With the sheer number of upcoming additions and attractions coming to the parks for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, there’s no doubt that 2021 (specifically October 1, 2021) is sure to be a big year. But amidst the announcements at this year’s D23 Expo, one small detail was briefly announced and quickly overlooked, and that’s the actual 50th Anniversary logo and theme.
For the 50th, aptly titled “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”, the logo features an art deco “50” on a sleek adaptation of Cinderella Castle. The castle itself is coated with a shining, iridescent swirl of pastel rainbow colors. (Why they couldn’t have come up with a shade of gold is beyond us, but I guess they couldn’t come up with another made-up, on-trend color for the celebration.)
For the 50th, some of the usual offerings were previewed in a quick slide, along with a few new ones. There’s the usual celebratory cupcake, coated in iridescent frosting and Mickey ears, the promise of specialty coffee and beverages also coated in iridescent glitter, as well as balloons and celebratory champagne flutes. Banners across property will feature the same design, as will a new set of MagicBands to be offered to guests and Annual Passholders. (I get a kick that the ones in the concept art are the older 1.0 bands.) As for the castle overlay design, it’s as if the entire castle will feature the various colors by way of lighting or added layers (they could wrap the whole thing in cellophane and achieve the same look.)
One of the key things to note is that while usually just one of the parks participates as the hub of anniversary celebrations, for 2021, all parks will be offering something special, as hinted by the Tree of Life projection show in the promotion. As we’ve previously reported, rumored additions include a new fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom with added projection mapping throughout Main Street, a new daytime lagoon show at Epcot (much akin to “Surprise in the Skies” for Walt Disney World’s 20th anniversary) and even a new version of Rivers of Light over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
What do you think of the new logo and design for Walt Disney World’s big 5-0? Does this seem more Instagram filter than golden anniversary to you? Will anything ever top the 25th Anniversary Cake Castle? Let us know in the comments!