Walt Disney World Disney100 Celebration: Details, Tips, New Shows

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company and is being celebrated at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. While Disneyland’s Disney100 Celebration kicked off the celebration earlier this year, it has now been moved to Walt Disney World at EPCOT.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about the Walt Disney World Disney100 Celebration including all news and upcoming brand new EPCOT attractions.

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Walt Disney World Disney100 Celebration

Walt Disney World finished up their celebration of the 50th anniversary of the park in March 2023 and now the parks are celebrating the Disney100 Celebration! Walt Disney World is joining the Disneyland Disney100 Celebration with their own special shows, and more with EPCOT being the main “host” for the celebration.

EPCOT being the focus of the Disney100 celebration makes sense as in 2023 we will finally see the redesign of the previous Future World area complete along with anticipated new attractions like Moana Journey of Water.

Disney100 EPCOT Celebration HighlightsA family smiles while flying over the Golden Gate Bridge on the Soarin Over California attraction

  • Soarin’ Over California will be offered for a limited time.
  • Moana’s Journey of Water opens on October 16th.
  • New EPCOT nighttime spectacular, Luminous: The Symphony of Us, debuts December 5th, 2023.
  • Spaceship Earth nighttime show.
  • Disney100 photo ops available in EPCOT and the other Walt Disney World theme parks.
  • Figment returns for meet and greets in the Imagination pavilion.
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse in new Disney100 outfits.
  • Specialty marketplace food offerings and collectible popcorn buckets.
  • Completion of NEW World Celebration area with festival stage and area later this year.
  • New Walt Disney statue in World Celebration later this year.

Keep reading for all the details on the EPCOT Disney100 Celebration!

How long is the Disney100 Celebration?disney100 celebration dates at disney world animal kingdom

The Walt Disney World 100th Celebration will take place from September 22nd to December 31, 2023.

NEW Disney100 Marketplace Booths Collage of food at EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Starting September 22nd, new global marketplaces will be opening that are all inspired by the Disney100 celebration at EPCOT and filled with new food items. These marketplace booths will join the existing EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival booths and continue as part of the booths for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays celebration.

NEW! Wine & Wedge (Available Sept. 22 through Dec. 30) 

Food Items:

  • Assorted Artisanal Cheeses and Accompaniments (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
  • Boursin Fig & Balsamic Soufflé with fig tapenade (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
  • Southern Pimento Cheese with bread-and-butter pickled vegetables and grilled bread (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Assorted Artisanal Cheeses paired with Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Hartley Apple Brandy, and Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port

Beverages: 

  • Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
  • Hartley Apple Brandy
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port
  • Flight also available
Collage of food at Char & Chop

NEW! Char & Chop (Available Sept. 22 through Dec. 30)

Food Items:

  • Roasted Porchetta with lemon-parsley salsa verde and shaved fennel salad
  • Grilled IMPOSSIBLE Spicy Sausage with herbed polenta, puttanesca sauce, and ricotta
  • Meat Assorti: Trio of shaved meats with baby arugula, pickled mustard seeds, truffle oil, and grilled ciabatta

Beverages: 

  • Krombacher Pilsner
  • North Coast Laguna Baja Vienna Lager
  • Motorworks Brewing Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter
  • GoGi ‘Birdie’ Pinot Noir
  • Bloody Mary with Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix and Kurvball Barbecue Whiskey
  • Beer Flight
Bubbles & Brine Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

NEW! Bubbles & Brine  (Available Sept. 22 through Dec. 30)

Food Items:

  • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with prosecco cocktail sauce and grilled lemon
  • Jonah Crab Claw Cocktail with stone-ground mustard sauce

Beverages: 

  • Moët & Chandon Impérial
  • Veuve Clicquot Rosé
  • Dom Pérignon
Mickey-shaped Liquid Nitro Cake

NEW! Swirled Showcase (Coming Soon!) 

Food Items:

  • Mickey-shaped Liquid Nitro Cake
  • Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone
    • Vanilla
    • Apple-Cinnamon
    • Salted Caramel
  • Cream Soda Float with vanilla soft-serve
  • Fanta Grape Float with vanilla soft-serve

Beverages: 

  • Frozen Apple Pie (Non-alcoholic)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (Non-alcoholic)
  • 3 Daughters Toasted Coconut Porter
  • 3 Daughters Toasted Coconut Porter Float with salted-caramel soft-serve
  • Berry Fizz Fragolino Red Sparkling Wine Float with vanilla soft-serve

NEW Disney100 Popcorn BucketDisney100 Purple Mickey Mouse Balloon Bucket at EPCOT

There will also be a new Disney 100 Purple Mickey Mouse Balloon Popcorn Bucket which can be found at popcorn carts throughout EPCOT.

