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We Can’t Wait For Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

It seems like we have been anxiously awaiting Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration forever.  With it being only a few short weeks away, October 1st, we are so excited for all the new experiences and magical touches that are coming to all of Walt Disney World.  As we look ahead to October 1st, here is what we are the most excited for when it comes to celebrating Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary!

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Fab 50 Character Collection

We have already started to see some of these statues appear throughout the four theme parks, and we can’t wait to see all 50 of them in person. Disney has released a list of 50 beloved characters with their own sculptures throughout the four theme parks. In Magic Kingdom, some of you can find Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and Chip n’ Dale. Over in EPCOT, we have seen Figment and Timon and Pumbaa show up in Animal Kingdom. We were thrilled to see that Edna Mode would be in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It has been fun to see these statues slowly appear in the parks these past few weeks, and we are looking forward to hunting for all 50 of them during the celebration.

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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be opened to all Guests starting on October 1st, and we are thrilled to experience this amazing new ride! We have anxiously been awaiting the opening of this ride for around a year, and we are excited to get to experience it finally. Located in EPCOT, Remy’s is a ride the whole family can enjoy together as they zip, dash and scurry through Guesteau’s kitchen after being shrunk to the size of Remy. This 4D experience is truly going to be like nothing we have done before.


Also located in the France Pavilion in EPCOT will be the new La Creperie de Paris. We are so excited to experience the sweet and savory flavors that will be offered at these new dining options. Being able to choose either a sit-down experience or a grab and go option is something that we feel will bring a lot to this area. These thin, crispy, and made from scratch crepes are a treat we can’t wait to enjoy.


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Another experience we have anxiously been waiting for the last few years is the opening of Space220 in EPCOT. This out of this world dining experience was announced back in 2017 and we have been slowly waiting on it to open since. Finally, this week we saw Guests get to experience this new dining location, and we can’t wait to do the same ourselves. A meal at Space220 starts with an elevator ride that takes Guests 220 feet above Earth. From there, they enter the beautiful dining area, where they can take in breathtaking views of space. The food choices look outstanding as adults get to choose an appetizer and an entree from a large menu of options. We look forward to this adventure during our next trip to EPCOT.

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As we have been watching the preparation for Harmonious take place in the World Showcase Lagoon, our excitement for this new nighttime spectacular has increased. Opening on October 1st, Harmonious will use music and stories to show how people can come together. The new show is going to bring together floating screens, moving fountains, lights, and pyrotechnics. We can’t wait to see this show with music from beloved shows such as Aladdin, Coco, Brave, and many other classic stories we have fallen in love with!

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Disney’s Enchantment

On October 1st, a brand-new nighttime show will also be coming to Magic Kingdom. Disney’s Enchantment will take us on a magical journey like never before experienced. Focusing on friendship, love, and fun, this new show will inspire everyone to believe in magic. Music, lighting, fireworks, and a whole new immersive projection that will extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. will all bring this together into one amazing show.  



We all know that Disney does the best themed treats. We can’t wait to see what Disney comes up with from specialty cupcakes to fun ice cream floats to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. We haven’t heard anything from them, yet so we can only imagine what could be coming our way on October 1st. We hope that each of the four parks and some resorts will have specialty items to choose from to help celebrate this special event.


This week, Disney released some of the merchandise for the 50th celebration, and we are thrilled with the options! So far, there have been so much released already that we can’t even begin to choose what we want. There are so many different collections coming on October 1st, we aren’t sure how we will begin to pick. The Celebration Collection will have commemorative items, where the Castle Collection, as you can imagine, will focus on castle-inspired items. The Vault Collection is pulling retro-themed items from the archives, and the EARidescent Collection will feature the shimmer like we have never seen before. Finally, the Luxe Logo Collection will wrap it all up with the World’s Most Magical Celebration collection to provide an upscale collection of collectibles. All of these collections are sure to be amazing, and we will struggle to choose what we want.


Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration is sure to be beyond anything we have seen before, and we can’t wait. These are just a few of the experiences that we are looking forward to as October 1st gets closer. Will you be celebrating Disney World for the 50th? What are you looking forward to?

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.