Magic Kingdom Celebrates 40 Years

29 Sep

The Magic Kingdom will celebrate its 40th birthday with a parade of costumed characters, fireworks and special merchandise on Saturday.

The parade will begin at about 9:45 a.m., going from the Main Street Train Station to Cinderella Castle. The characters will gather there alongside Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton and cast members with 40 years of Disney World experience.

A ceremony will include memories from the past four decades, a sing-along with the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet, singers, dancers and daytime pyrotechnics.

A one-day-only commemorative T-shirt will be sold, and a selection of artists who have created limited-edition pieces will be at the theme park to sign autographs.

The evening’s presentation of “Wishes” will be expanded to include perimeter fireworks usually only fired during special, after-hours events.

Park hours on Saturday will be 9 a.m. to midnight. The weekend also marks the beginning of this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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