We’ve finally made it! Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary week has finally arrived and Disney fans around the globe are rejoicing. As of October 1, 2021, Walt Disney World will spend 18-months celebrating 50 years of magic making. Magic Kingdom will welcome Disney Enchantment, EPCOT is introducing Harmonious and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror will stand tall as a Beacon of Magic, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate with Disney KiteTails. While the Parks are filling with pixie dust, there is plenty of fun to be had at home! We’re especially eager to check out ABC’s newest Disney special, “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World.” Check out a sneak peek of the new special below.
Disney Parks Blog shares: “Hosted by Disney Legend and moderator of ABC’s “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, the two-hour program will also feature spectacular visuals and musical performances from Christina Aguilera and Halle Bailey in front of the legendary Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, accompanied by the renowned Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.” Check out the behind-the-scenes look at the making of these iconic performances.
“This EARidescent special event will take viewers through Walt Disney World’s humble beginnings in the swamplands of Florida and its evolution into a cultural phenomenon. Through an expansive look into the past, present, and future of the vacation destination, footage never before seen on television will give fans a glimpse into the journey to bring Walt’s vision to life and a look at plans for the future. The special will also spotlight some of Walt Disney World’s most memorable pop-culture moments, from the many sitcoms that filmed episodes in the theme parks to the conception of the ubiquitous “I’m going to Disney World!” campaign. Plus, viewers will get a heartwarming look at how Disney and Make-A-Wish foundation have worked together for over 40 years to make kids’ Disney dreams come true.”
Disney has previously shared Disney World’s 50th Anniversary ABC Special celebrities include Anthony Anderson, John Stamos, Marsai Martin, Gary Sinise, Melissa Joan Hart, and Candace Cameron Bure; NFL athletes Tom Brady, Phil Simms, and Doug Williams, and creative forces Kevin Feige, Pete Docter, and James Cameron; Walt Disney World Imagineers including Bob Weis, Mark Kohl, and Ann Morrow Johnson; and Disney executives past and present including Bob Chapek, Bob Iger, and Michael Eisner, will all share their favorite memories of Walt Disney World.
Tune in this Friday, Oct. 1 at 8/7c on ABC, stream on Hulu starting Oct. 2, or watch on Disney+ starting Oct. 8. If you don’t have plans to be in the Parks for the 50th anniversary celebration, be sure to check out this new special to bring a dose of the 50th magic home! If you miss it on ABC, you can also watch it beginning October 2 on demand and on Hulu, and later in the month on Disney+. Happy streaming, Disney fans!