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Complete Guide to the Disney100 Celebration at Disney World

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Complete Guide to the Disney100 Celebration at Disney World

Goodbye, 50th. Hello, 100th.

The 50th anniversary celebration officially ended at Walt Disney World on March 31, 2023. Meaning, it’s time for the next event — the Disney100 Celebration at Disney World.

Unlike the 50th, which honored the day the Walt Disney World Resort (including Magic Kingdom) opened on October 1, 1971, the 100th celebrates The Walt Disney Company, which was founded on October 16, 1923.

Both Disney World and Disneyland are honoring the 100th anniversary with special limited-time events that highlight the stories and characters that have captured our hearts for the past 100 years.

Let’s check it out! Here is our complete guide to the Disney100 Celebration at Disney World.

When is the 100th anniversary at Disney World?

The Disney100 Celebration kicks off in April following the end of the 50th anniversary at Disney World.

From April through September, each month will celebrate a different storytelling theme through character caravans, parades, photo opportunities, limited-time merchandise, and more.

Disney100’s finale will happen with a celebration at Epcot from September through December, meaning the 100th will conclude at the end of December 2023.

What new things are happening at Disney World for the Disney100 Celebration?

There are several ways Disney World is celebrating the 100th.

Monthly Celebrations

For the Disney100 Celebration at Disney World, each month from April through September a different storytelling theme will be honored through character caravans, parades, photo opportunities, limited-time merchandise, and more. 

Here’s a breakdown of each month (and what we know so far):

  • April: Disney’s conservation efforts and the 25th Anniversary of Animal Kingdom will be the focus.
  • May: All things from a galaxy far, far away will be featured with an emphasis on Star Wars.
  • June: Pixar Characters will take fun to infinity and beyond.
  • July: Mickey, Minnie, and friends will provide “swell fun” for all.
  • August: The Disney Princesses and beloved Frozen characters take the throne.
  • September: Super Hero adventures take flight!

Disney Resort hotels

Disney Resort Hotels will offer movies under the stars, poolside parties with themed activities, and more surprises.

Plus, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the famous “Character Caravan.” If you spot it at your hotel that means characters are roaming around taking photos.

Better yet, for the Disney100 Celebration, they’ll be wearing their platinum costumes!

Disney100 Platinum Signs

There are Disney100 platinum signs at Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. There is also a sign at Disney Springs.

Magic Kingdom:

disney100 platinum sign at magic kingdom


disney100 platinum sign at epcot

Hollywood Studios:

disney100 platinum sign at hollywood studios

Animal Kingdom:

disney100 platinum sign at animal kingdom

You can usually find a Disney PhotoPass photographer stationed nearby making for a fun photo-op.

Epcot is the host

Disney100’s finale will happen with a celebration at Epcot, the main host of the anniversary. The park will have a variety of all-new experiences from September through December.

Platinum outfits

Mickey and Minnie, dressed in celebratory platinum outfits, will be on hand for character experiences.

You’ll be able to hug and take photos with the them at Epcot later this year. Stay tuned for more details on when and where you can meet the duo.

New Mickey sculpture

A platinum Mickey sculpture will welcome guests at Epcot. This is all we know so far about the new statue.

Spaceship Earth show

There will be a special lighting design on Spaceship Earth in the evenings.

Just look at those Mickeys!

mickey designs on spaceship earth for disney 100 celebration

As detailed by Jason Read, show lighting designer principal for Walt Disney Imagineering,” We’re also inspired by many things from the history of the company, its characters, theme parks and shows – even the Disney100 opening logo that plays before our feature films during this anniversary.”

Read continued, “You may see homages to everything from the Wonderful World of Disney television show opening to Mickey balloons that we sell on Main Street, U.S.A.”

New nighttime spectacular

A new nighttime spectacular will debut at Epcot for the 100th following the temporary return of Epcot Forever, which took over for Harmonious when it ended on April 2.

Yes, this also mean those barges are gone for good.

new epcot fireworks spectacular

The show is said to “unite us through commonalities of the heart in a dazzling display of fireworks, lasers, music, and light.” Disney has also said the spectacular “will remind us that we’re more alike than different, connecting our hearts together as one.”

There will also be an original composition, along with select songs from the Disney songbook.

Merchandise and Treats

Of course, Disney’s celebrating the 100th with a variety of merchandise collections and treats.

Special treats

Would it be a Disney anniversary celebration without special treats?

For example, beginning May 1, this Disney100 Petite Cake will be available at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs.

This cake dessert has layers of vanilla chiffon, berry mousse, and berry compote, all topped with a celebratory Disney100 Medallion macaron. 

According Disney, “The Disney Culinary team has been dreaming up all kinds of delicious dishes to commemorate the milestone, and this is just the beginning. 

Stay tuned for more details about the Disney100 treats that will be available for purchase.

Pressed coins, medallions, and tags

If you want an affordable souvenir with a Disney100 twist, go no further.

There are Disney100 anniversary-themed pressed coins, medallions, and tags across Disney World.

disney100 pressed pennies at animal kingdom

The coins and medallions are available in over 65 unique designs and feature 100 Disney characters, including (to name a few):

  • Mickey
  • Minnie
  • Goofy
  • Pluto
  • Dumbo
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Tiana
  • Orange Bird
  • Figment
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Kermit the Frog
  • R2-D2
  • Grogu
  • Edna Mode
  • Wall-E

Engraved tags are also available in a variety of shapes and patterns, all inspired by the Disney100 celebration.

Coin presses and Disney100 collectibles can be found at several locations throughout Disney World, including:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Blizzard Beach
  • Disney Resort hotels (select locations)
  • Disney Springs
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complez
  • Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

Cinderella carriage platinum popcorn bucket

Exclusive to Magic Kingdom is this Disney100 Cinderella Premium Bucket! It hasn’t been its debut yet, but we’ll let you know when it does!

There are also standard popcorn buckets with the Disney100 design, which you can find at all four theme parks and Disney Springs.

refillable mug

Even the refillable mugs at the Disney World Resort hotels are sporting the purple and silver look for the anniversary.

Collections and accessories

As you shop at the theme parks and hotels, keep your eyes peeled for a range of merchandise collections celebrating the 100th anniversary, like…

When is the best time to visit during the 100th anniversary?

Unlike the 50th anniversary, the Disney100 Celebration is much shorter. So, if you want to experience the limited-time events you should make sure you visit between April and December of 2023.

Disney100’s finale will happen with a celebration at Epcot from September through December, meaning the 100th will conclude at the end of December 2023.

Of course, certain months may see more guests than usual, like during summer vacation and the holidays (October through December).

Be sure to check out our Disney World Crowd Calendar to help you plan.

  • We will update this guide as we learn more about the Disney100 anniversary celebration at Disney World. Stay tuned for more information and details!
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