Happy 50th, Disney!
October kicks off a "Most Magical Celebration" as Walt Disney World Resort reaches the half-century mark
As if anyone needed an excuse to visit one of the theme parks, water parks, hotels, restaurants, villages, campgrounds or shopping districts under the Walt Disney World Resort umbrella, here’s another: Disney is celebrating a half-century in Central Florida.
Oct. 1 marks 50 years since the Magic Kingdom officially opened its gates to the public—and, hard as it may be to believe, there’s nothing understated about its plans to acknowledge this milestone. “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” promises 18 months of honoring the golden anniversary at all four theme parks (and beyond)—including new golden embellishments and a 50th crest on Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom.
Beacons of Magic: At night, specific icons at each of the four theme parks will transform into “beacons” that come to life with “EARidescent glow.” At Animal Kingdom, for example, “a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather.”
Disney’s Fab 50: Characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be part of a new collection of golden sculptures (50 overall) spread across the four theme parks.
For more information about all the festivities planned, visit Disneyworld.com/50.