EPCOT’s Redesign

EPCOT’s redesign of the park will officially finish in 2023. This redesign split the previous Future World of the theme park into three neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature.

World Celebration is the area of the park that is still yet to be revealed with a brand new multi-use facility and outdoor event space being built. This outdoor space called CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza will be an area to host musical performances and other EPCOT festivals. There will also be a brand new location in this area for a Mickey & Friends meet and greet- this might just be where we see Mickey and Minnie meeting guests in their new Disney100 outfits later this year. World Celebration is where Spaceship Earth is located and where the new Walt Disney statue will go.

The new addition to World Nature will be the new Moana Journey of Water attraction which opens on October 16. The other attractions considered part of World Nature include the entire Imagination, Land and Seas pavilion which is home to Soarin’, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

World Discovery is where you can find the new (and one of the best rides Disney has ever done!) Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction. This area also includes Test Track and Spaceship Earth.

Since EPCOT’s transformation will finally be complete this year, it makes sense that EPCOT would be the home to the Walt Disney World Disney100 Celebration!

New EPCOT Nighttime Spectacular

EPCOT Forever will run until the NEW show takes over. This brand-new nighttime spectacular is called Luminous: The Symphony of Us and will debut on December 5th, 2023. 

EPCOT Forever is a celebration of Epcot’s musical history and a celebration of the 40-year legacy of Epcot featuring fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites. Some of the music in the show comes directly from infamous attractions in Epcot like Journey Into Imagination, Spaceship Earth, and Soarin’.

Luminous: The Symphony of Us will feature fireworks, fountains, lasers, lighting effects, and new music.

Moana Journey of Water

Moana Journey of Water will be opening at EPCOT on October 16, 2023. Moana’s Journey of Water is in the new World Nature Neighborhood in EPCOT close to Spaceship Earth.

Journey of Water will seek to immerse guests with interactions of water plus a 16-foot-tall Te Fiti! Read all about this new attraction and oure review in our Moana’s Journey of Water guide.

Soarin’ Over CaliforniaA family smiles while flying over the Golden Gate Bridge on the Soarin Over California attraction

Soarin’ Over California has returned to EPCOT for a limited-time run. No official end date has been announced but since this is to celebrate the Disney100 Anniversary, it is likely it will switch back to Soarin’ Over the World after the celebration concludes.

NEW EPCOT Spaceship Earth ShowWalt Disney World Disney100 Celebration Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth received a brand new show in honor of the Walt Disney World Disney100 Celebration. This new show features homages to everything from the ‘Wonderful World of Disney’ TV show opening to Mickey balloons. The new lighting that was installed for the 50th Walt Disney World celebration has made Spaceship Earth literally sparkle. These lighting effects are beautiful and worth seeing in person!

This nightly show will also include a unique rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

New Figment Meet and Greet

Figment has returned to EPCOT to greet guests at the Imagination pavilion.

Mickey and Minnie Disney100 OutfitsWDW 100 Celebration Outfits

Guests can also see Mickey and Minnie in their new Disney100 platinum outfits in the Imagination! pavilion.

New 100th Disney Photo OpDisney100 celebration at EPCOT

There are new Disney100 backdrops at all four Disney theme parks and Disney Springs to pose with. The platinum Mickey Mouse sculpture in World Celebration will be a great photo op with Spaceship Earth in the background.

Plus the 100th Walt Disney World Celebration includes Disney100 Magic Shots and PhotoPass offerings currently available across Walt Disney World.

There is also a brand new mural in World Celebration featuring favorite Disney characters hidden throughout the various neighborhoods in EPCOT. The rest of the World Celebration area will also be covered in Disney100 platinum banners and décor.

NEW Walt Disney Statue

The new Walt Disney statue “Walt the Dreamer” is coming to the World Celebration area of EPCOT at the end of 2023.

Disney100 Cinderella Popcorn BucketWDW Popcorn bucket

This special Disney100 popcorn bucket will be available at Magic Kingdom later this year. Guests visiting Disneyland can currently find this popcorn bucket in the parks!

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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