Why Guests MUST visit Animal Kingdom during the 50th Celebration
Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration is in full swing in Orlando, Florida, with EARidescent magic everywhere you look.
Now, Disney Parks Blog has just released the Guide to All the Magical Experiences, Food, and Merchandise at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park for the 50th Anniversary (AKA The World’s Most Magical Celebration), and we’re excited to share it with you today!
From new shows to new foods, we’ll cover every aspect of what’s happening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the 50th! The Disney Parks Blog writes:
Right now, the 50th anniversary unique offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom include new experiences, birthday sips and bites, must-have merchandise, dazzling park decorations and more. Today we’re sharing a special look at our magical 50th anniversary celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
This all-new show premiered shortly before October 1 and takes place on the waters of the Discovery River Theater. Several times a day, performers flying windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes bring in characters from The jungle Book and The Lion King to life, with a Disney soundtrack. Disney writes:
Hearts and imaginations will soar as elaborate 3-dimensional kites and incredible wind catchers dance through the air to beloved Disney songs during this high-flying performance at Disney’s Theme Park Animal Kingdom.
The show seems perfectly suited to the animal-centric Orlando theme park, but in reality the show has gone viral (arguably, for all the wrong reasons).
As we have seen before, every icon of the Walt Disney World Resort theme park transforms into a magnificent “magical lighthouse” at night. And at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life is shining like never before to keep the magic alive for the 50th anniversary. The Disney Parks Blog describes the new experience:
A warm and glorious light emanates from the Tree of Life on certain nights as enchanted fireflies gather to awaken the magic of nature, inviting everyone to join in the celebration. [,,,] The Tree of Life also continues to awaken from time to time throughout the evening, sharing its animal stories full of whimsy and heart.
And something very special for the 50th anniversary. The new anthem “The Magic Is Calling” can be heard during special moments of live entertainment throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, including performances by the Discovery Island Drummers and during the EARidescent Mickey & Friends Flotilla cruises along the Discovery River at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
During the celebration, Walt Disney World will present 50 sculptures made to commemorate the event. The sculptures feature 50 Disney characters who have helped bring Disney magic to visitors for years, while also ushering us into the next 50 years and beyond. You can find the sculptures at all four Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom).
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can find sculptures of special Disney characters, including Pumbaa, Timon, Simba, Bambi, Thumper, Dory, and Nemo.
And for the 18-month celebration, magical 50th anniversary touches can be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and our other theme parks. The Disney Parks Blog writes that “Disney crews have created all kinds of new decorations that sparkle and sparkle all day and night! “
For Disney foodies, the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary Celebration offers unique and special additions to the menus. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney chefs created new treats with a touch of EARidescent shimmer:
- Walt’s Chili Cheese Fries – Crispy fries topped with Walt’s favorite chili and cheddar sauce
- Walt’s Favorite Chili on a Foot-Long Hot Dog – A foot-long hot dog served on a hot bun topped with Walt’s favorite chili and cheddar sauce
- 50th Celebration Chocolate Cakes – Almond praline, white chocolate cream, ganache and chocolate-liqueur sauce with South African cream
We love new products and are excited to see new collections unveiled for the world’s most magical celebration at Walt Disney World theme parks. The collections, filled with must-have memorabilia for Disney fans of all ages, can be found at multiple locations throughout the resort while supplies last, including Island Mercantile at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
As Disney continues its 50th anniversary festivities at Walt Disney World Resort, stay tuned for future guides on how to enjoy the celebration!
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