Disney World Events

Walt Disney World Events

The ultimate planning resource for Walt Disney World annual events and information on Disney holiday events. NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change.


 


DECEMBER

Christmas at Disney World - November 2014 - January 2015

Christmas at Disney World

 


Merchandise Events and Artist Appearances/Signings

December 1-4, 10-14, 17-21, 26-31: Artist Greg McCullough will be at the Art of Disney (Downtown Disney Marketplace).  Greg is known for graphics and advertising illustrations for Disney Parks.  He will also be appearing at the Animation Gallery (Hollywood Studios) December 10-14, at Art of Disney (Epcot) December 17-21 and Art of Disney (Downtown Disney Marketplace) December 26-31.

December 5-6, 8-13, 19-23: Larry Dotson will displaying his Frozen and Norway-inspired art at Puffins Roost (Norway Pavilion at Epcot), December 8-13 at Art of Disney (Downtown Disney Marketplace) and December 19-23 at Main Street Cinema (Magic Kingdom).  Larry is often found at the Disney Parks and is known for his oil paintings of Disney scenes.

December 5-6: Costa Alavezos, Brian Blackmore, Jason Grandt, and Tm McCloskey will be signing on December 5 from 6-8pm and December 6 from 4-6pm at Art of Disney (Downtown Disney Marketplace).

December 6: A signing will be held from 10:00am-1:00pm and 2:00-5:00pm at Animation Gallery (Hollywood Studios) for this limited-edition hand-painted Ink & Paint cel, "Silver Screen Journey." Available in unframed, framed, framed cel with postcard, and framed cel with postcard and pin. 

December 14-23: Artist David E. Doss will be at the Art of Disney (Downtown Disney Marketplace) with his art.

Now - December 30: Check DisneyParksMerchandise.com for appearance times for Precious Moments Creator Linda Rick, Department 56 Artist Scott Enter, Master Glass Artist Reinhard Herzog, Geir Ness, Kit Heath, Julia April and more at Holidays Around the World at Epcot.

Now - January 5: Precious Moments Dolls representatives will be appearing at Once Upon A Toy (Downtown Disney Marketplace).


New Year's Eve - December 31, 2014
Enjoy live music, entertainment and dancing to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

January

2015 Walt Disney World Marathon - January 7 - 11, 2015

February

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held February 8-May 31)

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando!! With 13 original floats from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, extravagant costumes, and live jazz music, you'll feel like you’re in the French Quarter.

 


Valentine's Day in the Disney area - February 14, 2015

 


Disney's Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend - February 19-22, 2015

 


Atlanta Braves Spring Training - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held February 26 - March 26)

March

 

Disney Dreamer's Academy  - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held March 6-9)

 


Mighty St. Patrick's Festival - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held March 7-17)

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day with live music, a step-by-step Irish jig workshop, classic Irish food and drinks, Irish storytellers, Irish history and merchandise at Raglan Road's Shop.

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day

 


Atlanta Braves Spring Training - 2015 dates not yet announced (in 2014, held February 26 - March 26)

 


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - March 4-May 17, 2015


 


Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando
Saturdays and select nights, 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held February 8-May 31)

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando!! With 13 original floats from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, extravagant costumes, and live jazz music, you'll feel like you’re in the French Quarter.

April

Easter - April 5, 2015


Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held February 8-May 31)
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando!! With 13 original floats from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, extravagant costumes, and live jazz music, you'll feel like you’re in the French Quarter.


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - March 4-May 17, 2015

Expedition Everest Challenge - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held May 3- 4)

This nighttime event at Disney's Animal Kingdom includes a 5K, an obstacle course, and scavenger hunt.  The post-race party will be held in Dinoland.

