Southwest Airlines, Walt Disney World celebrate 50th anniversaries with commemorative aircraft

Southwest Airlines Co. and Walt Disney World Resort are celebrating both of their respective 50th anniversaries with a special co-branded aircraft honoring 50 years of memories and magic.

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Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines

The new Boeing 737-700 features 50th anniversary logos of both Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort, and is emblazoned with a unique “EARidescent” treatment created by Walt Disney World for its milestone celebration.

For 50 years, Southwest has connected our customers to the people and places that matter most. Whether a customer is flying to visit relatives in another state, close a business deal with a client, or experience a family vacation, we are honored to be a part of those moments.

Celebrating 50 years of making memories during our shared milestone anniversary is at the heart of this magical celebration with the Walt Disney World Resort.

Brandy King, Director of Public Relations at Southwest Airlines
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Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines

The unveiling of the co-branded aircraft at the Southwest Airlines Technical Operations Hangar at William P. Hobby International Airport in Houston, Texas featured cast members from Walt Disney World Resort performing iconic songs that celebrate history, as well as “The Magic is Calling,” an anthem to the resort’s 50th anniversary. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse even joined the event to celebrate the collaboration and send the aircraft into service with its first stop at none other than Orlando International Airport.

As Walt Disney World Resort kicks off The World’s Most Magical Celebration commemorating our 50th anniversary, we are thrilled to bring even more magic to guests’ vacations and to the sky with the help of our friends at Southwest.

Both Walt Disney World Resort and Southwest Airlines share an incredible 50-year legacy of creating exceptional vacation experiences and treasured memories for guests.

Claire Bilby, Senior Vice President of Disney Destinations

The special promotional plane also offers plenty of magic on the inside, as overhead bins and window shades sparkle with Disney characters set in the EARidescent treatment. The aircraft will travel around the Southwest system through March 2022. Disney fans can track the aircraft by using the tail number “N954WN” and share photos on social media using the hashtags #Southwest50 and #DisneyWorld50.

The magic continues on with a Southwest “50 Days of Giveaways” sweepstakes, where an winner and up to three of their guests can receive a Southwest and Walt Disney World Resort prize package each day from today, Sept. 28, through Nov. 16, 2021. Hopeful winners can visit to enter each day for a chance to win a vacation package that includes lodging, Walt Disney World theme park tickets, a Disney Gift Card valued at $200, and round-trip air travel to Orlando, Fla. on Southwest.

You can check out a behind-the-scenes video of the aircraft, as well as our own in-person video overview below:


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