” will be “Harmonious” at EPCOT, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney theme park. This new show will feature new interpretations of classic Disney songs, reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world.

Disney KiteTails” will come alive several times daily at Disney's Animal Kingdom inside the Discovery River Amphitheater. Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie.


The magic is calling everyone to The World’s Most Magical Celebration, as all four Walt Disney World theme parks and beyond shimmer with breathtaking magnificence.

  • Cinderella Castle will illuminate Magic Kingdom with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.
  • The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.
  • And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky. The iconic structure’s permanent new lighting will continue beyond The World’s Most Magical Celebration as a defining feature of the park.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale will be part of a new collection of special golden character sculptures debuting October 1st across the four Walt Disney World theme parks. There will be 50 characters featured overall, and guests will be able to interact with the “Disney Fab 50” in surprising ways as part of the 50th anniversary celebration.


Disney Characters Dressed for the Occasion

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As hosts of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be dressed in sparkling new looks, custom-made for this special occasion. Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Chip & Dale will also have festive EARidescent costumes for the celebration. Highlights of these celebratory designs include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle backed by fireworks, as well as a brocade in multi-toned, EARidescent fabric – all punctuated with pops of gold.

Joining Mickey and Minnie and the gang, Walt Disney World cast members will be at the heart of this event. They will demonstrate yet again why they are renowned for their commitment to service, consistently exceeding guests’ expectations by going above and beyond to make visits to The Most Magical Place on Earth special.

More details about The World’s Most Magical Celebration will be announced in the coming months.









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