Walt Disney World will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a slew of new events beginning in October, the company announced Wednesday.

On Oct. 1, Disney World will begin “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” series of events. Here’s a look at what’s coming.

“Disney Enchantment” — The festival that will kick off the anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park. The event “will take you on a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment,” according to Disney. And it will “feature music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.,” per Disney.

Harmonious” at EPCOT — This new show will take place at the World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot. There will be “new technical magic that incorporates pyrotechnics, choreographed moving fountains, lighting and media in new ways,” according to Disney. And there will be “new interpretations of classic Disney songs as you’ve never heard them before, reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world,” per Disney.

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“Disney KiteTails” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park — The theme park will have a new 3D presentation at the Discovery River Amphitheater. Some of the 3D characters shown will include “Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie,” according to Disney.

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” — Classic Disney characters like Micky Mouse and Minnie Mouse will appear throughout the Magic Kingdom in new costumes.

Per CNN, the events will last for 18 months.

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Walt Disney World changed its face mask rules for guests back in May, allowing visitors to drop their face coverings amid the coronavirus pandemic, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • Disney World said: “Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas at Walt Disney World Resort, but are still required upon entering and throughout all attractions, theaters and transportation.”
  • The park previously required face masks in all instances, except for when you were eating or drinking in specific areas.