My Top 5 Moments From Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Walt Disney Globe celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021, and let the festivities last for a yr and a half, with designs of ending on March 31, 2023. Like most Disney megafans, I was positive to pay a visit to the Happiest Put on Earth during The World’s Most Magical Celebration when I vacationed at Disney Globe in Fall 2022.

Attending the celebration virtually a 12 months in permitted me to get a entire practical experience extensive following the occasion died down in the parks, and catch some factors that won’t be returning after the anniversary even though also experiencing a handful of that will.

Recognizing Golden Statues

One of the approaches WDW produced its 50th-anniversary further exclusive was by propping up 50 interactive golden statues of several characters through all four parks. And though I certainly didn’t locate all 50, I noticed a couple of favorites through my journey.

The facts of Miguel’s guitar on his statue in EPCOT seriously stood out, and spotting Cheshire Cat’s statue up in a tree by the Mad Tea Occasion was an excess magical touch. Simba’s and Timon and Pumbaa’s statues greeted you on your way to the Tree of Lifestyle in Animal Kingdom, and I just experienced to run and snag a photo of Woody and Bo Peep’s statue ahead of leaving Hollywood Studios.

I also had the chance to capture the exclusive statues put out all through Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Get together, such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald decked out in their Halloween costumes, which built for a special addition to my to start with Halloween party.

Remy’s Ratatouille Journey Opens

The information of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opening at EPCOT on WDW’s 50th anniversary was thrilling for this Pixar lover, and I last but not least experienced the probability to journey it on this vacation. It was just a minimal around an hour wait around even with the wait around time declaring to be two several hours, and I’d say the queue practical experience is just as enjoyment as the journey, specifically the minute you wander past Gusteau’s illuminating signal and get an unforeseen shock.

A best addition to the France Pavillion, the experience is every little thing you’d hope it to be as you shrink to the measurement of a rat and scurry all-around the cafe, working into some 3D familiar faces from the film.

Looking at Harmonious

A person of the items I was most fired up about was seeing Harmonious, particularly as somebody who regrettably never ever noticed IllumiNations throughout its 20-year operate. But this time, I made confident to check with a forged member for the finest viewing spot (which they explained was in the American Adventure Pavillion), grab some popcorn, and encounter this present that combines entire world tradition with the gorgeous songs of Disney movies.

I’ll admit, I didn’t just take a one photo or video clip in the course of the exhibit, permitting myself to turn out to be immersed in the expertise and get pleasure from the fireworks that lit the sky above Spaceship Earth in the distance to the appears of Miguel’s guitar, Merida’s Celtic common and the waves of Moana’s favorite location, among lots of some others.

Harmonious is anticipated to be replaced by EPCOT Endlessly beginning April 3, 2023, so catch this musical celebration although you can!

Declaring Howdy and Goodbye to Disney KiteTails

Disney KiteTails debuted in Animal Kingdom on the 50th anniversary, but grew to become a shortlived present when the kites to took the sky for a closing time on September 30, 2022, just a day shy of its a person-calendar year anniversary and Disney World’s 51st anniversary.

The sole purpose for going to Animal Kingdom on this journey was to capture KiteTails before it finished, and I experienced the most memorable knowledge of stating hi there and goodbye to the show. Following grabbing some lunch to-go at Flame Tree Barbecue, I ate in the shaded eating place that overlooks Discovery River Lagoon and viewed as forged users ready for the display amid character cavalcades in the water.

This spot gave the greatest look at of the exhibit as Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa flew by to “I Just Cannot Wait To Be King” and “Hakuna Matata,” and made available a one of a kind guiding-the-scenes peek at the docks in which cast customers blow up the balloon kites.

Cinderella Castle’s Makeover

The 50th anniversary has been all about the EARidescence, and it all began when Cinderella Castle underwent a glamorous makeover for the situation, a challenge that commenced in 2020. Not like unsuccessful makeovers in the earlier that involved turning the castle into a gigantic, pink birthday cake and wrapping it in rest room paper at the fingers of Stitch, this makeover has been a stunning, eye-catching addition to the celebration at Magic Kingdom.

The royal blue turrets wrapped in streamers pop versus the pastel pink castle, and the iridescent 50th emblem beautifully replaces the clock, permitting all passersby know that there is a cause to celebrate.

Ashley Amber is a former Disney cast member who rediscovered her love of creating when the 2020 pandemic finished her time making magic. When she’s not bringing the magic to The DIS article content, Ashley is effective as a Senior Checklist Author and Peer Mentor at Collider and a live-blogger at MJ’s Massive Website, as nicely as authored a self-published fantasy/romance series of novelettes, and produced her poetry debut in 2021’s LGBTQIA+ anthology Deviant: Chronicles of Pleasure by InkFeathers Publishing. As a previous pro ballroom dancer, when she’s not creating, you can come across Ashley on Youtube and TikTok the place she posts dance movies featuring her have choreography and tutorials.