As many Disney fans know, Walt Disney’s 50th anniversary is coming up on October 1st, and Disney has big plans to celebrate! While those plans already included a new “nighttime spectacular” in the Magic Kingdom, the opening of a new restaurant, a new evening show in Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon, and lots of limited-edition merchandise, Disney has also announced that there will be a live event airing on ABC that night–and yes, as in keeping with most Disney affairs, there will be music. This TV special is called “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World”, and will be hosted by Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg. It will also include the talents of Halle Bailey, Christina Aguilera, and the Orlando Philharmonic! Imagineers, Disney actors or actresses, Cast Members, and Disney executives (including those from the past) will all be interviewed during the program as well! Even athletes like Tom Brady might be making an appearance.
So far, the official list of expected celebrities includes Anthony Anderson, John Stamos, Marsai Martin, Gary Sinise, Melissa Joan Hart, Candace Cameron Bure, Phil Simms, Doug Williams, Kevin Feige, Pete Docter and James Cameron. The Imagineers that will be present are Bob Weis, Mark Kohl and Ann Morrow Johnson, while the Disney executives are going to include Bob Chapek, Bob Iger and Michael Eisner!
The show will begin at 8 pm ET on Friday October 1st, and it is expected to last until 10 pm. It will be available on-demand the next day, as well as on Hulu, and will eventually be added to Disney+ as well. Disney’s inception, history, and biggest moments will all be featured during this televised event, and Disney has claimed that “never before seen on television” footage will be shown. Are you excited for Disney’s 50th anniversary and the celebration that is coming with it?