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Fans Say Goodbye to ‘Beacons of Magic’

Not everyone loved the World’s Most Magical Celebration (i.e. the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort) and the merchandise, food, apparel, and special limited-edition events that came with the anniversary festivities this year. However, one particularly popular 50th-anniversary feature was a crowd-pleaser — and, unfortunately, said crowd-pleaser’s end seems to be near.

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Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort. Credit: Todd Anderson / Disney

The Beacons of Magic are essentially short lighting and projection shows that adorn the Disney Parks’ iconic symbols (such as Spaceship Earth at the EPCOT Disney Park), and according to the Disney website, these brief but appealing shows are going to be leaving with the Disney World anniversary (which officially ends on March 31 in 2023).

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Spaceship Earth in EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort. Credit: David Roark / Disney

The EPCOT Beacons of Magic spectacle was the biggest fan favorite, since EPCOT and its World Showcase have several festivals that the Beacons of Magic changed to honor. For example, a Muppet Beacons of Magic show adorned Spaceship Earth during the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts in the World Showcase, and the little show got an update for the 40th anniversary of EPCOT as well.

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The Tree of Life in the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. This icon is, like Spaceship Earth and other icons in EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom Park, getting the Beacons of Magic treatment. Credit: Todd Anderson / Disney

According to the Disney website, Beacons of Magic are indeed a ‚ÄúLast Chance to See‚ÄĚ Disney Park feature (as is the Celebration Character Cavalcade in the Magic Kingdom Park and plenty of limited-edition 50th-anniversary products). For now, it looks like the Fab 50 Character Collection golden statues will be sticking around — but Beacons of Magic fans will have to prepare for some disappointment come spring.

Did you have the chance to go on a Disney vacation at Walt Disney World Resort this year and take a look at the Beacons of Magic while you were enjoying some other 50th anniversary treats, foods, and merchandise during the World’s Most Magical Celebration — or will you be missing out on seeing the Beacons of Magic that adorn icons like Spaceship Earth or Cinderella Castle within Disney Parks like the Magic Kingdom Park and Animal Kingdom Park before they disappear in March of 2023?

 

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!