The Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary happens in 2021 and with it comes new rides, restaurants, shows, resorts, services and more! We’ve been covering the extensive list of Changes at Walt Disney World for the 50th Anniversary but what about the Celebration itself? Here’s everything you need to know about The World’s Most Magical Celebration.
When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, it was no small task. If you’ve ever watched the Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland Documentary on Disney Plus you know just the amount of work needed to create a theme park. But imagine Walt Disney World, which is 51 times ( at 43 square miles of land) the size of Disneyland ( at only 500 acres), lasting and thriving for 50 years. How exciting that somehow The Most Magical Place on Earth has withstood the test of time and is still here for us to enjoy! And the park is still growing, learning, and changing. Walt Disney would be so proud.
What is The World’s Most Magical Celebration at Disney World in 2021?
Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary is known as The World’s Most Magical Celebration. The official birthday of the park is October 1, 1971, but this birthday party typically lasts about 15 months. The World’s Most Magical Celebration pulls together new experiences, new rides, new shows, new resorts, new merchandise, and a slew of offerings specific to the anniversary.
2021 also marks Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary, which is why we’re seeing soooo much emphasis on the completion of TRON and the upgrades across the park in anticipation of the event. Also celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2021 is The Contemporary Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds and The Polynesian Village Resort.
When is Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary?
The “Official” 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World is October 1, 2021.
With so much uncertainty at Walt Disney World right now we don’t know if the anniversary will arrive early as it has in previous years. Our original estimate for the dates of Disney’s 50th Anniversary would have been an August 2021- December 2022 run for the anniversary. As of right now we don’t know exactly when it will start or how long it will last. As soon as dates are released for The World’s Most Magical Celebration we’ll share the update here.
How Long will the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Last?
Typically, a major Disney World Anniversary like the Big 50 is celebrated for about 15 months. But given the delays at Walt Disney World over the 2020 Covid closure The World’s Most Magical Celebration could last between 18-24 months, and even initially be delayed depending on the state of the global pandemic come September 2021.
What Changes Have Been Made at Walt Disney World for the 50th Anniversary?
Soooo many changes have happened at Walt Disney World over the last few years. Thankfully we have been keeping track of all the Changes at Walt Disney World for the 50th Anniversary.
Here are some of the BIGGER projects across the parks that have been completed and are being completed in anticipation of Disney Worlds Most Magical Celebration.
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
- Toy Story Land
- Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- TRON Lightcycle Run completing 2022
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- Rodeo Roundup BBQ Restaurant
- HarmoniUS Nighttime Show
- Regal Eagle Crafts, Drafts and BBQ
- Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Rollercoaster completing 2022
- Play! Pavilion
- Star Wars Galactic Cruiser Hotel
- Club 33 at Walt Disney World
- The Disney Skyliner System
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
How Can I Attend Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary?
Disney tickets and packages for 2021 are available NOW! As long as your departure date is before September 26, 2021. Incidentally, that date is aligned with other important changes at Walt Disney World. The current Disney Parks Pass Reservation system is set to be in place until September 26, 2021 as well. Check out current Disney ticket prices on the website. And be sure to read our post about Walt Disney World in 2021 and everything you should know before you go.
What Disney World 50th Anniversary Plans Changed due to the Pandemic?
If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World in 2021 there are many things that have changed. From a shorter dining reservation window, to the temporary suspension of fastpasses, and the required Disney Park Pass Reservations be sure to check out all the ways Planning for a Disney Vacation in 2021 is Different.
Will the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary be Delayed?
Yes. The COVID pandemic has had a HUGE affect on Walt Disney World and will have a big affect on the anniversary plans. And frankly, if we’re honest about it, with the recent layoffs of 28,000 ( twenty eight thousand) Disney Parks employees there will surely be even more delays and adjustments made. Over 400 of these layoffs were Disney Imagineers alone! So when you consider how that affects current and future projects, the manpower and imaginations will simply not be there for the taking! This will cause LOTS of changes. We’re updating the major project status of Disney Construction Projects at Walt Disney World as we learn more. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and even Woody’s Roundup Rodeo Restaurant are still set to open sometime during the 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2021 and 2022.
What is Happening for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary?
Along with all the changes in entertainment, rides, restaurants and services, we also get a new Logo and an Event Name. “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” will be complete with 50th Anniversary Disney Snacks, Merchandise, and temporary events across the parks. We’d expect special events available for a limited time throughout the anniversary year.
New Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Logo
The Disney World 50th anniversary even gets a NEW Logo filled with sparkles alongside strong purple, blue and pink hues no doubt honoring some of the more recent color trends at Disney. Imagination pink, Purple potion, and Unicorn colors have been merchandise darlings this past year and are clearly represented in the new mood board for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Walt Disney World Park Updates
ALL FOUR THEME PARKS have gotten updates! As part of the 50 magical enhancements by the 50th Anniversary every park and resort have seen changes over the last few years. Check out our post on all the Changes Coming for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.
Cinderella’s Castle 50th Anniversary Changes
The Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom has received a Rose Gold color update just in time for the 50th Anniversary, not only of Walt Disney World but also Magic Kingdom! Cinderella’s Castle has ALWAYS gotten a face-lift for the Disney Anniversary Celebrations. And since 2020 also marks the 70th Anniversary of Cinderella, a new birthday outfit was in order! Complete with golden accents honoring the “Golden Anniversary” of 50 years. This subtle color change is a lot different than what we saw for the 25th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, and definitely more inline with the current style of the park.
Disney Resorts 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Since The Contemporary Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds and The Polynesian Village Resort are all celebrating their 50th Birthdays on Oct 1 2021 too, we can expect to see some extra fun at these resorts. The Polynesian is currently closed in preparation for the Moana inspired facelift that should be completed by Summer 2021. And we will surely see new merchandise, special snacks and more at these resorts.
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Plans
One of the MOST searched things on this blog is about what plans Walt Disney World has in store for the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World. BUT, here’s the thing…until Disney Parks OFFICIALLY shares the plans for 2021, we have only our general Walt Disney World 2021 Calendar of Events to use as a reference! So, here’s just some basic New Things you can expect for the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World in 2021.
- Exclusive Merchandise including new Disney Pins, MagicBands, Jerseys, Mickey Ears and Annual Passholder Merchandise.
- Specialty Disney Snacks across all 4 Disney Parks
- A Television Special, most likely on ABC, the Disney Channel and Disney Plus
- A New Parade and/ or Show at Magic Kingom
- A D23 event to commemorate the event
- Disney Legends appearances
- Special events
When’s the Best Time to go to Walt Disney World for the 50th Anniversary?
Following the historical crowd levels for Walt Disney World anniversaries we’d say planning a 2022 vacation, after the initial crowds have lessened, is best. If you’re looking for the Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World during the 50th Anniversary celebrations we’d recommend January- February, the first week of March, the third week of September and mid October to the week before Thanksgiving. Any of these times in 2022 would probably be the best times to visit. Packages for 2022 won’t even release until Summer 2021, so you have plenty of time to think it over. If you’re looking to visit Disney World on a budget be sure to check out the Cheapest and Most Expensive Times to visit Walt Disney World.