Iconic Disney Attraction Emptied for Julie Andrews

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park
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Disney World and Disneyland are popular tourist locations, seeing thousands of guests at each parks. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Florida and is known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Disneyland is located in California and is known as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Both theme parks bring guests from all over the world and even celebrities to Disney parks.

Celebrities occasionally make unannounced visits to Walt Disney parks, much to the delight of fans. Whether they’re strolling down Main Street, U.S.A., hopping on rides, or enjoying a Mickey-shaped ice cream, these spontaneous sightings generate excitement and buzz among park guests. Some celebrities even go incognito with disguises to enjoy the parks without drawing too much attention.

disney world magic kingdom cinderella castle during daytime with visitors standing in front of castle

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While Disney parks pride themselves on treating all guests like VIPs, celebrities often receive extra-special attention. They may enjoy guided tours, front-of-the-line access, and private character meet-and-greets. This personalized experience allows them to enjoy the magic of Disney while avoiding crowds and long wait times.

It’s not uncommon for voice actors from Disney animated films to visit the parks and interact with fans. Additionally, former Disney child stars like Selena Gomez and Zac Efron have been seen enjoying the parks, bringing a touch of nostalgia to their fans.

Recently, a photo went viral showing an iconic former Disney star riding the iconic attraction “it’s a small world”. Julie Andrews’ association with Disney began in 1964 when she took on the role of Mary Poppins in the film adaptation of P.L. Travers’ classic book. This role catapulted her to international stardom and earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her portrayal of the magical nanny who floats down from the sky with her umbrella and introduces the Banks family to a world of whimsy and wonder captured the hearts of audiences of all ages.

Following her success as Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews continued to collaborate with Disney. Andrews starred in The Princess Diaries (2001),  and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004),  as Queen Lillian.

The Princess Diaries

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Julie Andrews has been a familiar presence in Disney’s theme parks and special events. She has hosted and participated in various Disney celebrations and concerts, further solidifying her status as a cherished Disney icon. Her appearances at events like the Disney Legends ceremony have allowed fans to connect with her and celebrate her contributions to the Disney legacy.

"it's a small world" Lightning Lane sign

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@TheMickeyWiki tweeted on X (known as Twitter) that Julie Andrews was looking perfect during her ride and stated that it was her 88th birthday. The photo, which has since gone viral on social media, shows Julie Andrews taking a ride on “it’s a small world” for the opening of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. What an iconic piece of history.

Julie Andrews looking practically perfect riding it’s a small world. Today is Dame Judy’s 88th birthday!

Fans still love Julie Andrews for the roles she has played a part of in Disney movies. Andrews is also known for The Sound of Music (1965), which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.


  1. That looks like a very young Julie Andrews not an 88 year old.

  2. another example of “creative” writing that kind of misleads the reader! Read the quote carefully…

    shows Julie Andrews taking a ride on “it’s a small world” for the opening of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

    the OPENING of Magic Kingdom!