Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

by May 28, 2021

Beginning Oct. 1, Walt Disney World Resort will begin “The World’s Most Magical Celebration!” In honor of the 50th anniversary, all new experiences will come to all four theme parks!

In honor of the milestone, Disney has created a new word – “EARidescence” – to describe what you’ll see when you visit. Take a look at the final look of the castle below:

New decor that twinkles, shimmer, and shine will make your days and nights magical at the parks. There will be something sparkling or glowing everywhere you look.

As part of the celebration, Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park will add to its royal makeover from last year. As you can see in this new artist rendering above, the castle will feature golden bunting and a 50th-anniversary crest as part of its festive new look.

The castle will add even more magic at night, joined by icons at each of the other three theme parks as they transform into Beacons of Magic. With pixie dust on Cinderella Castle, magical fireflies inhabiting the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and special new touches coming to life on the Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another and resembling stars in a nighttime sky. This permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who will have sparkling new looks for the celebration. As hosts of the event, they’ll be dressed for the occasion in custom-made fashions of EARidescent fabric with gold highlights.

There is more to share in the future for plans for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” and, according to Disney, the celebration will last 18 months!


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