PHOTOS & VIDEOS: The Best Part of Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Happens at Night

It’s been a long wait for Disney World’s 50th anniversary and there’s been a lot of anticipation over what would be in store for guests. But, the wait is over and now it’s time for us to celebrate across the parks, resorts, and beyond!

It’s a party now!

We’ve been taking you around with us all day long to see the new and exciting features in Disney World. Now, as the night approaches, it’s time to check out another new feature that is part of the 50th Anniversary — the transformation of each park’s signature icon into a Beacon of Magic. We’ve gotten the chance to see each of these transformations in person and we’re bringing some seriously EPIC photos of the effects to you!

Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle may have gotten transformed with banners, decorations, and more, but, it has also received an EARidescent makeover for the anniversary event!

Cinderella Castle as a Beacon of Magic

We got the chance to see the full effect recently when we were in the park, ahead of our preview of Disney Enchantment.

The new nighttime look is absolutely GORGEOUS. The purple, blue, and pink projections really pop and make the entire castle just come alive.

Absolutely EARidescent!

That’s some serious EARidescence right there!

Click here to see photos and videos of the Castle’s new look!


Along with the other park icons, Spaceship Earth has gotten a glow-up…literally!

Spaceship Earth is lit up for the 50th!

In its new Beacon of Magic look, Spaceship Earth shines like never before thanks to the many lights that have been installed onto the structure. Seriously, Spaceship Earth’s new look is STUNNING.

The lights on Spaceship Earth move and change and cause different effects to be formed.

And what’s really great is that Spaceship Earth’s new nighttime look is actually permanent, so it’ll be sticking around even after the 50th Anniversary is over.

Click here to see more photos of Spaceship Earth’s new effect!

Hollywood Studios

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find unique 50th Anniversary effects have taken over the Tower of Terror!

Beacon of Magic

Lights in various colors are projected onto The Hollywood Tower Hotel, giving it a beautiful EARidescent look!

Pay close attention to the projections, as you might just see some guests still lingering around in the hotel!

Click here to see more about the Tower of Terror’s new look!

Animal Kingdom

And finally, over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life looks as beautiful as ever at night as it transforms into a Beacon of Magic.

Nothing Like a Beautiful View of the Tree of Life

When it is sporting its Beacon of Magic look, the Tree of Life features beautiful projections and effects that make it look as though there are fireflies floating in the branches and leaves.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous add-on to an already impressive icon.

Click here to see more about the Tree of Life’s transformation into a Beacon of Magic!

The Beacons of Magic effects have truly been one of our favorite parts of the 50th Anniversary celebrations. The 50th Anniversary festivities will be going on for 18 months, so there’s still a LOT to cover. Be sure to check back with us as we bring you all the latest updates!

Will you be going to Disney World for the 50th Anniversary? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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