It is hard to believe that Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration has wrapped up as of March 31, 2023. This long celebration started in October of 2021, and Guests have been able to enjoy all the excitement, food, and entertainment that this celebration has brought.
With the wrap of this celebration, there are some experiences that Guests will no longer be able to enjoy. These have already been completed or will wrap up their run in early April. Let’s consider what we must say goodbye to at Walt Disney World.
In Magic Kingdom, Disney Enchantment was the nighttime spectacular that debuted during the 50th Anniversary Celebration. This projection-heavy show was the first to include Main Street, U.S.A., in the show. Guests could enjoy projections on Cinderella Castle and down Main Street, U.S.A.
Although the show featured many of the beloved Disney and Pixar films, many Guests were left disappointed in the show. Recently a new introduction featured both Roy and Walt Disney speaking. This added a little extra to the show.
On April 4, Disney Enchantment will wrap as Happily Ever After will return to the Magic Kingdom that evening. This extremely popular show is a fan favorite. We anticipated crowds to be significant during the first part of April, as Guests will be excited to see Happily Ever After again.
Over in EPCOT, we will also be saying goodbye to a nighttime show. Harmonious was highly anticipated in EPCOT as Disney advertised it as the best show yet. Although the songs from different movies in their native language were enjoyed by many, the large barges in the middle of the water throughout the day disappointed many.
Returning to EPCOT will be EPCOT Forever, a show that focuses on the history of EPCOT. Disney has mentioned a new show will be coming, but more needs to be discussed. Overall, most Guests aren’t sad to say goodbye to the eye sores that came along with Harmoinous.
As the anniversary wraps up, we will see the Fab Five and their friends head back to their regular outfits. We loved the stunning earidecscent color theme that they all wore throughout the celebration. It will be slightly sad to see these retired.
Already Mickey Mouse returned to his magician outfit in Town Square Theatre, and they all had different outfits during the morning show at Magic Kingdom. We wonder if a new color theme will be announced or if the Fab Five will continue to their standard colors for a while.
50th Anniversary Celebration Decorations
For the 50th Walt Disney World Resort and Parks saw some changes to their decorations. The biggest change was the Cinderella Castle, which received a new color scheme, banners, and a 50th plaque to celebrate.
With the celebration wrapping up, we anticipate many of these decorations will be removed, and things will return to their typical decorations. Nothing has been said about the color scheme on the castle, but we anticipate the 50th plaque and some of the ribbons to be removed in the coming days.
We look forward to seeing what decorations will show up outside the train station and at the entrance of Magic Kingdom.
Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade
Cavalcades are one of my favorite experiences at Magic Kingdom. We love catching some of our favorite characters in these quick, parade-like experiences. We anticipate Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade will either wrap for now or be adjusted.
This cavalcade featured Mickey and his pals wearing earidescent outfits to celebrate the 50th anniversary. We hope that the characters continue to participate in a cavalcade and they just adjust the theming of it. We will have to wait and see.
All the Snacks
It wouldn’t be a celebration in Disney without snacks. We enjoyed all the 50th Anniversary Celebration-themed snacks throughout Walt Disney World during these last 18 months. Although sad to see them go, we know new snacks will come soon.
During the 50th Anniversary Celebration, even Disney transportation got in on the fun. We enjoy seeing both the monorail and buses decorated in 50th Anniversary wraps. These were gorgeous and featured Mickey and friends in those beloved iridescent costumes.
We love the wraps on the buses, monorails, and skyliner and how that Disney continues to do this in the future.
As part of the 50th-anniversary celebration, Disney placed 50 gold statues throughout the four Disney Parks. These featured beloved characters from Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar. It was so much fun searching throughout the Parks to find these statues.
We loved that with MagicBand+; these statues interacted with Guests as well. They might talk or sign coming to life at that moment.
It is thrilled that Walt Disney World has announced that these beloved statues will remain throughout Disney Parks. We are so thankful that they aren’t being removed. They are beautiful works of art, which we think add to the Parks’ magic.
The last eighteen months have been exciting at Walt Disney World. From new nighttime shows to exciting E-ticket attractions, the 50th-anniversary celebration brought a lot of additional magic to Walt Disney World.
Even though the celebration is over, we know that Walt Disney World will continue to bring magic to Guests each day. We can’t wait to see what adventures will come in the future for both the Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks.