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This week at Walt Disney World, the first plans for an extra long 50th anniversary celebration are announced, the a short refurbishment is announced at Disney's Animal Kingdom, plus Annual Passholders can now enjoy a very limited-time discount! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal prepares to reopen Volcano Bay, plus a new SeaWorld attraction begins testing this week! 

1. Disney unveils 50th anniversary icon redesign 

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Walt Disney World is kicking off their 18-month long 50th anniversary celebration with some “EARidescence” at their park, adding some extra special magic to all of the well-known park icons around the resort, including the Tree of Life, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and more as they turn into "Beacons of Magic". You can learn more about these limited time transformations here. 

2. Mickey and Minnie getting new looks for the 50th anniversary 

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In addition to these icon makeovers, Mickey and Minnie are getting new "EARidescence"-inspired outfits for the occasion as well (though no word yet about a return to meet and greets just yet). These new outfits will debut this October when the anniversary celebration officially kicks off. 

3. It's Tough to be a Bug to close for refurbishment  

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It looks like the scariest attraction at Walt Disney World will be closing down briefly next month for a short refurbishment from March 8 -10, reopening on March 11th. 

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