Walt Disney World announces 50th anniversary plans

All four of the Walt Disney World theme parks are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida later this year.

An 18-month celebration dubbed “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” is due to begin on October 1, 2021, in honour of the resort’s 50th anniversary. It first opened on October 1, 1971.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, which had a makeover in 2020, will be decorated with new gold bunting and embellishments (see picture) and Disney said it will “illuminate Magic Kingdom with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust”.

The Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom, The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Hollywood Studios, and Spaceship Earth at Epcot will all be decorated for the occasion

Hosts of the celebration, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, will be dressed in “sparkling new looks” that will be custom-made for the occasion – and they will be joined by other Walt Disney World cast members.

Disney said more details about “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will be announced later.

Seven nights at Disney’s Pop Century Resort start from £710 per person, based on two adults and two children (aged 3-9) sharing a standard room, including seven-day Ultimate Tickets.

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