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Walt Disney World Events

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


January

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon - January 3 - 7, 2018



Epcot International Festival of the Arts - January 12-February 19, 2018



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For six weeks beginning on Friday, January 12 and going through Monday, February 19, 2018, this festival will include visual, culinary, and performing arts.


You’ll see art from Disney historical artists Mary Blair and Herb Ryman art of Epcot to current Disney artists Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos and there will even be the opportunity to watch these creations happen live! New art will be revealed throughout the Festival, so you can look forward to a new experience every time you go.


Disney Theatrical will also be including an array of favorite music and Broadway talent to showcase on the America Gardens Theatre stage.


The Food Studios promise to offer a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds.


Celebration at the Top - Savor, Sip, and Sparkle - January 13, 14, and 21, 2018


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Experience the flavors of the Pacific Coast—and enjoy a dazzling fireworks display—during Celebration at the Top, a special event held in the private Sonoma Room and Napa Room of California Grill. Tickets are $99 per person and can be purchased either online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.


Disney After Hours - Magic Kingdom - January 19, 26, and 30, 2018


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Disney After Hours will enable guests to get the most out of their time in the park with quicker access to more than 25 popular attractions and character greetings. Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and bottled beverages are included with admission and will be available during the three-hour event.

Disney After Hours will take place once the park closes to the public on select nights that do not interfere with Extra Magic Hours for Disney Resort guests. Event Guests will be allowed to enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m. and remain in the park for three hours past the scheduled closing time.


Advance pricing is $119 plus tax per person for all ages. Call (407) 827-7185 to purchase your tickets.

Highway in the Sky Dine Around - Select Monday through Thursday evenings through April 30, 2018


A five-course progressive dinner experience that takes guests around the Magic Kingdom monorail line to the 3 Deluxe Resorts. The evening concludes at Disney's Contemporary Resort where guests can partake in a private dessert party and with a viewing of Happily Ever After fireworks.

This experience is intended for guests ages 12 and older. Cost is $170 plus tax per person; gratuity is already included. Advance reservations can be booked online here.

Minnie Rocks the Dots - January 18 - 22, 2018



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Celebrate National Polka Dot Day with Minnie Mouse! Visit Disney Springs at Walt Disney World or Disneyland's Downtown Disney District on January 18 - 22, 2018 dressed in your polka-dotted finest to join the celebrations that will include special photo opportunities, entertainment, discounts, giveaways, and even a commemorative button! Use the #RockTheDots hashtag on your social media outlets to share your polka-dotted pics!


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February


Highway in the Sky Dine Around - Select Monday through Thursday evenings through April 30, 2018

A five-course progressive dinner experience that takes guests around the Magic Kingdom monorail line to the 3 Deluxe Resorts. The evening concludes at Disney's Contemporary Resort where guests can partake in a private dessert party and with a viewing of Happily Ever After fireworks.

This experience is intended for guests ages 12 and older. Cost is $170 plus tax per person; gratuity is already included. Advance reservations can be booked online here.
Celebration at the Top - Savor, Sip, and Sparkle - February 3, 4, 11, 17, 18, and 24, 2018


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Experience the flavors of the Pacific Coast—and enjoy a dazzling fireworks display—during Celebration at the Top, a special event held in the private Sonoma Room and Napa Room of California Grill. Tickets are $99 per person and can be purchased either online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.


Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase - February 3, 2018
Disney's Contemporary Resort Convention Center
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

An open house and showcase presented by Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons where guests can get a first-hand look at all the wedding inspiration Disney has to offer. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the dedicated Disney Wedding Team along with Disney Floral, Fine Art Photography, and more.

As a special gift to Disney Vacation Club Members only, bride and groom attendees will receive one (1) Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse Ear Hat when they present their membership card.

Disney Fairy Tale Weddings

There are three experiences to choose from. Each has a different price point. Pre-registration is required.
 
Option 1: Open House (2pm - 3:30pm) Showcase (3pm - 6pm)  $45 per person.
 
Option 2: Open House (2pm - 3:30pm) Showcase (3pm - 6pm) plus a Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party at Disney's Contemporary Resort (7pm - 8:30pm)  Enjoy tasty desserts, a specialty cocktail and viewing of Happily Ever After Fireworks. $95 per person.
 
