Smoked Meatloaf Platter Flame Tree Barbecue
I know the first thing you think when it comes to celebratory eats is meatloaf, right?! Wait, No? Well, the Smoked Meatloaf Platter may just change your mind. The platter is supposed to include barbecue-glazed house-smoked meatloaf, garlic bread, fries, baked beans, and coleslaw. We received sides of fries, macaroni and cheese, and chili.
Smoked Meatloaf Platter
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary At Hollywood Studios
The iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel glitters with EARidescence, evoking the glimmer and shimmer of the golden age of imagination and adventure.
Promising amazing digital shows on the Tower of Terror, complete with sparkles and more magic, we cant wait to see how this show transforms from day to night. Hollywood Studios may be covered in all things Star Wars but Toy Story Land still has some things in the works.
Other improvements to Hollywood Studios Park for the 50th Anniversary include the following.
- Woodys Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is set to debut in Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land in 2022. This rodeo-themed table service restaurant hails from Andys Rodeo playset and features an American bbq cuisine. Both Woody and Jessie are set to be part of this experience.
- Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is Disneys Immersion Resort featuring a 2-night, 3-day experience for Star Wars fans. Complete with missions, meetings, and more to help guests stay ahead of the First Order. This is an all-inclusive experience package that includes a resort stay, a ticket to Hollywood Studios, select meals, and more. Boarding begins March 1, 2022.
- New Projection Lighting on Hollywood Hotel Tower of Terror for Beacons of Magic
Golden Jubilee Vivoli Il Gelato
Talk about INDULGENCE the Golden Jubilee is a Gelato Shake made with white chocolate hazelnut with a waffle cone, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. Are you wondering where the gold is? Its in the sprinkles, which are 23k edible gold sprinkles!
It costs a whopping $25.00 and youll find it at Vivoli il Gelato!
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Foodie Guide To 50th Anniversary Celebration Sips And Bites
by Karen McClintock, Food & Beverage Content Relations Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
The magic is calling all Foodies to the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration The Worlds Most Magical Celebration! Throughout our four theme parks and beyond, Disney chefs and mixologists have created more than 150 sips and bites full of color, whimsy, and a touch of EARidescent shimmer with even more coming throughout the 18-month celebration beginning Oct. 1.
Walts personal recipes, Walt Disney World Resort attractions , beloved Disney Characters, and nostalgic dishes from 1971 were inspirations for the tasty offerings created for this anniversary celebration.
Walts palate was relatively simple definitely a meat and potatoes guy! Roast lamb, roast beef hash topped with a fried egg, chili, and fried chicken were his favorites, along with lemon, apple, chocolate, and bread pudding desserts. Disney chefs looked to Walts recipes from the archives while planning for the 50th anniversary celebration. The result is deliciously reimagined versions of Walts favorites. And many of the treats are infused with EARidescent shimmers to add glimmering touches to the celebratory creations.
I am highlighting just a sampling of the limited-time sips and bites in this Foodie Guide, but we have created a complete online guide for you to view the more than 150 fantastic menu items!
Let The Worlds Most Magical Celebration begin!
Magic Kingdom Park
Be Our Guest Restaurant
When Should You Reserve Passes And Book Hotel Rooms For Disney Worlds 50th Anniversary
The short answer As soon as possible! We reported recently that Guests are already beginning to plan for the Disney World 50th anniversary as Park Passes are filling up quickly.
At the time of publication, Magic Kingdom has already booked up for all Park Pass types on October 1, while EPCOT also booked up for Annual Passholders. On October 2, both Magic Kingdom is booked for Annual Passholders but still available for theme park ticket holders and Disney Resort hotel Guests. Be sure to check the Park Pass calendar for the most-up-to-date information.
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Th Anniversary Celebration Popcorn
The 50th Anniversary Celebration Popcorn is colored to match the Anniversarys EARidescent color scheme, with bright colors of blue, purple, and pink. Its closed with a gold ribbon and sports the 50th logo and our pal Mickey on the front.
You can get a package of 8 oz for $6.99 at merchandise locations like Magic Kingdoms Emporium, EPCOTs Creations Shop, and World of Disney in Disney Springs.
Appreciate The Earidescent Awesomeness
Everything shimmers, and its amazing. During our pre-search, we noticed that much was being made about this component of the celebration. Honestly, we were not convinced. But then we showed up at Walt Disney World and found the shimmer on our room key, park brochures, food, and characters, and we were sold. We refuse to pick a favorite in this category. You may be all about the glitter already, but if youre not, set your judgement aside and let the shimmer steal your heart.
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Planning Around The 2022 Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Dates
Here at The Park Prodigy we have made it our goal to help save you time and money on your next vacation. This is no different if you plan to visit during the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary dates. Be sure to take a look at our Walt Disney World Crowd calendar to see all of the projected crowds for 2022 and beyond.
Its important to note that we do recommend booking your vacation as soon as possible, especially now that the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary for 2021 have been announced. This is especially true if you plan on visiting around the October 2021 birthday, and specifically if you want to stay on Walt Disney World property.This will also allow you to take advantage of advanced flights and ticket prices which very well might be go up in 2021 and 2022.
