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What to Expect at The World's Most Magical Celebration

The World's Most Magical Celebration kicked off on October 1, 2021 but for a celebration 50 years in the making, you better believe that it's not over yet! The celebration will last for 18 months so you have until March 2023 to experience all the celebration has to offer. What exactly can you expect from the World's Most Magical Celebration? Let's review some of the special experiences you'll find during the celebration.

EARidescent Excitement

Throughout the celebration, you'll be immersed in shimmering EARidescence throughout the Theme Parks and Resorts. Before you even arrive on property, you'll see some 50th Anniversary decorations and photo opps at the Orlando International Airport. 

50th Anniversary decorations at the Orlando International Airport
Fun photo opp at the Airport

You can find Mickey Mouse and his pals dressed in sparkling new, EARidescent looks aboard Mickey's Celebration Cavalcade at the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella Castle is also all decked out in her 50th glory with fun embellishments and a giant 50 medallion. 

Mickey in his 50th Anniversary EARidescent attire

You'll also find the theme park guidemaps have been given a 50th Anniversary makeover as well as the signage throughout the theme parks and resorts. Transportation options like the Disney Skyliner, Monorail and buses also have some 50th Anniversary wraps added to them. It will be hard to forget the celebration is happening!

The celebration even has its own original anthem called "The Magic is Calling." Be prepared to get this song stuck in your head as it's really catchy and you can hear it at a variety of live entertainment moments throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. 

Beacons of Magic

The celebration truly comes alive at night as each of the theme park icons are transformed into Beacons of Magic. Each night, Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth at Epcot, Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, illuminate in dazzling and glimmering lights. My favorite of the Beacons of Magic has to be Spaceship Earth which truly glows. 

Disney Fab 50 Character Collection

Across all 4 theme parks, you'll find 50 golden Disney character sculptures. It's a really fun little scavenger hunt to try to find all 50 of the sculptures. At the Magic Kingdom, you'll find classic characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, be on the lookout for characters from Star Wars and some of your favorite Disney Pixar films. You'll also find Olaf at Epcot and Simba at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Have you spotted all 50 sculptures yet?

Fab 50 Character Sculptures in from of the Tree of Life

Eats & Treats

In celebration of 50 magical years, Disney's culinary team has created delicious new sips and bites across all 4 theme parks and beyond. We've been reviewing some of these items in our WDW 50th Anniversary Foodie Guide series. There are so many treats to try! You can view the full menu for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration via the My Disney Experience mobile app. 

Caramel Apple Tart at the ABC Commissary

There are also some special dining opportunities and events to celebrate. California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort is offering a 50th Anniversary Celebration Menu for a limited time. (Stay tuned for a full review of that dining experience coming soon.)

If you're looking for something a little extra, you can try the Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors & Fireworks at Disney's Contemporary Resort experience or try one of the Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties. 

Magical Merchandise

It wouldn't be a special event at Walt Disney World without some special merchandise! In fact, this celebration has several different merchandise collections. The collections include the Celebration Collection, Disney Castle Collection, Vault Collection, EARidescent Collection and the Luxe Logo Collection. Each collection has a different style, ranging from retro-themed treasures to contemporary, upscale selections. These collections are really cute so you'll need some extra willpower to resist purchasing every item!

If you love collecting pressed pennies, you won't want to miss one of the 50th anniversary themed pressed coins and medallions! They are available in 50 unique designs, each featuring one of the Disney Fab 50 characters. Coin Press Machines can be found throughout the Disney Theme Parks, Resort Hotels, Water Parks, Disney Springs and more.

Collectible Medallion machine at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

The magic is calling you to come celebrate the 50th Anniversary at the Walt Disney World Resort. Are you ready to answer the call? Let us know what you are most looking forward to in the comments. 

Ashley has been a Disney Parks fan from an early age and loves anything vintage Disney. You can email Ashley at ashley@kingdomkonsultant.com.

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