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.


 


March

Celebrate the release of Cinderella with a specialty cupcake - through March 31, 2015

Contempo Cafe, Contemporary Resort

Disney's live-action version of Cinderella will be released in theaters March 13. To celebrate, the pastry team at the Contemporary Resort created this special dessert - a vanilla cupcake filled with vanilla icing and buttercream and topped with a white chocolate glass slipper, sugar pumpkin and "fairy dust."


Merchandise Events and Artist Appearances/Signings

March 2-8: Artist Greg McCullough will be at the Art of Disney (Downtown Disney Marketplace).  Greg is known for graphics and advertising illustrations for Disney Parks.

March 4-8: Larry Dotson will have special signings at The Art of Disney (Downtown Disney Epcot).  Larry is often found at the Disney Parks and is known for his oil paintings of Disney scenes.

March 4-May 17: Artists will make appearances at the Festival Center during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

March 6: Cal Ripken, Jr, author and Major League Baseball Legend, will sign his new book, Out at Home. Signing will take place at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports during the 2nd inning of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training game.

March 6-7: WonderGround Gallery will be opening in the Marketplace Co-Op (Downtown Disney Marketplace). Michael Lewis Glover and Jerrod Maruyama will sign pieces from 1-3:30pm and Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Robert Jimenez will sign from 5-7:30pm.

March 8: Jerrod Maruyama will sign his Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival-inspired piece, Spring Has Sprung, at the Festival Center.  11am-12pm and 1-2pm.

March 12: Disney Parks Collection: PANDORA will have a reveal.

March 13: Lee Cockerell's new book, Time Management Magic, will go on sale at Art of Disney (Downtown Disney Marketplace).

March 13-15: Precious Moments designer and artist Linda Rick will be appearing at Heritage Manor at the American Adventure Pavilion (Epcot) to celebrate the new Spring collection. She will also appear March 20-22.  Precious Moments Dolls representatives will be at Heritage Maonr March 12-April 12 and March 12-April 27 at Once Upon A Toy (Downtown Disney Marketplace).

March 25-26: Two new Ridley Pearson books will be released - Kingdom Keepers: The Return: Book 1: Disney Lands and The Syndrome: A Kingdom Keepers Adventure. Meet Pearson March 25 from 4-6pm at Once Upon A Toy (Downtown Disney Marketplace) or March 26 from 9-11am at Writer's Stop (Disney's Hollywood Studios).

March 27-29: Art in the Garden - David E. Doss and Greg McCullough will be at the entrance to World Showcase from 11am-7pm.

March 27-29: Larry Dotson will be appearing at the Puffins Roost in the Norway Pavilion.

March 28: Purchase the limited edition hand-painted Ink & Pain cel "A Dapper Day in the Parks" featuring Mickey Mouse aboard the Main Street Trolley.  Artists will be on hand to sign from 10am-1pm and 2-5pm at Animation Gallery (Disney's Hollywood Studios).

Photo: Disney Parks Merchandise

 


Preview of Cinderella - January 17-March 21, 2015

Disney's Hollywood Studios, ABC Sound Studio, 10:00am-30 minutes prior to closing

See an exclusive preview of Disney's newest film, due out this spring. Outside of the theater, the one-of-a-kind gold coach from the film will be on display from February 1-April 11, 2015.












 

 

 


Atlanta Braves Spring Training -March 4 - April 4, 2015


Disney Dreamer's Academy  - March 5-8, 2015


Mighty Festival: St. Patrick's Week - March 13-17, 2015

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Downtown Disney

March 13 - 4pm-1:30am

March 14-17 - noon-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 Scythian, $3 Band, Reel O Grande, Drops of Green, The Brayzen Heads, and The West Coast Trio, as well as dancing by the Raglan Road Dancers.

A $10 cover charge for guests 18 and over will apply on March 17th only.

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day


Live Broadcasts of Baseball Tonight - March 23-27, 2015

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

ESPN's show Baseball Tonight will broadcast live outside Champion Stadium.  Guests can be part of a live audience that will take part in a variety of interactive experiences.  The shows will take place from 6-6:30pm and on Thursday, an extra show will be broadcast from 10-11pm. Broadacsts are free and open to the public.


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


 


Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 7-April 18, 2015

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 -March 4 - April 4, 2015


Easter - April 5, 2015


Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 7-April 18, 2015
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.


Sneak Peak of "Tomorrowland" - Beginning mid-April

Catch a sneak peak of Disney's upcoming feature film "Tomorrowland" at the Imagination Pavilion theater in Epcot beginning mid-April.  The movie opens in theaters on May 22, 2015.


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

 


Expedition Everest Challenge - May 1-2, 2015

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

 


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

 

 


Coolest Summer Ever 24-hour event - May 22-23, 2015

Magic Kingdom

Kick off summer with this 24-hour party, to be held from 6am-6am May 22-23! Guests are asked to “show their Disney Side” by wearing costumes and celebrating the “Coolest Summer Ever” all night long. The celebration will consist of dance parties, character meet and greets and more surprises.  Many of the park’s attractions will be open; specialty food and beverage items will be available as well.

June

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

 


Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! - June 17-September 7, 2015

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
More Information Here

 


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

 


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

 


Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! - June 17-September 7, 2015

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
More Information 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

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! - June 17-September 7, 2015

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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 - September 11-12, 2015
List of Night of Joy performers and ticket information.

 


Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! - June 17-September 7, 2015

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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:

 


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 15-November 1, 2015


Halloween at Disney World

 


Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - September 25-November 16, 2015

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

 

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 - September 25-November 16, 2015
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 15-November 1, 2015

Halloween at Disney World

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic -

October 30-31, 2015

2015 will be the 6th 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.  Last year's Beer Garden will return to offer beer tastings of local and seasonal favorites.

Seminar tickets and Beer Garden tickets may be added for an additional fee.  Information on pricing and ticket packages will be available at a later date.

More information can be found here.

November

Halloween at Disney World - September 15-November 1, 2015

 


Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon - November 6-7, 2015

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 - September 25-November 16, 2015


Festival of the Masters - November 2014 - cancelled for 2014 due to construction at Downtown Disney, 2015 dates not yet announced
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 8, 2015 - December 2015

(See December listing for details)


ICE at Gaylord Palms - November 2014 - January 2015 (2015 dates not yet 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 in Walt Disney World - November 26, 2015
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 8, 2015 - December 2015

Christmas at Disney World

 


New Year's Eve - December 31, 2015
Enjoy live music, entertainment and dancing to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

 

January

2016 Walt Disney World Marathon - January 6 - 10, 2016

February

Valentine's Day in the Disney area - February 14, 2016

 


Disney's Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend - 2016 dates not yet announced, but in 2015, this was held February 19-22


Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 7-April 18, 2015

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.