Star-Studded Cast Announced for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary TV Special on ABC

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Star-Studded Cast Announced for Disney World's 50th Anniversary TV Special on ABC

Star-Studded Cast Announced for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary TV Special on ABC. On October 1st, ‘The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World’ will premiere at 8 pm EST / 7 pm C on ABC. The magical celebration will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and feature performances from Grammy-Winning recording artist Christina Aguilera and ‘The Little Mermaid‘ star Halle Bailey. The two will be accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

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This EARidescent special event will take viewers through Walt Disney World’s humble beginnings in the swamplands of Florida and its evolution into a cultural phenomenon. Through an expansive look into the past, present and future of the vacation destination, footage never before seen on television will give fans a glimpse into the journey to bring Walt’s vision to life and a look at plans for the future. The special will also spotlight some of Walt Disney World’s most memorable pop-culture moments, from the many sitcoms that filmed episodes in the theme parks to the conception of the ubiquitous “I’m going to Disney World!” campaign. Plus, viewers will get a heartwarming look at how Disney and Make-A-Wish foundation have worked together for over 40 years to make kids’ Disney dreams come true.  

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Celebrities including Anthony Anderson, John Stamos, Marsai Martin, Gary Sinise, Melissa Joan Hart, and Candace Cameron Bure; NFL athletes Tom Brady, Phil Simms, and Doug Williams, and creative forces Kevin Feige, Pete Docter and James Cameron; Walt Disney World Imagineers including Bob Weis, Mark Kohl, and Ann Morrow Johnson; and Disney executives past and present including Bob Chapek, Bob Iger, and Michael Eisner, will all share their favorite memories of Walt Disney World. 

Related: The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World coming to ABC on Oct. 1st

“The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World” airs Friday, Oct. 1, at 8-10 p.m. EST on ABC. It can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu, and later in the month on Disney+. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Disney Parks!

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Kaitlyn is a writer, painter, and artist based just north of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a previous participant in the Disney College Program and has years of experience with Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts and with Universal Orlando Resort. Her and her big 'Ohana are frequent visitors to the parks and resorts and she is always up for another trip to visit her favorite castles! Kaitlyn is the News & Entertainment Writer for Chip and Company and is passionate about writing and storytelling.
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