May

 

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - March 4-May 17, 2015

 

Ireland: The Emerald Isle – Adventures by Disney

8 Days / 7 Nights – Dublin, Cashel, Killarney & Newmarket-on-Fergus

5/25/14 – 6/1/2014

- See more at: http://www.disunplugged.com/podcast-events-trips/#sthash.S3D1aJwD.dpuf

Ireland: The Emerald Isle – Adventures by Disney

8 Days / 7 Nights – Dublin, Cashel, Killarney & Newmarket-on-Fergus

5/25/14 – 6/1/2014

- See more at: http://www.disunplugged.com/podcast-events-trips/#sthash.S3D1aJwD.dpuf

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held February 8-May 31)
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando!! With 13 original floats from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, extravagant costumes, and live jazz music, you'll feel like you’re in the French Quarter.

 


Star Wars Weekends - Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, May 15 - June 14, 2015
Special appearances from Star Wars characters, that roam the park greeting guests and taking photos with true Star Wars fans each weekend. Click here for Information

 

 

June

Disney Gay Days 2015 - June 2nd - June 8th, 2015


Fittipaldi Cup -2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held June 13)

Walt Disney World Speedway

The Exotic Driving Experience and 2014 Rolex 24 winner Christian Fittipaldi are putting on a half-day racing event at the Walt Disney World Speedway.  The day's participants will drive supercars, street cars and karts in several different timed and scored events.  Participants will have the opportunity to drive Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Audis and Nissans in two six-lap experiences.  Fittipaldi has competed in every major racing series across the world.  The event will cost $999 per person.  For information, call 855-822-0149.

 


Car Masters Weekend - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was heldJune 14-15)

Downtown Disney

Car Masters Weekend Downtown Disney

Disney Character Meet ‘n’ Greet - Take pictures and get to know some of your favorite Characters like Lightnight McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile.

Downtown Disney Car Show - Lock your eyes on over 100 classic, muscle and exotic cars along the West Side promenade. Pick your favorites and see which ones win in the Sunday evening awards ceremony.  Voting for your favorite car will even get you 20% off of your lunch at select locations!

Planes: Fire & Rescue - To celebrate the upcoming film, a fire truck will be on display and kids can try on an authentic firefighter outfit.  Meet director/co-writer Robert "Bobs" Gannaway and producer Ferrell Barron at a special conversation event and signing at the Downtown Disney West Side event stage.  June 14 - 1:00 and 3:45pm, June 15 - 1:00 and 4:00pm.

Auto Personality Appearances - Fill up your schedule with special appearances by automotive legend Chip Foose, who was also the custom painting consultant for Disney-Pixar's Cars.  Purchase exclusive Chip Foose merchandise—you could get it signed by the man himself! He will be at D-Street from 10:30am-1:30pm daily.  Wristbands for the signings will be given out at 10:00am in front of D-Street.

Movie Marathon - AMC Downtown Disney 24 will be hosting a Cars movie marathon!  Q&A sessions will be hosted by Pixar filmmaker Jay Ward.

Car Masters Merchandise - Take the event home with you by making a purchase from a large selection of Cars-themed merchandise and event-specific souvenirs.

Exotic Driving Experience - Get up close to real-life supercars and learn how you can get behind the wheel at Walt Disney World Speedway. New Piston Cup Racers Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin will be on hand as well.

Event Expo - Check out the Chevrolet Performance Mobile Tour, sit in some Test Track vehicles and see supercars from the Richard Petty Driving Experience.  There will also be activities from Disney Interactive and DisneyQuest Animators.

 


Star Wars Weekends - Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, May 15 - June 14, 2015
Special appearances from Star Wars characters, that roam the park greeting guests and taking photos with true Star Wars fans each weekend. Click here for Information


Harambe Nights - In 2014, the event was held on Saturdays, June 7-August 9, 2014 at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Read a review and see photos here!


Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, the event was held June 8 - July 26)

Throughout the summer, tributes to some of your favorite recording artists/groups are scheduled at the American Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

July

4th of July at Walt Disney World

 


Harambe Nights - No word yet on if this event will be held in 2015.  In 2014, the event was held on Saturdays, June 7-August 9 at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Read a review and see photos here!


Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held June 8 - July 26)

Throughout the summer, tributes to some of your favorite recording artists/groups are scheduled at the American Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase.

