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How long will the 50th Anniversary Celebration last?

From Lorna


Hello, How long will the 50th Anniversary Celebration last? Will it still be going on the second week of November? Our honeymoon was the second week of November 1986 when the 15th celebration was going on. I’m looking forward to spending our 35th there too. 🙂

Dad Answers

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Coming Attractions sign is part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the next attraction to open to get ready for the 50th Anniversary – photo by Laurie Sapp

Hey Lorna,


I hope you have a great anniversary. Spending it at Walt Disney World is a great idea and having Disney throw a big celebration while you’re there makes it even better.

Walt Disney World Turns 50

On October 1st, 2021, Walt Disney World will turn 50 years old. That’s incredible. I still remember my first trip, on our honeymoon, in 1980 when it was just a pup. It’s come a long way.


Back then there was just the Magic Kingdom, the Polynesian Village Resort, the Contemporary Resort, Fort Wilderness Campground, River Country, Discovery Island, and the Transportation and Ticket Center. EPCOT construction had begun, but was still a couple of years away.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration

Sometime in 2021, (maybe even in late 2020) Disney will kick off some kind of 50th Anniversary Celebration for our “old” pal. What will that look like? We’re not sure yet, but there will probably be special shows, there WILL be special merchandise, there will probably be special promotions and a HUGE party on October 1, 2021.

How Long Will the 5oth Anniversary Celebration Last?

There’s no telling exactly how long Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will last. The last big park celebration Disney had was the Disneyland 60th Anniversary. It lasted 14 months.


When Disney World celebrated the 25th anniversary, the year they turned Cinderella Castle pink (it wasn’t a good look), that celebration lasted a year, if I remember right.


So, yes, you can expect the 50th Anniversary Celebration will last at least through November and probably even into mid-2022.

Start Planning Now

It’s never too early to start planning a trip to Walt Disney World, especially with the 50th Anniversary Celebration coming. I highly recommend you get some help. Our friends over at Destinations to Travel are watching the 50th Anniversary planning closely and are ready to help you with your trip.


Get in touch with them and start your adventure to the Most Magical Place on Earth during the big celebration or just for a trip next month. Trust me, they’ll take great care of you.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Lorna, I can’t wait for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World to start. All the new stuff that’s coming is very exciting. It will be interesting to see what else Disney does for it. I wish I could help more on when it will start and how long the 50th Anniversary Celebration will last. Hopefully we’ll start hearing some details soon, but I will say you will be celebrating both your 35th anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of WDW while you are there.


Happy Anniversary.


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