Should You Visit Disney World for the 50th Anniversary?

In just a few short months, we’ll be celebrating Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary!

Magic Kingdom

October 1st is sure to be a very busy day in the parks, as many Disney Park Passes are already filled up! Since such a huge milestone is a rare occurrence, many people are wondering if they should plan a visit simply to experience all the excitement. Today, we’re breaking down that question…should you visit Disney World for the 50th Anniversary?

What Will Be Open by Then

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

It was announced recently that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is going to be opening at EPCOT on October 1st, the same day as the 50th Anniversary (and incidentally, also EPCOT’s 39th Anniversary). We imagine that this particular opening date is a strategy on Disney’s part to help disperse crowds across the various parks. There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding this new ride, as well as the France Pavilion expansion in general.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

La Creperie de Paris

Also opening in the France Pavilion on October 1st is the new creperie restaurant, La Creperie de Paris. You’ll be able to dine both Quick Service and Table Service at this new location, and we expect that it’s going to be pretty popular, especially on opening day.

La Crêperie de Paris

Renovated Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Currently, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing some big refurbishments in the main building and its guest rooms. The rooms are getting rethemed with a makeover inspired by the Disney film, MoanaThese rooms are available for booking starting in late July, so you should be able to enjoy a stay here for the 50th Anniversary if you’d like to.

©Disney | ‘Moana’ Rooms at the Polynesian

Newly Refurbished Rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s other opening day resort hotel, the Contemporary, is also getting some refurbished guest rooms that could potentially be ready in time for the 50th. We don’t have many details on these rooms or what they’re going to look like, but the renovations are set to be completed this fall.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

More Reopenings

Between now and October, there are several more Disney Resorts that are scheduled to reopen, including the All-Star Movies Resort, Wilderness Lodge, and the Beach Club Resort. While we don’t have any details, we have hope that more restaurants and experiences will return before then as well.

Wilderness Lodge

The Festival of the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom is set to return this summer, so it’s also possible that we’ll get more live entertainment options back. If anything is announced, we’ll make sure to let you know.

Festival of the Lion King

What Special Celebrations Are Coming

New Lighting on the Park Icons

Besides new things and old favorites returning to the parks, there will be plenty of celebrations to enjoy for the anniversary as well! Disney announced recently that each of the four park icons will be getting special lighting and projections in honor of the milestone. Each icon will be decked out in an iridescent color scheme of blues, greens, and purples. 

©Disney | Anniversary decorations on the Tree of Life

New Decorations for Cinderella Castle

Besides the lighting package, Cinderella Castle will also be getting some special decorations to match. In the concept art, we see the same color scheme continued with some ribbons on the turrets and the 50th Anniversary logo front and center. These decorations are already being installed in time for the 50th in October.

Cinderella Castle Decor for the 50th Anniversary

Costume Change for Mickey and Minnie

And it wouldn’t be a celebration without a new outfit for the hosts! Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be wearing special anniversary outfits that match the whole theme of the event. We already got a glimpse of what they look like, and we think they’re pretty dapper!

Mickey and Minnie’s 50th anniversary celebration outfits! ©Disney

Early Theme Park Entry

Sometime around or before the 50th Anniversary, Disney will be introducing a system they call “Early Theme Park Entry.” With this perk, Disney Resort guests will be able to enter the Disney World parks 30 minutes early — prior to guests staying off-site. We don’t have too many details about this new feature or any information on when it will begin, but we’re checking for the latest updates.


More Details Coming Soon

Unfortunately, these few announcements (decorations for park icons, costumes for Mickey and Minnie, Early Theme Park Entry) are all we know about the anniversary celebrations so far. Disney has shared that there will be more announcements coming soon, so we’re hoping to get even more magic for this momentous occasion!

Main Street, U.S.A.

What We Don’t Know About Yet

Tron Coaster

The opening of the Tron Coaster in Tomorrowland been reportedly delayed until next year. While Disney has not confirmed this delay, the report suggests that the upcoming ride will not meet its previously expected 2021 opening.

