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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.


 


January


2017 Walt Disney World Marathon - January 4 - 8, 2017

 


Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - select Tuesdays, through March 2017


This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to three rides before the Magic Kingdom opens to the general public. This event take place on select dates from 7:45-10:00amCheck-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 rides will end at 9:00 when the park opens to regular day guests.

A breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30-10:00am 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 now on sale and will cost $69 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3-9), plus regular park admission to the Magic Kingdom.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 407-827-7350.



Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Weekends January 13-February 20, 2017



For six weekends starting on Friday, January 13 and going through Monday, February 20, 2017, 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 each weekend, 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 brand new “Food Studios” promises to offer a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds.

 


Highway in the Sky Dine Around - Tuesdays - Saturdays through March 10, 2017



This five-course progressive dinner experience takes guests around the monorail line to the 3 Deluxe Resorts. 


The experience begins at Disney's Contemporary Resort, where guests will check in at The Wave...of American Flavors restaurant and enjoy an appetizer and speciatly cocktail with fellow "Dine Around" guests. 


The next stop is at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort where guests will enjoy a variety of island-inspired cocktails and appetizers. 


Then, guests will hop on the monorail and head over to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where they will be escorted to Citricos restaurant and treated to a special Chef's main course selection.  After dinner, a gathering with fellow "Dine Around" guests will take place in the elegant lobby to enjoy champagne and a selection of artisanal cheeses.


After the champagne and cheese gathering, guests will board the monorail one last time and return to Disney's Contemporary Resort for a private dessert party and viewing of Wishes.  There will be an assortment of desserts, cordials, and coffee served.


$150 per person, plus tax, gratuity is included.  Make reservations online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. The Disney Dining Plan is not valid for this event.

 


Disney After Hours - January 20 and 27, 2017

9:00pm - 12:00am

 

This event will give guests the opportunity to stay in the park three hours after closing time. Select attractions and character meet and greets will be available, as well as ice cream novelties and bottled beverages. Guests with tickets to this event can enter the parks anytime after 7:00pm each night.

 

Tickets for these events are now on sale and will cost $119 (plus tax) for all ages.  Purchase tickets by calling 407-827-7185. 

 


Minnie Rocks the Dots - January 22, 2017

 

Celebrate National Polka Dot Day with Minnie Mouse!  Visit Disney Springs or Downtown Disney District on January 22 dressed in your polka-dotted finest to join the celebrations that will include special photo opportunities, entertainment, discounts, giveaways, and even a commemorative button. #RockTheDots


Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - January 31, 2017

7:45 fireworks reception, 9:00pm dinner

Cinderella's Royal Table, Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

 

Celebrate the Magic Kingdom's 45th anniversary at this dinner featuring Magic Kingdom's Culinary Director Robert Gilbert and his team.

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book dinners by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $499 per person.

 

February


Highway in the Sky Dine Around - Tuesdays - Saturdays through March 10, 2017

 

This five-course progressive dinner experience takes guests around the monorail line to the 3 Deluxe Resorts. 


The experience begins at Disney's Contemporary Resort, where guests will check in at The Wave...of American Flavors restaurant and enjoy an appetizer and speciatly cocktail with fellow "Dine Around" guests. 


The next stop is at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort where guests will enjoy a variety of island-inspired cocktails and appetizers. 


Then, guests will hop on the monorail and head over to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where they will be escorted to Citricos restaurant and treated to a special Chef's main course selection.  After dinner, a gathering with fellow "Dine Around" guests will take place in the elegant lobby to enjoy champagne and a selection of artisanal cheeses.


After the champagne and cheese gathering, guests will board the monorail one last time and return to Disney's Contemporary Resort for a private dessert party and viewing of Wishes.  There will be an assortment of desserts, cordials, and coffee served.


$150 per person, plus tax, gratuity is included.  Make reservations online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. The Disney Dining Plan is not valid for this event.


Disney After Hours - February 2, 9, and 16, 2017

8:00pm - 11:00pm

 

This event will give guests the opportunity to stay in the park three hours after closing time. Select attractions and character meet and greets will be available, as well as ice cream novelties and bottled beverages. Guests with tickets to this event can enter the parks anytime after 7:00pm each night.

 

Tickets for these events are now on sale and will cost $119 (plus tax) for all ages.  Purchase tickets by calling 407-827-7185. 


Valentine's Day in the Disney area - February 14, 2017



Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Weekends January 13-February 20, 2017


For six weekends starting on Friday, January 13 and going through Monday, February 20, 2017, 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 each weekend, 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 brand new “Food Studios” promises to offer a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds.



Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - February 22, 2017

6:30pm

Markham's at Golden Oak

 

Come "Explore a Journey around the World of Flavors" at this dinner featuring Animal Kingdom's Culinary Director Robert Adams and his team.

