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Celebrating 50 years of magic and memories with Walt Disney World® Resort





Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort have joined to celebrate the 50th anniversary that each brand marks this year. Today kicks off the celebration with a special co-branded commemorative aircraft that was unveiled in Houston, Texas. Leading up to the airplane reveal, Cast Members from Walt Disney World Resort performed iconic songs that celebrate the destination’s treasured history, including,  “The Magic is Calling,” the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary anthem.



The aircraft is W954WN, a Boeing 737-700, and features the 50th-anniversary logos of both Southwest and Walt Disney World Resort. Across the fuselage is a unique EARidescent treatment that Walt Disney World has created especially for the 50th-anniversary celebration!



The exterior of the aircraft isn’t the only place that you can find Disney magic! On the interior of the aircraft, the window shades and overhead bins feature some of Disney’s most beloved characters, like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Bambi, Abu, Dumbo, Olaf, Flounder, and more!

The magic continues with Southwest’s 50 Days of Giveaways sweepstakes*, which will award a winner and up to three guests with a Southwest and Walt Disney World Resort prize package each day from now through November 16. You read that right – Southwest is giving away 50 prize packages that include lodging, Walt Disney World Resort Theme Park tickets, a Disney Gift Card with a value of $200, and round trip air travel to Orlando, Florida, on Southwest! To enter, visit

Flying on Southwest? You can get a sneak peek at some of the celebrations planned for the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary – The World’s Most Magical Celebration. Tune in on the Inflight Entertainment Portal to the Walt Disney World Resort custom on-demand TV series channel to catch some of the excitement and special moments at the Resort to come throughout the 18-month anniversary celebration, beginning October 1.

Do you have special memories of flying Southwest to Walt Disney World Resort? Comment below and let us know!


*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. (excluding Alaska) age 19 or older at time of entry. Ends 11/16/21 at 11:59 p.m. CT. To enter and for official rules, including odds, and prize descriptions, visit Void where prohibited.

Top Contributor

Such a nice plane! Can't wait to fly on it someday. 

New Arrival

Both of the times we took our kids to Disney World we flew Southwest.  The first time was my daughter's first flight and the 2nd was my son's first flight.  They absolutely loved the flights.  My daughter was 2 on her first flight and we chose a late night flight so we could put her in her pajamas and she could sleep on the trip.  She loved being on the plane so much she didn't want to sleep.  Her head kept bobbing up and down falling asleep but her excited body kept trying to fight it.  Eventually the sleepiness won out.  They would be ecstatic if they were on the Disney plane.  I have a Southwest flight to MCO coming up next weekend.  I can't wait to see the new Disney content. 

New Arrival

We have flown Southwest every trip we have made with our 2 girls.  I also flew Southwest with my parents when I got to go to Disney World when I was young.  It was my first time to fly and my Mom gave me motion sickness medicine in case I got sick, which resulted in my sleeping most of the flight:( My Daddy (who we lost this year to cancer) was so upset that I was asleep during much of the flight and missed "soarin" through the clouds. 

We took my girls in 2004, 2016 and 2019 and have flown Southwest Airlines every trip from BNA to MCO airport.  

We would be so grateful and thankful for the opportunity to fly in the Disney 50th Anniversary plane.   
Thank you Southwest for helping make Disney World's 50th Anniversary as magical as the park and the Happiest PLANE on earth!

New Arrival

In June 2014, I flew 2 of my grandchildren, Ashley 10 & Robert 7, from Richmond, VA to Orlando, FL on Southwest Airlines. From the airport we drove to Disney World where we checked into our room at the All Star Music hotel and dropped off our belongings. Our next step was to drive to Tampa to pick up my youngest grandson, Parker 5. I flew Parker, an unaccompanied minor from Phoenix, AZ to Tampa, FL on Southwest Airlines! With all 3 of my grandchildren in tow, we stopped for a bite to eat and then headed to our All Star Music hotel room. We spent the most wonderful week at Disney World! My grandchildren had no idea what Disney World was so they never asked can we do this or that and our catch phrase for the week was, “ just go with the flow”! They loved all of the rides, but unfortunately Parker wasn’t quite tall enough for a few. We had a special meal with characters almost every day which they loved! This was absolutely a vacation to remember thanks to both Southwest Airlines and Disney World!❤️