On Tuesday, Disney Parks teased the removal of the 50th anniversary medallions from the golden Fab 50 statues across Walt Disney World Resort. They shared a photo of a crew member touching up the Timon and Pumbaa statue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We visited the park on Wednesday and confirmed the Animal Kingdom Fab 50 statues no longer have 50th anniversary medallions.
Animal Kingdom Fab 50 Statues
Not only have the medallions been removed, but the spots where they used to be have been repainted so it looks like they were never there.
Disney said Imagineers would be “sprinkling a touch of timeless pixie dust to refresh the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection” over the next few months.
So far, the only difference is the removal of the 50th anniversary medallions and paint touch-ups. More updates might be coming later, or this could be the extent of the project.
The medallions were just on the fronts of these statues’ bases.
Some of the Fab 50 statues have the medallions incorporated into their design, so we’re curious how the medallions will be removed or changed.
There are 50 characters in total, but only 36 statues, as many of the characters are paired. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, these pairs include Bambi and Thumper, Dory and Nemo, and Timon and Pumbaa.
The statues are interactive with MagicBand+. As guests approach and wave, the statues come to life with music and various phrases from the Disney characters. Last year, holiday sounds were also activated.
The statues were such a large component of the anniversary celebration that a number of merchandise lines were introduced, allowing guests to bring home a bit of the World’s Most Magical Celebration. Mystery figurine packs of the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection came in waves last year. Ornament sets were also available for guests to bring the statues home. Throughout the celebration, even Walt Disney World theme park tickets featured EARidescent 50th anniversary designs that showcased the Fab 50 statues.
Here is the full list of Fab 50 statues or check out our photos of the statues at each park:
- FIRST LOOK: Golden Fab 50 Character Statues Installed at Magic Kingdom for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
- PHOTOS: Even More Disney Fab 50 Gold Statues Arrive at Magic Kingdom
- PHOTOS: Fab 50 Statues of Frozone, R2-D2, Edna Mode and More Arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- PHOTOS: All Six Disney Fab 50 Character Statues Have Arrived at EPCOT
- PHOTOS: Fab 50 Character Statues Installed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom