This morning Disney World dropped a TON of 50th Anniversary news on us!
Previously, we only knew some small details — like the updates to the park icons and the new costumes for Mickey and Minnie. But now, we’ve got BIG news on some very exciting celebrations, and we’re rounding up all the announcements into one post!
A Premiere Date for Harmonious
We’ve been anxiously awaiting news on EPCOT’s new nighttime spectacular ever since it was first announced. Over the past few months, we’ve watched the barges appear in the World Showcase Lagoon and we’ve even noticed some testing of various setpieces.
Today, Disney finally announced the opening date for what is supposed to be the most technologically advanced fireworks show yet — it’s premiering on October 1st! It’s just another great reason to visit EPCOT that day (in addition to the opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure), so you may have a hard time deciding which park to pick.
A New Fireworks Show at Magic Kingdom
Besides the premiere of a new show at EPCOT, we’ll also be kicking off some new fireworks at Magic Kingdom! Disney Enchantment will be showing throughout the anniversary celebration and will feature (for the first time) projections that run down Main Street, U.S.A.
The concept art for this show looks pretty cool, and we’re excited to see it in action! Disney hasn’t yet announced whether this nighttime spectacular will replace Happily Ever After, so we’ll be on the lookout for more news there.
A New Daytime Show at Animal Kingdom
In an announcement that we definitely didn’t expect, a new daytime show will be premiering at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park! The Discovery River Amphitheater has sat empty since Rivers of Light ended in 2020, but now it’ll come alive again for Disney KiteTails, premiering on (you guessed it!) October 1st.
The show will feature a variety of animal kites with all your favorite Disney characters like Simba, Zazu, Baloo, and King Louie. Performers will even be stationed throughout the theater flying kites and windcatchers to Disney music. We can’t wait!
50 Gold Sculptures Coming to the Parks
And speaking of announcements we didn’t expect, let’s talk about those sculptures! Throughout all four parks, a series of gold sculptures called the “Disney Fab 50” will be displayed, featuring some fan-favorite Disney characters. The Mickey and Minnie sculptures will be dedicated to Cast Members of the past, present, and future, according to Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle.
But not only that — the sculptures will be interactive! Not many details have been revealed about this new feature, but we’re curious to see how they work. Disney plans to unveil the characters included in the lineup leading up to the anniversary, but so far we know that Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Chip, and Dale will be in Magic Kingdom in front of Cinderella Castle.
A New Cavalcade Coming to Magic Kingdom
And last but not least, a new cavalcade is coming to Magic Kingdom. We already knew that Mickey and Minnie would be getting special 50th Anniversary outfits to fit the “EARidescent” color scheme, but now their friends will be decked out to match!
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Chip, and Dale (the same group from above) will all be wearing their special outfits in Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade, riding each day down the Magic Kingdom parade route. Do note that Disney has NOT announced a 50th-anniversary parade. It left us wondering — when WILL parades return to Disney World?
And that’s every big announcement from this morning that you need to know about! Stay tuned to DFB for all the 50th Anniversary news and updates. We’ll be in the parks on October 1st to bring you all the info you need to know!
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