Walt Disney World® Resort 50th Anniversary: The Magic Is Calling!

Join The World’s Most Magical Celebration Starting Oct. 1, 2021!

Fifty years ago, the Walt Disney World® Resort, born of impossible dreams, opened its gates. And beginning October 1, 2021, the magic is calling everyone to The World’s Most Magical Celebration — the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World® Resort.

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Be immersed in shimmering EARidescence and experience special touches during this incredible 18- month celebration, from embellishments on Cinderella Castle to decor throughout the theme parks and beyond. And at the heart of everything, Cast Members will be sharing magic, ready to create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.

Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, get ready for classic favorites and new adventures unlike any other place on Earth. Come celebrate the small stuff. The big stuff. And all the in-between stuff. Share the magic you helped create over the last 50 years. And kick off the next era where the best is yet to come.

Get ready for a celebration 50 years in the making. It’s the Walt Disney World® Resort 50th Anniversary. The World’s Most Magical Celebration. And the only thing missing is you! Read on to learn more and make plans to join the party!

Feel the Magic During The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Famous Disney characters pose for a photo in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

Get a sneak peek at some of the many wondrous experiences waiting for you during The World’s Most Magical Celebration, only at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando!

EARidescent World

Fifty years ago, the Walt Disney World® Resort opened its gates. And now the magic is calling everyone to The World’s Most Magical Celebration. The theme parks will shine like never before as the four Walt Disney World® park icons transform at night into magnificent Beacons of Magic. Throughout the celebration, you’ll be immersed in shimmering EARidescence and experience special touches, including ornate embellishments on Cinderella Castle and decor throughout the theme parks and beyond. And at the heart of everything, Cast Members will be sharing magic, ready to create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.

Cinderella Castle Decor

During The World’s Most Magical Celebration, witness the adornment of Cinderella Castle, draped with special 50th Anniversary embellishments, decor and elegant colors, and highlighted with a magnificent 50th crest. At night, the royal landmark will be a vision to behold as it becomes a shining Beacon of Magic, shimmering with EARidescence.

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Park Cinderella's castle surrounded by fairy dust

Beacons of Magic

Each night, The World’s Most Magical Celebration will light up with wonder as the Walt Disney World® theme park icons are transformed into magnificent Beacons of Magic, beckoning all to come and celebrate. See the very heart of the theme parks shine like never before and come to life with their own unique EARidescent glow.

An artist rendering of Kite Tales for 50th anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom park

Disney KiteTails

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, favorite characters are taking to the sky to join The World’s Most Magical Celebration in an all-new, sensational performance, Disney KiteTails. Hearts and imaginations will soar as incredible kites and colorful windcatchers dance through the air to the beat of beloved Disney songs. Join Simba, Zazu, King Louie, Baloo and more as they take flight above the Discovery River Amphitheater beginning October 1.

An artist rendering of the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection during The World’s Most Magical Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park

Disney Fab 50 Character Collection

Magic is all around you at Walt Disney World® Resort during The World’s Most Magical Celebration. Fifty characters cast in gold will be displayed across all four theme parks — waiting to be discovered by you! Stay tuned for the full cast of Disney Fab 50 Characters to be revealed and to learn more about how they’ll inspire surprising new ways you can interact with the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

EARidescent 50th Fashion

Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale are joining their pals Mickey and Minnie in styles fit for a grand 50th Anniversary Celebration! Each character will dazzle in EARidescent fabrics, beautifully embroidered with impressions of fireworks and Cinderella Castle and perfectly punctuated with pops of gold. They’re all dressed up and ready to welcome you to The World’s Most Magical Celebration!

Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom® Park

Disney Enchantment will take guests at Magic Kingdom® Park on an incredible journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment. With captivating Disney music, stunning fireworks and immersive projection effects that extend down Main Street, U.S.A. ®, Enchantment will inspire everyone to believe in magic again.

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom park Harmonious fireworks image for 50th anniversary celebration webpage

Harmonious at EPCOT®

Harmonious, coming to EPCOT® is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. With innovative floating set pieces, vibrant lasers and dancing fountains, guests will discover the power of Disney music as it inspires and unites us all with the magic of possibility.