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The Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a presentation and a special fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2011.

The presentation will take place on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at 10am, with the exact nature of the event yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile, the nightly "Wishes" fireworks display will be augmented with additional pyrotechnics to mark the occasion.

Inside the Magic reports that the celebrations are also set to include a number of "surprises" that are yet to be announced. The presentation and additional fireworks are relatively low-key for Disney, which has often marked the anniversaries of its theme parks with long, multi-day events.

However, the company will not miss the opportunity to generate some extra income from Walt Disney World's 40th anniversary. Shops throughout the park will be offering special merchandise, while famous Disney artists will sign autographs and meet with fans at the Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland and Uptown Jewelers on Main Street USA.

The Magic Kingdom first opened on October 1, 1971, becoming Disney's second theme park after Disneyland in California. It has since grown to become the most popular theme park in the world, receiving almost 17 million visitors in 2010.


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