PHOTOS: Repainting Moving Along Swiftly on World Drive Entrance for 50th Anniversary Makeover at Walt Disney World


The entrances to Walt Disney World are receiving major makeovers in time for the resort’s 50th anniversary later this year. Painting seems to be complete on the “Welcome” sign at the World Drive entrance along with work Donald Duck’s marquee finishing up. The repainting will soon be moving to the archway. Repainting of the World … Read more

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PHOTOS: Cinderella Castle Moat Continues to Drain, Stage Prepared in Anticipation of 50th Anniversary Makeover at Magic Kingdom


With the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort bringing festivities to the parks later this year, Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom is preparing to undergo an EARidescent transformation. Blocked off with shrubbery and prepped with scrim, Cinderella Castle is ready for its 50th-anniversary makeover — once the draining of the moat is … Read more

George Kalogridis Named Global Ambassador for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary


George Kalogridis, former President of Walt Disney World, has been named Global Ambassador for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. He will act as Global Ambassador in addition to his role as President of Segment Development and Enrichment for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Kalogridis began working at Walt Disney World since it opened in 1971, … Read more

PHOTOS: World Drive Entrance Continue to Receive 50th Anniversary Makeover at Walt Disney World


In anticipation of the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the entrances to the property have been undergoing a celebratory makeover. With most of these entrance signs completed already, the latest to finish is on Osceola Parkway. We noticed today that the transformation of the exit sign on World Drive has quickly progressed since … Read more

Imagineer Zach Riddley Details New Permanent Spaceship Earth Lighting Coming to EPCOT


Yesterday, Walt Disney World announced changes coming to its four theme parks, and beyond, in celebration of the resort’s 50th anniversary. Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley discussed further details of the new lighting coming to Spaceship Earth at EPCOT for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” The dazzling new lighting will be permanent at EPCOT as it … Read more

PHOTOS: Cinderella Castle Stage Stripped of All Platforms as 50th Anniversary Preparations Continue at Magic Kingdom


It was announced that the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom will be transformed to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. In preparation for its makeover, shrubbery has been lined up in front of Cinderella Castle and now the stage in front of the park icon has been cleared. The temporary shrubs are placed strategically … Read more

Walt Disney World Files Permits for New Permanent Spaceship Earth Nighttime Lighting at EPCOT


Disney has filed permits for the new nighttime lighting on Spaceship Earth that was more formally announced today as part of the rollout of info for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”. Thanks to WDWMAGIC and @danlb_2000 on the WDWMAGIC Forums, we have additional details that these permits are being carried out by Pro Sound and … Read more

PHOTOS: Moat Draining Continues as 50th Anniversary Preparations Begin on Cinderella Castle


Earlier this week we reported that construction began on dams for both the east and west side of the Cinderella Castle moat. Shortly after, the moat began draining. Now, with the announcement of the 50th anniversary decor being added to the icon, we know exactly why. A significant drop in the water levels is a … Read more

BREAKING: “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”, Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Begins October 1st, 2021 and Will Last 18 Months


On Oct. 1, 1971, Walt Disney World Resort officially opened to guests for the first time, the culmination of years spent imagining, planning and developing Walt Disney’s magical dream. In the five decades since, the vacation destination continued to expand with new stories and characters and adventures to cherish for a lifetime. And now with … Read more

PHOTOS, VIDEO: First Glimpse of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Coming Tomorrow on ABC’s Good Morning America Tomorrow


The Disney Parks Twitter has announced that there will be a glimpse at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World on Good Morning America tomorrow morning. Included in the Tweet is a video showcasing Walt Disney World guests and cast members stating what they expect from a Disney celebration . In the video are … Read more

PHOTOS: Painting is Nearly Complete on the Osceola Parkway Entrance Archway to Walt Disney World


In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, the entrance archways to the property are being reimagined to match the new hues of Cinderella Castle. Yesterday, workers were painting the Osceola Parkway entrance archway and now the paint job is nearly complete. The royal blue gradient provides for an excellent pop of color … Read more

Official Book Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World to Release This Fall, Preorder Available Now


This October, Walt Disney World will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Not only is the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” being celebrated with updates around the resort, but to further commemorate this milestone, Walt Disney World: A Portrait of the First Half Century, a special Disney Editions Deluxe hardcover book, will be released just before … Read more

Explore Walt Disney World’s 50 Year History on WDWNT’s New Weekly Series “Timekeeping”, Debuting Today at Noon


Today at 12pm ET, don’t miss the debut of WDWNT’s new weekly series “Timekeeping: The Chronological History of Walt Disney World” on our YouTube channel! Inspired by the article series right here on, the show will aim to summarize year-by-year events at the Vacation Kingdom of the World, starting this week with the planning … Read more

Jeff Vahle States Cast Members Will Be “At The Heart” of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary


Taking over for Josh D’Amaro in May as President of Walt Disney World during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeff Vahle was tasked with navigating one of the few Disney Parks worldwide that have reopened in a time of much uncertainty for the tourism industry. Now, he’s taking time to reflect and set some … Read more

PHOTOS: Completed New Sign Unveiled at Western Way Entrance to Walt Disney World for 50th Anniversary


Having made swift work on its refurbishment, the completed Walt Disney World entrance archway at Western Way has finally been unveiled, welcoming guests to “The Most Magical Place on Earth”. The completed sign features prominent gold and royal blue colors, with a white Walt Disney World light-up sign and a new golden banner. Golden flags … Read more