The Walt Disney World Resort marked its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021, and has the next 18 months packed with excitement for visitors. One of the first reasons to come down and buy a Disney Orlando ticket would be the Disney Fab 50 character statues. The park is now filled with 50 golden statues waiting for you to find them.
Where to spot Disney Fab 50?
Now that you’re excited about the Anniversary Statues Tour, it is time to tell you where you can find which statue so that they don’t play hide and seek with you!
As you stroll through the magical Walt Disney World Resort, you will find the following statues segregated according to areas within the location.
Location 1: Magic Kingdom
The first location is the Magic Kingdom. It was the first among four Disney theme parks, and its establishment in 1971 marks the celebrations of the golden jubilee.
1. Mickey Mouse
As you move to the park hub, you will find statues of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
The character of Mickey planted the seeds of making Disney what it is today. The character of Michael Theodore Mouse first appeared in Steamboat Willie, 1928. However, the feature film Fantasia, released in 1940, is what made it iconic.
2. Minnie Mouse
Minerva, aka Minnie Mouse, is right beside Mickey as she has been ever since in Steamboat Willie. However, her individual identity was much recognized since the musical show on NBC’s Totally Minnie.
3. Donald Duck
While Mickey Mouse is the icon of Disney, Donald Duck has been a more frequent visitor to our television screens. Apparently, Donald Duck has appeared in more than 150 films by Disney, making it the most seen Disney character.
The character first appeared in The Wise Little Hen in 1934, while its individual feature film Saludos Amigos was released in 1942.
4. Daisy Duck
Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse are inseparable besties! She first featured in Mr. Duck Steps Out, 1940, and got much attention after Donald’s Dilemma in 1947.
Goofus D. Dawg, aka Goofy, was first featured in Mickey’s Revue, 1932. The character got its first feature film in A Goofy Movie, released in 1995.
Have you seen the viral meme featuring Goofy (a dog himself) walking Pluto like a pet? Weird, is it? Well, like Disney’s other iconic characters, Pluto is not anthropomorphic. So, the character features as a mixed-breed canine is famed for Playful Pluto, 1934.
As you move to the west side of the Magic Kingdom, look over a bush to spot the golden statues of Tinkerbell. The energetic pixie featured in Peter Pan, 1951.
8-9. Chip ‘n’ Dale
Do you know the name Chip ‘n’ Dale comes from Thomas Chippendale? He was an 18th-century cabinet maker and furniture designer whose inspiration was derived by animator Bill Henson.
You can spot the brotherly love showering through the golden bodies of the Chipmunk Brothers. The duo first featured in Private Pluto in 1943.
10-11. Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse
As you move to the east side of the park, you will find an adorable statue featuring Dumbo, the elephant holding up Timothy Q. Mouse on his nose. They featured in the film Dumbo, 1941.
12-13. Jaq and Gus
Under one of the turrets at Magic Kingdom, you will find Jaq and Gus holding onto a shield-like structure engraved with ’50’ making the golden jubilee.
These two characters featured in Cinderella, 1950, and supported the protagonist in her quest to win Prince Charming throughout the movie.
Spot the Stitch statue on the famous purple wall close to the Tomorrowland Terrace. The character deems to be a pet dog to Lilo but is an alien called Experiment 626.
The 2002 movie, Lilo & Stitch, is one of the few animated feature films with a sci-fi twist. It received quite an acceptance and went on to release three direct-to-video sequels and TV spinoffs.
15-16. Cheshire Cat and The Mad Hatter
Spot the grinning Cheshire Cat located by a tree close to The Mad Tea Party. The character was first featured in Alice in Wonderland, 1951.
Right beside the Cheshire Cat, you will find another character from this movie, The Mad Hatter. Both these characters were inspired by the 1865 book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
17-18. Cogsworth and Lumiere
As you enter the Fantasyland, spot Cogsworth and Lumiere, famed for their notorious characters in Beauty and the Beast, 1991.
Pinocchio was the second animated feature film released by Disney in 1940. It was inspired by The Adventures of Pinocchio, a children’s novel by Carlo Collodi. Spot the golden statue close to the Pinocchio Village Haus while entering Fantasy Land.
Abu featured in Aladdin in 1992. The character depicts a mischievous monkey who is also Aladdin’s best friend. Its nonstop adventurous attitude makes him the perfect feature on top of the sign that guides you to Adventureland.
21. Orange Bird
The Orange Bird is a character created by Disney in 1969. It featured as a mascot for Florida Citrus Commission in 1970 as they sponsored the Sunshine Tree Terrace and Enchanted Tiki Room.
The animated canary is not a part of a movie but has its unique significance. So, it is placed on a porch close to the Skipper Canteen of Adventureland.
