FOX 35 Specials on the past and future of Walt Disney World

Cinderella Castle illuminates with a dazzling radiance and pixie-dust sparkle when it transforms into a Beacon of Magic at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, as part of the resorts 50th anniversary celebratio

Walt Disney World Resort kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, October 1st. 

‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration' will go on for 18 months as new experiences are expected to debut throughout the entire resort.

To help mark this incredible milestone, the FOX 35 News team created two specials for viewers: ‘50 Years of Disney Magic’ and ‘50 More Years of Disney Magic.'

FOX 35's Amy Kaufeldt and John Brown spent time at Magic Kingdom recently, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our upcoming specials.  

Walt Disney World opened in Central Florida on October 1st, 1971, after years of anticipation. Tens of thousands of guests entered Magic Kingdom, the first park to open at the resort, and were greeted with fun and fantasy around every corner. In the 50 years since, the Florida resort went on to open three more theme parks, two water parks, dozens of resort hotels, and a massive retail, dining, and entertainment district.

For more of what you need to know about the history of Walt Disney World and the anniversary festivities planned for the next 18 months, check out the following stories:



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