First Impressions of Walt Disney World’s 50th From a Non-Local

I just returned from Walt Disney Globe stuffed with a couple times of journey and bliss. This was my fall trip (my past vacation was over the summer time) and I was on the lookout forward to checking out Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration. As a non-neighborhood, I adopted all opening day studies and was keen to go there myself and look at items out. Possessing just returned this week, I would adore to tell you all of my impressions, views and ideas for viewing Walt Disney Entire world during their 50th Anniversary as a non-Florida resident.

The Walt Disney Earth parks and resorts will be celebrating their exclusive 50th Anniversary for 18 months! Getting been there throughout the first thirty day period of celebrating, I am curious as to what Disney has in retail outlet for us in the coming couple of months. My first impressions, outside the house of the opening working day, October 1st, is that it is a gradual roll out, and not as powerful as I imagined it would be. I guess I understood from studying right before my excursion that it was likely to be a tamped down celebration, but you really don’t realize it until finally you are there, potentially expecting a little something greater that just was not. This is easy to understand I just wasn’t expecting the calmness of it all, most likely simply because I am utilised to Disney getting substantially far more elaborate in its earlier celebrations.

The highlights for me were being the two new fireworks displays. They have been both particular and glorious. What an awesome time we had with the audio, the new anniversary music (The Magic Is Contacting) both equally parks lighting up the night time skies by way of the visuals and the stories they informed. I cherished each shows and recognize the two received blended opinions I was partial to Disney Enchantment at the Magic Kingdom much more than Epcot’s Harmonious, but how can you go improper with savoring TWO nighttime fireworks displays?! I felt fortunate to be capable to see the two of them and they were being unquestionably the highlight of our trip.

I really like scavenger hunts, so the search for the Fab 50 golden character statues was so considerably pleasurable. They have been wonderful, bold, shiny, pleasurable to locate, and a great picture location. Suggestion: did you know that each and every statue is accurate to the dimension of the character? So good luck obtaining Tink and Abu! You can uncover the golden statues in all four parks most are quick to find, besides for Tink, Abu and Sew (no spoiler alerts right here)!

The décor for the 50th is mainly viewed through the parks with flags, streetlight banners, lamp post flags and bunting-type flags that say: Walt Disney Globe 50 The World’s Most Magical Celebration. They are almost everywhere, and outdoors of the gorgeous Cinderella Castle decorations, that is how you will know visually it’s the 50th. I was not impressed by the flags I felt they lacked coloration and glitz. If you pay a visit to Disney Springs, you will find lovely 50th décor in The Earth of Disney. Moreover flags, I loved how the buses on property had festive wrap-arounds decorating lots of of them. Suggestion: excellent picture possibility in front of the buses! There have been lots of shimmering evening lights for viewing like Epcot’s Spaceship Earth and other Beacons of Magic you can check out. They were being attractive in the evening sky.

Cupcakes were clearly the dessert that celebrated the 50th all about, but if you wanted to purchase some thing to take home, that would be the 50th merchandise. This is my largest fail and I am mad at myself for waiting around to really go to the parks to shop. There is a pressure on the provide chain for products and the particular products I was individually searching for, and psyched to provide residence with me, weren’t there.

My most significant tip is: if you see it on the net, purchase it on shopDisney, because it could not be there for lengthy. If you see it in the Disney parks, obtain it instantly, mainly because it will not be there later in the working day. Sad to say, vacation resort space supply on merchandise is however suspended, so carrying factors all-around was not my initially selection. “Oh, I’ll acquire it on the way out” is not a good mentality, simply because it will not be there. IF YOU SEE IT AND WANT IT, Acquire IT Instantly. I just can’t say that adequate.

I delight in Disney puzzles as a passion I should have ordered the 50th puzzle on the internet when it came out, but I was excited, with the mentality of yrs ago, that I would go to the parks and have enjoyable purchasing. The puzzle was marketed out, but I persevered and went back to the Emporium the subsequent working day on Most important Street, U.S.A. and received blessed for the reason that it was back in offer. Even so, lots of objects I was holding off on were being not there. Great luck!

My favorite celebration minute was strolling on The Voices of Liberty singing The Magic Is Calling in their new repertoire. For the duration of their first set of the day they did not sing it, but while strolling around Epcot World Showcase a few of hours later on, they were being back again and I obtained to hear their version of the song. Magic! Suggestion: do not skip it!

Over the subsequent 18 months, I expect to see far more golden statues erected, a lot more 50th Anniversary pressed pennies for which to hunt, and ideally a lot more products back again in offer (fingers crossed). Also, be sure to Disney, make Pooh Bear a 50th plushy, thanks! Oh, and make a button, thank you. I presume the cupcakes will constantly be there and the fireworks shows are not to be missed you be the decide of which display you appreciated more than the other!

All round, I believed the anniversary celebration is additional of a nod to 50 yrs and I recognize why. My 50th birthday this year was specifically the exact same. Extra subdued than maybe the significant hoopla that might have been if we hadn’t endured, struggled and been challenged by so considerably lately. Supply chain difficulties really don’t help either. The glitz and glamor, like I bear in mind from celebrating Disneyland’s 60th anniversary several years back, can not be in comparison. But the magic is there…

What rose higher than the souveniers, the demonstrates, and the cupcakes was the SPIRIT of the parks. It is is alive and dazzling. The MAGIC is beaming inside of the cast users, the sun is shining in the Florida sky, offering us warmth and contentment and reminding us that you do not need confetti and razzmatazz to be festive you want mates, appreciate, and neighborhood to celebrate 50 a long time of well being, joy and peace. And that is just what I felt this 7 days. Searching forward to the subsequent 50, Walt Disney Environment!