Walt Disney World is following in the footsteps of so many iconic Disney characters who overcame adversity—think Mulan, Simba, Rapunzel. After what Disney executive Bob Iger described as perhaps the toughest year in the company’s history, the resort is going all out for “the world’s most magical celebration” to kick off its golden anniversary in October.
Over the next 18 months, visitors will find special touches in the resort’s four theme parks, including dazzling lighting effects that transform several park icons into what Disney has dubbed “beacons of magic.” In addition to the host of new or refreshed attractions, guests can still enjoy the fireworks, live entertainment, and roaming characters that have always been highlights of park visits.
If you are planning to make the trek to Florida this year or next, here’s what you can expect. Before you go, check the Walt Disney World website for safety updates.