Celebrate 50 Years

With tasty treats, exciting shows, and dapper costume changes, Walt Disney World Resort has pulled out all the stops to commemorate its golden anniversary.
By Sarah Etinas

In 1923, the legendary Walt Disney founded the
Disney Brothers Studio. In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors to the public. And 50 years ago, in 1971, Walt Disney World® Resort welcomed its very first guests. To celebrate 50 magical years of Walt Disney World Resort, the park has introduced new shows, fabulous food, and EARidescent characters.

Join Mickey and Minnie in Dazzling New Styles

The EARidescent 8 have arrived in honor of
Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary! Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale are joining their pals Mickey and Minnie in styles fit for a grand 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Say Hello to the Fab 50

Mickey and his pals aren’t the only Disney characters who’ve gotten new looks. Magic is all around you at The World’s Most Magical Celebration. Across all four Theme Parks, Disney Fab 50 Characters cast in gold wait to be discovered.

Delight in New Disney Dishes

Even when you dine at Walt Disney World Resort restaurants, you’ll get to enjoy the 50th anniversary festivities. Many of the parks’ eateries offer special 50th anniversary drinks and dishes. Try the Shimmer Over the Moon cocktail, the EARidescent croissant doughnut, or the extravagant dessert platter that is part of the Disney Enchantment Treats & Seats.

Magic Transforms the Sky

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

Watch One of the Brand-New Shows

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, favorite Characters are taking to the sky to join in an all-new, sensational performance, Disney KiteTails. Hearts and imaginations soar as incredible kites and colorful windcatchers dance through the air to the beat of beloved Disney songs. At EPCOT, Harmonious 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. And of course at Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney Enchantment inspires everyone to believe in magic again – with captivating Disney music, stunning fireworks and immersive projection effects that extend down Main Street, U.S.A.®.

The Magic is Calling You!

Throughout the shimmering EARidescent celebration, Cast Members will be sharing magic across Walt Disney World® Resort, ready to create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. So come celebrate the small stuff. The big stuff. And all the in-between stuff. Get ready for a celebration 50 years in the making. It’s the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary. Because when you celebrate here, nothing could be more magical.