First look at Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration

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This morning Disney shared a glimpse at what guests can expect for the Walt DisneyWorld Resort 50th Anniversary celebration on October 1st!

Related – Sneak Peek at exciting Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary News coming tomorrow

Beginning Oct. 1st, Walt Disney World Resort will throw “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in honor of Disney’s 50th anniversary, bringing new experiences to our four theme parks and beyond. This milestone is such a big deal, Disney even coined a new word – “EARidescence” – to describe what you’ll see when you visit. TheDisney teams are creating all sorts of new decorations that will shimmer and sparkle all day and into the night.

As part of the celebration, Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom will add to its royal makeover from last year. As you can see in this new artist rendering, the castle will feature golden bunting and a 50th anniversary crest as part of its festive new look.

The castle will add even more magic at night, joined by icons at each of the other three theme parks as they transform into Beacons of Magic. In the photo above, you can get a feel for what they’ll look like, with pixie dust on Cinderella Castle.

Related – Disney World 50th Anniversary Park Passes are now fully booked

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.

Here is a video of all 4 Disney World Icons:

As hosts of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be dressed in sparkling new looks, custom-made for this special occasion. Highlights of these celebratory designs include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle backed by fireworks, as well as a brocade in multi-toned, EARidescent fabric – all punctuated with pops of gold.  

WDW 50th

Joining Mickey and Minnie, Walt Disney World cast members will be at the heart of this event.  They will demonstrate yet again why they are renowned for their commitment to service,  consistently exceeding guests’ expectations by going above and beyond to make visits to The  Most Magical Place on Earth special.  

More details about “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will be announced in the future.

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