Happy 50th Anniversary Walt Disney World!

04 October 2021

To celebrate Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary, the resort is welcoming guests to ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration.’ The 18-month event began on 1st October 2021, and ushered in a spectacular array of new attractions, EARidescent décor, night-time spectaculars and much more. Please see below for some of the magical highlight moments that the epic 50th anniversary celebration has in store for you.

New Nighttime Spectacular ‘Harmonious’ at EPCOT

One of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney theme park, launched on 1st October 2021 at EPCOT. “Harmonious” takes EPCOT guests on a thrilling journey through new interpretations of classic Disney songs as they’ve never been heard before, inspired and influenced by cultures and people from around the world. The music plays amid choreographed moving fountains and lights, lasers, fireworks and other pyrotechnics bursting spectacularly above and around World Showcase Lagoon.

New ‘Disney Enchantment’ at Magic Kingdom Park

Following its debut on 1st October, guests are invited to join dreamers like Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog,” Miguel from Disney and Pixar’s “Coco,” Rapunzel from “Tangled” and more as they set out on a journey beyond the ordinary to a magic land filled with adventure, wonder, empowerment and enchantment. The breathtaking spectacle will feature Disney music, stunning fireworks, enhanced lighting and immersive projection effects that extend for the first time from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

On 1st October, EPCOT officially opened an expansion to its France pavilion in World Showcase, the park’s latest example of imagination blending with authenticity to create new stories. The family-friendly attraction invites you into the flavourful world of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning film “Ratatouille”, feeling as if you’ve shrunk to the size of Chef Remy and are scurrying through Gusteau’s famous restaurant.

New Space 220 Restaurant

The new restaurant in World Discovery at EPCOT is a culinary experience offering the celestial panorama of a space station, including virtual daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles above the planet’s surface. You’ll board a space elevator for a simulated journey to the Centauri Space Station, where you’ll experience the “height of dining.” Once you arrive, you’ll enjoy meals and drinks while taking in views that are truly out of this world.

Golden ‘Disney Fab 50 Character Collection’ Sculptures

New “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection” golden sculptures are spread across the four Walt Disney World theme parks. Fifty characters are featured in total, including Miguel and Dante from Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” at EPCOT and Simba, Timon and Pumba from “The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Beacons of Magic Shine at Walt Disney World Theme Parks

During the 50th anniversary celebration, icons at Walt Disney World theme parks transform at night into magnificent Beacons of Magic, coming to life with their own EARidescent glow.*

‘Disney KiteTails’ Animal Kingdom Theme Park

New daytime entertainment is stirring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, as “Disney KiteTails” comes alive several times daily beginning today at the Discovery River Theater. A vibrant experience for the whole family where you can experience performers fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water, elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – depicting Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie.

50th Anniversary Celebration Sips and Bites

The magic is calling all foodies to the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration – The World’s Most Magical Celebration! Throughout the four theme parks and beyond, Disney chefs and mixologists have created more than 150 sips and bites full of colour, whimsy, and a touch of EARidescent shimmer – with even more coming throughout the 18-month celebration that began on 1st October.

Of the 150-plus new items available, examples include:

Coming Soon! Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Launching 2022, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at EPCOT. The family-friendly adventure starts in the Galaxarium, a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. You will learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and you go on an intergalactic chase through space and time. The attraction will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.


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