Disney announces first details of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration beginning October 1

Feb 19, 2021 in "Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary Celebration - The World’s Most Magical Celebration"

The World's Most Magical Celebration overview
Posted: Friday February 19, 2021 7:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration will kick off October 1 2021 and Disney today took to ABC's Good Morning America to unveil the first details.

The World’s Most Magical Celebration begins October 1 2021, and continues for 18 months.

Cinderella Castle will get a new overlay for the celebration, building further on the new look that debuted last year.

As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will transform into magnificent Beacons of Magic at night, coming to life with their own EARidescent glow.

Cinderella Castle will illuminate Magic Kingdom with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.

The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.

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

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse 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.

Disney has also launched a 50th page on the official website - available here. More details are set to be released over the coming months as Disney finalizes plans that will likely be heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fear29 minutes ago

It's going to be an absolute chore to translate to blogs and such, but every single food item is in the MDE if you poke around the 50th Anniversary landing page. They glossed over a lot with the Parks Blog post.

Chomama37 minutes ago

Leaving tomorrow and starting to get excited!!

vikescaper54 minutes ago

I shouldn’t have looked at this on a fairly empty stomach.

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brb10061 hour ago

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dreday31 hour ago

I will see you soon....😍😍😍 Amorette’s Patisserie 50th Celebration Petit Cake – Vanilla chiffon cake with celebration blue mousse, blueberry jam, and lemon curd Toledo–Tapas, Steak, and Seafood, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Braised Lamb Shank with olive oil-potato purée, rosemary-roasted garlic gravy, huckleberry jam, and English peas

DCBaker1 hour ago

Use the > on the right to scroll through the photos - Large listing here - https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/09/foodie-guide-to-50th-anniversary-celebration-sips-and-bites/?CMP=SOC-DPFY21Q4wo0923210041A

jrhwdw1 hour ago

I'm guessing yes? Although who knows with SSE since Harm. opens tomorrow night.

Dunston1 hour ago

Are they waiting until Friday to show off the "new look for every park icon"? I'm excited to see the lights on SSE, and whatever they're planning to do with the Tree of Life and the Tower of Terror.

BaymaxFan2 hours ago

Fixed it

UNCgolf3 hours ago

There will be no magic at Disney on October 1st until after dark!

MansionButler843 hours ago


BaymaxFan3 hours ago

Disney has "Let the magic begin" listed as 7:55PM on October 1st, could that be a typo instead of AM?