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Everything We Know About Walt Disney World’s Huge 45th Anniversary Celebration!

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Written by Mary Zakheim

This blog post was updated on May 5, 2020.

Did you know that Walt Disney World is turning 45 this October? No? You’re not the only one. The Orlando-based theme park has been keeping the exact nature of the festivities largely under wraps, but here’s what we know so far:

The celebrations kick off park-wide at 9:30 a.m. on October 1st.

Get your Minnie ears and head to Orlando, stat.

There will be a special Magic Kingdom celebration at Cinderella’s Castle that will feature music, speeches, and appearances from Disney characters!

We’re crossing our fingers for the chance to sing along to “Let It Go”.

A fairytale come true. #MagicKingdom #CinderellaCastle (Photo: @disney_nuts)

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Special anniversary nibbles will be available at food stalls throughout the park.

(Eat 45 commemorative treats in celebration? Challenge accepted.)

Snack time! #Mickey #DisneySprings (Photo: @dtravelling)

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There’s a whole new range of anniversary merchandise — including “I Was There” t-shirts.

Nothing says cool like a shirt that proves you went to Disney World.

In the past, guests have also received special maps and pins made especially for the event.

We know what family heirloom we’re saving to show our grandkids now.

What’s your first #WaltDisneyWorld memory? #MagicKingdom (Photo: @jasminemirras)

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In preparation, Disney has been taking a look back on the original Disney World rides.

TBH, the Haunted Mansion is still top-notch.

If we know Disney at all (which we do, of course), there will surely be fireworks.

Lots of ’em.

‘Star light, star bright…’ #Wishes #MagicKingdom (Photo: @disneymagicsquad)

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And a parade.

Because, duh.

So get ready to celebrate the park’s 45th birthday Disney-style.

(AKA just like you’d expect the Happiest Place on Earth to celebrate.)

#ThatFeelingWhen you first see Cinderella Castle! (Photo: @philluis)

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Hold on, we’re headed off to Orlando.

Wanna join us?

About the author

Mary Zakheim

When she is not figuring out what the middle button on her headphones is for, explaining the difference between Washington State and Washington D.C., arriving to the airport too early or refusing to use the Oxford comma, you can usually find Mary in the mountains, at a show or on her couch.

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