22-23. Winnie the Pooh and Piglet
Spot Winnie the Pooh hugging Piglet near Crystal Palace Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. These adorable characters depict real friendship goals as beautifully featured in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 1977.
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24-25. Lady and the Tramp
Spot Tramp, the stray mutt, embracing the beauty of the Cocker Spaniel, Lady at the front of the park in Tower Square. Their iconic spaghetti and meatballs scene in the 1955 movie Lady and the Tramp fills our hearts every time.
Location 2: Epcot
The Epcot center was established in 1982, and it is the second oldest theme park built by Disney World. Let’s find out which Disney Fab 50 statues you can spot here:
26-27. Hei-Hei and Pua
The Showcase Plaza exhibits a statue of the gleeful Pua piggy with Hei-Hei the rooster on his head. The two characters come from the movie animated feature movie Moana, 2016.
28-29. Olaf and Bruni
Olaf is one among the recent Disney Fab 50 characters that modern Disney movie fanatics love. He melted people’s hearts with his character in Frozen, 2013.
The statue of Olaf also includes the little salamander Bruni placed right near Olaf’s feet.
30-31. Rocket and Groot
Since Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, the two Marvel Comics characters of Rocket and Groot are a part of the Disney Fab 50. We know these two from Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014.
32-33. Dante and Miguel
The movie Coco was released in 2017 and is one of the most heart-wrenching yet heartwarming Disney stories.
The character of Coco with her Xoloitzcuintle named Miguel features as two of the Disney Fab 50 character statues. Spot them at the Showcase Plaza at Epcot.
The Figment statue locates towards the North of Showcase Plaza as you walk towards Spaceship Earth.
The character was first featured in Figment in 1983. Later, he made short appearances in Inside Out in 2015 and Toy Story 4 in 2019.
Location 3: Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is the smallest in size, but it intrigues people because of the Star Wars Galaxy Edge. Here, you will find a couple of character statues from Star Wars and two African American Disney characters. Check out who they are, including other characters under the Disney Fab 50 list:
Spot Frozone at the park hub looking at you like he will turn you into ice within seconds. The character from The Incredibles, 2004, is known for its iconic voice because of Samuel L. Jackson.
36. Edna Mode
The ‘dahling’ Edna is another character from The Incredibles, 2004. She is one of Disney’s most fashionable animated characters as her character is a stylist designing costumes for the incredible Parr family.
37-38. Flounder and Sebastian
The Little Mermaid, 1989, featuring Ariel, the Disney Princess, has her statue at the Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
It is time to witness her friend, the fish Flounder, and the trusted advisor of King Triton, Sebastian. Spot them close to the archways of the Animation Courtyard.
39-40. Woody and Bo Peep
As you walk towards the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you can spot these character statues from Toy Story, 1995.
The movie has been significant for Hollywood Studios and evidently the reason why you can spot Bo Peep and Woody here.
R2D2 is the famous droid of Star Wars, 1977. The character has been a part of 11 out of 12 movies and a significant part of the series.
You can spot the golden astromech droid near Dockside Diner.
Right beside R2D2, you will find BB-8, another character from Star Wars.
BB-8 was first featured in the 7th episode of the original Star Wars series. However, it gained prominence after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2015.
43. Joe Gardener
Joe Gardener is one of the newest character additions to the list of Disney animation. We have seen him in the movie Soul, released in 2020. You can spot the statue near Brown Derby, happily playing tunes on his piano.
Location 4: Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom covers 600 acres of land, making it the biggest of all their theme parks. The statues you can find here are all animal characters for the most obvious reason! Let’s find out who they are and complete the list of Disney Fab 50:
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44-45. Bambi and Thumper
Two of the most iconic characters from the heart-warming classic Bambi is the main character Bambi and Thumper.
The movie was released in 1942 based on Bambi, a Life in the Woods, a book published in 1923. It is one of the most frequent rereleases that went on till 1988.
Spot these two together near Tree of Life at Discovery Island.
46-47-48. Simba, Pumba and Timon
The Disney Fab 50 list would be incomplete without The Lion King characters. Spot these three at Discovery Island.
The original movie was released in 1994 and became a blockbuster. Although it revolves around the journey of Simba, Pumba and Timon became his greatest strengths during trying times.
49-50. Nemo and Dory
Finding Nemo was another blockbuster released by Disney in 2003. Spot the characters of Nemo and Dory at the Discovery Island happily looking towards you to swim through their next adventure.
Now that you have the complete list of Disney Fab 50 golden character statues, it is time to visit Florida within the next 18 months and spot them in person. Keep a note of this list to know where you can find them!