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EARidescence Adds Extra Magic to 50th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

If you’ve been following our “Everything 50th” series, you’ve likely spotted one of the common threads throughout the 50th Anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World Resort – glowing EARidescence!

New and mesmerizing EARidescence is dazzling guests in most unique ways as shining hues magically shift and change depending on vantage point. Walt Disney Imagineering and other Disney artists brought the shimmering EARidescense to life to help mark the 50th Anniversary celebration across the entire Resort from the main entrance gateway to the iconic Cinderella Castle. 

The Castle’s 50th decor was inspired by Disney Legend Mary Blair and her vision of the classic film, “Cinderella.”  Walt Disney Imagineer/Artisan-Color Designer Ben Van Beusekom says when Blair’s work and the new EARidescense were placed on a table, it instantly created “a EUREKA moment” years before the start of the 50th Anniversary celebration.  “We looked and said, ‘that’s it – that’s the summary of the last 50 years of Walt Disney World’ and it also offers a glimpse into our future,” Ben says. 

For the 50th anniversary celebration, Magic Kingdom Park features glowing tints of rose gold. But what you see at the bases of the“Disney Fab 50 Character Collection” sculptures or anywhere else shining with EARidescence is a completely unique and personal visual experience that’s engaging and seems to change right before your eyes depending on the weather, time of day and even how you’re looking at it.  

“EARidescent is YOUR own story,” says Ben. “It’s so relatable to everyone because you’re going to get your own personal story from that EARidescent experience across the Resort and it will be special during the 50th Anniversary celebration.”

Few places at Walt Disney World Resort are more stunning than the different Beacons of Magic at night that beckon all to come and celebrate the 50th Anniversary enhancements. Each park has its own meticulously chosen shimmering EARidescence specifically created to look amazing to the eye and photograph beautifully – no matter what season.  

As you hop around the parks, you’ll notice different versions of EARidescent magic, including green hues inspired by fireflies at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and gold or champagne inspired by the shimmer and glimmer of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At EPCOT, you may also see more hues of blue and silver inspired by the stardust of the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction. 

All of the different colors of the 50th Anniversary celebration at each park and throughout the Resort combine to create a full spectrum of brilliant EARidecense for everyone to enjoy. 

Disney chefs have also creatively incorporated EARidescence into the presentation of new, delicious 50th anniversary celebration menu items.  There are even 5 commemorative Coca-Cola bottles that feature the EARidescence hues, representing all 4 parks plus a special 50th Anniversary-themed bottle.

And there are also stunning banners and decorations that sparkle all day and into the night across Disney property as well as the new EARidescent Shimmer Collection

The EARidescent Shimmer Collection is a modern take on the iconic Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park featuring the same distinct blue and gold tones found on the Castle’s beautiful turrets. Items will be arriving throughout the spring across the Walt Disney World Resort, including Disney Springs.

During your next visit, be sure to notice the different enchanting EARidescence YOU see around the Walt Disney World Resort.  And as we continue our 50th Anniversary celebration, be sure to follow #DisneyWorld50 on social media and check out all of our stories on our special Everything Walt Disney World 50th page.