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First Look: Walt Disney World Resort to Immerse Air Travelers in 50th Anniversary Celebration at Orlando International Airport

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Anticipation fills the air as we near “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” and prepare for this milestone moment at Walt Disney World Resort … and beyond.

With so much excitement ahead, we want you to feel immersed in the magic as soon as you arrive in Central Florida, which is why a talented group of cast members is hard at work transforming the arrival experience at Orlando International Airport (MCO) with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA).

Coming just in time for the 50th anniversary celebration this fall, airport passengers will discover many exciting Disney touches, including a wide-spanning art installation in the terminal train stations featuring favorite Disney characters, new magic engaging passengers as they walk through a glistening glow of projected EARidescent light patterns, and an immersive photo opportunity with a re-creation of a Disney ride vehicle to capture special memories as they make their way through the airport.

As part of this special transformation at the airport, we’re excited to also be working with GOAA on a new Magic of Disney store location opening with the South Terminal Complex in 2022.

“Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World share a commitment to the Central Florida community. We proudly recognize the outstanding accomplishment of our longtime partner as they celebrate this impressive 50th Anniversary milestone,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Collaborating on a commemorative presence at Florida’s busiest airport means we get to be the first moment of celebration for guests flying into Orlando to be part of the spectacular fanfare.”

No matter how you’re traveling to Walt Disney World Resort for the 50th anniversary celebration, an experience like no other awaits you…because when you celebrate with us, nothing could be more magical.  


  • I’ve got to hop on board (no pun intended) with those asking you to keep Magical Express. It has been such a magical way to start a Walt Disney World vacation! You’re immersed in Disney magic from the moment you enter the Magical Express check-in, watch the cute video on the way to the resort.

    Motorcoach driver Gus in the video is a treasure, as was Stacey in the Must Do Disney videos that used to play in the hotel rooms. I get that things change, but watching the video on Magical Express and then unwinding after a long flight and bus ride while Stacey filled us in on the must-dos was always a great way to start a Walt Disney World vacation. I’m really going to miss those days.

  • Bring back Magic Express!!!!!!!! PLEASE

  • Can’t wait to go!! Got my hopper tickets for October 1st. Woohoo

  • Hopefully it will be there for the 18 months and definitely bring back magic Express it was a fantastic start to everyone’s holiday

  • Looks amazing! MCO does a beautfiul job getting us travelers amped for WDW and all that FL brings!

    Can’t wait till our next family trip!

    But ditto with @Jason No Magical Express sure puts a big damper on things!

  • That’s great, but please bring back the Magical Express service.

  • How long will this last at the airport? Will it be there as long as the 50th, 18 months ??

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