Walt Disney World's Fab 50 character statues to live on beyond the 50th anniversary

Apr 01, 2023 in "Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary Celebration - The World’s Most Magical Celebration"

Disney Fab 50 golden character statues at Magic Kingdom
Posted: Saturday April 1, 2023 8:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has confirmed that the Fab 50 character statues installed to celebrate Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary will live on beyond the celebration which has now come to a close.


Fifty golden statues were installed at all four Walt Disney World theme parks and were updated to enable interactive sounds which respond to MagicBand+ proximity.

Disney has yet to say how long they will stay around, but with the interactive feature being a selling point of MagicBand+, it would seem likely that they will remain for the foreseeable future.

Discuss on the Forums

Follow WDWMAGIC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for more Walt Disney World news and updates

View all comments →

Bocabear13 days ago

I am sure ready for the pale gray and white again...I think they are going to leave this though...It was always my fear that they would... You would think the painting would be done with the decor removal.... though I am sure everyone is tired of seeing construction equipment at the Disney World Parks...

Touchdown14 days ago

Until the pink is gone, the castle will never be free of 50th decor.

wdwmagic14 days ago

There is definitely some fading of the areas not covered by the cage. It is going to need some attention. Some are worse than others.

Unbanshee14 days ago


TTA9414 days ago

Maybe it’s just me but I think as long as the caste stays that color it will be a reminder of the 50th and covid, and I say covid since thats the timeframe it became that color.

Brian14 days ago

The final ribbon has been removed and the castle is now 50th decor-free.

Brian18 days ago

Two more to go.

Brian20 days ago

More ribbons taken down:

Disney1923-202321 days ago

Interesting that they kept the ribbons on the front/center two towers given that they're now gone

gerarar22 days ago

Some new modified (never before seen) projections debuted for HEA. This version removes the jabot and swag decorations from the projections, but keeps the ribbons on the spires. No clue why they even did this as the ribbons are currently in the process of going away, but it's better than nothing I guess. Plus the projections look much cleaner on the castle stone walls now (especially the stained glass scene with all the characters). Left (last week) / Right (tonight) And just to keep track, here are all the different HEA castle projection versions: Regular/original (2017) Ribbons + jabot & swag decorations (early July 2021) Ribbons + jabot & swag + 50th medallion (late July 2021) Ribbons only (May 2023)

Haymarket200823 days ago

Easily the best book of WDW ever produced.

Brian23 days ago

That looks very nice too, but in the one I was referencing, the castle had no pink.

Disney1923-202323 days ago

I think they should make it look like this (DarKoaster at Busch Gardens)

yensidtlaw196924 days ago

That couldn't have been my Photoshop, right? Desperately hoping they get some sense into them and reevaluate the Coppertone color scheme. Ideally sooner rather than later, but I'd be willing to be a *little* patient if it meant they got it right this time.