Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration To Last 18 Months

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As many of you know this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort. COVID-19 and Budget cuts have impacted the original plans for the event, but Disney is going to make up for it by having ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ last for 18 months.

This gives guests extra time since many people say they won’t visit Walt Disney World until restrictions lessen and it resembles what it was pre-pandemic. Disney can then stretch our the special merchandise and “celebration” longer to make sure they get the guests and the dollars. I can’t blame them honestly.

The event will begin October 1, on the 50th anniversary:

Beginning Oct. 1, Walt Disney World Resort will throw “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in honor of our 50th anniversary, bringing new experiences to our four theme parks and beyond. This milestone is such a big deal, we’ve even coined a new word – “EARidescence” – to describe what you’ll see when you visit. Our Disney teams are creating all sorts of new decorations that will shimmer and sparkle all day and into the night.”

“EARidescence” and shimmer sounds okay, although the word is really pushing my eye roll limits, as long as we don’t get the giant, hideous birthday cake, they put up for the 25th it shouldn’t be too bad. That thing was terrible.

They missed an “Aladdin” tie in though with “I can show you the world. Shining, shimmering, splendid….”

Here’s some of the special touches guests can expect:

Cinderella Castle will not be a cake, but will feature gold bunting and a “50th anniversary crest.” At night the castle and the other park icons will have special lighting effects and will “transform into Beacons of Magic” (really.) Pixie Dust effects will be added to the castle.

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, The Tree of Life will feature “magical fireflies.” EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth will have new lighting “that 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.”

The Hollywood Tower Hotel will also have “special new touches” with lighting at night.

Mickey and Minnie will also be getting new celebration attire.

There you have it. Break out your Iridescent Mouse Ears (I’m sure they will sell them again) and get ready for a shiny 50th anniversary celebration.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Disney Parks Blog


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Kambrea Pratt
Disney has been a big part of my life for years--from family trips to WDW to growing up on Disney classics, TV, and movies. Prior to Pirates and Princesses I successfully ran social media and websites since 2010. I've also been a public speaker and presenter since 2007. I'm the co-host for the YouTube channel Clownfish TV as well as the podcast/ Youtube Pirates and Princesses (PNP) channel. Former contributor, online personality and acting social media manager at The Kingdom Insider (which we built from the ground up and ran from 2017-2019 --Thom didn't quit FYI) Pirates and Princesses was started by my husband and I several years ago. We loved Disney and wanted to honestly cover all aspects from pop-culture to the parks from a consumer focused stance. Living OUR happily ever after getting to do what we love with our two kids! Creating fun content and building new things. Certified art teacher, and mom. Opinions are all mine.