All The Fun New Ways To Enjoy A Family Visit To Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
On October 1, 2021, Walt Disney World turns 50 and the theme park will celebrate this milestone with an 18-month event where guests can experience the magic of Disney, both new and old.
The World’s Most Magical Celebration is an 18-month extravaganza that began October 1 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
ESSENCE was on hand for the historic kickoff and got a very special first glimpse of the multitude of new attractions, experiences and family offerings that Walt Disney World has in store for visitors to celebrate the park’s historic 50th anniversary. Here’s what you need to know when planning your visit to Walt Disney World to celebrate the magic.
Shine and shine wherever you go
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are the special hosts of the 50th anniversary event, so of course they had to dress up for the occasion. Their new looks, tailor-made for the 18-month event, feature embroidered prints of Cinderella’s Castle in the iconic “EARidescent fabric” with pops of gold. Snaps for Mickie and Minnie! (Customers can purchase their own ears and EARidescent 50th Anniversary gear at Disney theme park stores.)
Enjoy the new culinary experience at space 220 of EPCOT
There’s new in-store fun in the World Discovery District at EPCOT. Make reservations to dine in space with the family as you “soar” high in the atmosphere 220 miles above Earth to the Centauri Space Station, home to the new Space 220 restaurant. L The simulation dining experience is so realistic that you will forget yourself. are still on Earth, so be on the lookout for space “friends” floating near your porthole. (PS: Order the salmon, it’s delicious!)
See “Disney KiteTails” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
There are new experiences to be had at all of Disney’s theme parks for this epic celebration. Be sure to witness the new daytime entertainment moment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park called “Disney KiteTails”. Wind catches and kites flying over the water help bring your favorite Disney stories (and songs) to life. (You absolutely must see these three-dimensional kites in person, some of them are almost 9 meters long!)
Visit “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park
“Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park, debuted October 1, 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort. The all-new nighttime show is packed with jaw-dropping fireworks, powerful songs, and, for the first time, an immersive projection effects element that stretches from Cinderella’s Castle to Main Street, USA. Our favorite parts? Songwriter Phillip Lawrence (who began his music career as a member of the Disney cast) wrote the new theme song for the spectacular event, “You Are The Magic”. Lawrence told ESSENCE that when Disney called he had to say yes because the full circle moment “was the honor of a lifetime.” Bonus: Listen carefully and you will also hear the soothing voice of our good sister Angela Bassett narrating the show!
See the enlarged French pavilion at the EPCOT
Hello, Disney fans! In Walt Disney World’s reinvention of Paris in a new section of the France pavilion at EPCOT, you’ll find the new family attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where riders ‘shrink’ down to Chef Remy’s waist for a wild adventure, and new restaurant La Crêperie de Paris, with fast service and table delicacies from chef Jérôme Bocuse. ESSENCE spotted Ayesha Curry there to celebrate the opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure with her children. She told us, “EPCOT is always a step in our Disney family adventures. There is fun for the whole family here. This is our special moment together.
Just say “Hey Disney! “
Calling all Alexa fans. Disney has created its own personalized voice assistant using Alexa technology for supported Amazon Echo devices, which will be featured at Disney resorts and for sale online. Just say, “Hey Disney! And listen to Disney characters and stories come to life, offering park information, fun facts and more. In addition, two new exclusive Mickey-inspired stands for the Echo Show 5 will be available for sale online.
Discover “Harmonious” at EPCOT
“Harmonious” at EPCOT is officially one of the biggest nightlife shows ever created for a Disney theme park, and it shows. The show was designed to celebrate and bring to life the way Disney music inspires people around the world. The show features a culturally diverse group of 240 performers from around the world and more lights, fireworks, and surprises than you can imagine. Before you leave EPCOT for the night, be sure to find a place to witness the unusual display of massive floating set pieces, bespoke LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and much more. We wanted an instant recall!
Reinvented rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
If you think you know what to expect at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, conveniently located, think again. You can still watch the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom or watch the water from many of the rooms, but now the nine floors of the A-frame tower rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort have also been completely redesigned. Look for the elegant Monorail pattern and the appearances of your favorite characters from The Incredibles movies by Pixar Animation Studios.
Light up the night at EPCOT
EPCOT classic staples like monorails feature new lighting effects that will take your nighttime photoshoots to new levels.
Pose with the ‘Disney Fab 50’
Go for gold as you roam the Walt Disney World Parks during the 50th anniversary celebration and watch for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the rest of the ‘Disney Fab 50’ gold character sculptures appearing at all four theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort.
Snack like a champ
Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary food and drink specials are full of whimsy and are sure to make your must-see list when you visit. Look, cheers at 50! sundae (available at Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park) – a true work of dessert art.
Reinvented rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Also look for renovated rooms inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! Escape to your own corner of the ocean with a stunning color palette inspired by the Pacific Ocean and details, textures and patterns found in the hit Disney movie Moana.
Go retro Disney, but make it fashionable
The Disney Vault Collection pays homage to 50 years of the magic of Walt Disney World with a chic range of retro designs straight from the Walt Disney archives. But listen, mom! Just promise to do your best not to steal that backpack or purse from your little ones because we know it will be tempting.