With the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort now ready, there is an exciting EARidescent magic to discover in our four theme parks and beyond, especially at the Disney Animal Kingdom theme park.
Right now, the 50 once-in-a-lifetime offers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom include new experiences, birthday drinks and bites, must-haves, dazzling park decorations and more. Today we share a special look at our magical 50th anniversary celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
At the park’s Discovery River Theater, the magic of nature and Disney tales are reaching new heights with “Disney KiteTails”. Several times a day, artists fly traps and stars of all shapes and sizes, including elaborate three-dimensional stars (about 30 feet long) that allow friends of Disney animals like Simba and Zazu or Baloo and King Louie to shoot like never before.
Each 10-minute star screen is a gala performance of colors and movements, with original and intense arrangements of the world of favorite songs from “The Lion King” or “The Jungle Book”, which fill the air of an exciting and vibrant experience for the whole family. Check out our previous “Disney KiteTails” story for more information.
As many readers know, every icon in the Walt Disney World Resort theme park is being transformed into a magnificent lighthouse of magic at night, signaling everyone to come and celebrate it during the 50th anniversary festivities. And at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the tree of life shines like never before!
A warm, glorious light emanates from the Tree of Life on select nights as enchanted skylights gather to summon the magic of nature, inviting everyone to join in the celebration. We have a look at the magic of our original story. The tree of life also continues to wake up from time to time throughout the night, sharing its tales of animals full of whim and heart.
During the celebration, beautiful golden sculptures “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection” can be found in all four parks of the resort to honor the last 50 years of Walt Disney World, while taking us to the next 50 years and beyond.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can find sculptures of special Disney characters such as Pumbaa, Timon, Simba, Bambi, Thumper, Dori and Nemo. We’ve shared details about the statues in our previous history and how they bring lifelong memories to everyone who visits. As you come across the golden sculptures in the parks, be sure to take a photo and share on social media with # DisneyWorld50.
And for the 18-month celebration, dazzling decorations and magical touches can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and our other theme parks. Disney teams have created all sorts of new decorations that glow and shine throughout the day and into the night.
Magic also invites all foodies to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney chefs and mixologists have created delicacies that include a touch of EARidescent brilliance, and here’s where to find them:
- Mickey’s 50th Celebration Premium Bar: Our classic Nestlé Mickey ice cream bar, bathed in a raspberry-flavored blue coating with celebration sprinkles and a little pixie powder
- Walt Chili Cheese Chips: Crispy Chips topped with Walt’s Favorite Chili and Cheddar Sauce
- Walt Disney’s Favorite Hot Chili: A hot dog served in a hot bun covered with Walt’s favorite chili and cheddar sauce
- 50th Celebration Chocolate Cakes: Almond Praline, White Chocolate Cream, Ganache and South African Chocolate Cream Liqueur Sauce
Special collections of merchandise have been created for the world’s most magical celebration and are now available at Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. The collections, which are filled with must-have souvenirs for Disney fans of all ages, can be found at various locations in the resort until stocks run out, including Disney’s Animal Island Merchant Island.
In addition, for the 50th anniversary celebration, the anthem “The Magic Is Calling” can be heard at special live entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort, including performances by Discovery Island Drummers and EARidescent Mickey & Cruises. Friends Flotilla along the Discovery River at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
As we continue our birthday parties during the world’s most magical celebration at Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to follow #DisneyWorld50 on social media and see all of our stories on our special Walt Disney World All page.