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50 Years of The Vacation Kingdom of the World

By Francesca Scrimgeour, Walt Disney Archives

With the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World underway, what better way to celebrate than by looking back at the grand opening celebration of the Magic Kingdom Park? After the success of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney recognized the impact an East Coast theme park and city of tomorrow could make. Walt…

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The “Galactic Journeys” Pin Set Celebrates Out-Of-This-World Disney Parks Characters

By the D23 Team

A new pin set is blasting off, celebrating the intergalactic characters of Walt Disney World Resort! This pin set was created just for D23 by artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily and pays tribute to five of the cosmic characters of the far reaches of the galaxy that have inspired us over the years. These D23 Gold Member-exclusive pins, created in…

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Create Your Best Disney Day When Disney Genie Launches October 19 at Walt Disney World Resort

By the D23 Team

We’re a little over a week into October, and already the month is full of magic! Last week, we joined Walt Disney World in kicking off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” with a special video podcast episode of D23 Inside Disney, celebrating 50 magical years of Walt Disney World Resort.

If that wasn’t enough, today our friends at…

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D23 Gold Member Disney Genie+ Launch Day Experience – Walt Disney World Resort

D23 Gold Member Opportunity
Be One of the First to Experience Disney Genie+
October 19, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort

As a D23 Gold Member, you are invited to register to be one of the first to experience the new Disney Genie service, Disney Genie+ service, and our new Lightning Lane entrances on October 19, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort! While supplies…

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Stars in their Rides: The Celebrities Behind Beloved Walt Disney World Attractions

By Jeffrey R. Epstein

In honor of the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort, we’re sharing a classic Walt Disney World article that was originally printed in Disney twenty-three magazine in 2011 for the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney World. Stay tuned to D23.com for more stories celebrating the past, present, and future of Walt Disney World…

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The Retro Inspirations Behind the 2021 D23 Gold Member Collector Set

By the D23 Team

This month, we’re ringing in 50 magical years of Walt Disney World Resort—but here at D23, we’ve been celebrating this milestone anniversary all year long, thanks to our 2021 D23 Gold Member Collector set! The Collector Set takes inspiration from the classic souvenirs of “The Vacation Kingdom of the World.” With “The World’s Most…

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A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of The Most Magical Place on Earth

Painting A Portrait of Walt Disney World: Inside the Stunning New Book That Celebrates 50 Years of The Most Magical Place on Earth

By Zach Johnson

Today, Walt Disney World Resort kicks off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” an 18-month event to commemorate its 50th anniversary with new attractions, nighttime spectaculars, and more. Across its theme parks and resorts, there are countless ways to mark this milestone—and thanks to Disney Editions, you can also immerse yourself in its…

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5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend

By Zach Johnson

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” begins October 1 at Walt Disney World Resort, and to celebrate, ABC on Friday presents an all-new special, The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World, featuring awe-inspiring performances, cherished memories, and famous faces including Anthony Anderson, Tom Brady, and John Stamos. That…

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D23 Inside Disney: 50 Magical Years of Walt Disney World

D23 Inside Disney: 50 Magical Years of Walt Disney World
Tune in Friday, October 1
9 a.m. PT | 12 p.m. ET

Join hosts Sheri Henry, Tony Morrison, and Jeffrey R. Epstein as they explore every enchanting detail of the 50th anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World—and what’s to come in the resort’s future! Ring in the celebration with special guests, dazzling…

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