• On Jul 23, 2016
    Loretta from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    How long will the MK 45th Anniversary celebration last? We are coming to WDW Aug 2017. I remember the 25th anniversary lasting a year+. Will the 45th be the same?

    Hi, Loretta! I love looking at pictures of Cinderella Castle and the lovely transformations it has undergone over the years. My favorite is when it is dressed with "Castle Dream Lights" during the holiday season. The one transformation that absolutely amazes me every time I see it is the one you experienced as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration. Wow! An 18-story tall birthday cake right in the middle of the most magical place on Earth was certainly an unforgettable way to commemorate the event.

    There has not been any official announcement made as of this date concerning specific celebration plans. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog, as I am sure that details will be posted there once confirmed. You can even subscribe to the Blog at the bottom of its main page to receive e-mail updates on Disney Parks happenings, including the 45th Anniversary celebration.

    While we have not seen an announcement of specific plans to celebrate the anniversary this October or how long the celebration will last, I have seen some of the great 45th Anniversary merchandise headed to the parks this fall. I will definitely be in line to purchase the Dooney & Bourke bags - Madame Leota! Dumbo! There's no way I can pass up a handbag with some of my favorite Magic Kingdom icons. Select merchandise should be available on the  Shop Disney Parks app later this fall if you would like to pick some up before your trip.

    Brandy B.
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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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