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Disney to debut 2 fireworks shows, kite show for 50th birthday

Walt Disney World has big plans for its 50th anniversary in October, including new spectacles at three parks.
An artist's rendering shows the new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” that will debut Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom. The show will feature music, enhanced lighting, fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.
An artist's rendering shows the new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” that will debut Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom. The show will feature music, enhanced lighting, fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. [ DISNEY | Disney ]
Published Jun. 22
Updated Jun. 23

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.

An artist's rendering shows how the new “Disney KiteTails” will look when it launches Oct. 1 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It will be shown multiple times throughout the day at Discovery River Amphitheater, featuring performers flying windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes. Out on the water, elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney characters including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie.
An artist's rendering shows how the new “Disney KiteTails” will look when it launches Oct. 1 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It will be shown multiple times throughout the day at Discovery River Amphitheater, featuring performers flying windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes. Out on the water, elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney characters including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. [ DISNEY | Disney ]

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.

“Harmonious,” the new Epcot fireworks show, will debut Oct. 1. It promises to be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park, with floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.
“Harmonious,” the new Epcot fireworks show, will debut Oct. 1. It promises to be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park, with floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more. [ KENT PHILLIPS | Disney ]

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.

The grand opening for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is set for Oct. 1 at Epcot. The family-friendly attraction makes guests feel as if they shrink to the size of Chef Remy as they scurry through Gusteau’s restaurant.
The grand opening for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is set for Oct. 1 at Epcot. The family-friendly attraction makes guests feel as if they shrink to the size of Chef Remy as they scurry through Gusteau’s restaurant. [ MATT STROSHANE | Disney ]

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.

For information, visit DisneyWorld.com/50 and follow #DisneyWorld50 on social media platforms.