The Walt Disney World Resort's 50th anniversary will kick off October 1 as "The World’s Most Magical Celebration."
Disney World will be celebrating its birthday for 18 months following the official anniversary of the Magic Kingdom's grand opening on October 1, 1971. During that time, "new experiences" will be coming to the resort's four theme parks, with more detail to be announced later. In the meantime, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are getting new, 50th anniversary outfits with "EARidescent" fabric.
Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom will by getting gold bunting and embellishments.
The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney's Hollywood Studios will get golden highlights "evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure."
As for those new additions, we know that the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure trackless dark ride will be opening in the expanded France pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase this year, with the new Harmonious lagoon show and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind indoor roller coaster to follow at some point. While Disney has paused work on the TRON Lightcycle Coaster in the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland for the moment, that project can be resumed at the first sign of a national travel recovery.
An 18-month celebration is consistent with past Walt Disney World Resort anniversaries, and will take the event through the end of March 2023 - which everyone hopes will be deep into a resurgence of travel following the pandemic. Stay tuned for more details.
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