August

Villains Unleashed! - No word yet on if this event will be held in 2015 (in 2014, it was held on August 23)

Disney's Hollywood Studios, 8:00pm-1:00am

Adults: $67, plus tax; Children (ages 3-9): $62, plus tax

Over 50 Disney villains will be taking over the park until the 13th hour!  Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and "show their Disney Villain side." There will be dance parties taking place all night and complimentary face painting around the park will give guests an opportunity for a Villains ExScream Makeover!  Check out Club Evil in the Hollywood Brown Derby for a caberet atmosphere and a menu full of small plates.

Some of the characters scheduled to attend (Villains can be seen in stage shows, character greetings, and more):

 

Roaming Characters (from 8:30pm-1:00am)
Characters seen in stage shows

Lady Tremaine - Streets of America

 

Hades
Anastasia - Streets of America
Pain
Drizella - Streets of America
Panic
Gideon - Streets of America
Megara
J. Worthington Foulfellow - Streets of America
Meet and Greets
Captain Hook - Hades Hangout
Constantine the Frog - near MuppetVision*3D
Mr. Smee - Hades Hangout
Cruella De Vil - Streets of America
Queen of Hearts - Hades Hangout
Bowler Hat Guy - Streets of America
Gaston - Streets of America
Jafar - Streets of America
Asajj Ventress - Star Tours area
Darth Vader - Star Tours event stage area
Jango Fett - Star Tours area
Darth Maul - Star Tours area
Zam Wessell - Star Tours area
Boba Fett - near Backlot Express
Aurra Sing - Star Tours area
Emperor Palpatine - outside SciFi Dine In
Jawas - Star Tours area
Stormtroopers - Star Tours area
Tusken Raiders - Star Tours area
Dr Hamsterviel - Streets of America
Gamorrean Guard - Star Tours area
Captain Gantu - Streets of America
Big Bad Wolf - Hades Hangout
Dr. Facilier - Streets of America
Greedo - Star Tours area
Shan Yu - Streets of America
Judge Claude Frollo - Streets of America
Oogie Boogie
Sheriff of Nottingham - Streets of America
The Witch - Sunset Blvd
Prince John - Streets of America
Maleficent - Animation Courtyard, until 11:30pm
Big Bad Wolf - Hades Hangout
Hector Barbossa - Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, until 11:30pm
Governor Ratcliffe - Hades Hangout
 
Banzai - Epic Stunt Theater area
 
Br'er Fox - Epic Stunt Theater area
Stromboli - Streets of America
 
Shenzi - Epic Stunt Theater area
 
Ed - Epic Stunt Theater area
 
Br'er Bear - Epic Stunt Theater area
 

**A ticket to this event will let you into the park anytime after 5:00pm on August 23.

 


Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
No word yet on if this will return in 2015, but the event was held July 5 - September 28 in 2014 - More Information Here

 


Great Irish Hooley Festival - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, it was held August 29-September 1)

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Downtown Disney

begins at 4:00pm on August 29, noon on August 30-September 1

"Hooley" is Irish slang for party or celebration.  There will be five top Irish bands playing traditional and rock tunes, structured set dancing called the Celli, Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages.  Irish Dance Workshops for the family will be led by Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast.  There will be live music both inside and outside. 

Bands include:

 

"A Knights Brunch" will be served at 8:00am on August 30.  Big-screen TVs will broadcast the University of Central Florida-Penn State Croke Park Classic football season opener taking place in Dublin, Ireland.  A Full Irish Breakfast will be served, including sausage; black and white pudding; bacon; roasted tomato; mushrooms and fried eggs with potato "roasties;" smoked salmon omelette; and pancakes with creme fraiche, maple syrup and berry compote.  Call 407-938-0300 for reservations.

Raglan Road's traditional Irish Brunch will take place on Sunday, August 31, at 11:00am.

September

Night of Joy - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, it was held September 5-6)
List of Night of Joy performers and ticket information.

 


Great Irish Hooley Festival -2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, it was held August 29-September 1)

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Downtown Disney

begins at 4:00pm on August 29, noon on August 30-September 1

"Hooley" is Irish slang for party or celebration.  There will be five top Irish bands playing traditional and rock tunes, structured set dancing called the Celli, Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages.  Irish Dance Workshops for the family will be led by Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast.  There will be live music both inside and outside. 

