Magic Kingdom 50th Anniversary Plans

cheezbat

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MSEP... *sigh*

TDO - "Everything old is new again! Well, it's still old, we're just going to make you think it's new."
Maybe one of us needs to go all Tiki Room Under New Management on MSEP and torch the thing...put it out of its misery once and for all.

I never really cared for that parade and it’s absolutely embarrassing that WDW keeps bringing it back...how come we always have to recycle things and get hand me downs while every other resort always gets new stuff?
 

Rhinocerous

Premium Member
Maybe one of us needs to go all Tiki Room Under New Management on MSEP and torch the thing...put it out of its misery once and for all.

I never really cared for that parade and it’s absolutely embarrassing that WDW keeps bringing it back...how come we always have to recycle things and get hand me downs while every other resort always gets new stuff?
This is probably an oversimplification, but I suspect it's because people keep coming in record numbers without the "new stuff." I don't expect there are many executives who sit around the boardroom saying "let's spend a few million, just for funsies."

Please understand, I am neither advocating nor justifying this mindset, but it seems to be the kind of naked profit-mongering that defines today's Disney.
 

FerretAfros

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How pathetic would it be if Disney World got more for DISNEYLAND'S 50th Anniversary than it will for its OWN 50th anniversary?
In all fairness, WDW got more for DL’s 50th than DL itself did back in 2005.

WDW had large, permanent improvements at 3 of its parks (plus Lucky the Dinosaur's short stint at DAK) along with resort-wide decorations. Cinderellabration brought about daily shows on the newly-rebuilt castle stage, which continues daily performances with the same configuration (despite the shows themselves having been swapped out a few times). Lights, Motors, Action! brought an ambitious and massive stunt show and sweeping reconfiguration of the Studios' backlot area. Soarin' brought a new attraction that remains one of the resort's most highly-rated all these years later, while simultaneously removed the uniqueness of DCA's single positively reviewed opening day attraction.

Meanwhile, DLR got (long overdue) routine maintenance for the aging park, a new parade for each park, new fireworks at DL, and decorations at a single park. While the atmosphere was festive, there wasn't a lot of substance to the celebration. Even MK's castle overlay was more ambitious than DL's.

Despite being the headliner of the 50th, DLR's additions were all pretty modest and done on a shoestring budget. Concrete planning for most of the celebration didn't begin until fall 2004, with a May 2005 launch. I know this is a WDW-centric site and it’s been 15+ years, but the lead-up to DL’s 50th was full consternation from west coast fans who were tired of being overshadowed by WDW's larger scale and revenues, culminating in DLR playing second-fiddle in its own anniversary celebration.

What DLR really benefitted from was the intangibles of the celebration, which helped pull the resort out of its post-DCA and post-9/11 slump, turn it into a true vacation destination, and make it a "cool" place for locals to hang out. Instead of focusing on a marketing blitz for some one-time additions, it seemed to mark a real turning point in the resort's culture, both for guests and cast. Without the 50th, I don't think DLR's rise in APs, DCA's relaunch, or its beloved social media status would have come about in the same manner.

We're still more than a year away from a potential summer/fall 2021 launch of WDW's 50th, so there's still plenty of time for them to pull something together. Whether WDW of 2020 is as nimble and welcoming of change as DLR of 2004, however, is a different question entirely.
 

DoleWhipDrea

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Disneyland technically did get one new attraction for the 50th - Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Tim Allen came out to dedicate it.

Space Mountain opening from its multi-year refurbishment was the bigger deal. I can’t begin to tell you how much excitement was in the air.

The fireworks show Remember: Dreams Come True was the best of it all, though it was always upsetting when Disney couldn’t actually run the show due to the Santa Ana winds.

It’s interesting how history is repeating itself with DL and WDW switching roles, isn’t it? I would prefer all of the resorts to get an ample amount of consistent attention to maintenance plus new additions, but something will always happen. With the coronavirus shutting down the resorts in China, the adjusted finances will affect the parks for years to come. But don’t lose hope. DL’s 50th arguably forced the company to put in an effort, and it boosted attendance, which boosted DL’s future. WDW is primed for the same TLC & growth.
 

mnelson3

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I'm guessing WDW won't even get for its 50th close to what DLR got for its 60th.
Well, what Disneyland got for their 60th was still a traditional Anniversary entertainment lineup, which is a new parade and new nighttime firework show. The only difference was instead of the usual Anniversary daytime parade they got a nighttime parade (Paint The Night).
 

drizgirl

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Well, what Disneyland got for their 60th was still a traditional Anniversary entertainment lineup, which is a new parade and new nighttime firework show. The only difference was instead of the usual Anniversary daytime parade they got a nighttime parade (Paint The Night).
Yeah, I'm saying WDW probably won't even get that.
 

psheeder

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There is still 588 days until the actual 50th. At this point, I’m going to remain optimistic about entertainment offerings that will be enhanced and/or added for the 50th celebration.
 
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