This is going to be an incredibly special year for Walt Disney World. On October 1, 1971, the Walt Disney World Resort, including Magic Kingdom, officially opened to the public. That makes 2021 the 50th Anniversary of The Most Magical Place on Earth!
Disney wants to make this year special, so there are currently several projects in progress and celebrations being planned. While we haven’t received as many details as we would like, today we’re breaking down the information that we have — and the information that we may get in the future (we’re dreamers, y’all) — about the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Disney World!
It’s Going to be Popular
Milestone anniversaries don’t come often for Disney World, so when they do, the parks tend to get pretty crowded. Disney Park Passes are already booked full for Annual Passholders on the day of the 50th Anniversary, October 1, 2021.
We expect to see the Park Passes fill up for the other two categories in the future as well as availability start to diminish in the Disney Resorts. It’s likely to be a spectacular celebration that Disney fans likely won’t want to miss!
Disney’s Sprucing Up Ahead of Time
Ahead of its anniversary, Disney has been touching things up around the resort, mostly in terms of paint jobs! The main entrance to Walt Disney World are currently in the process of getting made over, and the toll plaza entrance to the Transportation and Ticket Center (Magic Kingdom parking lot) got a new color scheme.
Besides these, there’s the very obvious (and controversial) new look for Cinderella Castle! When the parks reopened, she debuted an entirely new color scheme of rose pink, gold, gray, and a very vibrant blue. This makeover has been a hot topic of discussion among Disney fans, with some loving it and some despising it. Let us know in the comments which side of the argument you land on.
Perhaps the most anticipated project (in Magic Kingdom specifically) is the addition of the TRON coaster to Tomorrowland! We’ve been watching the construction on this project for many months now, and the opening of the attraction in time for the 50th Anniversary had been previously promised.
Many fans are thrilled to have a new, thrilling coaster coming to Magic Kingdom, and we certainly can’t blame them! We’ll continue to keep an eye on construction progress, as well as any news on a possible opening date. Especially in light of what appears to be a delay in the project — click here for details.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure & France Pavilion Expansion
Even though they’re not directly involved with Magic Kingdom’s Anniversary, there are several new additions coming soon to EPCOT. First, we have the expansion of the France Pavilion in the World Showcase, which will include a new ride — Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
This expansion was originally set to be completed in summer 2020, but it was pushed back due to COVID-19 closures. With a new opening date in 2021, we may get to experience this area for the first time during the 50th Anniversary celebrations (depending on when the celebrations take place).
Also getting pieced together in EPCOT is another new coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Featuring groundbreaking technology and a focus on storytelling, we expect this ride will be truly Marvel-ous (yeah, we had to).
We’ve gotten several updates on this attraction recently, but we still don’t have a specific opening date. There’s a good chance that this Cosmic Rewind could be open in time for the 50th Anniversary, so that’s more cause to celebrate!
We’ll Be Getting More Details in the Near Future
During the IAAPA expo last month, Josh D’Amaro (Disney’s Chairman of Parks, Experiences, and Products) shared that the company would be revealing details on Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations at a later date. He stated, “what I can tell you is, it’s going to be very remarkable, and we intend to celebrate the stories and experiences our guests love.”
We’re ready for this mystery day to arrive when we can get more details, because we still don’t have a lot of information on specifics. As soon as the announcement is made, we’ll make sure to fill our readers in on all the pertinent information!
There Are Still Several Things We Don’t Know
Disney’s been keeping us in the dark on a few key points of next year’s celebrations. For instance, we haven’t yet been told the time period for the events happening at the parks or what events will be included. We don’t have specific opening dates for any of the attractions mentioned above, just general timelines or seasons.
We imagine that Disney will capitalize on this milestone with lots of bonus fun, but we’re not entirely sure what that will look like, especially with social distancing and other health and safety measures in place. We expect to find special merchandise and snacks, but there’s also the chance that there will be celebratory entertainment options in the parks (a nighttime spectacular or stage show, possibly?). We’ll just have to wait and see what Disney announces!
We’re at the ready for any more news to drop about the 50th Anniversary, so stay tuned to AllEars for the latest information! We’ve got so much great content to share with you in the future, so we’re thankful that you’ve chosen us as your Disney news source!
Which of these projects are you most excited for? Tell us in the comments!