We’ve been eagerly awaiting details on the 50th Anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World. That’s why we’re excited to share details and photos of what guests can expect during the celebration! Learn more below.
1 – A Celebration 50 Years in the Making
On Oct. 1, 1971, Walt Disney World Resort officially opened to guests for the first time, the culmination of years spent imagining, planning, and developing Walt Disney’s magical dream. In the five decades since the vacation destination continued to expand with new stories and characters and adventures to cherish for a lifetime. And now with a major milestone approaching, guests can share in “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” beginning October 1, 2021, in honor of the resort’s 50th anniversary.
2 – 18 month Celebration
This 18-month celebratory event will feature new experiences at the resort’s four theme parks and beyond, where shimmering EARidescent décor will appear as if by magic. Shining at the center of it all will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, 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.
3 – “Beacons of Magic” at All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks
As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will transform into magnificent Beacons of Magic at night, coming to life with their own EARidescent glow.
- Cinderella Castle will illuminate Magic Kingdom with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.
- At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, 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.
4 – Mickey and Minnie – Dressed for the Occasion
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. 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, 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.
5 – October 1, 2021, at EPCOT – Grand Opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Crêperie de Paris
The grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT will be October 1, 2021. This new family-friendly attraction will officially debut as part of the kickoff for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure invites guests into the flavorful world of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®- winning “Ratatouille,” where they will feel as if they shrink to the size of Chef Remy and scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant. Guests will find Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in a newly expanded area of the park’s France pavilion, where the real is made fantastic in a reimagining of Paris inspired by the film.
Also debuting October 1 in this section of the pavilion will be a delicious new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options. The menu will feature sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten friendly) and authentic French hard cider. The attraction, restaurant and pavilion expansion are all part of the historic transformation of EPCOT currently underway, bringing a breadth of new experiences to the park in a celebration of curiosity, discovery, and the magic of possibility.
6 – October 1, 2021, at Magic Kingdom Park
We expect there to be a special presentation or event that will take place on October 1, 2021, the day the 18-mont celebration kicks off. Do note that if you want to be at Magic Kingdom that day, you’ll need a park reservation. At this time, there are no park reservations available for all three reservation types: theme park ticket, Disney Resort guest, and annual passholder. Disney has stated that right now they are operating at 35% capacity. We hope that in the future, capacity levels will be raised, and therefore, more availability will be offered for Magic Kingdom on October 1. If you have not yet secured your park reservation for Magic Kingdom, be sure to check the availability calendar often to see if availability has been added for that day. If and when Disney does add availability to October 1, we expect those new spots to be taken quickly. Generally speaking, Disney resort guests have the best chance for park availability, then ticket holders, and then annual passholders. We believe being a Disney resort guest will give you the best shot for a spot, but it certainly isn’t necessary. If you are thinking of visiting during this time, we highly recommend you make your resort reservations as soon as possible. There is also limited availability for resort rooms, so the earlier you book, the better your options will be. For more details and help booking your vacation, call our travel partners Magical Vacation Planners at (407) 442-0227. You can also get a no-obligation, FREE vacation quote by clicking here. Their services are free to you and they can answer any questions you may have.
6 – More Details to Follow
More details about “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will be announced in the future.
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