Its going to be interesting to track hotel and ticket availability as we get through the fall as it has historically been one of the cheapest times to visit Walt Disney World. We do expect this year to be significantly different and that could also impact all of the Halloween and Christmas special events as well. Be sure to check back with us as we will be covering a complete one day itinerary for visiting the Magic Kingdom on the actual 50th anniversary!
Disney World 50th Anniversary Rumors 50 Magical Enhancements
Even though there are many plans for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary we already know about, there are plenty that are rumored that Disney has yet to announce. In fact, the biggest rumor is that Disney is planning 50 Magical Enhancementsfor the 50th Anniversary.
Some of these enhancements arent completely new attractions but renewing and refurbishing existing ones so they are in top shape for the celebration. Enhancements that beautify the Magic Kingdom and the other parks are also included, as well as special 50th Anniversary-specific entertainment and shows.
It looks like Disney has shifted some focus away from making new attractions for the 50th, and instead wants to emphasize the existing attractions by bringing them up-to-date as much as possible. Some of the budget has now been moved into the improvements category.
In fact, Disney has already given a nickname to their infrastructure improvements and are calling it Project Nugget. This is a catchall for all the various construction and refurbishments related to the 50th Anniversary.
Its important to note that we still dont have an official list of all the enhancements. Some of these projects have already been put in the parks, while others could still be on their way. Many were on the table before the closure of the parks and now might not go through due to a lack of time and money, and the many changes of leadership within Disney recently.
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Disneys Polynesian Village Resort
The Polynesians take on the 50th Celebration Cupcake presents a vanilla cupcake with a DOLE Whip pineapple center, tropical fruit salsa, and topped with a pineapple macaron and a white chocolate medallion! Yep, my friends, theres a Dole Whip pineapple custard filling inside the cupcake!
50th Celebration Cupcake
This perfectly Polynesian cupcake is $5.99 at Capt. Cooks.
Or how about the Cinnamon Cupcake? Its made with apple filling and cream cheese icing, tropical fruit salsa, and a Mickey macaron.
The Cinnamon Cupcake!
Find it at Kona Island, along with the 50th Anniversary Lemon Tart, which presents lemon curd in a sable tart shell with toasted meringue and fresh berries.
The Polynesian is on a Dole Whip roll , because you can find the 50th Celebration Dole Whip Pineapple here, too! You can choose either Pineapple or Lime with a 50th Anniversary Chocolate Medallion, a Parasol Umbrella , and EARidescent Shimmer.
50th Celebration Dole Whip Pineapple
Pick up your pineapple at Pineapple Lanai for $5.99.
Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Merchandise Food And More
No party is complete unless guests eat treats and depart with a goodie bag. In this case, it’s a bag full of purchased “souvenEARS” from the event. You can find most 50th merchandise at the Emporium at Magic Kingdom or World of Disney at Disney Springs. Creations Shop at EPCOT and Island Mercantile also have a small selection of 50th merch. With multiple collections highlighting the 50th logo, the new castle look, retro-themed designs and, of course, the “EARidescent” color scheme, there’s something for everyone. Clothing, hats, ears, pins, plushes, frames, sippers, popcorn buckets oh my! As you might imagine, these specialty items are in high demand. Keep an eye out for boards outside of retail locations showcasing which items are in stock and which are sold out.
Disney World Resort hotel guests can find new refillable cups just for the occasion and even special, limited edition MagicBands themed to each resort .
In October 2020, Disney World announced a special 50th celebration license plate for Florida-registered car owners. Proceeds of the license plate go to Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida.
From hand-dipped Mickey premium ice cream bars to decadent chocolate mousse, and Filet Mignon with Walt’s Hash to the EARidescent Sip-a-bration , your taste buds will have a party of their own.
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Joffreys 50th Anniversary Coffee Blend
You may recognize Joffreys from spotting the Joffreys Coffee & Tea kiosks serving specialty beverages all around Walt Disney World. But you can also purchase Joffreys Coffee by the bag to enjoy at home. And weve spotted the Joffreys 50th Anniversary Coffee Blend available at merchandise locations like Magic Kingdoms Emporium, featuring notes of blueberry, black cherry, and a hint of lemon in the dark blend.
Joffreys 50th Anniversary Blend
The 11 ounce bag is $13.99. Check major merchandise locations around Disney World , as well as the Joffreys Coffee & Tea Company storefront in Disney Springs.
Oh, and guests staying at select Disney World Resort hotels will be able to try the blend, as it will be provided as an option with the coffee makers in the hotel rooms at Resorts where coffee makers are found in the room!
Beacons Of Magic October 1 2021
In fact, all of the Park icons have received a bit of an upgrade as they became Beacons of Magic when the anniversary celebration began on October 1.
EPCOT began lighting up the night in late-September with a first-of-its-kind programmable LED lighting system on Spaceship Earth that Imagineer Zach Riddley shared was invented by Disney Imagineers. Seeing the lighting effect in person is truly magical.
