Here’s How the Disney Parks Are Celebrating Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

Disney World's anniversary is going to be magical, of course!

Disney has a serious party planned for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Here’s the inside scoop on what “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will look like!

It’s All About the “EARidescence”

You may know that gold is the traditional 50th anniversary gift. It symbolizes love, compassion, courage and wisdom. Soon, it will also symbolize 50 years of magic at Disney World. According to the official Disney Parks Blog, new EARidescent decorations will shimmer and sparkle from day to night at all four parks.

At Magic Kingdom, the freshly painted Cinderella Castle will shimmer with pearls and jewels. And we’ve heard the turrets and towers will be wrapped in iridescent gold and blue ribbons.

At night, all four of the Walt Disney World park icons will transform into “Beacons of Magic” with special nighttime projections and lights. Thanks to the magic of Disney, guests will be wowed by pixie dust on Cinderella Castle, magical fireflies at the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom and something new on the Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Epcot’s Spaceship Earth is also receiving a new permanent light display that resembles a starry night sky. We can’t wait to visit!

See how Disney parks looked through the decades.

What Else Can We Expect to See?

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will have fresh new looks for the celebration, too. As hosts of the event, they’ll be dressed for the occasion in fashions made with EARidescent fabric in hues of purple and blue, highlighted by embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle and pops of gold. Even Micky and Minnie’s anniversary shoes will be golden. We can’t wait to see what their friends will be wearing!

There’s still so much we don’t know about the 50th anniversary celebration, including what new shows, merchandise and food will be. Seriously, we’re all about the Disney eats. We’ll share all the details as they’re revealed!

When Can We Celebrate?

Disney World’s 50th anniversary events begin October 1, 2021. “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” is an 18-month-long event, so don’t worry if you can’t get there in October. You’ll have plenty of time to get in on the party. If you go, though, expect some changes. For now, face masks are required for guests over the age of 2, there will be pre-entry temperature checks and park capacity will likely be reduced through much of 2021.

If you plan to celebrate at home, take a look at these Disney parks copycat recipes!

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