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Walt Disney World Resort turns 50! And, with this milestone approaching, guests can share in The World’s Most Magical Celebration beginning Oct. 1, 2021, in honor of the resort’s 50th anniversary.

On Oct. 1, 1971, Walt Disney World Resort officially opened to guests for the first time, the culmination of years spent imagining, planning and developing Walt Disney’s magical dream. In the five decades since, the vacation destination continued to expand with new stories and characters and adventures to cherish for a lifetime.

During this 18-month celebratory event, guests will experience the resort’s four theme parks and beyond. At the center of it all will be the Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, which will add to its royal makeover from 2020 with new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments and other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest warmly welcoming guests to the join the festivities.

Magic at All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks
As part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will transform into “Beacons of Magic” at night, coming to life with their own “EARidescent” glow.

  • The Cinderella Castle will illuminate the Magic Kingdom with sparkling pixie dust.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as 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.

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

Joining Mickey and Minnie, the Walt Disney World cast members will be at the center of this event.

Stay tuned as more details about The World’s Most Magical Celebration will be announced in the future. For more information, visit

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