Itâ€™s a very special time to visit Walt Disney World as the resort celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Magic Kingdom opened to guests on October 1, 1971, and has been inviting visitors to make magical memories for half a century. To mark this momentous occasion, the resort is throwing a huge bash beginning October 1, 2021, and running for a full 18 months. All aspects of the park are involved in the celebrationâ€“from dining to decorâ€“and the new merchandise designed for the event is truly spectacular. Hereâ€™s a quick rundown of the special anniversary collections.
Disney Castle Collection
The Disney Castle Collection takes its inspiration from Disney Worldâ€™s iconic Cinderellaâ€™s castle. The park centerpiece is elegantly decorated for the anniversary with gold detailing, celebratory banners featuring concept art for Cinderella, and a striking crest bearing the number â€œ50.â€ At night, the castle transforms into a glowing masterpiece in breathtaking hues of blue and purple. Merchandise from this collection features images of the castle in its anniversary attire as well as commemorative ornaments and charms.
The Celebration Collection is designed with group visits in mind. It features a wide variety of park-appropriate gear that is perfect for mixing and matching for a coordinated group look that is sure to make your photos pop.
The Vault Collection is all about celebrating the rich history of years past. This assortment of retro-themed collectibles includes plush versions of Mickey and Minnie in their traditional looks, classic Mickey Mouse ears, and vintage-inspired t-shirts.
Perhaps the most striking of all the anniversary collections, the EARidescent Collection invites guests to wrap themselves in the same shimmering rainbow of colors that is featured on Cinderellaâ€™s castle and throughout the parks. If youâ€™re not afraid of a little sparkle and shine, this is the collection for you!
Luxe Logo Collection
For the high-fashion set, the Luxe Logo Collection is just the ticket for elegant park attire. Featuring a palette of metallics accented by velvet tones, this upscale collection ensures that you will celebrate the 50th anniversary in style.
In addition to a world of wonderful collectibles, there is an array of celebratory sips and bites available throughout the parks and several special events peppered throughout the 18-month affair. With so many ways to celebrate this occasion, youâ€™re sure to find excuses to return to the resort again and again. All merchandise is available while supplies last. And, if you canâ€™t make it to the parks in person, some commemorative finds are available for purchase online.
After a day of celebrating at Disney World, rest up at a nearby Orlando resort. Close to the Disney resort complex, Marriott Orlando offers TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and the Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld. Other Orlando resort options include Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center/Celebration, Staybridge Suites Orlando Royale Parc. AndÂ Aloft Orlando International Drive, Comfort Inn International, Element Orlando International Drive, and Best Western International Drive are conveniently located near shopping and dining on International Drive.Â