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

October

Walt Disney World's 50th AnniversaryOctober 1, 2021

Keep an eye out in this space as special happenings are announced for the 50th Anniversary celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Epcot's China Pavilion Celebrating China National Day - October 1

Epcot is encouraging guests to visit the China Pavilion on October 1 to learn about the Chinese national holiday. Limited-time educational experiences will be going on to teach guests about Chinese culture and the reason for the holiday.


Epcot's Germany Pavilion Honors Re-Unification Day - October 3

Many are still alive today who remember the immense impact that the fall of the Berlin Wall and German re-unification had not just for German citizens, but for modern society as a whole. Epcot is joining Germany and others around the world by celebrating the anniversary of the unified nation on October 3rd.

The Berlin Wall was brought down on November 9th, 1989; a reunited East Germany and West Germany officially began the following year. This celebration commemorates a single German nation in the place most suited for the occasion: Epcot’s Germany Pavilion.

Disney is encouraging guests to visit the Germany pavilion to learn more about Germany Re-Unification Day and to participate in a discovery experience.

MorimotoFest at Morimoto AsiaOctober 6, 2019

In the spirit of Oktoberfest, Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs is hosting an afternoon of autumn-inspired sips and chef-driven savories from ten of their favorite local breweries during MorimotoFest. The event will be held from 12:30-3 p.m.

Guests who attend this event will enjoy pairings of Pan-Asian bites at ten accompanying food stations showcasing everything from their famed sushi, a raw bar, and ramen to dumplings, stir fry, and Morimoto’s signature spare ribs. The event will feature multiple stations of fall-themed craft beers from the following breweries: Crooked Can Brewing Company, Red Light Red Light, Cask and Larder, Sideward Brewing, Hourglass, Orange County Brewers, Tactical, Bowigens, Motorworks, and The Tank.

Live entertainment will be provided by DJ Jimmy Joslin, who will be spinning tunes all afternoon. Exclusive merchandise including t-shirts and beer glasses will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets are $55 per adult / $25 per child ages 4-12 and are available for purchase at morimotoasia.com. Premium seating for a party of four at a private booth with dedicated butler-style service is available for $500.


Disney After Hours
Animal Kingdom: October 5, 9, 19, 26 and 30, 2019

This hard-ticketed event is limited to a smaller number of guests than what you would see on a typical day at the park. Guests attending can experience little to no wait at several popular attractions and experiences including many fan favorites and character meet and greets. More info...


Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information - August 29 to November 23, 2019

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.


Halloween at Walt Disney World - August 16 - November 1, 2019

Halloween at Disney World


SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - September 21 - October 27, 2019

Weekends Only

It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater "fantasea" including trick-or-treating, whimsical sea creatures, and more in this family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular is included in park admission.


runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon - October 31 to November 3, 2019

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November

runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon - October 31 to November 3, 2019


Celebrate Día de los Muertos at Epcot - November 1-4

Guests visiting Epcot can stop by the Mexico pavilion to take part in celebrating Día de los Mertos - a special Mexican tradition honoring family members who have passed on. Mexican artist Carmelita Melchor Jimón, a 5th generation artist from Jalisco, will be at Plaza de los Amigos handcrafting, painting, and personalizing Catrina dolls for guests.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - August 29 to November 23, 2019

Christmas at Walt Disney World - November 8, 2019 to January 2020

(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.


Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic - November 8-9, 2019

2019 will be the 10th 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...


Veterans Day Flag Retreat at the Magic Kingdom - November 11
Join active-duty and military veteran Cast Members for a special procession down Main Street, U.S.A. before the Flag Retreat at 5:15 p.m. The special ceremony will also include members of SALUTE, a Diversity Resource Group of Disney Cast Members.


Disney Early Morning Magic

Magic Kingdom: November: 13 and 20, 2019 – 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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


Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World - November 28, 2019

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


Disney After Hours
Magic Kingdom: November 18, 2019 – 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Animal Kingdom: November 5, 13 and 19, 2019 – 9:00 p.m. to midnight

This hard-ticketed event is limited to a smaller number of guests than what you would see on a typical day at the park. Guests attending can experience little to no wait at several popular attractions and experiences including many fan favorites and character meet and greets. More info...

