What to do at Disney World: 50th Anniversary, Holidays, Fireworks

According to a popular legend, every day is magical at Walt Disney World.

But one day is more magical than the other. There’s a lot to do, and getting there can be overwhelming.

There are 10 great things (and one bonus) to consider adding to your to-do list for your next visit.

Some attractions are currently unavailable due to COVID-19, but will be back.

— Tom Saloreta, Lifestyle Editor and Reporter, The Florida Times-Union

Disney 50th Anniversary

Walt Disney World officially celebrates its 50th anniversary The most magical celebration in the world, Starting October 1st, will run for 18 months.

Disney characters dressed in special costumes, a new night show at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, a new kite show at Animal Kingdom, a new golden character statue in all four parks, and a new ride at Epcot’s redesigned France Pavilion. , Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

The iconic highlights of each park, including Cinderella Castle, Tree of Life, Hollywood Tower Hotel, and Spaceship Earth, are illuminated every night with an “EARidescent glow.”

Epcot's Taste International Flower & Garden Festival is one of the annual park festivals.

Epcot Festival

Epcot has long been home to Walt Disney World’s annual festivals, already bringing a special experience to a special place.

I have The taste of Epcot International Arts Festival In January and February, the park is home to a special “edible art” menu and more than 100 artists doing Disney and non-Disney art.

next, International Flower & Garden Festival, Beginning in March and continuing until early July, with a special topiary and outdoor kitchen, flowers bloom wherever you look.

What’s new in Epcot:Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: Put on your talk hat and take part in this fascinating rat race

Disney Springs nearby:Take a tour of five restaurants created by the James Beard Award-winning chef

After that International Food & Wine Festival, Will run from July 15th to November. There are 20 “global marketplaces” featuring 20 foods, beers and wines from around the world.

This year Holiday Epcot International Festival Taste, Holiday cookie walks, holiday-dressed characters, the city of Gingerbread in the World Showcase.

Celebrate the holiday

Not surprisingly, Walt Disney World Consecutive holiday season..

In Magic Kingdom, the main street will be renovated on holidays and the park will reopen at night. Very hilarious outside business hours Celebration, an event sold separately by characters wearing holiday costumes, and a holiday-themed fireworks show.

Santa appears in the convoy of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There, the projection transforms the Hollywood Tower Hotel into a Hollywood Holiday Service. NS

Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life feels like a holiday and becomes “snow” in the Disney Springs shopping area.

Or is something creepy yours?Visit during Halloween Disney After Hours Boo Bash.. Yes, there are tricks and treatments.

more:Disney After Hours Boo Bash replaces Mickey’s less scary Halloween party

When:Disney World’s “Very Fun” Christmas Party Will Be The Most Expensive Ever

Walt Disney World offers wedding packages for those who want to get married in a park or Disney hotel.

Get caught

Walt Disney World has a special division, Disney fairy tale weddings and honeymoons, To help you get married in the field.

They are wedding dresses inspired by Bell, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora, Rapunzel, Pocahontas or Tiana, with the bride and groom’s mouse ears. Disney-themed wedding ring..

did you know? Disney Happy 30 Years with Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons

You can make vows in more than 30 places, including in the park, and there are the same number of reception venues.

Do you really want to make it special?You can have Night wedding Magic Kingdom has up to 300 guests and can only return $ 30,000.

When the young princesses of the future make the royal entrance to the Babidi Babidi boutique, they will be greeted by their own training fairy Godmother, who transforms them with a magical makeover.


Does it look a little hairy? You can have a haircut at Magic Kingdom. Harmony barber shop Located on the main street.

A popular spot for children’s first haircuts, there is a special My First Haircut package that includes commemorative Mickey ears and souvenir hair.

There is also Babidi Babidi Boutique At Magic Kingdom’s Fantasy Land, Fairy God Mothers in Training transforms a 3-12 year old child into a Disney Princess or a Shining Knight in less than an hour.

clock:Cinderella Castle turns into magic for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World

Lots of fireworks

After a long day in one of the parks, you’ll want to head to the pool and even your bed.

But those tricky Imagineers are making it difficult with two new shows starting October 1st.

New in Magic Kingdom Disney Enchant Nighttime Spectacular It features new music and fireworks that transform Cinderella Castle and the main street, and immersive projections.

Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon is new Harmonious A night show that reinterprets classic Disney songs in more than 12 languages, along with new fireworks, fountains and lights.

The BoatHouse Restaurant in Disney Springs has a fleet of Amphicars. Guests can take a captain-guided tour on board.

Drive across the lake

You must have never rode Amphicar, But you can at Walt Disney World.

The Amphicar is a German-made vehicle that can be driven on land or float like a boat on the water and has a fleet in Disney Springs.

Take a 25-minute guided tour (the captain drives the car) starting at Disney Springs Boathouse. It accommodates 3 or 4 passengers.

Caroline Marks, a teenage professional surfing phenom, recently won a spot on the first US Olympic women's surfing team and caught the waves at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.

Hang ten

It’s a shame not to surf them as the Typhoon Lagoon wave pool can dial up some real beauty.

They suggest Private and group surfing lessons For beginners to intermediates, you can ride 100 waves with 25 sets.

Lessons take place the morning before the water park is open to the public, take two and a half to three hours and cost $ 199.

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Walt Disney World offers several marathons, half marathons, and shorter races each year.


Choose a distance — marathon, half marathon, 5K, 10K — and they competition For you at Walt Disney World.

The races are grouped into four weekends: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in early January, Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February, Run Disney Springtime Surprise Weekend in April, and Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November. increase.

Runners win Disney-style medals for their efforts.

They also offer Virtual raceRun in your neighborhood or on your own treadmill to win medals, T-shirts and other prizes

Aerophile can carry more than 20 passengers over Disney Springs 400 feet.

Up, up, away

Aerophile Is a tethered balloon rise that carries up to 29 passengers over Disney Springs. When the weather is nice, you can see all four Walt Disney World Parks.

The French craft — the world’s largest hand-painted helium balloon — flies for about eight minutes and is open to all ages.

Coming soon: Cirque du Soleil

We promised 10 fun things, but it will be the 11th day after the pandemic is over.

“Drawn to Life” Is a new Cirque du Soleil show that was scheduled to take place in Disney Springs in 2020, but was delayed by a pandemic.

More about this:Cirque du Soleil’s “Drawn to Life” is finally here at Disney

Scheduled to open on November 18th.

The show brings Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic performers to Disney music to bring classic Disney animation to life.