PODCAST: Disney World 50th anniversary celebration — Spectaculars, VIPs and the future of the park (Ep. 114)

The celebration has finally begun. Walt Disney World welcomed guests on Oct. 1 to mark the 50th anniversary of the day that the Magic Kingdom opened. Orlando Sentinel tourism reporters Dewayne Bevil and Katie Rice break down all the festivities: The new spectaculars (”Harmonious” and “Enchantment”), the Beacons of Magic (Spaceship Earth is a showstopper), the huge (but overwhelmingly happy) crowds, the VIPs (Christina Aguilera made an appearance), and long merchandise lines (both virtual and visible). Dewayne says the question he keeps getting about the celebration is, “Is it over yet?” He answers with a quick “No ma’am.” Strap in, this party is going to last 18 months.