Walt Disney World Resort is set to celebrate 50 historic years of making dreams come true on Oct. 1.
The resort officially opened in 1971 and has been making magical memories for guests since then.
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Walt Disney World is planning a magical 18-month celebration that includes new nighttime firework shows, attractions, EARidescent looks, merchandise and foods.
Follow News 6 producer and In the Loop writer Landon McReynolds alongside reporters Nadeen Yanes, Ezzy Castro and Troy Campbell for details of the celebration.
The new technology projections are used in the newest Disney World show.
ENCHANTMENT: Here’s a look at the new technology and projections used in @WaltDisneyWorld new Enchantment firework show - giving an immersive experience down Main Street @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/jEuB3LRxZO— Nadeen Yanes (@NadeenNews6) October 2, 2021
Happy Birthday, @WaltDisneyWorld— Nadeen Yanes (@NadeenNews6) October 2, 2021
🎶There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow 🎶 pic.twitter.com/sOBdjVmDDG
An hour before the Enchantment Fireworks show, Main Street was packed with guests.
WOW: One hour before Enchantment Firework show and this is what Main Street in Magic Kingdom looks like. Happy Birthday, @WaltDisneyWorld @news6wkmg @WaltDisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/8ENtnr6spL— Nadeen Yanes (@NadeenNews6) October 2, 2021
Crowds are gathering well ahead of the first public debut of ‘Disney Enchantment’ here at the Magic Kingdom. #DisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/wBow9QYUTE— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) October 1, 2021
Disney alerted theme park guests that the Park Hopper option for Magic Kingdom is currently unavailable as officials work to “carefully” manage attendance, an alert on its app said.
Heads up Disney guests! Park Hopper option temporarily unavailable for Magic Kingdom #DisneyWorld @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/GIQ3t4GTxb— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) October 1, 2021
NEW: Park hopping on hold at Magic Kingdom on 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/VPVp6Q5fDp— Nadeen Yanes (@NadeenNews6) October 1, 2021
Take a look at Magic Kingdom’s new cavalcade.
🎵The Magic Is Calling! 🎶 Characters are out in their EARidescent looks. #DisneyWorld50 pic.twitter.com/FhadT6TKjY— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) October 1, 2021
What a way to start the celebration 🎉🥳 #DisneyWorld50 pic.twitter.com/LEB1NHApea— Walt Disney World (@WaltDisneyWorld) October 1, 2021
When Walt Disney Ambassador, Raevon, photobombs your @news6wkmg team photo at Magic Kingdom! It’s all smiles today!!!@LandonProducer @Haley_Coomes @emehlee @NadeenNews6— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) October 1, 2021
(Plus our friend @mabeldon) pic.twitter.com/x8VFPNstD4
Wait times for rides at Magic Kingdom are not bad, according to News 6′s Landon McReynolds.
The 50th anniversary celebration is now underway. Wait times are not bad, but if you’re looking for merchandise or food offerings — get ready to wait! #DisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/gHC22zYksQ— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) October 1, 2021
DISNEY 50: Sally and Matt Hedrick are here from New Orleans to celebrate Walt Disney World’s anniversary.— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) October 1, 2021
They’ve been coming to Disney since the 70s!!! @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/qdUd7BBVGn
Our office for the day! Crowds are looking great at Magic Kingdom for #Disney50 pic.twitter.com/AZBUr6zqRd— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) October 1, 2021
Ezzy Castro reports live from Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom as crowds fill the theme park to take part in the 50th celebration.
News 6′s Ezzy Castro is joined by Walt Disney World ambassadors to discuss the 50th anniversary.
Such a pleasure working & chatting with @WaltDisneyWorld ambassadors Ali & Raevon!— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) October 1, 2021
They truly made our mornings magical during this celebration! #DisneyWorld50 @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/8ZcoSDlKIF
News 6′s Ezzy Castro is at Magic Kingdom previewing what’s to come as Walt Disney World ushers in the 50th anniversary.
Disney Enchantment premiered at Magic Kingdom on Thursday.
Producer Landon McReynolds and Reporter Nadeen Yanes give their thoughts after the show, Disney Enchantment
The big premiere of Disney Enchantment is just minutes away here at Magic Kingdom.
The castle is lit up and ready for Disney Enchantment! #DisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/Swtk45MFhr— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) October 1, 2021
Ready for the new show ‘Drawn to Life’ at @DisneySprings | @EzzyCastro speaks with one of the people behind the show. @news6wkmg https://t.co/lMcYFhuW0w pic.twitter.com/2tpr1ZEyto— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
Nadeen Yanes reported on the new additions to Magic Kingdom.
We are inside #MagicKingdom for the #DisneyWorld50 kick off! I’ll be live at 7pm on @news6wkmg 😁 pic.twitter.com/VtmOxU38Ru— Troy Campbell (@TroyLeeCampbell) September 30, 2021
Did you miss Nadeen Yanes‘ 6:00 p.m. live report? Stick around — Troy Campbell will have a live report on the new show ‘Disney Enchantment‘ ahead at 7:00 p.m.
