Countdown to Walt Disney World’s 50th: Beacons of Magic

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World and we’re celebrating with a countdown to the big day. All four parks will be decked out with special celebratory decorations, including new lighting packages on the four park icons. These “Beacons of Magic” will transform the icons every night.

At Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle will come to life each night with pixie dust. Guests will watch as the iconic castle illuminates with EARidescent color.

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will trade spooky for sparkly. The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.

At EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky. The iconic structure’s permanent new lighting will continue beyond the 50th celebration.



Walt Disney Imagineering Site Portfolio Executive Zach Riddley shared a look at the installation and testing going on over at EPCOT for the new lighting back in March.

Want to get a look at what these Beacons of Magic will look like in action? Walt Disney World shared a video giving a look at just how these Beacons of Magic will light up at night.

You can also check out a tease of the “Beacons of Magic” from the latest 50th anniversary commercial.

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” starts on October 1, 2021 at the Walt Disney World Resort and will continue to be celebrated for 18 months.

Be sure to check back every week as we continue to countdown the days until the start of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” at Walt Disney World. We’ll be taking a look at all of the special offerings for the 50th anniversary of the resort as well as everything the guests can experience at the parks and more.

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Mike Mack
Mack is the Editorial Director for Marvel and ESPN content and he has covered comic cons, theme park events, video game showcases and other fun events. He is a fan of theme parks, sports, movies, Marvel Comics and is a self-proclaimed "nerd."