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Take 5: Walt Disney World Resort 40th Anniversary

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

40th Anniversary Cinderella Castle Collage

This October, the Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its 40th anniversary. As we prepare for our celebration, we’ve shared some first looks at limited edition 40th anniversary park merchandise. Here are some of our top ways to sport Disney gear and celebrate with us.

Take 5: Walt Disney World Resort 40th Anniversary

  1. Colorful Merchandise for Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary – What’s your favorite color? Check out the colorful, retro-inspired merchandise created for the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

  2. Cinderella Castle Collage: Celebrating 40 Years of Magic at Walt Disney World – As we get ready to celebrate 40 years of magic and wonder at Walt Disney World, Disney Theme Park Merchandise has created something special – a pattern that represents both Cinderella Castle and the iconic attractions that have comprised our magical kingdom since 1971.

  3. Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Ear Hats – Take a look at the 1970s map printed on the underside of the 40th anniversary limited release ear hat.

  4. Celebrating 40 Years of Walt Disney World Magic in Style with Dooney & Bourke – Here’s a peak at the new Dooney & Bourke 40th Anniversary Collection for Disney Parks.

  5. Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary Merchandise Collage – Check out this 40th anniversary collage created by the Disney Design Group, which is now prominently featured on some 40th anniversary merchandise.


  • I was wondering if there was going to be a WDW 40th Anniversary Collector’s plate?

  • Always wondered why I was such a HUGE WDW fan..Maybe because I am turning 40 as well and was there the first year when they opened in 1971….

    I have literally seen EVERY change that has occured over 40 years….

    Walt Disney World is truly a special place that have given me many memories I will never forget..

    Thank you Walt Disney World… and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  • Any hints as to what that celebration will involve – beyond the cool merchandise?

  • I love this collage – will a poster print be available in the parks or online?

    I’m disappointed there hasn’t been a formal celebration announced, other than the merchandise (which is fantastic). Disneyland had a great promotion for its 40th anniversary, and the WDW marketing campaigns are constantly telling us to “Celebrate Today.” What are we doing to “Celebrate” 40 years of magic in Walt Disney World, besides selling some new merch (again, I love the merchandise, but more of a celebration is deserved, to be sure!).

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