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $249 per person.

 


Disney's Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend - February 24-26, 2017




Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 4-March 25, 2017

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.

 


Atlanta Braves Spring Training - February 25-March 29, 2017

 


Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - select Tuesdays, through March 2017


This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to three rides before the Magic Kingdom opens to the general public. This event take place on select dates from 7:45-10:00amCheck-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 rides will end at 9:00 when the park opens to regular day guests.

A breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30-10:00am 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 now on sale and will cost $69 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3-9), plus regular park admission to the Magic Kingdom.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 407-827-7350.



March

Highway in the Sky Dine Around - Tuesdays - Saturdays through March 10, 2017

 

This five-course progressive dinner experience takes guests around the monorail line to the 3 Deluxe Resorts. 


The experience begins at Disney's Contemporary Resort, where guests will check in at The Wave...of American Flavors restaurant and enjoy an appetizer and speciatly cocktail with fellow "Dine Around" guests. 


The next stop is at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort where guests will enjoy a variety of island-inspired cocktails and appetizers. 


Then, guests will hop on the monorail and head over to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where they will be escorted to Citricos restaurant and treated to a special Chef's main course selection.  After dinner, a gathering with fellow "Dine Around" guests will take place in the elegant lobby to enjoy champagne and a selection of artisanal cheeses.


After the champagne and cheese gathering, guests will board the monorail one last time and return to Disney's Contemporary Resort for a private dessert party and viewing of Wishes.  There will be an assortment of desserts, cordials, and coffee served.


$150 per person, plus tax, gratuity is included.  Make reservations online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. The Disney Dining Plan is not valid for this event.



Atlanta Braves Spring Training - February 25-March 29, 2017



Disney After Hours - March 2 and 9, 2017

9:00pm - 12:00am

 

This event will give guests the opportunity to stay in the park three hours after closing time. Select attractions and character meet and greets will be available, as well as ice cream novelties and bottled beverages. Guests with tickets to this event can enter the parks anytime after 7:00pm each night.

 

Tickets for these events are now on sale and will cost $119 (plus tax) for all ages.  Purchase tickets by calling 407-827-7185. 


Disney Dreamer's Academy  - March 9-12, 2017




Mighty St. Patrick's Festival: March 11-17, 2016

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Downtown Disney

March 11, 14, 15, and 16 - 4pm-1:30am

March 12 and 13 - noon-1:30am

March 17 - 11am-1:30am

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day with live music, classic Irish food and drinks, face painting and merchandise at Raglan Road's Shop.

Enjoy performances by JigJam, The Raglan Roots Coaltion, Cooney & Ryan, Avi McGourty, and The High Road.

A $10 cover charge for guests 18 and over will apply on March 17th only. Make reservations by calling 407-938-0300.

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - March 1-May 29, 2017

 


Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - select Tuesdays, through March 2017


This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to three rides before the Magic Kingdom opens to the general public. This event take place on select dates from 7:45-10:00amCheck-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 rides will end at 9:00 when the park opens to regular day guests.

A breakfast will be served at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30-10:00am 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 now on sale and will cost $69 for adults and $59 for children (ages 3-9), plus regular park admission to the Magic Kingdom.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 407-827-7350.




Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 4-March 25, 2017

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



Atlanta Braves Spring Training - February 25-March 29, 2017



Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival -March 1-May 29, 2017



Star Wars: Galactic Nights - April 14, 2017
Disney's Hollywood Studios, 7:00pm-midnight

This new hard-ticket Star Wars-themed event will include a variety of activities for the whole family. This movie-premiere-style party will “celebrate 40 years of the Greatest Saga Ever Told.” Guests can wear Star-Wars themed costumes and clothing while they “walk the red carpet toward an intergalactic introduction.”

There will be live entertainment, a park-wide scavenger hunt, Star Wars character meet and greets, and many of the park’s attractions will remain open during the event;

Tickets are $124 for children (3-9) and $129 for adults, plus tax. Purchase tickets here.


Easter - April 16, 2017


Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side - April 20-23, 2017

 


Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - April 26, 2017

6:30pm

Markham's at Golden Oak

 

Come "Enjoy Legendary Culinary Moments" at this dinner featuring Victoria & Albert's Chef de Cuisine Aimee Rivera and her team.

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $249 per person.


May

 

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - March 1-May 29, 2017

 


Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - May 31, 2017

6:30pm

Markham's at Golden Oak

 

Come Celebrate the Silly Symphony Flowers and Trees Anniversary at this dinner featuring Park Event's Culinary Director Chef John Clark and his team

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $249 per person.