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Christmas at Walt Disney World - November 8, 2019 to January 2020

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.


Disney Early Morning Magic

Magic Kingdom: December: 3, 5, 9, 11, and 17, 2019 – 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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


Disney After Hours
Magic Kingdom: December 9, 2019 - 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Animal Kingdom: December 7, 14 and 18, 2019 - 9:00 p.m. to midnight

This hard-ticketed event is limited to a smaller number of guests than what you would see on a typical day at the park. Guests attending can experience little to no wait at several popular attractions and experiences including many fan favorites and character meet and greets. More info...


New Year's Eve - December 31, 2019
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:

January

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - January 17 – February 24, 2020

For five weeks beginning January 17 and going through February 24, 2020, this festival will include visual, culinary, and performing arts.

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 Early Morning Magic

Magic Kingdom: January: 6, 8, 14, 16, 19, 21, 28, and 30, 2020 – 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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


2020 Walt Disney World Marathon - January 8 - 14, 2020


Disney After Hours
Magic Kingdom:
January 6 and 13, 2020
- 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
January 17 and 20, 2020 - 9pm to midnight
Animal Kingdom: January 9, 16, 22 and 30, 2020 - 9:00 p.m. to midnight

This hard-ticketed event is limited to a smaller number of guests than what you would see on a typical day at the park. Guests attending can experience little to no wait at several popular attractions and experiences including many fan favorites and character meet and greets. More info...

February

Bubble Gum Day - February 1

If you'll be visiting Epcot on Bubble Gum Day, be sure to stop by and have your picture taken at the Bubble Gum Wall near the exit of Spaceship Earth!



Super Bowl LIIV - Sunday, February 2, 2020 6:30 p.m. Eastern

If you'll be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort on Super Bowl Sunday, check out this great list of suggestions on where to watch the big game in and around Disney property!

Where to Watch the Super Bowl On and Off Walt Disney World Property

Disney Early Morning Magic

Magic Kingdom: February: 2, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27, 2020 – 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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


Disney After Hours
Animal Kingdom: February: 6, 13, 19 and 27, 2020 - 9:00 p.m. to midnight

This hard-ticketed event is limited to a smaller number of guests than what you would see on a typical day at the park. Guests attending can experience little to no wait at several popular attractions and experiences including many fan favorites and character meet and greets. More info...


Valentine's Day in the Disney area - February 14, 2020





Epcot International Festival of the Arts - January 17 – February 24, 2020

For five weeks beginning January 17 and going through February 24, 2020, this festival will include visual, culinary, and performing arts.

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 20 – 23, 2020



Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort - February 1 - April 2, 2020

Celebrate Mardi Gras every night during this festive event at Universal Orlando Resort!! 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

Disney Early Morning Magic

Magic Kingdom: March: 1, 3, 10, 15, 22, 26, and 29, 2020 – 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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


Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase - Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15, 2020


  • Friday – Welcome Party (additional cost, limited availability)
  • Saturday – Wedding Showcase Admission & Venue Tour
    • Additional Menu Planning Experience (additional cost, limited availability)
  • Sunday – Special Shopping Experience at Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
For more detailed information and to purchase tickets for this special event at $45 per person, visit the Disney Weddings website.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - March 4 - June 1, 2020


Disney After Hours
Animal Kingdom: March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2020 - 9:00 p.m. to midnight

This hard-ticketed event is limited to a smaller number of guests than what you would see on a typical day at the park. Guests attending can experience little to no wait at several popular attractions and experiences including many fan favorites and character meet and greets. More info...


International Women's Day - March 10, 2019

Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort for National Women’s Day on March 8 can look forward to some special entertainment and treats at all four theme parks and at Disney Springs such as themed cupcakes and desserts. Additionally, a Sisters Soiree Dance Party will take place in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom, women of the Green Army Patrol will march through Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and the Voices of Liberty inside The American Adventure at Epcot will celebrate women with special performances of empowering songs. Pick up a Times Guide on your way into the parks to see all the details!
Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road - March 17

Read about what the weekend has in store by visiting Raglan Road's Mighty St. Patrick's Festival page.

