In this artist rendering, Cinderella Castle becomes a Beacon of Magic in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary beginning Oct. 1, 2021, the castle and other icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will come to life at night with their own EARidescent glow. (Disney)

Concept Art: Disney World Announces 50th Anniversary (Photos, Video)

It all started back on October 1, 1971, when the Magic Kingdom first opened after years of planning and construction.  Now, nearly 50 years later, we are starting to learn how Disney will celebrate the golden anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort.

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will start on October 1, 2021, and will run for 18 months.

Today we learned about two of the fun plans that Disney has in store.  Let’s take a look at some concept art that Disney released:

Beacons Of Magic

Disney will transform the icons at each of the four parks with EARidescent glow:

Magic Kingdom:  Cinderella Castle will get gold accents, radiance, and sparkles.

In this artist rendering, Cinderella Castle becomes a Beacon of Magic in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary beginning Oct. 1, 2021, the castle and other icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will come to life at night with their own EARidescent glow. (Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

EPCOT: Spaceship Earth will get new connected lights.

In this artist rendering, Spaceship Earth becomes a Beacon of Magic in EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Spaceship Earth and other icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will come to life at night with their own EARidescent glow. (Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  The Hollywood Tower Hotel will get gold accents.

In this artist rendering, the Hollywood Tower Hotel becomes a Beacon of Magic in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary beginning Oct. 1, 2021, the tower and other icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will come to life at night with their own EARidescent glow. (Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: The Tree of Life will feature magical fireflies.

In this artist rendering, the Tree of Life becomes a Beacon of Magic in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary beginning Oct. 1, 2021, the tree and other icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will come to life at night with their own EARidescent glow. (Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

Check out this video for details on how the icons will change:

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Costumes

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will get new outfits to celebrate the anniversary.  The designs will include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle as well as brocade in EARidesent fabric, with gold accents.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will host “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. They will dress in sparkling new looks custom made for the 18-month event, highlighted by embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle on multi-toned, EARidescent fabric punctuated with pops of gold. (Matt Stroshane, photographer. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

 

Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Mickey Mouse will join Minnie Mouse as hosts of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. They will dress in sparkling new looks custom made for the 18-month event, highlighted by embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle on multi-toned, EARidescent fabric punctuated with pops of gold. (Matt Stroshane, photographer. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

 

Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Minnie Mouse will join Mickey Mouse as hosts of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. They will dress in sparkling new looks custom made for the 18-month event, highlighted by embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle on multi-toned, EARidescent fabric punctuated with pops of gold. (Matt Stroshane, photographer. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

More To Come

Disney said there are many more announcements to come, so stay tuned!

New concept art: Excited about Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration?