The World’s Most Magical Celebration: New Details

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I am really excited to share more news about The World’s Most Magical Celebration starting October 1st to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

Let’s start at the Magic Kingdom where a new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” will help kick off the The World’s Most Magical Celebration festivities when it debuts October 1.

'Disney Enchantment' Debuts Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom Park
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This evening extravaganza will take you on a journey filled with adventure, wonder, and empowerment that will inspire everyone to believe in magic.

“Disney Enchantment” will feature music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be your hosts for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” and they couldn’t leave out their best pals!

Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale will also be sporting their own custom-made EARidescent looks, and you can see them when they  travel through Magic Kingdom Park several times daily in the new “Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade” beginning October 1st.

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Newly announced is also the “Disney Fab 50”, a series of 50 golden character statues that will be located throughout the Magic Kingdom that guests will be able to interact with in a surprising way. I can’t wait to find out more information about this!!!

'Harmonious' Debuts Oct. 1 at EPCOT
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Over at EPCOT, “Harmonious”, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park, will debut on October 1st.

This new show will bring the globe together at World Showcase Lagoon in a celebration of Disney music that inspires people worldwide.

It’s a grand, powerful tribute to the stories and songs that unite us, embracing new technical magic that incorporates pyrotechnics, choreographed moving fountains, lighting and media in new ways.

“Harmonious” will invite you to travel the globe through new interpretations of classic Disney songs as never heard before…reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world.

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Not to be left of out festivities, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will debut a new daytime entertainment offering.

GUYS! Check out this artist rendering of “Disney KiteTails,” which will come alive several times a day at the Discovery River Amphitheater beginning October 1.

Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo, and King Louie.

These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family.

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This fall, you can bring home “Walt Disney World: A Portrait of the First Half Century,” a beautiful new coffee table book from Disney Editions. You can see the cover art above for this insider’s look at the history and evolution of Walt Disney World, written by Kevin Kern, Tim O’Day and Steven Vagnini. The book will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 28 at Walt Disney World, shopDisney.com and wherever books are sold. And for more details on other special books publishing this year for the 50th anniversary, click here.

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Don’t forget that The World’s Most Magical Celebration will also see the grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, icons at each of the four parks transforming into Beacons of Magic at night, EARidescent décor all across the resort, plus much more.

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The festivities begin on October 1, 2021, on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, and to find out more about the celebration, make sure follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Beginning October 1, 2021, the Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate five decades of magic with an 18-month celebration filled with new and refreshed attractions, shows, characters, restaurants, resorts, and adventures.

Taking place across the resort’s four theme parks and beyond, The World’s Most Magical Celebration will welcome guests ‘home’ to experience the magic again.

EARidescent Décor

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The centerpiece of The World’s Most Magical Celebration will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park.

In 2020 the Castle underwent a royal makeover that included a new color scheme that included bold, shimmering, and regal enhancement. And in honor of the 50th anniversary, Walt Disney Imagineering developed new colors, gold detailing, and vibrant hues for this makeover, drawing inspiration from Disney Legend Mary Blair’s vision of the classic film “Cinderella.”

Guests will get to take in Cinderella Castle as it is adorned with new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments, among other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest.

Hosts with the Most

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As hosts of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be dressed for the occasion. 

Walt Disney World has shared images of these new celebratory designs that include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle backed by fireworks, as well as a brocade in multi-toned, in EARidescent fabric – punctuated with pops of gold.

Heart of the Celebration

“You can design and create and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

What makes the heart of the Walt Disney World resort beat is its cast members, and during The World’s Most Magical Celebration, they will have their time to shine as they will be spreading even more pixie dust across Walt Disney World Resort.

Magic by Nightfall

As the sun sets, the fun will just be getting started!

At each of the Walt Disney World theme parks, their icon will transform into magnificent Beacons of Magic with their own EARidescent glow.

Walt Disney World has described each as:

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Cinderella Castle will illuminate the Magic Kingdom Park with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.

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At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.

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The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.

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And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky. The iconic structure’s permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.

I personally cannot wait to see these Beacons of Magic light up the night sky!

Say Bonjour to New Additions

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While details are still coming to light about “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek did announce the new additions that would be opening in EPCOT’s France Pavilion on October 1, 2021.

In the newly expanded area of the pavilion inspired by the world of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille,” guests will have the opportunity to experience Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

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This new family-friendly attraction invites guests into a flavorful world where they will feel as if they have shrunk to the size of Chef Remy to scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant. 

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Alongside of the attraction, La Crêperie de Paris, an all-new restaurant offering both table- and quick-service options, will open with a menu featuring sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten-friendly), and authentic French hard cider. 

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“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” begins on October 1, 2021, on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, and to find out more about the celebration, make sure follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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