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‘The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World’ to Air Oct. 1 on ABC

Jessica Safran

by , Senior Content, Programming & Synergy Manager

Just announced! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, ABC News and Disney Parks have teamed up to present a spectacular television event, “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World.”

This special, hosted by Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, will take you on a journey spanning half a century and beyond at Walt Disney World in Florida. The show will also feature spectacular visuals and musical performances from Christina Aguilera and Halle Bailey in front of the legendary Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, accompanied by the renowned Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the special, you’ll see exclusive interviews with iconic actors, actresses and athletes, Walt Disney World cast members, Disney Imagineers and executives past and present who have all played their unique part in sprinkling pixie dust over “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Check out what’s in store and be sure to mark your calendars!

This EARidescent special event will take viewers through Walt Disney World’s humble beginnings in the swamplands of Florida and its evolution into a cultural phenomenon. Through an expansive look into the past, present and future of the vacation destination, footage never before seen on television will give fans a glimpse into the journey to bring Walt’s vision to life and a look at plans for the future. The special will also spotlight some of Walt Disney World’s most memorable pop-culture moments, from the many sitcoms that filmed episodes in the theme parks to the conception of the ubiquitous “I’m going to Disney World!” campaign. Plus, viewers will get a heartwarming look at how Disney and Make-A-Wish foundation have worked together for over 40 years to make kids’ Disney dreams come true.  

Celebrities including Anthony Anderson, John Stamos, Marsai Martin, Gary Sinise, Melissa Joan Hart and Candace Cameron Bure; NFL athletes Tom Brady, Phil Simms and Doug Williams, and creative forces Kevin Feige, Pete Docter and James Cameron; Walt Disney World Imagineers including Bob Weis, Mark Kohl and Ann Morrow Johnson; and Disney executives past and present including Bob Chapek, Bob Iger and Michael Eisner, will all share their favorite memories of Walt Disney World. 

“The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World” airs Friday, Oct. 1 8-10 p.m. ET on ABC. It can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu, and later in the month on Disney+.  Share in the comments what you are most excited to see!


  • Will this special eventually be released on DVD or blu ray for those if us who missed it?

  • When will this come to Disney+? I worked 12 straight days in a row and missed the special. And on Hulu, it can only be seen with the $60+ a month subscription.


  • How can I find out what commemorative merchandise will be available? WDW anniversary is my anniversary, too

  • I’m very excited about the most magical stories on earth celebrating more than 50 years of magic at the Walt Disney World resort. It’s the most magical celebration on earth

  • For the fans based in the United Kingdom — just like me — will this be available to watch either on Disney+ or ITV or any other television service? We’d love to be part of this magical celebration and not left behind like we feel we are with the Christmas broadcasts.

  • Will this be pre-recorded or live from Cinderella’s castle on October 1?

  • Wonderful!! Can’t wait!!
    Will it be streamed live on YouTube?

  • OHMYGOD! Will this be live on the 1st?!? 😍😍 i cant wait to be there!

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