Option 3: Open House (2pm - 3:30pm) Showcase (3pm - 6pm) plus A Wedding Culinary Adventure: Cooking with the Master Chefs Experience (6:30pm - 9pm)
Join the Chefs of the Contemporary Resort in the Catering Kitchen as you create an elegant five-course food and wine dinner.  This event is for "foodies" who want to expand their cooking repertoire by interacting with award-winning chefs in a working kitchen with award winning Chefs and then enjoying a scrumptious food and wine dinner.  $250 per person.

Register for any of these options by clicking here.



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Disney After Hours - Magic Kingdom - February 8 and 15, 2018


Disney After Hours will enable guests to get the most out of their time in the park with quicker access to more than 25 popular attractions and character greetings. Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and bottled beverages are included with admission and will be available during the three-hour event.

Disney After Hours will take place once the park closes to the public on select nights that do not interfere with Extra Magic Hours for Disney Resort guests. Event Guests will be allowed to enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m. and remain in the park for three hours past the scheduled closing time.


Advance pricing is $119 plus tax per person for all ages. Call (407) 827-7185 to purchase your tickets.

Valentine's Day in the Disney area - February 14, 2018



Epcot International Festival of the Arts - January 12-February 19, 2018


For six weeks beginning on Friday, January 12 and going through Monday, February 19, 2018, this festival will include visual, culinary and performing arts.


You’ll see art from Disney historical artists Mary Blair and Herb Ryman art of Epcot to current Disney artists Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos and there will even be the opportunity to watch these creations happen live! New art will be revealed throughout the Festival, so you can look forward to a new experience every time you go.


Disney Theatrical will also be including an array of favorite music and Broadway talent to showcase on the America Gardens Theatre stage.


The “Food Studios” promise to offer a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds.



Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend - February 22-25, 2018



Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort - Every night; February 3-April 7, 2018

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal 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.


Atlanta Braves Spring Training - February 26-March 24, 2018


Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - February 4, 6, 11, 13, 20, and 27, 2018


This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to three Fantasyland attractions before the Magic Kingdom opens to the general public. This event takes place on select Sunday and Tuesday mornings from 7:45-10:00 a.mCheck-in will start at 7:30 near the far left turnstiles outside the Magic Kingdom.

Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be open to ride. Exclusive access to the three attractions will end at 9:00 when the park opens to regular day guests.

Breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30-10:00 a.m. featuring seasonal fruits, fresh-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, waffles, and much more.

Tickets for these events are priced at $69 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3-9). Park admission to the Magic Kingdom is required but not included in the price of this event. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (407) 827-7350.


Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - February 28 - May 28, 2018

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March

Disney After Hours - Magic Kingdom - March 1 and 8, 2018



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Disney After Hours will enable guests to get the most out of their time in the park with quicker access to more than 25 popular attractions and character greetings. Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and bottled beverages are included with admission and will be available during the three-hour event.

Disney After Hours will take place once the park closes to the public on select nights that do not interfere with Extra Magic Hours for Disney Resort guests. Event Guests will be allowed to enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m. and remain in the park for three hours past the scheduled closing time.


Advance pricing is $119 plus tax per person for all ages. Call (407) 827-7185 to purchase your tickets.

Celebration at the Top - Savor, Sip, and Sparkle - March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, and 25, 2018


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Experience the flavors of the Pacific Coast—and enjoy a dazzling fireworks display—during Celebration at the Top, a special event held in the private Sonoma Room and Napa Room of California Grill. Tickets are $99 per person and can be purchased either online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.


Highway in the Sky Dine Around - Select Monday through Thursday evenings through April 30, 2018

A five-course progressive dinner experience that takes guests around the Magic Kingdom monorail line to the 3 Deluxe Resorts. The evening concludes at Disney's Contemporary Resort where guests can partake in a private dessert party and with a viewing of Happily Ever After fireworks.

This experience is intended for guests ages 12 and older. Cost is $170 plus tax per person; gratuity is already included. Advance reservations can be booked online here.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training - February 26-March 24, 2018



Disney After Hours - Magic Kingdom - March 1 and 8, 2018



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Disney After Hours will enable guests to get the most out of their time in the park with quicker access to more than 25 popular attractions and character greetings. Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and bottled beverages are included with admission and will be available during the three-hour event.

Disney After Hours will take place once the park closes to the public on select nights that do not interfere with Extra Magic Hours for Disney Resort guests. Event Guests will be allowed to enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m. and remain in the park for three hours past the scheduled closing time.


Advance pricing is $119 plus tax per person for all ages. Call (407) 827-7185 to purchase your tickets.


Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - February 28 - May 28, 2018


Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - March 4, 6, 18, 20, and 25, 2018


This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to three Fantasyland attractions before the Magic Kingdom opens to the general public. This event takes place on select Sunday and Tuesday mornings from 7:45-10:00 a.mCheck-in will start at 7:30 near the far left turnstiles outside the Magic Kingdom.

Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be open to ride. Exclusive access to the three attractions will end at 9:00 when the park opens to regular day guests.

Breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30-10:00 a.m. featuring seasonal fruits, fresh-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, waffles, and much more.

Tickets for these events are priced at $69 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3-9). Park admission to the Magic Kingdom is required but not included in the price of this event. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (407) 827-7350.


Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort - Every night; February 3-April 7, 2018

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.

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April


Celebration at the Top - Savor, Sip, and Sparkle - April 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 29, 2018


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Experience the flavors of the Pacific Coast—and enjoy a dazzling fireworks display—during Celebration at the Top, a special event held in the private Sonoma Room and Napa Room of California Grill. Tickets are $99 per person and can be purchased either online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.


Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - April 10, 15, 24, and 29, 2018


This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to three Fantasyland attractions before the Magic Kingdom opens to the general public. This event takes place on select Sunday and Tuesday mornings from 7:45-10:00 a.mCheck-in will start at 7:30 near the far left turnstiles outside the Magic Kingdom.

Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be open to ride. Exclusive access to the three attractions will end at 9:00 when the park opens to regular day guests.

Breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30-10:00 a.m. featuring seasonal fruits, fresh-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, waffles, and much more.

Tickets for these events are priced at $69 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3-9). Park admission to the Magic Kingdom is required but not included in the price of this event. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (407) 827-7350.


Celebrate 'Earth Month' Throughout April


Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

The annual Easter Egg Display at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa takes place in the main lobby of the resort where hand-decorated Easter Eggs from a number of Disney’s pastry chefs are displayed. All Easter Eggs are crafted from chocolate, frosting, and other edible materials. During Easter weekend, guests will be encouraged to vote on the best Easter Egg that is on display.


Highway in the Sky Dine Around - Select Monday through Thursday evenings through April 30, 2018

A five-course progressive dinner experience that takes guests around the Magic Kingdom monorail line to the 3 Deluxe Resorts. The evening concludes at Disney's Contemporary Resort where guests can partake in a private dessert party and with a viewing of Happily Ever After fireworks.

This experience is intended for guests ages 12 and older. Cost is $170 plus tax per person; gratuity is already included. Advance reservations can be booked online here.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - February 28 - May 28, 2018


Easter at Walt Disney World - April 1, 2018


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Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side - April 19-22, 2018

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May


Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - select Sundays and Tuesdays, through June 24, 2018


This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to three Fantasyland attractions before the Magic Kingdom opens to the general public. This event takes place on select Sunday and Tuesday mornings from 7:45-10:00 a.mCheck-in will start at 7:30 near the far left turnstiles outside the Magic Kingdom.

Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be open to ride. Exclusive access to the three attractions will end at 9:00 when the park opens to regular day guests.

Breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30-10:00 a.m. featuring seasonal fruits, fresh-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, waffles, and much more.

Tickets for these events are priced at $69 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3-9). Park admission to the Magic Kingdom is required but not included in the price of this event. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (407) 827-7350.


Celebrate Mother's Day
- Sunday, May 13, 2018

Celebrate all the moms out there by having a special meal at a Walt Disney World restaurant! Visit our Mother's Day page for ways you can celebrate and also to read about any offered specials.


Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - February 28 - May 28, 2018

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June

Orlando United Day - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Today, we remember the 49 members of the Orlando community that were lost in the Pulse tragedy that took place on June 12, 2016. Today and every day, we focus on bringing compassion and healing to all of those who were affected by this terrible tragedy. #OrlandoUnitedDay


Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Celebrates 30 Years with a Special Gala

This 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration includes a five-course meal inspired by the Grand Floridian restaurant’s most popular entrees over the years, live entertainment, and an open bar. The cost of the gala is $185.00 plus tax per person. The event takes place from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. inside the Grand Floridian's Convention Center. To book, call (407) WDW-DINE.

Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - select Sundays and Tuesdays, through June 24, 2018


This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to three Fantasyland attractions before the Magic Kingdom opens to the general public. This event takes place on select Sunday and Tuesday mornings from 7:45-10:00 a.mCheck-in will start at 7:30 near the far left turnstiles outside the Magic Kingdom.

Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be open to ride. Exclusive access to the three attractions will end at 9:00 when the park opens to regular day guests.

Breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30-10:00 a.m. featuring seasonal fruits, fresh-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, waffles, and much more.

Tickets for these events are priced at $69 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3-9). Park admission to the Magic Kingdom is required but not included in the price of this event. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (407) 827-7350.


Celebrate Father's Day - Sunday, June 17, 2018

Celebrate all the dads out there by having a special meal at a Walt Disney World restaurant! Visit our Father's Day page for ways you can celebrate and also to read about any offered specials.


Special D-Day Flag Retreat Ceremony - Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. at Magic Kingdom

On June 6th, 2017 at 5 pm on Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom a special Flag Retreat Ceremony will be held. Soldiers from the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona nursing home facility will be the ceremony’s honorees. These veterans have served in multiple wars, including World War II.


 Disney Gay Days 2018 - May 31 - June 3, 2018
Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

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

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July


4th of July at Walt Disney World

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August


Halloween at Walt Disney World


Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information

The Epcot International 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. - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

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September


Night of Joy - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)


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Disney’s Night of Joy features contemporary Christian performers. The star-studded lineup is always outstanding and features a host of Dove Award and Grammy Award winning artists. 

This event takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Concerts will be held in one of two indoor and outdoor venues within the Complex.

Click the link above for this year's performers and ticket information.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Epcot's Mexico Pavilion - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 – October 15 and the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot is kicking it off by having their Fiestas Patrias celebrating Mexican Independence. Guests and their families who are vacationing at Walt Disney World this weekend will be able to join Cast Members at Plaza de los Amigos for a Discovery Experience – scavenger hunt – that will help them learn about Mexico and its Independence. The Mexico pavilion will be all decked out for the occasion too! Guests can search for clues throughout the Mexico pavilion in order to answer the questions on the scavenger hunt and will receive a small commemorative certificate once all the questions have been answered.

Halloween at Walt Disney World

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

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 Food and Wine Festival Information

The Epcot International 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. - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

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October


SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

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 Food and Wine Festival Information

The Epcot International 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. - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)


Halloween at Walt Disney World

Halloween at Disney World



Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic - October 26-28, 2018

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

2018 will be the 9th year for this event that features wine and beer seminars, tasting stations and live music. Causeway tickets, allowing you unlimited food and beverage samples from more than 40 tasting stations and 30 wineries, are available as part of a hotel package or individually. Chefs from the hotels' restaurants will be on hand to explain their dishes. The popular Beer Garden will return to offer beer tastings of local and seasonal favorites.

More info here...

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November

runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon - November 1-4, 2018


Halloween at Walt Disney World

(See October listing for details)
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

Christmas at Walt Disney World - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

(See December listing for details)


Gingerbread Houses and Models at Disney Parks, Resorts, and Disney Cruise Line - Throughout the Holiday Season

Guests visiting select Walt Disney World parks and resorts, as well as the Disney Cruise Line ships, will be treated to displays of massive gingerbread models, and even life-sized gingerbread houses!

The spectacular gingerbread houses are a long-time Disney parks and resorts tradition. This year is no exception! These artistic holiday creations will start popping up on November 9 and will remain up throughout the holiday season.


ICE at Gaylord Palms - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)
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 at Walt Disney World - November 22, 2018
If you're planning on being at Walt Disney World for Thanksgiving, here is a list of restaurants planning on serving a Thanksgiving meal.


Varsity Spirit Spectacular - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

More than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country will represent the camp brands of Memphis-based Varsity Spirit in the third annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular. Guests visiting Walt Disney World can enjoy a pre-parade performance through Magic Kingdom Park during the weekend. Check the Times Guides for specific information.

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Christmas at Walt Disney World - (2018 Dates will be added once they're announced)

Christmas at Disney World


Gingerbread Houses and Models at Disney Parks, Resorts, and Disney Cruise Line - Throughout the Holiday Season

Guests visiting select Walt Disney World parks and resorts, as well as the Disney Cruise Line ships, will be treated to displays of massive gingerbread models, and even life-sized gingerbread houses!

The spectacular gingerbread houses are a long-time Disney parks and resorts tradition. This year is no exception! These artistic holiday creations will start popping up on November 9 and will remain up throughout the holiday season.


New Year's Eve - December 31, 2018
Enjoy live music, entertainment and dancing to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. To see what activities were offered on New Year's Eve last year check out the links below:

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