These pinpoints of light bring the Park icon to life along with projections that visual poetry inspired by the mystery and and wonder of our universe .
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Planning A Trip During Disney Worlds 50th Anniversary
If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World during the 18 months of celebrations, but need help getting started, dont hesitate to reach out to our friends at Academy Travel.
Founded in 1996, Academy Travel is celebrating over 20 years in business and as the original âDisney Exclusiveâ travel agency. Academy Travel has earned the highest designation that Disney can bestow upon a travel agency, EarMarked Diamond!
Disney Kitetails Disneys Animal Kingdom Theme Park
A new daytime show, Disney KiteTails, is taking flight in the Discovery River Theater. The show features beautiful Disney character-themed kites that glide through the sky as music from the respective movies plays around the theater. The show takes place in the waters of the Discovery River as well as in the stands of the theater, so keep your eyes peeled.
Pro-tip: Disney KiteTails is best seen from the DinoLand U.S.A. side of the theater, about halfway down and toward the edge of the stands. As the kites and kite performers walk by, youll get an up-close look at some of the beautiful features on each kite.Fun fact: There are actually two versions of Disney KiteTails. The first depicts The Lion King, and the second features The Jungle Book. You never know which one youre going to get when you sit down for the show.
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Disneys Grand Floridian Resort
We enjoyed our very first 50th Anniversary Cupcake at Disneys Grand Floridian Resort! The 50th Anniversary Mickey EARidescent Cupcake is a Vanilla Cupcake filled with Lemon Curd topped with Blueberry Mousse and enrobed in an EARidescent Glaze.
50th Anniversary Mickey EARidescent Cupcake
You can find it at Gasparilla Island Grill for $5.99.
Grand Floridian 50th Anniversary Gingerbread Ornament
Sit Back And People Watch
We sat for hours watching Disney enthusiasts wander the parks letting their fandom flags fly high and proud. Heres a great way to hydrate Have a seat in the shade and take a sip of your 50th anniversary beverage each time you and your crew spot another guest decked out in EARidescent splendor. Spoiler alert: Youll be very hydrated. Seriously, though, just sitting back and taking it all in is one of the best parts of the celebration.
Okay. You have 18 months to experience Walt Disney Worlds 50th anniversary celebration. While that is much longer than a typical Disney celebration lasts, time goes fast. So, get your trip booked, build your plan of attack , and get ready for the most magical birthday party ever.
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Disney Worlds 50th Anniversary
EPCOT is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in its own special way.
Spaceship Earth is a Beacon of Magic for the 50th Anniversary!
While the icons at all four parks transform into Beacons of Magic at night throughout the 18-month celebration, EPCOTs Spaceship Earthwill remain transformed even beyond the official Anniversary Celebration, with permanent new lighting that SHINES across the icons signature reflective panels, connecting to one another and resembling stars in a nighttime sky.
Spaceship Earth transformed by Points of Light
Miguel and Dante from Coco
And, of course, there is some 50th Anniversary SNACKING to be done!!
Lemon Chiffon Cake at Sunshine Seasons
Pluto And Goofy Go Earidescent
Characters at the resorts are one of our new favorite things, and we now know that we can expect the characters to continue popping up at the resort hotels for the foreseeable future.
If you are staying at on onsite Disney hotel, look for Pluto and Goofy to make surprise appearances in their new EARidescent costumes during the 50th.
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Disney Enchantment October 1 2021
At Magic Kingdom, a brand new nighttime spectacular lights up not just Cinderella Castle but also Main Street, U.S.A., as well!
Disney Enchantment features a stunning fireworks show and precise projections that include the iconic Main Street for the first time ever!
The show blasted off for the first time on October 1, 2021, tak you on a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment. Check out the opening night crowds at Magic Kingdom for Disney Enchantment!
Disney Genie Replacing Fastpass+
While this isnt officially part of the celebration, the Disney Genie Service is being introduced as part of the enhancements leading up to October 1st. This comes two-fold. On the list of its complimentary services, the My Disney Experience app upgrade seems to offer a good deal of help. It provides all-day itinerary updates, a tip board displaying current and predicted wait times for your favorite attractions, and assists with virtual queue capabilities and mobile-ordering services.
Switching gears to its purchasable add-ons, Disney Genie+ also utilizes the soon-to-debut Lightning Lane entrance through a couple options. For the nominal cost of $15 per ticket per day, this option allows guests to schedule return times for the attraction they wish to experience. Guests who purchase this particular upgrade will also receive unique Disney parks-themed audio experiences, special augmented reality lenses, and unlimited Disney Photo Pass downloads. Its worth noting that its only one selection at a time throughout the day as opposed to the three attractions allowed by the former Fastpass+.
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The Nautilus Be Our Guest Restaurant
For guests who wish to enjoy a nonalcoholic specialty beverage, Be Our Guest Restaurant is also serving The Nautilus! Its a Blue Raspberry Slushy with Swedish Fish and a special 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Glow Cube.
This one is $15.00 in addition to the prix-fixe meal served at Be Our Guest Restaurant.