Walt Disney World Turns 50!

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Walt Disney World Is celebrating its 50 birthday with an 18-month-long party (Credit: Walt Disney)

Walt Disney World's 18-month-long party to celebrate its 50th birthday began amid much fanfare on October 1, 2021. "The World's Most Magical Celebration" — extended across all four theme parks — is being marked with many special events and experiences. Here is a sampling of the many exciting things in store for visitors to the Orlando, Florida, resort.

Mickey and Minnie are all dressed up

Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be dressed in shimmering party attire (Credit: Walt Disney World)

Party hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have shed their familiar red and black ensembles for new, custom-made outfits. The shimmering garments are made using multi-colored EARidescent fabric. They feature intricately embroidered impressions of the Cinderella Castle accentuated with background fireworks. Mickey and Minnie's best pals Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto are also sporting their own glittering custom-made attire.

Disney Enchantment

Disney Enchantment can be seen across the Magic Kingdom (Credit: Walt Disney)

Fireworks displays are not unusual at the Magic Kingdom. However, Disney Enchantment, which debuted on October 1, 2021, is like none other seen before. The spectacular show features dazzling fireworks and immersive projection effects that can be seen across the park — from Cinderella Castle to Main Street, USA. The show's theme song, "You Are The Magic," is penned by multiple Grammy-winning songwriter Philip Lawrence, who began his career as a Disney cast member!

New experiences

Construction of the futuristic TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster is currently underway in a new section of the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland. Modeled after the popular Tron Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland, the semi-enclosed steel motorbike ride promises fans a thrilling adventure.

The massive Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be Epcot's first roller coaster. Scheduled to open in 2022, the exciting ride features cars that rotate 360 degrees, allowing riders to stay focused on the action as they "help the Guardians save the galaxy." When completed, it will make further history as the world's largest enclosed roller coaster.

Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the completion of a new resort — the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Guests at the themed hotel will be able to interact with Star Wars characters, undergo lightsaber training, learn how to captain the ship, and more.

Culinary treats

Park visitors will be able to enjoy many delicious treats (Credit: Walt Disney World)

"The World's Most Magical Celebration" features an extensive list of delectable sweet and savory treats for guests to enjoy. They include an American-themed vanilla and chocolate sundae with chunks of brownies, hot fudge, whipped cream, and red, white, and blue sprinkles! Those in the mood for something different can try the hot dog/funnel cake mashup, topped with strawberry bacon jam and powdered sugar.

Walt Disney World comprised a single theme park and just two hotels when it opened on October 1, 1971. Today, the sprawling 40-square-mile complex features four theme parks, two water parks, 25 hotels, and dozens of restaurants and shops. It is one of the world's largest amusement parks and attracts over 50 million visitors annually!

Resources: theatlantavoice.com, Yahoo.com, paste magazine, disneyworld.disney.com

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  • ldodson7688
    happy b day disney!!
    • ldodson7688
      I went to Disney in october 2021 it was soooo fun loved the new treats and charicter outfits. but I am going to miss splash mountain . :(
      • buggerdly
        buggerdly6 days
        Wow this was so long ago it feels like it's now 2022 Lol And happy late birthday disney
        • rockstar_27
          Happy birthday Disney
          • cutielover67
            Happy birthday Disney
            • harlow
              harlow11 days
              Happy birthday Disney.🎉
              • rennymarco
                rennymarco12 days
                Yay! Congratulations Disney!
                • ravenwing
                  ravenwing12 days
                  My cousin went recently
                  • ponygirl11
                    ponygirl1113 days
                    Happy birthday Disney World! I love going to Disney World me and my family just got back from our trip to Disney World and we were there on Christmas day and Christmas Eve and on new years eve and new years day and it was soooooooo busy almost every thing had a one hour wait. But it was still very fun and we got to ride a few rides and we also got to see the fireworks and they were so pretty! If you have gone there before you should it is awesome!
                    • buggerdly
                      buggerdly6 days
                      Wow i am never going to disney land LUCKY
                    • hewouwu
                      hewouwu13 days
                      Happy birthday Walt Disney!