PHOTOS: We Were Among the FIRST Passengers on the New Disney World 50th Anniversary Plane!

Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration begins this week, and a lot of partnering companies are taking part in the festivities! We’ve been covering some of the Happy Meal Toys you can collect at McDonalds, not to mention all of the Disney World vacations McDonalds is giving away!

Magic Kingdom is ready to celebrate its 50th Anniversary!

Today, we visited the Southwests Airlines in Dallas, Texas, where they are ALSO celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year! To mark this golden anniversary, Southwest is giving away a trip to Disney World!

They had the “blue carpet” all rolled out for the event when we arrived!

Southwest is also turning 50 this year!

We heard from a number of representatives from both Southwest Airlines and Disney, and we were treated to special performances in celebration of the 50th Anniversary.

Time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary!

And YES, there were some extra-special surprise guests! Mickey…

Mickey was there!

…and Minnie were both there!

Hi, Minnie!

The Boeing 737-700 that was wrapped for the 50th Anniversary was revealed to us during the presentation! Southwest Airlines posted a video showing how the design was brought to life on its Boeing 737-700:

Here’s another look at Mickey and Minnie making their special appearance at the event in their new 50th Anniversary “EARidescent” outfits!

Then, it was time to head outside to get up close to the plane and check it out in-person!

This plane is so cool!

The plane is covered from nose to tail with Disney characters and icons from around Disney World! Can you spot them all?

There are TONS of characters all over the plane!

Look closely and you’ll spot Disney World locations like City Hall!

It’s City Hall!

Then we headed inside the plane — yes, the design continues inside as well!

The magic continues inside!

Characters are located on the window shades as well as on the overhead luggage compartments!

Inside the special 50th Anniversary plane

The window shades is where you’ll find iconic movie and theme park characters like Madame Leota, Edna Mode, and Figment!

Officially the coolest plane ever.

That’s not all! Southwest announced today a brand-new sweepstakes where one winner and up to three guests will be awarded a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Disney World during its 50th Anniversary Celebration — airfare, of course, will be included. Head to southwest.com/50days to enter starting now through November 16th!

Time to fly!

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this incredible plane the next time you head to the airport! We’ll be bringing you all of the latest coverage when it comes to Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration this week, so be sure to follow along!

Click here to read about the full list of treats coming to Disney World for the 50th Anniversary!

Are you planning a visit to Disney World during its 50th Anniversary Celebration? Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: We were invited by Southwest Airlines and Disney to attend their event today. This did not affect our reporting — our opinions are our own.

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