• On Oct 5, 2021
    Emily from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello - we’re very excited for our upcoming visit in March, including seeing the beacons of magic. What exactly is the process for seeing these? Do these transformations happen at specific times? Only once per evening? Thank you! Emily

    Hi Emily! Welcome to planDisney. It's always so nice to help a fellow Virginian with their Disney planning!

    I'm so excited to hear you're planning a March visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. That's one of my favorite times of year to visit, because I love the cooler mornings and evenings and the beginnings of spring in the landscaping, colors, and treats around the theme parks. And this year, the magic is calling you to The World's Most Magical Celebration! I have loved seeing all the pixie dust for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, and you will be experiencing it before you know it.

    You can breathe a sigh of relief because there is no planning required to enjoy the Beacons of Magic in all four theme parks. These experiences will happen nightly from nightfall until park closing; they are unscheduled and tend to repeat on a 15-20 minute cycle. If you've visited the Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays during past years, it's similar to the holiday version of the Tree of Life Awakenings at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Sunset Season's Greetings at Disney's Hollywood Studios. You're welcome to pick up a Times Guide when you arrive at each Theme Park for additional information.

    Each theme park's Beacon of Magic represents its unique story and style of storytelling. The innovative lighting on Spaceship Earth in EPCOT represents that park's focus on the future (and I hear that the magic of this park's beacon cannot be fully captured on camera). The glitz and sparkle on the Hollywood Tower Hotel represent the golden era of Hollywood - and look out for Guests in the hotel's window. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, fireflies on the Tree of Life celebrate the harmony and beauty of nature. And at Magic Kingdom Park, Cinderella Castle's dreamy, pixie-dusted beacon captures the magic of stories and adventure. As you explore the parks after dark, you'll be able to catch these magical moments as you walk past the park icons.

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney, Emily. As you plan and dream, please come back and see us if we can help with any others. Be sure to read the Disney Parks Blog for news, updates, and planning tips. Did you see the recent article about all the 50th anniversary magic in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park? Enjoy every minute of the celebration!

    Wishing you much magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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