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort - February 1 - April 2, 2020

Celebrate Mardi Gras every night during this festive event at Universal Orlando Resort!! 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

Celebrate 'Earth Month' Throughout April


Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Resort - February 1 - April 2, 2020

Celebrate Mardi Gras every night during this festive event at Universal Orlando Resort!! 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.


Mickey & Minnie's Surprise Celebration



Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration event began in January and will honor those true originals, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with new entertainment, merchandise, specialty food and beverages at Magic Kingdom featuring the following:

  • Mickey and Minnie will don brand-new costumes and greet guests together inside of Town Square Theater!
  • Town Square Theater will host a celebration station which includes a guestbook which visitors can sign to share their thoughts on the event.
  • As part of the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party,” guests will be able to a hear a new original song called “It’s a Good Time” played multiple times throughout the day.
  • Storybook Circus will have a Pluto meet and greet at Pete’s Silly Sideshow.
Party with Pixar Pals and More as Disney’s Hollywood Studios Marks 30 Years
  • May 1, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park will celebrate this milestone all year long beginning on January 18th!
  • While Disney is celebrating the anniversary all year long, there will be some things that are exclusive to the actual date that the park turns 30. On May 1 there will be a special "cavalcade" of Disney characters at 10 a.m. down Hollywood Blvd, specailty buttons and maps, and special merchandise and food.
  • Pixar Place has been transformed into a Municiberg city block where guests can show off their inner Supers with The Incredibles. Guests will celebrate the heroic deeds of Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible (Elastigirl), and Frozone, who will make appearances throughout the day during a party featuring lively music, dancing, interactive games, and more Super fun. Guests can meet super-suit designer Edna Mode and see some of her greatest creations. They may also spot signs for the whereabouts of the youngest Incredible – the mischievous and multi-powered Jack-Jack.
  • A door to the monster world is now open inside Walt Disney Presents, inviting guests to visit with Mike and Sulley from Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

Feel the Love During ‘Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Guests will take a walk on the wild side at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party,” featuring Timon and Rafiki from Disney’s The Lion King.
  • Each day on Discovery Island, the dance party will encourage young adventurers to let their inner animals roam free on the dance floor as a street band plays a fiery soundtrack in a World Beat style.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - March 4 - June 1, 2020


Easter at Walt Disney World - April 12, 2020



Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian, Disney's Beach Club, and Disney's Contemporary Resorts - Easter 2020

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.

There is also a grand Easter Egg Display at Disney's Beach Club Resort and a much smaller Easter Egg Display at Disney's Contemporary Resort.


Star Wars Rival Run Weekend - April 16-19, 2020

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May

Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Celebration - May 1, 2019

Special buttons and 30th Anniversary commemorative maps are given to guests at the entrance to the park. There will also be a special cavalcade with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.
Celebrate "Children's Day" in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot - May 5
Every year on May 5th, Japan celebrates Kodomo no hi or “Children’s Day.” Families in Japan celebrate the health, growth, and happiness of all children. Celebrations are held all over Japan and the world, and this year, Epcot is joining in on the fun. Guests visiting the Japan pavilion on May 5th can participate in a discovery experience where they can learn more about Japan and Japanese culture. Check the daily Times Guide for details.
Celebrate Mother's Day - Sunday, May 10, 2020

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 - March 4 - June 1, 2020

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June

Orlando United Day - June 12
On this day each year, 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


Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - March 4 - June 1, 2020


World Oceans Day - June 8
Guests visiting Disney World on June 8th can celebrate World Oceans Day at Epcot and take advantage of special offerings at The Seas With Nemo & Friends! Pavilion. Guests can learn about ocean conservation efforts through fun displays, activities, and events throughout the pavilion.

