50 Enhancements for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

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    A rumor for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, Disney is looking to add 50 “Magical Enhancements” for the 50th Anniversary. The 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World is October 1, 2021 and enhancements could include the following:

    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Finale explosion that was recently added to Disneyland and Disneyland Paris
    • Jungle Cruise – Updates based on the 2020 movie starring Dwayne Johnson
    • Walt Disney World Railroad – Small scenes added to the track.
    • Carousel of Progress – New finale scene and general freshening of the attraction
    • “it’s a small world” – Addition of the Disney characters, similar to what was done in Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.
    • Astro Orbiter
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Swiss Family Treehouse
    • Tower of Terror – New effects in the drop shafts.
    • Expedition Everest – A repair for the Yeti as well as the potential for other enhancements.

    Other attractions that may see attention include Peter Pan’s Flight, The Haunted Mansion, Spaceship Earth, The American Adventure, The Seas with Nemo and Friends and more.

    It is unknown if all projects will be completed during the anniversary year or leading up to the anniversary year.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    August 25, 2019: While details were minimal, Bob Chapek stated at the D23 Expo Parks and Resorts presentation that every park will receive updates for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.

    August 22, 2019: WDWNT.com is reporting that the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World will bring with it the following:

    • The Magic Kingdom will receive a new fireworks show for the 50th Anniversary. Details are minimal and it is unknown if Happily Ever After will return after the 50th Anniversary.
    • Epcot will receive a daytime lagoon show
    • A new version of Rivers of Light featuring similar kite displays as Epcot Forever

    August 21, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 reported that additional attractions are also expected to receive updates prior to the 50th Anniversary:

    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Country Bear Jamboree
    • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
    • Astro Orbiter
    • “it’s a small world”
    • Swiss Family Treehouse

    August 21, 2019: WDWNT.com is reporting that Carousel of Progress will receive updates for the 50th Anniversary.

    August 20, 2019: WDWNT.com is reporting that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Jungle Cruise are expected to undergo refurbishments

    March 21, 2017: WDWMagic.com user MagicFeather is reporting that the expected likelihood of projects taking place in Epcot is as follows:

    • Mission: SPACE update/refurbishment
    • Ratatouille attraction in the France Pavilion
    • Guardians of the Galaxy attraction replacing Ellen’s Energy Adventure
    • Small attraction addition to the United Kingdom Pavilion
    • First new country in World Showcase (Likely Brazil)
    • Living with the Land/The Land Pavilion refurbishment
    • Second new country in World Showcase (Likely Spain)

    March 18, 2017: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 is reporting that for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, Disney is looking to add 50 “Magical Enhancements” for the 50th Anniversary. The 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World is October 1, 2021 and enhancements could include the following:

    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Finale explosion that was recently added to Disneyland and Disneyland Paris
    • Walt Disney World Railroad – Small scenes added to the track.
    • Carousel of Progress – New finale scene and general freshening of the attraction
    • “it’s a small world” – Addition of the Disney characters, similar to what was done in Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.
    • Tower of Terror – New effects in the drop shafts.

    Other attractions that may see attention include Peter Pan’s Flight, The Haunted MAnsion, Spaceship Earth, The American Adventure, The Seas with Nemo and Friends and more. A follow up post, also mentions Expedition Everest as a possibility.

    It is unknown if all projects will be completed during the anniversary year or leading up to the anniversary year.

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