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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JUNE 30: In this handout photo provided by Walt Disney World Resort, the Cinderella Castle inside Magic Kingdom Park is currently receiving a royal makeover, and the work is nearly complete on June 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. When finished, the icon will feature bold, shimmering and regal enhancements, including sapphire dusting on the blue rooftops and gold trim. Walt Disney World Resort theme parks begin their phased reopening on July 11, 2020.(Photo by Olga Thompson/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)

Yes, it’s been almost 50 years since Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened near Orlando.

The stories behind the building of Walt Disney World, which opened October 1, 1971, can be fascinating. There was so much secrecy. There were so many obstacles that needed to be overcome. Details that needed to be tackled. Sadly, Walt wasn’t around to see his “Florida project” open. Walt’s brother Roy oversaw the opening.

Now, it’s been nearly 50 years, and Walt Disney World is getting ready for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” You won’t need to try to be there on the date of the anniversary. The celebration will last for 18 months.

The event will be celebrated at all four theme parks of Walt Disney World.

  1. Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom has undergone a makeover.
  2. EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth will feature lights on each of its panels to look like stars in the sky.
  3. The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Hollywood Studios will also receive magical touches.
  4. Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life will also shine with ‘magical fireflies’.

The hosts, Mickey and Minnie, will also don new costumes.
You can see in the video the look each of the major attractions at the other parks will receive.

Disney hasn’t announced the entertainment options that will be available for the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” We’ll have that for you soon as it’s available.

There are a number of attractions that are already being refurbished. We do know that there are many attractions we’re looking forward to opening. These include:

Magic Kingdom
TRON Lightcycle/Run (Expected to open in 2022)

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
HarmonioUS, the new nighttime spectactular replacing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, which replaced Ellen’s Energy Adventure

There will be more announcements coming as we get closer to the official date of the anniversary.

Right now, reservations are still required for entering the theme parks so they can keep control of the limited attendance.
[Source: Disney Parks Blog]

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