TRON Construction


There are several ongoing projects that are “coming soon” but we haven’t been given enough specific details on the opening dates to know if they’ll be ready in time for October. The first of those is EPCOT’s new nighttime fireworks show, Harmonious. This show has made a lot of construction progress and we know it’s coming in 2021, we’re just not sure WHEN in 2021.

Harmonious barges on World Showcase Lagoon

Ride Rethemes

It has been announced over the last year that two Magic Kingdom rides are getting rethemed: Splash Mountain and Jungle Cruise. While we’ve gotten details on what changes are coming and why, we still haven’t gotten exact timelines. We have seen it reported that Jungle Cruise is trying to complete its re-theme by the end of the year, but no exact timeframe has been released.

Splash Mountain

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

One of the biggest question marks we have right now is hanging over Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT. This new coaster was scheduled to open this year and the opening date hasn’t been pushed back as far as we know. However, when D23 mentioned the things that were opening in 2021, this ride wasn’t on the list. We haven’t gotten any news on it in a while, so we think it’s time for an update.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Construction

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Another thing we’re anxious to get more details on is the Star Wars hotel that’s coming soon, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Reservations for this hotel were supposed to open last year but they never did. We’ve gotten photos from inside the cabins (rooms), but we haven’t gotten much information about anything else, including an opening date or reservation date.

Inside Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Room Jeff Vahle Josh D'Amaro
©Jeff Vahle Instagram | Inside the Galactic Starcruiser Rooms

Space 220

Last on our list is the project that has perhaps been delayed the longest, Space 220. This restaurant was supposed to open all the way back in 2019, but the opening was delayed when the head chef quit. It didn’t open before the pandemic, and we haven’t heard much about it since then.

Space 220 Construction

Should You Go?

Now that we’ve shared everything we know about Disney World before the anniversary, should you visit for the special day? The decision is ultimately up to you, and it really depends on what you’d like to accomplish during your visit.

Animal Kingdom

If you’re okay with larger crowds and you want to experience the novelty of being IN Disney World on October 1st, 2021, then it may be the right time to stop by! You’ll get to experience the new celebrations firsthand, including those that have yet to be announced. It’s definitely going to be a blast and a trip you won’t soon forget!

Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios

However, if you’re not one who gets to visit often and you’re really excited for the upcoming projects that are on the “What We Don’t Know About Yet” list, then you may want to postpone your trip. The 50th Anniversary celebrations will be lasting for 18 months, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy them later on, hopefully when more of these new attractions will be available.


Either way, just know that a LOT could change between now and October 1st. We’re checking up on all the Disney news daily and sometimes Disney surprises us with huge announcements. If you stay tuned to AllEars, we’ll make sure to share any 50th Anniversary updates and attraction opening dates as soon as we get them!

Check Out a Sneak Peek at the Cinderella Castle Makeover for the 50th Here!

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2 Replies to “Should You Visit Disney World for the 50th Anniversary?”

  1. We just booked our trip… for January ’22. My kid (who will be 8 by then) thinks that Tron is the coolest movie character ever (take that, Iron Man!), so I’m really hoping that the Tron coaster is open by then. Regardless, it should be a good time; my parents are coming along, and they haven’t been to WDW since the early 90s, so the grandparent-and-grandkid dynamic should be a good one for the entire trip.

  2. First off : Really enjoy your more informative site that you have reimagined . Thanks for keeping this site alive ! Now for Disney . Been a looooong time fan and have been there 40 – 50 times ( not local , coming from Philly area ) . DVC member for at least 17 years . Disney has to really focus on bringing back the greatness they once had at DW . Too many things are either not done , delayed , no intention of having , etc , etc , etc ………They have lost some of that magic that once existed. I think with the prices they charge for parks , food , you name it . It needs to be full on over the top all the time . Otherwise give me a discount . I am not cheap by any stretch . Give me what I pay for is all I want or ask ( I have 2 trips planned for this year ) Hopefully , I won ‘t be disappointed . To finish , as Emeril says “kick it up a notch Disney ! “Get your you know what together !