With its 50th anniversary coming up Oct. 1, Walt Disney World on Tuesday revealed more details about its celebration plans, including the debut of new fireworks shows, a daytime kite show and the opening of a ride themed for the movie Ratatouille.
The celebration will extend over 18 months, Disney said in a news release, so the crush of crowds may be spread out a bit after the Oct. 1 debuts of nighttime spectaculars at Magic Kingdom and Epcot. There will also be a new daytime show at Animal Kingdom called Disney KiteTails, with elaborate kites depicting characters such as Simba and King Louie.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where riders skitter through a kitchen as though they are the size of a mouse, also opens Oct. 1. It is located in Epcot’s France pavilion, alongside the new La Creperie de Paris restaurant, which will serve sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes and authentic French hard cider.
That will also be the first night Epcot will reveal what promises to be a huge fireworks shows named “Harmonious” that will use fireworks, lasers, floating set pieces and the fountains of the World Showcase Lagoon to feature “new interpretations of classic Disney songs,” the company said Tuesday.
The likely star of the day will be the debut of “Disney Enchantment,” a nighttime show in Magic Kingdom at Cinderella Castle, which recently underwent a sparkly makeover to get ready for the 50th celebration. The show will have fireworks and “for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.”
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, “Disney KiteTails” will be presented multiple times daily at the Discovery River Amphitheater. “Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites — some stretching to 30 feet long — will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie,” a release said.
For those looking for new selfie opportunities, there will be golden statues of 50 classic characters spread across Disney World’s four theme parks. Visitors will interact with the figures “in surprising ways,” the company said.
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