Bands include:

 


Inaugural Disney Fit Challenge - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, it was held September 26-28)

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Registration opens March 18, 2014

The three-day competitive fitness event will allow competitors to test their athletic prowess. Competitions will include tests of power, speed, balance, strength and endurance.  Competitors will compete against other athletes of like age and skill level in fitness maneuvers to collect performance-based points.  Competitions will range from squats and pushups to muscle ups.

 


Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
No word yet on if this will return in 2015, but the event was held July 5 - September 28 in 2014 - More Information Here

 


Halloween at Disney World - September 1 - October 31, 2014


Halloween at Disney World

 


Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - September 19 - November 11, 2014

Epcot's Food & Wine Festival is a not to be missed Disney event. Taking place around the World Showcase at Epcot, the Food & Wine Festival features more than 100 wineries, breweries and cuisines from around the world.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

 

October

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend -

This will not be held in 2015.  No reason was given, but speculation is that it's due to yet-unconfirmed construction of a possible Hollywood Studios expansion. (in 2014, it was held October 3-4)

This popular race returns after a 3 year hiatus, this time as a 10-miler instead of 13K.  Taking place at Hollywood Studios, participants will race through the set of the "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show," past the Sorcerer's Hat and ending at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction. This nighttime event will conclude with a party after hours at the park, giving racers and their family access to the park's most popular rides, music and Disney characters.

Other events for the weekend include a 5K race, kid's races and a Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

 


Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival - October 18, 2014

Races to be held at Downtown Disney

 


SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - 2015 dates not yet announced (this event was held October 4 - 26 in 2014) 12:00-8:00 pm
Kids can dress in their favorite costumes while trick-or-treating with sea creatures. This event is included in park admission.

 


Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - 2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, this event was held September 19 - November 11
Epcot's Food & Wine Festival is a not to be missed Disney event. Taking place around the World Showcase at Epcot, the Food & Wine Festival features more than 100 wineries, breweries and cuisines from around the world.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

Halloween at Disney World - September 1 - October 31, 2014

Halloween at Disney World

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic -

October 31-November 1, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm - Beverage seminars

5:30-9:00 pm - Tasting stations open

2014 will be the 5th year for this event that features wine and beer seminars, tasting stations and live music. Causeway tickets are available as part of a hotel package or individually. A causeway ticket allows you unlimited food and beverage samples.  Chefs from the hotels' restaurants will be on hand to explain their dishes.

NEW! - Beer Garden on the Crescent Terrace will offer beer tastings of local and seasonal favorites.  The chef will be serving house-made "bar snacks" to pair with the beers.  Upgrade your causeway ticket to include the Beer Garden.

NEW! - Food Pairing Experiences

Seminars 

Hotel Packages

For reservations, call 888-828-8850 and ask for the food and wine package associated with Dreams.

Package 1

Package 2

Seminar tickets and Beer Garden tickets may be added for an additional fee.

More information can be found here.

November

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon - 2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, this event was held November 8 - 9

The Wine and Dine Half Marathon features a 13.1 mile nighttime race through multiple Disney theme parks and exclusive after-hours party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.


Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - 2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, this event was held September 19 - November 11


Festival of the Masters - November 2014 - cancelled for 2014 due to construction at Downtown Disney
The works of award-winning artists will be featured. Downtown Disney celebrates the season with special entertainment and shops featuring unique holiday gifts.


Christmas at Disney World - November 2014 - January 2015

(See December listing for details)


ICE at Gaylord Palms - November 2014 - January 2015
If you think that Florida means sun-drenched days and sultry nights, you’re in for a chilling surprise. During the Holidays, “Ice!” will bring a frigid change to the traditional Florida Christmas fare. The resort also hosts special holiday events. Pictures from previous events

ICE at Gaylord Palms


Thanksgiving in Walt Disney World - November 27, 2014
If you're planning on being at Disney World for Thanksgiving, here is a list of restaurants planning on serving a Thanksgiving meal.