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Walt Disney World Resort Marks 45 Years With Character

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort celebrated its 45th anniversary earlier today with musical celebration at Magic Kingdom Park that included the surprise appearance of 45 Disney characters.

Walt Disney World Resort marked its 45th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, with a flurry of 45 beloved Disney characters in a colorful fanfare at Magic Kingdom Park. The celebration hit a high note with a special live arrangement of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” underscored by a burst of pyro magic and colorful streamers shot high above the Kingdom. (David Roark, photographer)

George A Kalogridis, president of the Walt Disney World Resort, first welcomed guests to the park and shared his thoughts on this special occasion. October 1 is not just the anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park, but also marked the start of the Walt Disney World Resort, which opened October 1, 1971 to also include Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Guests cheered the celebration on as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and a bevy of other Disney pals flooded the Castle Forecourt stage to the tune of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” The celebration concluded with a special live performance of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” punctuated with a burst of pyro and colorful streamers.

To see more of the celebration for yourself, check out the video above.