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The World’s Most Magical Celebration at Walt Disney World is here!

Cue the pixie dust! The World’s Most Magical Celebration is officially underway at Walt Disney World!

The celebration long kicked off on October 1, 2021 in honor of Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary. But, don’t worry if you weren’t there on the actual anniversary date…this is an 18-month long celebration with so many NEW things to see, NEW rides to experience, and goodies to sip and taste.

Related: The Disney connection to Tampa Bay is more magical than you think!

Since there are so many magical ways to experience something new at the resort, so let’s start where it all started …at Magic Kingdom!

Magic Kingdom

 

World's Most Magical Celebration at Walt Disney World
Image from our October 2021 cover photoshoot. Photographer: Howie Mac Photo

You’ll notice the enhancements as soon as you walk into the park. EARidescent accents can be spotted throughout the park and even Cinderella’s Castle got a magical makeover.

You’ll also see Mickey, Minnie and friends dressed in their EARidescent best.

Disney chefs have been hard at work creating pixie dust magic in the kitchens, offering 70+ items at Magic Kingdom alone in honor of ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’.

We caught up with David Nguyen, a chef at Magic Kingdom to dish on some of the items that caught our eyes:

Most nostalgic: Penny Press Silk Pie at Casey’s Corner: “This is iconic because one of two reasons. One, one of Walt Disney’s favorite desserts was chocolate silk pie and two—our penny press machines, you’ll find throughout the parks.”

The Toad Burger at Friar’s Nook:  “Mr. Toad was an iconic character in an opening day attraction for us and we wanted to pay homage to that and what we have here—over at Friar’s Nook is a burger that’s loaded with cheese, lettuce and tomato—and then we wanted to make it look like Mr. Toad so the eyes are two olives and an the tongue is the pickle.”

Most Unique: Squid’s Revenge-at Be Our Guest Restaurant “This is a michelada [Bloody Mary with beer rather than vodka]—and out of it, you’ll notice the octopus tentacle –so if you look back at one of the opening attractions was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this is where we get our inspiration from and we asked our guests and cast members—what do you think about that ride, what do you remember and at the end of the ride when the squid is trying to take the submarine down and escapes—that’s where we got our inspiration from.”

'Disney Enchantment' at Magic Kingdom Park
Kent Phillips, photographer

Stick around after sunset to see the ALL NEW nighttime spectacular ‘Disney Enchantment’ which lights up the sky and Main Street in ways you’ve never seen before. The show will feature inspiring music, enhanced lighting, fireworks, and “immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.”! It’s a sight to see.

EPCOT

'Harmonious' at EPCOT
David Roark, photographer

The new nighttime show “Harmonious” is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. Pretty cool, right??

The show is centered in the lagoon of World Showcase and uses a spectacular a mix of pyrotechnics, fountains, and lighting. It truly is beautiful. The songs you’ll hear will be in more than 12 different languages as sung by 240 artists from around the world.

Another exciting addition at EPCOT debuts in time for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”– The new ride in the France pavilion, ‘Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure” will welcome guests and shrink them down to the size of Remy and take them on an immersive journey through Gasteau’s kitchen. It’s an awesome ride that uses a combo of screen projections and props we think the kids will love!

Expanded France Pavilion at EPCOT
Kent Phillips, photographer

A new restaurant is also opening inside the France pavilion, La Crêperie de Paris. We got a chance to sample some of the delicious galettes and crepes and the are absolutely scrumptious, satisfying your sweet and savory cravings. The restaurant offers table service and takeaway options.

Point your eyes toward the iconic Spaceship Earth has all new lighting, “connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky”. This is a feature that is permanent to Spaceship Earth.

Spaceship Earth Beacon of Magic
David Roark, photographer

EPCOT is undergoing a historic transformation and these new additions are only the beginning of what’s to come.

Animal Kingdom

'Disney KiteTails' at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Matt Stroshane, photographer

When you visit Animal Kingdom, you can experience an all new DAYTIME show, “Disney KiteTails” inside the Discovery River Amphitheater. This will be performed several times throughout the day, so don’t worry if you missed it when you first arrive. The kites and wind catchers designed to look like beloved characters like Simba, Zazu, and Baloo will dance in the air to your favorite Disney songs.

In addition to the new show, a “warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature” as part of ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration”.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Tower Hotel Beacon of Magic
Todd Anderson, photographer)

Hollywood Studios has undergone its own epic transformation over the last few years with the addition of Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the new ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. In celebration of Magic Kingdom’s 50th, the Hollywood Tower Hotel will be “awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.”

For more info, visit DisneyWorld.com/50 and DisneyParksBlog.com, plus follow #DisneyWorld50 on social media platforms.

 

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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