Disney World’s park icons will be updated for the 50th anniversary

Disney has announced their first plans for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration. The icons of the four theme parks will be updated with special touches that will “shimmer and sparkle” all day and into the night.

Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration will begin October 1, 2021 and run for a total of 18 months. Guests will see crews working on the enhancements in the months ahead.

Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom will receive gold bunting and a large 50th anniversary crest.

Cinderella Castle 50th Anniversary

Over at Epcot, Spaceship Earth’s lighting package will be updated to resemble stars in the nighttime sky. The updated lighting will be a permanent addition to Epcot and won’t end when the 50th celebration wraps up.

The Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also receive some royal enhancements through nighttime projections. As we’ve seen during the holidays, the projections will temporarily alter the Tower of Terror’s appearance.

Tower of Terror 50th Anniversary

Finally, the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will have some updates to its nighttime projections. Disney says “magical fireflies” will be seen inhabiting the Tree of Life.

Tree of Life 50th Anniversary

Additional details on Walt Disney World’s 50th celebration are expected in the near future. For now, you can read Disney’s announcement on the upcoming changes to its park icons here.

David has been writing about Disney since 2018. He founded Notes from Neverland as an outlet to express his love for all things Disney, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Join us for news, reviews and more!

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