@NadeenNews6 wrapping up her coverage at #MagicKingdom #WaltDisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/391iAo5jte— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
Looking for any 50th merchandise during your next visit? We have a look at some of the collections.
Curious about any of the new food and drinks coming to Walt Disney World for the 50th anniversary? News 6′s Ezzy Castro interviews a chef from the Magic Kingdom.
Coming up ahead at 5:00
News 6′s Nadeen Yanes is taking a look at the new Disney Genie service, MagicBand+ and other new experiences at Walt Disney World. We also hear she may have a special guest joining her at Magic Kingdom.
Disney will debut some new 🍿buckets beginning tomorrow alongside their long list of food and beverage options. Mickey in this picture is a popcorn bucket, Minnie is a sipper. The character items will be released “soon.”#WaltDisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/bHe9tQ2Goo— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
Quick interview with Kim Keller with @runDisney | She is talking about the races returning to Walt Disney World. pic.twitter.com/J9XSnthtQL— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
Looking to run the Walt Disney World Marathon soon? Check out the all new medals for this years race.
Some of the medals coming to the #WaltDisneyWorld marathon weekend! They’re sparkling with EARidecent Magic. @runDisney pic.twitter.com/N8H29hZxU7— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
Here are the options for MagicBand+ that will be available next year.
Here is a look at the all new Disney MagicBand+ options coming next year to #WaltDisneyWorld @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/t5rA2g2cX9— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
Speaking with Roger Butterley one of the creators of the all-new show, Disney Enchantment coming to Magic Kingdom.
Heard about Disney Genie? News 6 is getting details on the all new service launching soon at Walt Disney World Resort.
Coming up soon
We’re getting a look at some of the new technology coming to Walt Disney World including the all-new MagicMobile+.
#WaltDisneyWorld Busy morning already but ready to take over The Most Magical Celebration for @EzzyCastro @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/oJw1vo5z4f— Nadeen Yanes (@NadeenNews6) September 30, 2021
Nadeen Yanes is back with all new details coming out of Disney this morning including the all-new MagicBand+ and the opening date for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.
The opening date for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser was announced during the virtual event. Here’s what the interactive hotel experience holds.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser opens March 1, 2022! pic.twitter.com/RBmPDn4pRs— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
Disney introduces MagicBand+ for 2022, which will have additional features compared to the 2013 MagicBand.
The Magic band+ will interact with firework displays, places in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge and even the 'Fab 50 character collection' statues. #WaltDisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/5bs2uBU6aw— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
Disney is holding a virtual event discussing the celebration. Follow along as News 6′s Landon McReynolds tweets updates.
Listening in on Disney's virtual event happening now. #WaltDisneyWorld | They just played the new anthem 'The Magic is Calling' https://t.co/Yoz7LWCeub pic.twitter.com/WGWH4cUeCV— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 30, 2021
News 6 reporter meets Minnie Mouse!
I know some of my teammates where asking about the Disney characters!— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) September 30, 2021
Hoping to bring Minnie Mouse at 6:30! @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/iN7aihwQYW
Let’s get it started!
50 YEARS OF WALT DISNEY WORLD!— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) September 30, 2021
Tomorrow will officially mark 50 years since WDW opened in Central Florida!
And the celebrations are underway!
We are live this morning at 6 a.m. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/PttTzDrDTS
6 a.m. Thursday
News 6 reporter Ezzy Castro begins today’s coverage on The Morning News, discussing the history of Disney World and the celebrations taking place this week.
Good morning from @WaltDisneyWorld!!! We are live this morning as we cover #DisneyWorld50 anniversary!— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) September 30, 2021
We will be talking about the history and all the celebrations taking place this week at 5:30 @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/n0sRsHjoXA
Stick with News 6 as we head to Magic Kingdom on Thursday.
Guests packed EPCOT to watch the premiere of Harmonious. The show lit up the sky over the lagoon and the crowd was excited to see the event that has been years in the making.
Harmonious features projection screens, lasers, water features and fireworks. The theme of Harmonious is bringing together all of the cultures of the World Showcase at EPCOT to be united as one. The show lasted about 20 minutes.
Did everyone catch the world premiere of #Harmonious? If not, we’ll have the highlights at 11pm on @news6wkmg !!! #disneyworld #DisneyWorld50 pic.twitter.com/VfS9RPBHRI— Troy Campbell (@TroyLeeCampbell) September 30, 2021
EPCOT’s future world will be transforming into three new neighborhoods: Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery.
There is also a new “beacon of magic,” which features lights projected on Space Ship Earth.
Clint Clark, the audio designer of Harmonious said music and fireworks come together in the show to create a magical moment.
“For me personally its that score, its the music, your favorite Disney songs in a different way, it’s a twist that you won’t believe, it’s one of those that you’ll be singing along, but then we’ll click into that cultural dialect, that language, and bring it to life in a way that hasn’t been heard,” Clark said.
