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A Century of Magic: Celebrating 100 Years of Disney at EPCOT

In the heart of every dreamer, there exists a world where imagination knows no bounds. For a century, one name has been synonymous with this magical realm – Disney. In 1923, a small animation studio started by brothers Walt and Roy Disney set the stage for what would become a global phenomenon. Now, as we celebrate Disney's 100th anniversary, it's not just a milestone; it's a journey through a century of enchantment, creativity, and pure joy.

The Legacy of Walt Disney

Walt Disney, the visionary behind this empire of dreams, once said, "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse." Little did he know that this humble beginning with Mickey Mouse would evolve into a colossal universe, captivating hearts across generations. Disney's legacy is not just in the stories they told but in the emotions they stirred and the dreams they inspired.

A Whirlwind of Creativity

Over the years, Disney has gifted us with iconic characters like Cinderella, Simba, Elsa, and Moana, each weaving a unique tale of bravery, friendship, and self-discovery. From classic animations to groundbreaking CGI marvels, Disney has pushed the boundaries of creativity, making us believe in the impossible and reminding us of the power of imagination.

Theme Parks: Where Dreams Come True

Disney theme parks, often dubbed the happiest places on Earth, have become a sanctuary for millions seeking a dose of magic and wonder. From the grandeur of Cinderella Castle to the futuristic marvels of Tomorrowland, these parks stand as testaments to Disney's commitment to creating immersive experiences, where fantasy becomes reality, and everyone is a child at heart.

Impact Beyond the Screen

Disney's influence isn't limited to movies and theme parks. The company has pioneered advancements in entertainment, from revolutionary animation techniques to unforgettable musical scores. Moreover, Disney's commitment to philanthropy, environmental conservation, and diverse representation has left an indelible mark on the world, making it a beacon of hope and inspiration.

Looking to the Future

As Disney enters its second century, the future brims with exciting possibilities. With streaming services like Disney+ bringing the magic to our homes, new generations of storytellers continue to spin enchanting narratives. The legacy of innovation and creativity that started with a mouse a hundred years ago lives on, promising a future filled with new adventures, heartwarming stories, and, above all, the enduring spirit of imagination.

Limited-Time Offerings – September 22 through December 31, 2023

Character Greetings

Join some of your favorite Disney Characters with a hug and a smile. Highlights Include:

  • Meet Disney Friends Near EPCOT Main Entrance – Goofy and a pal

  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival – Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their Disney100 Celebration outfits

  • Meet Figment Inside ImageWorks – Figment

Dazzling Atmosphere

Immerse yourself in the Disney100 celebration as you stroll through the park.

  • Be on the lookout for 100 Disney Characters featured in an expansive mural located along the walkway to World Showcase.

  • Catch a glimpse of festive banners and celebration décor displayed throughout the park.

  • Gather around Spaceship Earth for a Disney100-themed display. Each night, the iconic attraction will light up with a kaleidoscope of colors set to a special orchestration of the classic song, When You Wish Upon a Star.

Available Now Get a jump start on your celebration when you strike a pose for a Disney PhotoPass photographer in front of the Disney100 Photo Op located in World Celebration, just before you reach the bridge to World Showcase.

Here’s to the Next 100 Years!

Disney's 100th anniversary isn't just a celebration of a company; it's a celebration of dreams. It's a reminder that as long as there are stories to tell and hearts to touch, the magic of Disney will continue to thrive. So here's to a century of laughter, tears, and endless enchantment. As we raise our glasses, let's also raise our spirits, for the next chapter in Disney's magical saga awaits, promising to be as extraordinary as the last.

Here's to a hundred more years of magic, and beyond!

Cheers to the dreamers, and here's to never growing up.

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