‘The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World’ on ABC


The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World

This Friday “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World” airs on ABC and you won’t want to miss it.

The primetime special takes viewers on a fascinating journey of Walt Disney World Resort from its origins to its development over time to the impact the Resort has had on pop culture to a special look into the future of the Resort.

This riveting story is told through incredible interviews with celebrities, athletes, Disney Imagineers, and Disney executives, and cast members past and present.

Hosted by Disney Legend and moderator of ABC’s “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, the two-hour program will also feature spectacular visuals and musical performances from Christina Aguilera and Halle Bailey in front of the legendary Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, accompanied by the renowned Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Can’t wait until Friday? Let’s take a sneak peek behind the scenes!

This captivating special is a must-watch! 

‘The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World’ is produced by ABC News and Disney Parks.

Tune in this Friday, October 1 at 8/7c on ABC, stream on Hulu starting October 2, or watch on Disney+ starting October 8. 

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New Walt Disney World Nighttime Spectaculars Debut Online

Walt Disney World Nighttime Spectaculars

The Disney Parks Blog had a big announcement today about the two new Walt Disney World nighttime spectaculars – “Harmonious” and “Disney Enchantment” that will debut on October 1st to help kick off the resort’s 50th anniversary festivities during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration!”

As a special early 50th surprise, you can catch LIVE streaming performances of both ground-breaking shows on the Disney Parks Blog!

Walt Disney World Nighttime Spectaculars Dates

  • Wed, 9/29 – LIVE: “Harmonious” at EPCOT at 9:00 p.m. ET.
  • Thurs, 9/30 – LIVE: “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park at 10:15 p.m. ET.

Beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, see “Harmonious” at EPCOT, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. 

"Harmonious" at EPCOT Walt Disney World Nighttime Spectaculars

The show, which is a key milestone in the transformation of EPCOT, pays tribute to the stories and songs that unite us all featuring new technical magic that includes special pyrotechnics, moving fountains, special lighting and media.

Disney Live Entertainment and Walt Disney Imagineering have created a transformative experience with “Harmonious” that invites you to travel the globe through new interpretations of classic Disney songs as you’ve never heard them before. The songs are reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world.

“Harmonious” is a unique experience that could only happen at EPCOT, a place dedicated to possibility, wonder, and the global community. 

'Disney Enchantment' Debuts Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom Park

Just about 24 hours after the “Harmonious” event, the DPB is LIVE streaming the new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment” along with a special celebratory moment, on Thursday at 10:15 p.m. ET from Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.   

In “Disney Enchantment,” you’re inspired to believe in magic, with captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, and immersive projection effects that extend – for the first time – from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. The evening extravaganza features stunning fireworks as well as an emotional original song, entitled “You Are the Magic,” by eight-time GRAMMY-winner and former Walt Disney World cast member Philip Lawrence.

Today,you can see a new, magical behind-the-scenes look at how everything is coming together to bring “Disney Enchantment” to life at Magic Kingdom Park. 

This one-of-a-kind show features characters, moments, and music from dozens of Disney and Pixar animated films. It takes you beyond the ordinary to a land of magic, where we’re swept up in a world of wonder filled with friendship, love and fun. Through it all, we’ll discover we only have to look within to find the power to believe and make dreams come true, because the magic was inside us all along!

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