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WATCH NOW: Disney releases trailer for ‘The Most Magical Story on Earth’

It seems everywhere you turn, there’s buzz all about the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of the opening of Walt Disney World, and the anticipation just keeps growing!

What’s that? You can’t make it to the parks for the kick-off to the 50th anniversary celebration? No worries! Disney’s got you covered with a heartwarming look back at 50 years of Walt Disney World with an all-new special, The Most Magical Story on Earth.

Disney World has just released the trailer for an amazing two-hour special called The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World, which is set to air on ABC on October 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The special will also be streamable anytime beginning October 2 on Hulu.

The beautiful special was first announced on August 26 of this year during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

So many stars, so much to celebrate! Imagineers, NFL players, actors, actresses, and even a Mouseketeer! Just look at the celebrities who are taking part in Disney’s Most Magical Story on Earth:

  • Former Disney CEO Bob Iger
  • Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner
  • Actress Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
  • Anthony Anderson
  • John Stamos
  • Marsai Martin
  • Melissa Joan Hart
  • Candace Cameron Bure
  • Gary Sinise
  • Kevin Feige (President, Marvel)
  • Pete Docter (Chief Creative Officer, PIXAR)
  • James Cameron
  • George Lucas (Lucasfilm)
  • Bob Weis
  • Mark Kohl
  • Ann Morrow Johnson
  • Tom Brady
  • Phil Simms
  • Doug Williams
  • Halle Bailey (The Little Mermaid, 2023)
  • Christina Aguilera

Photo Credit: Disney

Disney Parks Blog gave us even more insight into the two-hour special:

This special, hosted by Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, will take you on a journey spanning half a century and beyond at Walt Disney World in Florida. The show 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. Throughout the special, you’ll see exclusive interviews with iconic actors, actresses and athletes, Walt Disney World cast members, Disney Imagineers and executives past and present who have all played their unique part in sprinkling pixie dust over “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” 

Credit: Disney

Will you and your family tune in to watch the special, or do you have plans to be in the parks on October 1?

About Becky Burkett

I'm a Lone Star State native whose idea of joy includes any combination of the following: cold weather, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 2 boys, my 2 girls, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history and being at Disney World. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birds at the Enchanted Tiki Room, scoring the 999,999 at Buzz's Space Ranger Spin, or trying for the highest score in the toybox at Toy Story Mania! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!