50th Anniversary Decorations to Be Removed From Cinderella Castle Starting This Weekend

Justin Topa

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50th Anniversary Decorations to Be Removed From Cinderella Castle Starting This Weekend

The removal of the 50th Anniversary decorations donning Cinderella Castle will begin this weekend, as the “World’s Most Magical Celebration” comes to a close at Walt Disney World.

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All 50th Anniversary decor is expected to be removed across the four parks of the Walt Disney World Resort as the 18-month celebration comes to a close. As part of the first phase this weekend, guests may see the 50th Anniversary medallion removed and the clock return to Cinderella Castle. Disney has announced that the celebratory embellishments will be removed in phases beginning this weekend.

Cinderella Castle’s transformation into a “Beacon of Magic” brought new life to the Magic Kingdom icon through “Disney Enchantment”, a new fireworks spectacular replacing “Happily Ever After” at Magic Kingdom, which debuted as part of the celebration. Nearly a year after its debut, “Disney Enchantment” added a new sequence to celebrate Walt Disney and his brother Roy, following lackluster feedback from guests.

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At least for now, the most recent “EARidescent” repainting of the castle is expected to remain when the bunting, turret jewels, and the 50th Anniversary medallion are removed from Cinderella Castle. Many of the 50th anniversary decorations have already been removed from Main Street, U.S.A. as “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” comes to a close. We saw the first decorations removed at the beginning of March.

The 50th-anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World officially ends today, March 31, 2023. The Golden Fab 50 statues will remain beyond the end of the festivities and are not expected to be removed anytime soon.

Walt Disney World has announced monthly themes for their own version of the Disney 100th anniversary celebration, which will begin now that the 50th Anniversary celebration has ended. To kick off the Disney100 celebration at Walt Disney World, special commemorative pennies have appeared across property. We’ve already prepared a full list of each collectible character penny and their locations.

Recently, a new Cinderella Castle play set hit Walt Disney World Shops using the 50th Anniversary color scheme, but the medallion at the front of the castle was noticeably missing. Even limited-edition commemorative 50th Anniversary license plates were released for Florida drivers wanting to show off the “EARidescent” 50th-anniversary castle.

Did you enjoy the 50th Anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World? Let us know how you felt about the 18-month anniversary celebration in the comments below!

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  • Justin Topa

    Justin Topa has been a staff writer for WDW News Today since November 2022. A native of Scranton, Pa., Topa is almost always daydreaming about Walt Disney World. On days when he is not rope-dropping or resort-hopping, you could probably find Topa sulking at home with his two dogs. You can e-mail Topa at JustinT@WDWNT.com.