Walt Disney World Announces Initial Details for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Earlier today on Good Morning America Disney announced the first details of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration that will begin on October 1, 2021 and run for 18 months.

In honor of the 50th anniversary, Disney will be bringing new experiences to the four theme parks and beyond.  Disney has even coined a new word – “EARidescence” to describe what guests will see when they visit.

As part of the celebration, Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom will add to its royal makeover from last year.  As seen in this new artist rendering, the castle will feature golden bunting and a 50th anniversary crest as part of its festive new look.

At EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another and resembling stars in a nighttime sky. This new lighting will become permanent and will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.

The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will receive new touches that will give it a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life will see magical fireflies gathering to usher in the magic of nature.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse haven’t been left out.  They will have sparkling new looks for the celebration. As hosts of the event, they’ll be dressed for the occasion in custom-made fashions of EARidescent fabric with gold highlights.

 

Tower of Terror Begins New On-Ride Video Souvenir with Memory Maker and MagicBands

Hollywood Tower Hotel

Guests that have a MagicBand linked to the Memory Maker photo package can now get a souvenir onboard video at the Tower of Terror.

The Tower of Terror attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the first attraction at Walt Disney World to offer on-ride videos as part of the new MyMagic+ system. More attractions are expected to follow, with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Haunted Mansion strongly rumored to get the on-board photo and video experience.

After riding, those guests with a MagicBand and a linked Memory Maker photo package should expect to see their videos online at My Disney Experience within 24 hours of riding. The video is captured, edited, and uploaded to the guest’s My Disney Experience account automatically – all driven from the MagicBand and RFID readers in the attraction.

The on-ride video will not be available to any guests not wearing a MagicBand with a linked Memory Maker account.