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Experience New Magic at EPCOT during 50th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

For the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort, EPCOT is shining like never before with exciting EARidescent magic for all to enjoy! 

EPCOT is a theme park that’s always in a state of becoming – and newly added offerings celebrating the Resort’s 50th are a significant part of the journey. New celebratory park offerings include once-in-a-lifetime experiences, dazzling decorations, themed treats, exclusive merchandise and more. Today, we’re sharing a special look at the 50th anniversary festivities at EPCOT. 

'Harmonious' at EPCOT

The nighttime spectacular “Harmonious” is a key milestone in the historic transformation of EPCOT, celebrating the way Disney music inspires people the world over, carrying you away on a stream of familiar visuals and songs reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from around the globe. The show is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney theme park featuring floating set pieces, choreographed fountains, lights, lasers and more.  

“Harmonious” is an experience that could only happen at EPCOT, a place where the impossible becomes possible through the power of human imagination and the magic of Disney. Here are more details about this one-of-a-kind evening extravaganza. 

During the 18-month anniversary celebration that reaches every corner of Walt Disney World Resort, “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection” golden sculptures can be discovered throughout the parks – each paying homage to the past 50 years of Walt Disney World while also ushering us into the next 50 years. 

At EPCOT, you can find sculptures of Disney characters, including Figment, Rocket and Baby Groot, Olaf and Bruni, Dante, Miguel, Pua and Hei-Hei. As you encounter the “Disney Fab 50” in the parks, be sure to snap a photo and share on social with #DisneyWorld50. 

Key Lime Tart, EARidescent Croissant Doughnut, Chocolate Mousse Bar, and Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake

Disney chefs and mixologists have created delights that include a touch of EARidescent shimmer to celebrate the 50th anniversary celebration at EPCOT – here’s where you can enjoy them in the park:

Coral Reef Restaurant 

  • Key Lime Tart with toasted meringue, EARidescent shimmer, sprinkles, and chocolate garnish

The EPCOT Experience 

  • EARidescent Croissant Doughnut – Croissant doughnut with blue icing and sprinkles

Le Cellier Steakhouse

  • Chocolate Mousse Bar – Dark chocolate mousse, caramel cookie pieces, milk chocolate shell, and chocolate shortbread cookie 

San Angel Inn Restaurante & La Hacienda de San Angel

  •  A festively decorated chocolate pyramid filled with Mexican chocolate mousse and toffee served atop a traditional Tres Leches Cake and accompanied by ice cream  

Nine Dragons Restaurant

  • Boba Blue Magic – House-made butterfly pea flower ice cream and blue lychee jelly topped with creamy milk cap, blueberry popping boba, crunchy toffee, and a fortune cookie 

Teppan Edo

  • Yuzu mousse cake with Kinako crumb adorned with gold flakes, matcha cream, chocolate rocks, and sparkling Yuzu sauce.

Via Napoli Donkey Cart & Gelateria Toscana

  • Blue and white 7-layer cake topped with chocolate ganache and gold dust

 Tutto Italia Ristorante & Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

  • Vanilla and blueberry panna cotta, white chocolate, and gold dust 

Sunshine Seasons

  • Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake – Mini chocolate bundt cake with chocolate ganache, sprinkles, and icing dusted with EARidescent shimmer and chocolate 50th anniversary garnish
Beacons of Magic at EPCOT

During the 50th anniversary celebration, Walt Disney World Resort theme park icons are also transforming into magnificent Beacons of Magic at night, beckoning all to come and celebrate.  And at EPCOT, Spaceship Earth is glowing!  

As part of the park’s transformation, you can see lights shine from within Spaceship Earth’s reflective panels as stardust emerges to symbolize beacons of possibility and optimism – and the glowing magic will continue even after the 18-month celebration.

The World's Most Magical Celebration decoration at EPCOT

Delightful EARidescent decorations and magical touches can also be found throughout EPCOT.  Disney teams have created new decorations that shimmer and sparkle all day and into the night!  

Map of new neighborhoods at EPCOT: World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase

And with the start of the 50th anniversary celebration, EPCOT is now unified with four neighborhoods – World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. As we’ve shared, these neighborhoods are filled with new experiences rooted in authenticity and innovation that take guests to new destinations, where the real is made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity, discovery and the magic of possibility.

Also, another part of the historic transformation of EPCOT that you can experience during the 50th anniversary celebration is Creations Shop, the park’s new flagship merchandise destination.  At Creations Shop, which celebrates Disney’s legacy of creativity by honoring the nostalgia of EPCOT’s past and the exciting promises of its future, you’ll find special merchandise collections created for The World’s Most Magical Celebration. 

As Zach Riddley recently shared, Disney Imagineers used one-of-a-kind art installations, meaningful souvenirs and a contemporary architectural design to bring the story of EPCOT and Disney creativity to life at this new destination.

Throughout the 50th anniversary celebration, the original anthem “The Magic Is Calling” is included in special live entertainment moments across Walt Disney World Resort. And you can now hear versions of the anthem performed by the legendary Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty at EPCOT.

Taiko drummers of Matsuriza in the Japan pavilion at EPCOT

Also, during the festivities, some of your favorite live entertainment experiences are back! At EPCOT, World Showcase travelers are dancing to the Canadian rhythms of Alberta Bound, laughing at the antics of Sergio in Italy, and experiencing the majestic percussion of the Taiko drummers of Matsuriza in Japan.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT

We’re also celebrating The World’s Most Magical Celebration at EPCOT in Parisian style with the new attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure! Based on Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille,” Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is an exhilarating “4D” experience for the whole family that’s part of a newly expanded France pavilion now open at EPCOT. Here are more details

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind - Opening 2022 at EPCOT

And of course, there’s another significant milestone in the transformation of EPCOT coming during the 50th anniversary celebration – the debut of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in 2022!  This attraction invites EPCOT guests to the first “other-world” showcase pavilion in the park’s newly renamed World Discovery neighborhood.  It’s a thrilling new family-friendly attraction inviting you to join the Guardians of the Galaxy on an awesome, intergalactic chase through space and time.”

Work continues on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will also feature the first reverse launch on a coaster in Disney history and is one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world. It’s a massive experience that will match the scale and adventure of the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

As we continue our 50th anniversary celebration at EPCOT and across the entire Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to follow #DisneyWorld50 on social media and check out all of our stories on our special Everything Walt Disney World 50th page.


  • Aren’t you a bit over-reacting, Kenny? At least, the Space restaurant looks good. Besides, I have the feeling “Harmonious” might either be retooled or replace for better by next year.

  • It’s a shame for these “key milestones” in the “transformation” for EPCOT. Harmonious isn’t even a tenth of what Reflections of Earth was. The Creations shop is uninviting. Guardians of the Galaxy replaced one of the final “real EPCOT” attractions that were true to the spirit of the parc (i.e. to learn while having fun). Time for major changes in the philosophy of the company.

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