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How To Celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021 by Allyson

On Oct. 1, 2021, Walt Disney World will celebrate a major milestone — Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

In typical Disney fashion, special celebrations are planned across the resort for what has officially been dubbed “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”

Disney World, specifically Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, first opened on Oct. 1, 1971. It’s a must to celebrate the start of the most magical place on earth 50 years later.

So, what exactly is planned for Disney World’s 50th anniversary? Well, the celebrations begin Oct. 1 and will run for 18 months straight! To be more specific, you can enjoy the 50th all the way through April 1, 2023.

That’s certainly a long time, but it’s nice to know guests will have the chance to enjoy the major anniversary for quite awhile.

With that, here’s everything else that’s been revealed so far. I will update this post as more information is announced.

A New Look For Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle will receive the royal treatment during both the daytime and nighttime. During the day, you’ll see the addition of “golden bunting and a 50th anniversary crest.” Plus, the turrets and towers will have “shimmering pearls, jewels, and ribbons on royal blues and iridescent golds.”

new daytime look for cinderella castle during disney world's 50th anniversary

As you can see below, this is what some of the special decor looks like.

50th anniversary decor on cinderella castle

If that isn’t enough, when the evening comes, the castle will transform with projections resembling pixie dust and more.

nighttime projections on cinderella castle for disney world's 50th

More Projections On Other Park Icons

Guests will also be able to see brand new nighttime projections and light effects on all of the park icons.

new nighttime projections on tower of terror for disney world's 50th

From Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, to the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom, to Spaceship Earth at EPCOT, you can expect for these to transform into “Beacons of Magic.”

new nighttime projections on tree of life for disney world's 50th

There will be special new touches on Tower of Terror and magical fireflies covering the Tree of Life. I love nighttime projections and these are bound to be even more stunning in person.

Say Hello To The New Spaceship Earth

As for Spaceship Earth, yes, new nighttime lighting will also cover the giant golf ball come Oct. 1. Actually, this isn’t just for the anniversary, but is a permanent addition.

Not only will these lights resemble stars in a nighttime sky, but, as Disney revealed, “This permanent new lighting will continue beyond The World’s Most Magical Celebration as a defining feature of the park.”

new nighttime lights on spaceship earth

On Feb. 20, Imagineer Zach Riddley also shared on Instagram about Spaceship Earth’s new lighting.

“Her classic look will be maintained and accentuated through new colors and intensity in programmed expressions that extend into the new main entrance fountain and the entire World Celebration area that continues to take shape before our eyes,” Riddley noted.

The EPCOT entrance plaza has seen many new beautiful additions recently, including 12 new flagpoles, an updated soundtrack, and lighting around the entire perimeter. I, for one, can’t wait to see Spaceship Earth resembling a star-filled sky.

A Fresh Wardrobe For Mickey & Minnie

Get ready to see Mickey and Minnie wearing new “EARidescent” costumes with gold touches. Aren’t they adorable?

mickey and minnie in new 50th anniversary costumes

By the way, the official color of the World’s Most Magical Celebration is “EARidescent” or iridescent. How appropriate!

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Opens

remy's ratatouille adventure grand opening date

On March 9, Disney revealed that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will officially open in the new expanded France pavilion area on Oct. 1, 2021!

This date is later than many anticipated, but I think it’s a smart move on Disney’s part. Not only does it make the 50th much more exciting, but it will help disperse the crowds.

Get Ready To Eat Some Crepes

la creperie de paris in epcot

Like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, La Crêperie de Paris will also open on Oct. 1, 2021.

You’ll be able to find this quick and table-service location in the France pavilion’s new area near Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

The menu will feature sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten friendly), and authentic French hard cider.

A Special License Plate

50th anniversary license plate for walt disney world

In honor of WDW’s anniversary, Florida car owners can get this specialty license plate that was inspired by the color scheme of Cinderella Castle.

The license plate is currently on pre-sale, in which Florida residents can purchase a pre-sale voucher for $25 plus applicable state administration fees exclusively through their local County Tax Collector’s Office, license plate agencies (DMVs) across Florida, or online through the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office. You can find more information at Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

In other good news, 100 percent of the license plate proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida.

Are you celebrating Disney World’s 50th anniversary at the parks? If you’re looking for assistance when it comes to planning a Disney World vacation, CJ Ayd from Magical Vacation Planner can help.

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