Disney’s Animals, Science and Education Team will be showcasing wildlife and giving demonstrations to visitors about how we can help protect our oceans. Guests can learn different ways to keep the ocean clean and how recycling helps coral reefs thrive. Guests will also be able to donate to the Conservation Fund at the SeaBase Gift Shop and receive a special Conservation Fund button.

The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion will also offer an exclusive sea turtle and shark picture frame for guests who purchase a photo on June 8th. Finally, top off your day at Coral Reef Restaurant with a new white and dark chocolate mousse, only served on World Oceans Day.
H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - June: 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27, and 29, 2019



On Thursdays and Saturdays through August 24, 2019, this special event will transform Typhoon Lagoon into a nighttime Toy Story-themed beach party accompanied by characters, music, and unique lighting effects.

Celebrate Father's Day - Sunday, June 21, 2020

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 - Magic Kingdom

On D-Day, typically at 5 p.m. on Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom, a special Flag Retreat Ceremony will be held. Soldiers from a local VA Medical Center will be present as the ceremony’s honorees. These veterans have served in multiple wars, including World War II.

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July

Canada Day - July 1

Celebrate Canada Day at the Canada Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase! Visitors can participate in a special discovery experience and learn more about the country and its traditions. The pavilion has been decorated with many Canadian and provincial flags in the past and guests could win specialty pins from cast members for correctly answering Canadian trivia. Check the daily Times Guide for details.


4th of July at Walt Disney World



H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - July: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27, 2019



On Thursdays and Saturdays through August 24, 2019, this special event will transform Typhoon Lagoon into a nighttime Toy Story-themed beach party accompanied by characters, music, and unique lighting effects.

Disney Early Morning Magic

Magic Kingdom: July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30, 2019

This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to select 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.m. Check-in will start at 7:30 near the far left turnstiles outside the Magic Kingdom. More info...

Disney's Hollywood Studios: July: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and 31, 2019

Guests can maximize their time at the all-new Toy Story Land inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios when they take advantage of this limited-entry, first-access experience offering access to the three attractions in the Land and breakfast too. More info...


Disney Villains After Hours
Magic Kingdom July 1, 11, 18, and 25, 2019

Disney Villains After Hours will boast an entertaining villains theme, including exclusive entertainment, food & beverage, merchandise, and more including a brand-new villains stage show – Villains Unite the Night – among other entertainment. Learn more...

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August

Disney Gay Days 2019 - August 13-19, 2019
H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - August: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, and 24, 2019

On Thursdays and Saturdays through August 24, 2019, this special event will transform Typhoon Lagoon into a nighttime Toy Story-themed beach party accompanied by characters, music, and unique lighting effects. Tickets are on sale now!

Disney Early Morning Magic

Magic Kingdom: August: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27, 2019

This event will give guests the opportunity to have breakfast and access to select 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.m. Check-in will start at 7:30 near the far left turnstiles outside the Magic Kingdom. More info...

Disney's Hollywood Studios: August: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28, 2019

Guests can maximize their time at the all-new Toy Story Land inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios when they take advantage of this limited-entry, first-access experience offering access to the three attractions in the Land and breakfast too. More info...


Disney Villains After Hours
Magic Kingdom August 1 and 8, 2019

Disney Villains After Hours will boast an entertaining villains theme, including exclusive entertainment, food & beverage, merchandise, and more including a brand-new villains stage show – Villains Unite the Night – among other entertainment. Learn more...


Halloween at Walt Disney World - August 16 - November 1, 2019


Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information - August 29 to November 23, 2019

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. - August 29 to November 23, 2019

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September

The Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road - August 31 - September 3

The Great Irish Hooley will return to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs for the seventh year. This celebration of Irish song, dance, food and drink all takes place on Labor Day weekend.

The festival will not have a cover charge and promises to be packed with live entertainment from award-winning performers. This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include JigJam, Lisa Canny, and Billow Wood.


Halloween at Walt Disney World - August 16 - November 1, 2019

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - September 21 - October 27, 2019

Weekends Only

It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater "fantasea" including trick-or-treating, whimsical sea creatures, and more in this family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular is included in park admission.


Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information - August 29 to November 23, 2019

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

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.


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