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  • On May 15, 2021
    Hayley from Essex Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Im planning a blowout holiday to DisneyWorld & other parks in Florida. Im after advise on when you think might be the best time to go. 2023 for 100yrs of Disney World being open or 2028 for 100yrs of Est. Mickey Mouse. Which will be bigger&better

    Hello Hayley!

    Wow, I love a gal that plans way in advance! This is a fascinating question and one I hadn’t actually considered yet! First, let’s make sure we are on the same page with our dates. I think the 1923 date you are thinking of is the founding of Disney Brother’s Cartoon Studio, and this is considered the beginning of the Disney company. If you are a Member of D23, this is the meaning of that number.

    The Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971, and things are certainly heating up to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the resort beginning on October 1, 2021! Cinderella Castle is getting a festive new look, Mickey and Minnie have their amazing iridescent party outfits spiffy and ready to go, and there promise to be exciting new attractions opening as well during this year-long celebration!

    Mickey Mouse will indeed celebrate his 100th birthday in 2028, though to be fair, guessing what things might look like in 7 years is tough to predict. I am sure there will be celebrations and activities to mark this milestone at Disney locations around the world.

    Hayley, if you are looking for when the Walt Disney World Theme Park will be offering the most spectacular celebration, I think next year’s Golden Anniversary Celebration will be the biggest event for some time. I was at the Magic Kingdom on its 40th Anniversary, and while the occasion was marked by a special opening presentation and a few merchandise options, it wasn’t the year-long celebration we are anticipating for the 50th Anniversary. We are already seeing exciting teasers about what to expect with the Golden Anniversary Celebration! I think for the 100 years of the founding of the Disney Company and Mickey’s 100th birthday, you will see celebrations on a smaller scale, but truly, only Mickey himself knows how he is going to celebrate, so I’m just guessing for you based on my experience.

    I know the borders with the UK are still closed, but I am hopeful they will reopen soon. The Golden Anniversary Celebration is planned to last into 2022, so hopefully, this will offer the opportunity to visit our friends from the UK. Whenever you decide to plan your visit, Hayley, please feel free to submit more questions to us here on planDisney. We love talking Disney and are here to help!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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