by Amy Mutscher

Walt Disney World Resort epic 50th celebration

Walt Disney World® Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary in spectacular fashion. Nearly every facet of the Disney experience is elevated – from dazzling fireworks, to powerful music, gilded characters and more - throughout the theme parks and beyond. Get ready for The World’s Most Magical Celebration where you can create unforgettable family memories that last a lifetime.


For Walt Disney World® Resort's golden anniversary, no detail has been spared from embellishment. Theme Park icons are transformed into magnificent beacons of magic with some of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created. Cast members are at the heart of the 50th Anniversary celebration and will be sharing their magic throughout the parks. Classic favorites and new adventures are part of the EARidescent celebration, taking guests on an incredible journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment.

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Don't Miss the 50th Anniversary Celebration!

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Disney's Animal Kingdom®


Spectacular shows with captivating Disney music, stunning fireworks and immersive projection effects are sure to enchant everyone in your group. Behold that royal landmark, Cinderella Castle, draped with special 50th Anniversary décor and highlighted with a magnificent golden medallion. Disney KiteTails is an all-new kite and windcatcher performance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park inspired by music of The Lion King and The Jungle Book. Share the magic of the last 50 years and kick off the next era where the best is yet to come.


The EARidescent 8 - Mickey and Minnie, plus Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale - are dressed in finery fit for a grand celebration in fabrics beautifully embroidered with impressions of fireworks and the Cinderella Castle punctuated with pops of gold.

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Experience New Magic at EPCOT®

Search the four Orlando Theme Parks for 50 character sculptures cast in gold. Meet your child’s favorite character at a dining experience like Chef Mickey’s at Disney's Contemporary Resort or Good Morning with Goofy breakfast on Saturdays at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which includes a complimentary download of digital photos.


 Bring home the magic with dazzling new merchandise created for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Disney fans of all ages can choose from highly-coveted commemorative items and collectibles to castle-inspired attire. The Vault Collection is a super-fun assortment of retro-themed treasures right out of The Walt Disney Archives. Pop-up shops carrying 50th anniversary merchandise are located in the Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney Springs® Marketplace.


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