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Walt Disney World Resort Kicks Off Its 50th Anniversary Celebration with Magic and Style

Jeremy Schoolfield

by , Walt Disney Imagineering Communications Manager

When Walt Disney dreamed up his “Florida Project,” I think he had days like this in mind. I was standing at the gates of Magic Kingdom Park this morning as guests cheered with joy as they entered the park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

This was a moment five decades in the making, and we were fortunate to capture a few snapshots of the magical moments happening all over the park. We met parents and children, siblings, friends … it was a day for being with loved ones, celebrating their collective love for Walt Disney World.

From daybreak at Cinderella Castle to Disney bounding to popcorn and so much more, Oct. 1, 2021, will live on in the memories of so many, adding to the tapestry of magical moments Walt Disney World has created for millions upon millions who came before us today.

And … this is just the beginning! “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” continues for the next 18 months, and we’ll be following it all along the way here on the Disney Parks Blog. Keep checking back with us here and follow #DisneyWorld50 on social channels to be part of the fun. We hope to see you real soon!


  • October 1st: What a date for Walt Disney World openings!

    1971: Magic Kingdom
    Contemporary Resort
    Polynesian Village Resort
    Transportation and Ticket Center
    1982: EPCOT Center
    1988: Caribbean Beach Resort
    1991: Vacation Club Resort

    Happy Anniversary to all!

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