It’s an exciting time to be at the Walt Disney World Resort. We have just launched the most magical celebration in the world, with dazzling new EARidescent experiences in every corner of our world. Of course, our cast is at the center of everything, and since the reopening of our theme parks, Walt Disney World Resort is proud to have re-employed more than 50,000 cast members. Now, more than 65,000 work throughout the resort and we hire hundreds more each week as we continue to open more resorts and guest venues. Today, I’m happy to tell you that we’ll be retrieving more members of the entertainment cast this fall as we relaunch some favorite live entertainment experiences at the four theme parks and beyond.
Some of our environmental entertainment resumed on October 1 with the start of Walt Disney World 50th Birthday celebration. The first birds of Magic Kingdom Park now begin their day with “Let the Magic Begin” on the Cinderella Castle Stage stage and we were greeted by the ragtime pianist at Casey’s Corner on Main Street, USA, at EPCOT, World Showcase travelers dance to the Canadian rhythms of Alberta Bound, laugh at Sergio’s traps in Italy, and experience the majestic percussion of Matsuriza’s Taiko drummers in Japan.
Next week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, guests visiting Asia will be able to enjoy Chakranadi music again and Kora Tinga Tinga will return to the streets of Harambe, Africa. And you can look for the Tam Tam Drummers to return to Africa in early November. Performers will also soon captivate guests strolling along Disney’s Boardwalk Resort’s boardwalk and the inimitable Yeehaw Bob will have his audience about to have fun starting Oct. 14 at the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.
Over the past year, beloved Disney characters have been popping up on cavalcades, bodywork, flotillas, and surprise sightings, much to the delight of our guests, and I’m pleased to tell you that many of these experiences will continue. While the setting is not yet suitable for hugs and autographs, you will soon be able to have individualized time with some of your favorite characters, visit them with them in a themed place, and take one or two photographs. Look for Disney princesses to return to Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom Park. At Disney Studios Hollywood, you’ll soon find Minnie Mouse at Red Carpet Dreams and Disney Junior stars at Animation Courtyard. And when you stop to see Mickey Mouse on the stages of the Town Square Theater on Main Street, USA, he will wear his new EARidescent look designed just for the Walt Disney World 50th Birthday celebration! Each of these locations is scheduled to begin welcoming guests in November.
November 7 also marks the return of “Disney Movie Magic,” the nightly cinematic experience at Disney’s Hollywood studios celebrating the legacy of Disney’s live-action film, and when this program resumes. screening, will feature a new sequence from Disney’s epic adventure, “Mulan”. And be sure to mark your December 19 calendars, when the cast and crew of “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” recapture all the comedy and thrill of this action-packed show.
Live entertainment experiences like these are some of the reasons why Walt Disney World Resort is truly the most magical place on Earth. We are incredibly grateful to our cast and our guests for the patience you have shown, as we presented modified forms of some entertainment while continuing to work on the details needed to pick up others. We are delighted to welcome so many live shows (and many of our favorite entertainers) this fall and look forward to sharing news on even more additions soon. Be sure to follow the Disney Parks blog and # DisneyWorld50 on social media for news and updates during the 18 months of the world’s most magical celebration.