Growing up, I can still remember the euphoric feeling while walking down Main Street, U.S.A. and seeing the beloved Partners Statue of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney. This statue has become a beacon of inspiration and joy at the Magic Kingdom Park, just as the new Disney Fab 50 Character Collection of sculptures being installed for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration will instill that same sense of wonder and excitement for guests.
Today, I am excited to announce that the first Disney Fab 50 sculptures are in their place to share in the festivities. You can now visit Magic Kingdom Park and find some of your favorite characters in their new home for the next 18 months of the celebration.
These 50 characters represent the stories that have moved us to dream bigger, follow our passions and believe in the power of magic. Each character shares in Walt Disney World Resort’s legacy of hope and optimism, where “two tiny wings” become a source of imagination, where sidekicks become heroes and where unlikely duos become the best of friends.
Over the past two months, partners have gathered from across The Walt Disney Company to unveil these fan-favorite characters. Friends from Disney+, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, Disney Channel, ESPN, shopDisney, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Publishing, D23, Disney Movie Insiders, National Geographic, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line and more have shared in the celebration by announcing these sculptures.
Our “Disney Fab 50” sculptures pay homage to the past 50 years of Walt Disney World while ushering us into the next 50 years and beyond. As guests continue to pass through our gates to hunt for their favorite characters, these sculptures will further immerse them into a world of fantasy and tomorrow, where laughter, joy, and that intangible pixie dust will bring a lifetime of memories to all who visit The Most Magical Place on Earth.
Enjoy this special message from the storytellers, entertainers, leaders and cast members who have lent their voices, talent and individual spark of magic to bring these characters to life.
As you encounter these beautiful sculptures, snap a photo and share on social with #DisneyWorld50. And stay tuned in the coming days as more of our fab-ulous 50 friends arrive at all four parks to help us kick off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” for the next 18 months.