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 7, 2016 - December 2016

Christmas at Disney World

 


 

 Merchandise Events and Artist Appearances/Signings

 

 

December 1-3: Artist William Silvers will be at The Art of Disney (Epcot) from 3-9pm.

 

December 2-3: Disney Design Group artists Maria Stuckey, Caley Hicks, Derek Lesinski, and Costa Alavezos will be signing holiday products at Disney's Days of Christmas (Disney Springs) from 6-8pm. (Derek will only be there Dec 2 and Costa will only be there Dec 3).

 

December 2-4: Rachelle Eason from Boiled Books will be at Port of Entry (Epcot) from park open to close.  She will also be there Dec 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, and Dec 30-Jan 1, 2017.

 

December 2-4: Yardley representatives will be showcasing new fragrances and beauty products from noon-7pm at The Queen's Table (United Kingdom Pavilion, Epcot). They will also be there Dec 16-18 and Dec 29-Jan 1, 2017.  On Dec 3-4, 17-18, and 29-30, bottle painting and personalization will be offered.

 

December 3: Jasmine Becket-Griffith will be meeting guests at WonderGround Gallery (Marketplace Co-Op, Disney Springs) from 4-8pm.

 

December 4-6: Ashley Taylor, of HerUniverse, will be showing her collection at WonderGround Gallery (Marketplace Co-Op, Disney Springs) from noon-3:00 on December 4 and 5-8pm on December 5. She will be joined by Ashley Eckstein, HerUniverse creator, on December 6 from 3-5pm.  HerUniverse is a collection of Star Wars products for women.

 

December 5: Calligrapher Singling Lee will be at Uptown Jewelers (Magic Kingdom) from 11:30am-6:00pm for a special promotion. Spend at least $125 in PANDORA Jewelry and get personalized calligraphy on a commemorative item.

 

December 5-11: Larry Dotson will be at The Art of Dinsey (Epcot) from 11am-9pm each day. Larry is often found at the Disney Parks and is known for his oil paintings of Disney scenes.

 

December 8-12: David Doss will be signing at The Art of Disney (Disney Springs) from 1-9pm.

Doss is known for his watercolors and his great attention to detail.

 

December 8-9: Meet Kit Heath representatives at The Queen's Table (UK Pavilion, Epcot) from noon-7pm each day.

 

December 9: Derek Lesinski of the Disney Design Group will be at Disney's Days of Christmas (Disney Springs) from 6-8pm.

 

December 9-10: Representatives from Dale of Norway will be at The Puffins Roost (Norway Pavilion, Epcot) will be there from park open to close.

 

December 10: An Antica Murrina event will be held in Il Bel Cristallo (Italy Pavilion, Epcot) from noon-7pm.

 

December 13-16: Greg McCullough will be at The Art of Disney (Disney Springs) from 1-8pm.  He will also be there December 19-22 and December 26-January 2, 2017. Greg is known for graphics and advertising illustrations for Disney Parks.

 

December 13-17: Geir Ness, fragrance designer, will be at Puffin's Roost (Norway Pavilion, Epcot) from noon-6pm each day.

 

December 14-18: Marie Line Patry, National Director for Fragrances and Beauty at Guerlain, will be at La Signature (France Pavilion, Epcot) from noon-8pm each day.

 

December 15-19: David Doss will be at The Art of Disney (Epcot) from 1-9pm each day.

 

December 16-17: Artist Emanuele Fontanini will be hosting a Fontanini Nativity Set Signing at Il Bel Cristallo (Italy Pavilion, Epcot) from noon-3pm and from 5-7pm each day.

 

December 16-17: Artist Patsy Larson will sign Ne'Qwa ornaments at Santa's Village outside The American Adventure (Epcot) from 5-7pm each day.

 

December 17: Costa Alavezos of the Disney Design Group will be signing his holiday products at Disney's Days of Christmas (Disney Springs) from 6-8pm.

 

December 17-18: William Silvers will be at The Art of Disney (Disney Springs) from 4-10pm.

 

December 18-22: Larry Dotson will be meeting guests at Main Street Cinema (Magic Kingdom) from 11am-9pm.

 

December 26-28: Larry Dotson will be signing at The Puffin's Roost (Norway Pavilion, Epcot) from 11am-7pm.


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, 2016
Enjoy live music, entertainment and dancing to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

January

 

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

 

February

 

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.


 

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

 


 

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - (2017 dates not yet announced, but in 2016, it was held on Saturdays and select nights, February 6-April 16)

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.

 


March

 

 

Atlanta Braves Spring Training - March 1 - April 1, 2016

 


 

Disney Dreamer's Academy  - March 3-6, 2016

 


 

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 2-May 30, 2016

 


 

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 6-April 16, 2016

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.

 


Easter - March 27, 2016

April 2016

 

 

Atlanta Braves Spring Training -March 1 - April 1, 2016

 


 

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando- Saturdays and select nights, February 6-April 16, 2016
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 2-May 30, 2016

 


Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side - April 14-17, 2016


Disney After Hours - April 14, 21, and 28, 2016

 

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 and the event is held from 11:00pm-2:00am.

 

Tickets for these events are now on sale and will cost $149 (plus tax) for all ages.  Purchase tickets by calling 407-827-7185.  Annual passholders and DVC members are eligible for a 50% discount.

 

May

 

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival -March 2-May 30, 2016

 


Disney After Hours - May 5, 8, 12, 19, 2016 (no other dates have been announced yet)

 

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 and the event is held from 11:00pm-2:00am.

 

Tickets for these events are now on sale and will cost $149 (plus tax) for all ages.  Purchase tickets by calling 407-827-7185.

 

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

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.

 


Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - Sundays and Tuesdays, through September 2016

 

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.

 


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


September

 

Disney Early Morning Magic - Magic Kingdom - Sundays and Tuesdays, through September 2016

 

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.


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:


Disney Early Morning Magic - Disney's Hollywood Studios - Mondays and Wednesdays

This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to two rides and a character meet and greet before the park opens to the general public. Early Morning Magic takes place on select dates from 7:45-10:00am. Check-in will start at 7:45 near the far left turnstiles of the park’s main entrance.

Star Tours, Toy Story Mania! and a character meet and greet with Mickey, Minnie, Buzz, Woody, and Olaf will be open for guests. 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 ABC Commissary from 8:00-10:00am featuring fruit, breakfast pastries, scrambled eggs, spinach and mushroom frittata, bacon, pork sausage, cheesy potatoes, French toast, and muesli.

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 Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 407-827-7350.


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


Disney Early Morning Magic - Sundays and Tuesdays (with the exception of 9/4 and 9/11)

 

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.


 

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 - (2017 dates not yet announced, but in 2016, this was held October 1-30, 2016)

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 -

(2017 dates not yet announced, but in 2016, this was held October 28-29, 2016)

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 24, 2015 - January 3, 2016
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.