Crowds are now gathered for the new show ‘Harmonious’ at EPCOT which debuts in minutes.
We are in place with about 20 minutes until the WORLD PREMIERE of #Harmonious !!! #WaltDisneyWorld50thAnniversary #disneyworld #epcot @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/QUwEkS7O17— Troy Campbell (@TroyLeeCampbell) September 30, 2021
People are gathering ahead of Harmonious. #DisneyWorld50 pic.twitter.com/DkI7wFYdZY— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 29, 2021
There’s no way to not get attention with this set up in the middle of Epcot! @news6wkmg #DisneyWorld50 pic.twitter.com/w4cwIfFMbU— Troy Campbell (@TroyLeeCampbell) September 29, 2021
That’s a wrap for Nadeen Yanes. Troy Campbell is taking over. Look for his first live report ahead at 7 as we inch closer to the premiere of EPCOT’s new nighttime show, “Harmonious.”
Coming up at 6:07 p.m.
Nadeen Yanes is taking us through all today’s major news at EPCOT. She also has a special guest joining her live at 6 p.m.
Coming up at 5:00 p.m.
News 6′s Nadeen Yanes will go live from EPCOT. She will have more from her interview from one of the creators of the new show “Harmonious” which debuts tonight at EPCOT.
They made us seal our phones. No cameras for the sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy but we got to walk inside. It’s a dark indoor coaster, remnants of Space Mountain with the lights on and it’s the longest indoor coaster with a reverse launch! @news6wkmg #WaltDisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/uqmWM4BzrK— Nadeen Yanes (@NadeenNews6) September 29, 2021
News 6 is checking out the all-new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind‘ attraction coming to EPCOT. No cameras are allowed inside.
Taking a step in to check out the all new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout coming to #EPCOT #WaltDisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/Uwawd1xMgE— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 29, 2021
News 6’s Nadeen Yanes interviews one of the creators of “Harmonious” premiering tonight at EPCOT.
News 6 is getting a look at some of the merchandise for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. All of it will be available when the ride officially opens on Oct, 1.
Here is a look at some of the merchandise for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. #EPCOT #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld50 pic.twitter.com/5swYQkqAGA— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 29, 2021
News 6 reporter Nadeen Yanes speaks with Disney Imagineering about the new ride, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Check out the interview below.
We are talking with Disney Imagineering about the new ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at #EPCOT #WaltDisneyWorld @NadeenNews6 @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/UCpLNH0uVs— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 29, 2021
Disney cast member Raevon Redding gives us a preview of the new #Harmonius fireworks show.
#WaltDisneyWorld We are getting a sneak peek ahead Disney’s 50th anniversary. At Epcot with Cast Member Raevon Redding @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/40m7Lff9N5— Nadeen Yanes (@NadeenNews6) September 29, 2021
Nadeen Yanes joins News 6 at Noon to showcase what’s happening at Disney World. Check out the video below.
News 6′s Nadeen Yanes speaking with Remy about his all new ride, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Look for a live interview ahead at noon.
#DisneyWorld50 : Got a rat 🐀 photobombing my stand-up today. We are previewing Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure after our live update at noon. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/dxo5nZL1Cv— Nadeen Yanes (@NadeenNews6) September 29, 2021
11:25 a.m.: EPCOT’s “Harmonious” premieres too tonight and the barges are lit up.
The #Harmonious barges are lit up with 50th anniversary logos. Show premieres tonight before the 50th anniversary #EPCOT #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/yzHz00pieW— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 29, 2021
10:10 a.m. : News 6 has arrived here at EPCOT for a full day of coverage.
The #DisneyWorld anniversary week has arrived! Stay with @news6wkmg for coverage on-air 📺 and at https://t.co/8X8uyVgLca✨| https://t.co/ELClBuAjvu pic.twitter.com/ZvUKfczsqf— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 27, 2021
All new: Disney to live stream new Nighttime Spectaculars ‘Harmonious’ at 9:00 p.m. on 9/29 and ‘Disney Enchantment’ at Magic Kingdom at 10:15 p.m. on 9/30 https://t.co/pwAokl9Xvy @news6wkmg #WaltDisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/mxVx1EOk8s— Landon McReynolds (@LandonProducer) September 24, 2021
Preparing for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” has inspired our cast members and Imagineers to pull out all the stops! ✨ See how the details, both big and small, have been embellished for this momentous occasion: https://t.co/EqXkz35Czr #DisneyWorld50 pic.twitter.com/tpALbt2hXS— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) September 22, 2021
As we prepare for The World’s Most Magical Celebration to begin in just a few days at Walt Disney World Resort, cast members are putting on one of the finishing touches: 50th-themed EARidescent and gold nametags! https://t.co/enWeRjgFWl #DisneyWorld50 #DisneyCastLife pic.twitter.com/crXA3T8enM— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) September 28, 2021