Disney World Events

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.

December

    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.


    Morimoto Asia & Homecomin’ Third Annual Sake & Shine Event - December 6, 2019
    Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Chef Art Smith are inviting guests to attend to their third annual Sake & Shine event which will take place on Friday, December 6 at Morimoto Asia and Homecomin’ in Disney Springs.

    Experience an intimate and one-of-a-kind progressive dining event beginning at 7 p.m. A foodie’s paradise, the three-course Pan-Asian feast will be complete with sake and beer pairings on the second-story Forbidden Lounge balcony at Morimoto Asia. Following dinner, walk across the promenade to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ to indulge in a variety of dessert options including a build-your-own-Florida-strawberry shortcake bar plus slices of Chef Smith’s signature Hummingbird and Shine cakes paired with a variety of moonshine-based cocktails.

    Both chefs will be on-site throughout the evening overseeing the meal, mingling with guests, posing for photos, and signing autographs.

    There are only 50 tickets available to purchase for $250 per person. This price is all-inclusive and covers tax and gratuity. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased online HERE.


    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, 13, 23, 27 and 31, 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
    Magic Kingdom: February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2020 - 9:00 p.m. to midnight
    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...


    Disney Villains After Hours
    Magic Kingdom February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2020

    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...


    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
    Magic Kingdom
    March 2, 2020 - 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    March 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2020 - 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

    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...


    Disney Villains After Hours
    Magic Kingdom March 6, 11, 18, and 27, 2020

    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...


    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.


    Disney After Hours
    Magic Kingdom: April 5, 13, 20 and 27, 2020 - 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
    Animal Kingdom: April 1, 7, 14 and 22, 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...


    Disney Villains After Hours
    Magic Kingdom April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2020

    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...


    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 After Hours
    Magic Kingdom: May 5, 11, 18 and 25, 2020 - 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
    Animal Kingdom: May 2, 9, 16, 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...


    Disney Villains After Hours
    Magic Kingdom May 1, 8, 14, 22, and 29, 2020

    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...


    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


    Disney Gay Days 2020 - June 4-8, 2020

    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.

    Disney Villains After Hours
    Magic Kingdom June 5, 12, 19, 26, and 29, 2020

    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...


    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 6 and 10, 2020

    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

September

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...


    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...


    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.

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