June


Disney Gay Days 2017 - May 30 - June 5, 2017

 



Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - June 5-July 23, 2016 (2017 dates not yet 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


Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - June 28, 2017

6:30pm

Markham's at Golden Oak

 

Enjoy "A Culinary Tribute to Ratatouille's 10th Anniversary" at this dinner featuring Citricos' Chef Dominque Filoni and team.

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $249 per person.

 

July


 

4th of July at Walt Disney World

 


Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - (2017 dates not yet announced, but in 2016, this was held June 5-July 23)

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

 


Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - July 19, 2017

6:30pm

Markham's at Golden Oak

 

Come enjoy the exotic and exquisite tastes of a journey Under the Sea at this dinner featuring Flying Fish's Timothy Majoras and his team.

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $249 per person.




August

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information

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. - August 31-November 13, 2017


Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - August 16, 2017

6:30pm

Markham's at Golden Oak

 

Come take "A Walk around the World" at this dinner featuring Culinary Director Edwin Wronski and the Flavor Lab team.

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $249 per person.


September


Great Irish Hooley Festival - (2017 dates not yet announced, but in 2016, this was held September 2-5, 2016)

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Downtown Disney

"Hooley" is Irish slang for party or celebration.  There will be several top Irish bands playing traditional and rock tunes, structured set dancing called the Ceili, Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages.  There will be live music both inside and outside.

A new “Rhythms of Raglan” show has been developed for this year. The 90-minute music and dance show was directed by David Hayes (Riverdance, The Voice: Ireland Edition) and choreographed by Michael Donnellan (Lord of the Dance). The show plays at 4:00pm on September 2 and 1:00 and 4:00pm on September 3, 4, and 5. 

Bands include:


Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - September 5, 2017

8:30pm

West Wing, Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom Park

 

Enjoy a sampling of the Beast's favorite French Cuisine at this dinner featuring Flavor Lab's Chef de Cuisine Roland Muller with Magic Kingdom's Culinary Director Robert Gilbert

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $349 per person.

 


Night of Joy - September 8-9, 2017
List of Night of Joy performers and ticket information.




Halloween at Disney World -September 2 - October 31, 2016


SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - September 30-October 29, 2017

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.



2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information

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. - August 31-November 13, 2017

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

October


SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - September 30-October 29, 2017

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.



2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information - August 31-November 13, 2017

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.


Halloween at Disney World - (2017 dates not yet announced, but in 2016, this was held September 2 - October 31, 2016)

Halloween at Disney World




Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic - October 27-28, 2017

5:30pm-9:00pm

2016 was the 7th 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.

 

November

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon - November 2-5, 2017



Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - August 31-November 13, 2017




Christmas at Disney World - November 7, 2016 - December 2016

(See December listing for details)

 


ICE at Gaylord Palms - November 18, 2016-January 1, 2017
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 23, 2017
If you're planning on being at Disney World for Thanksgiving, here is a list of restaurants planning on serving a Thanksgiving meal.

 

DECEMBER

 


Christmas at Disney World - November 7, 2016 - December 2016

Christmas at Disney World




Delicious Disney, A Chef Series - December 6, 2017

6:30pm

The Tree Farm (horticulture area behind Animal Kingdom)

 

Enjoy a Farm to Table Dining Experience at this dinner featuring a collaboration of Disney Chefs.

 

This dinner series will give guests the chance to interact with the Resort’s culinary team, while enjoying a delicious meal with wine pairings. The meals focus on “storytelling with food” and will take place at various locations around Disney property.  

 

Book by calling 407-939-5773 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Reservations are limited, as some of the dinners will only offer seating for up to 60.  $199 per person.

 


Highway in the Sky Dine Around - select Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays from December 2, 2016 - March 31, 2017



This five-course progressive dinner experience will take guests around the monorail line to the 3 Deluxe Resorts. 


The experience will begin at Disney's Contemporary Resort, where guests will check in at The Wave...of American Flavors restaurant and enjoy an appetizer and speciatly cocktail with fellow "Dine Around" guests. 


The next stop will be at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort where guests will enjoy a variety of island-inspired cocktails and appetizers. 


Then, guests will hop on the monorail and head over to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where they will be escorted to Citricos restaurant and treated to a special Chef's main course selection.  After dinner, a gathering with fellow "Dine Around" guests will take place in the elegant lobby to enjoy champagne and a selection of artisanal cheeses.


After the champagne and cheese gathering, guests will board the monorail one last time and return to Disney's Contemporary Resort for a private dessert party and viewing of Wishes.  There will be an assortment of desserts, cordials, and coffee served.


$150 per person, plus tax, gratuity is included.  Make reservations online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. The Disney Dining Plan is not valid for this event.



New Year's Eve - December 31, 2017
Enjoy live music, entertainment and dancing to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.