The rumor mills have been working overtime regarding the plans for the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World and today, we have the official news from the Boss himself on what is in store in October of 2021.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be your hosts for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” and they’ll be decked out in sparkling new EARidescent fashions for the 50th anniversary. As you can see in the photo above, their best pals want to get in on the shimmer, too, as Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale will be sporting their own custom-made EARidescent looks beginning Oct. 1st. You’ll get a chance to see them when they travel through Magic Kingdom Park several times daily in the new “Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade.”
These eight friends will also be featured in special golden character sculptures debuting Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom Park; in this artist rendering, you can see Mickey and Minnie shining in the sunlight near Cinderella Castle. There will be 50 characters total in this series of sculptures that will be displayed across all four theme parks. We’ll soon reveal more of the “Disney Fab 50” as excitement builds for the big day, as well as the surprising ways you’ll be able to interact with these beautiful sculptures as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. This my friends is going to be awesome! I have to say that Disney Imagineering is constantly on point and bringing things to guests that we cannot even imagine!!
I feel that the most anticipated and talked about happening is the nighttime fireworks spectacular. When I saw this, I have to say that it was even more than I could have imagined and that is what is the magic behind Walt Disney World! This new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” will help kick off the 50th anniversary festivities when it debuts Oct. 1st at Magic Kingdom Park. Created to launch with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” this evening extravaganza will take you on a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment. Inspiring everyone to believe in magic, “Disney Enchantment” will feature music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. Reminiscing on the fireworks show at Disneyland, that travel down Main Street U.S.A., this show is going to be lit (literally)! Honestly, my breath was taken away when I saw this.
As if “Disney Enchantment” was not enough, there will be “Harmonious” at EPCOT, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. Taking over ‘EPCOT Forever” this new show will bring the globe together at World Showcase Lagoon in a celebration of Disney music that inspires people worldwide. It’s a grand, powerful tribute to the stories and songs that unite us, embracing new technical magic that incorporates pyrotechnics, choreographed moving fountains, lighting and media in new ways. “Harmonious” will invite you to travel the globe through new interpretations of classic Disney songs as you’ve never heard them before, reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world. Super excited to see this show (maybe just as much as Disney Enchantment) as I know the feelings that can be stirred up with the EPCOT spectaculars and expansiveness and grandness of this show can be pretty overwhelming.
“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will also see the grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, icons at each of the four parks transforming into Beacons of Magic at night*, EARidescent décor all across the resort, plus much more. Our Walt Disney World cast members – who will be wearing new EARidescent nametags designed especially for this occasion – are looking forward to sharing all this magic with you, as they are the heart of this momentous event. Keep checking back with us here at the Disney Parks Blog, because we’ll continue to share more details about the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in the weeks and months to come as we get ready for the festivities to begin! We can only imagine what this is going to be like!
Taking a deep breath from the incredible news already, we have been told that each park will have something special to offer for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. As Disney’s Animal Kingdom is personally my favorite park, I love that there will also be new daytime entertainment going on there. Check out this artist rendering of “Disney KiteTails,” which will come alive several times daily at the Discovery River Amphitheater beginning Oct. 1. Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family. It was very sad when Rivers of Light left Animal Kingdom even prior to the pandemic and this show may be what we have all been waiting for to bring that energy and beauty back to the evenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
This fall, you can bring home “Walt Disney World: A Portrait of the First Half Century,” a beautiful new coffee table book from Disney Editions. You can see the cover art above for this insider’s look at the history and evolution of Walt Disney World, written by Kevin Kern, Tim O’Day and Steven Vagnini. The book will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 28 at Walt Disney World, shopDisney.com and wherever books are sold. And for more details on other special books publishing this year for the 50th anniversary, click here.
Needless to say, the 50th Anniversary Celebration is going to be….well..I’m speechless. I cannot even fathom the excitement, energy, beauty and magic that will be filling the Disney parks. The best part?! It will be going on for 18 months!! So don’t worry if you are not able to be here on opening day. The magic will continue and knowing Disney, there will be things added and sprinkled in along the way as magic only grows.
Looking to plan your trip during the 50th Anniversary Celebration? Please visit our official travel sponsor, Mouse Vacation Planning at https://www.mousevacationplanning.com so they can get you the best pricing, give you tips and tricks on how best to use the time to take in all the excitement, all for no additional charge!
Please keep checking back here at spokesmayne.co for more updates on the 50th Anniversary Celebration and so much more. Want to join us in the parks and be part of the awesome Mayne Mafia community? Follow Spokesmayne on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook so you can enjoy everything the theme parks have to offer.
Disney Parks Blog; Spokesmayne