Sunday, October 2, 2016

Magic Kingdom's 45th Anniversary

Photos courtesy of Disney
Yesterday marked the Magic Kingdom's 45th anniversary. To celebrate, Disney presented a stage show featuring 45 characters and a live performance of "When You Wish Upon a Star." 


A special limited time celebration cupcake featuring the anniversary logo and Mickey ears could be found at several locations. And a crazy hotdog, called the 45th Anniversary Celebration Dog, covered in potatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon, onion straws, and chipotle-ranch drizzle was available at Casey's Corner. 


Merchandise celebrating this milestone can be found throughout the parks during the coming year. There are several different shirts for the whole family, and even lounge pants covered in attraction logos.


Souvenirs include a pennant with candy in the handle, pens, antenna toppers, keychain, a light-up ornament, and even a 1000 piece puzzle.


Mugs, tumblers, and shot glasses featuring the 45th anniversary logo, as well as a copper coin in an acrylic display, a silver plated coin in a box, and a photo frame featuring many attraction logos will also be available. 


Dooney and Burke collectors will love the new handbags. The pattern pairs Mickey with other attraction icons such as Madame Leota, a Tiki Room bird, and Dumbo.


And pin lovers can find several new designs to collect and trade, including a commemorative pin for Passholder.


A new mystery pin set of eight different pins, two randomly selected pins per box, will also feature ride logos.


And the new Passholder perks are incredible. Starting today, guests who purchase a new annual pass will receive 13 months for the price of 12. Passholder will also receive 20% off the price of food and non-alcoholic drinks at 45 park and resort hotel restaurants for the next year. This includes restaurants like Jiko and the Jungle Skipper Canteen as well as quick service locations like D-luxe Burger. Passholders will recieve 10% off at additional select table-service reastaurants. On top of the dining discounts, the merchandise discount is also being raised to 20% off at Disney owned-and-operated locations. That can save you quite a bit, making a trip to DisneyWorld a little more affordable.


So here's to 45 years of magic at Walt Disney World. I can't wait to see what other celebration magic is in store.

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