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Disney Park Makes Heartfelt Preparations for Upcoming Anniversary

Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney
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We have seen many preparations and celebrations throughout the Disney Parks as the company prepares for the 100th anniversary on Monday, October 16. One Disney Park took the festival further by unveiling a new statue featuring Walt Disney.

Hong Kong Disneyland officially unveiled “Dream Makers,” a new statue that features Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. This new statue is located near Cinderella Castle in Fantasyland. Situated near the carousel in Fantasyland, the statue is reminiscent of Walt Disney watching his daughters experience the joys of a merry-go-round and dreaming of a place like Disneyland.

Walt Disney Imagineering Dimensional Designer Scott Goddard fully sculpted the statue. Goddard took the design from Walt Disney Imagineering sculptors Patrick Simmons and Erma Yazzie, who created the statue using clay. The figure depicts Walt Disney in the mid-1950s when Gibson felt Walt Disney was in his prime.

Dream Makers

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The statue shows Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse hanging out together on a bench. Gibson said that Walt Disney admires the park and tells Mickey, “Look what we’ve accomplished together” (dpsmagic), as these two truly have created the magic together.

EPCOT Dreamers Point

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Another Walt Disney Statue to Come

Hong Kong Disneyland isn’t the only Disney Park receiving a new statue featuring Walt Disney. In Walt Disney World, EPCOT will also receive a statue for the Disney100 celebration.

This ‘Walt the Dreamer’ statue will be found in Dreamers Point in EPCOT. Schedule to arrive before the end of the year, the statue was first received by guests at the D23 Expo. What makes this statue unique is that Walt Disney will be solo. Like with the Partners Statue found in front of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney is typically seen with Mickey Mouse.

“Walt the Dreamer” will only feature Walt Disney himself sitting as he admires all around him. Dreamers Point is located behind Spaceship Earth and is part of the World Celebration neighborhood.

Here, guests will enjoy not only the new statue of Walt Disney once installed but also extended gardens and greenery. World Celebration includes the iconic Spaceship Earth, the Disney & Pixar Short Fim Festival, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, and the new Figment meet and greet area.

Once the statue is installed in the Dreamers Point area, the transformation of World Celebration will be complete.

Regular Walt Disney Pictures logo shown before films

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Disney100 Celebration

With the 100th anniversary of Disney 100 coming this week, the Walt Disney Company has been preparing for the big celebration.

In EPCOT, guests can enjoy the newest attraction, Journey of Water Inspired by Moana. We have also seen new Disney100 platinum signs throughout Walt Disney World parks and at Disney Springs.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Once Upon A Studio

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Disney fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of “Once Upon a Studio.” This will feature 543 characters from over 85 Disney films, all coming together for an emotional reunion. Celebrating ten decades of magical storytelling,  “Once Upon a Studio” will debut in full on ABC on Sunday, October 15, as part of “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disney’s 100th Aniversary Celebration”.

Related: At 95 Years Old, Beloved Disney Legend Returns for Disney’s “Once Upon a Studio”

The statue in Hong Kong Disneyland is beautiful and a great tribute to Walt Disney, who began the magic many years ago.

 

 

 

 

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.