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Walt Disney World Annual & Seasonal Events Schedule

Event dates & entertainment are subject to change. While every effort is made to update information, contact Walt Disney World direct at (407) W-DISNEY to confirm information before your trip.

  September 2014   October 2014   November 2014   December 2014

January 2015   February 2015   March 2015   April 2015

May 2015   June 2015   July 2015   August 2015

 

September Events

Frozen Summer Fun Live!

July 5 - September 28, 2014
This summer, the world of Frozen takes center stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Summer-long happening will feature a full day of all-new, immersive Frozen experiences
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Hollywood Studios

Free Dining

Most of September (and possibly beyond)
Participation: Special discounted vacation package for specific dates Disney has released for the public to book in recent years; there is no guarantee Disney will offer the Free Dining vacation package each year!
Location: World-wide
Impact: Heavier than usual crowds for this time of year. Heavy restaurant bookings and lines at counter service. Click here for more information on Free Dining at Walt Disney World.

Night of Joy

September 5 & 6, 2014
An annual celebration, this event will be held in the Magic Kingdom and features top contemporary Christian music performers. The long-running series has played to a combined audience in excess of 650,000. 2014 Tickets on sale now!
Participation: Ticketed event open to public
Location: Magic Kingdom; 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Impact: Possible early closings at Magic Kingdom on Friday and Saturday. Increased crowds in the Magic Kingdom beginning 4 p.m. The Ticket and Transportation Center monorail and ferry boat heading into the Magic Kingdom will also be very busy after 4 p.m. due to the arrival participants.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Select Nights September 1 - Early October 31, 2014
Adults and children can trick or treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic throughout the park with Disney characters, special parades and fireworks and more. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. This is a special hard-ticket event occurring on select nights. 2014 Tickets on Sale Now!
Participation: Ticketed event open to the public
Location: Magic Kingdom, 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Impact: Early closings at MK for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Crowds in the Magic Kingdom may be lesser on party days due to the early closure of the park. Guests with event tickets may begin entering the park as early as 4 p.m.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

September 19 - November 10, 2014
Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine at Marketplace Food booths during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This festival features live entertainment, guest chefs, culinary demonstrations, seminars, and special dinners. Additionally Epcot Food and Wine Festival features the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required; some separately ticketed events)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends. Some Epcot venues may be restricted for ticketed events. Possible late evening traffic impact near and around Epcot on evening of.

Additional Events During September

Great Irish Hooley Festival - August 29-September 1, 2014 - This Labor Day weekend party at Raglan Road at Downtown Disney features 6 top Irish bands playing traditional and rock tunes, Irish Dance Workshops for the whole family, structured set dancing, Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages.Entertainment lineup includes:

  • Scythian - headliner on the Celtic festival circuit and in rock venues
  • The Raglan Rebels,] - Ireland's best up-and-coming young band with traditional and modern songs & ballads
  • Drops of Green - a new ballad group from the heart of Ireland

Epcot After Hours Wind Down - Now - November 9, 2014 (and possibly beyond) - Have you ever watched IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and thought, "I wish I could stop in one of the lounges of World Showcase and have a little snack or beverage?" With the Epcot After Hours Wind Down, that is now a possibility.

"Totally Rockin! Live Interactive Band" - Now - September 25, 2014 - Atlantic Dance Hall, located on Disney's BoardWalk will feature a special entertainment on Thursday evenings from 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. that allows guests to showcase their musical talents by joining the band on stage to play an instrument or belt out a song of choice. Admission to Atlantic Dance Hall is $5 for the general public ages 21 and older.

The Imagination Gala: A Magic Carpet Event - September 5-7, 2014 - This annual pin trading event takes place at World ShowPlace in Epcot and includes both free and hard ticket events. For 2014, the event will celebrate the "bests" of Disney films and attractions - the characters we "love to hate" alongside the ones who make us laugh. The "bests" will be honored with an "Imagination Award," represented by a Golden Figment. At the ceremony, nominees will arrive in the grandest of styles: by way of a Magic Carpet instead of a Red Carpet. More details on this event are available on Disney's web site.

Patriot's Day - September 11, 2014 - The Magic Kingdom will have a special flag retreat in Town Square in honor of Patriot's Day.

Elephant and Rhino Day - September 23, 2014 - Part of Disney's year-long series of events that encourage families to connect with nature. Special activities and learning opportunities will be available to families and kids at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Disney Fit Challenge - September 26 - 28, 2014 - Check out the inaugural Disney Fit Challenge, a 3-day competitive fitness event in September where competitors will test the limits of their power, speed, balance, strength and endurance in a series of fitness maneuvers. If you would like to sign up to be a part of the event at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, registration opens March 18. One of the unique aspects of Disney Fit Challenge is that it’s designed so that competitors only compete against other fitness buffs of similar age and skill level spanning several divisions, including elite, intermediate and recreational. Competitors amass points based on their performance in each fitness exercise with the top point leaders from the first two days advancing to the final day of competition. Follow Disney Sports on Twitter @DisneySports to get more details on registration and spectator information.

 

October Events

Halloween/Fall Events

October 1 - October 31, 2014
There's just so much to do at Walt Disney World during the Halloween season. In addition to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, special parades, decorations and fireworks in the parks, there's lots to do on Halloween day at the Disney resorts too. And, at Downtown Disney the Halloween/Fall season is celebrated the entire month of October with special photo spots, pumpkin patches, an Oktoberfest band and more.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Select Nights September 1 - October 31, 2014
Adults and children can trick or treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic throughout the park with Disney characters, special parades and fireworks and more. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. This is a special ticket event occurring on select nights. 2014 Tickets on Sale Now!
Participation: Ticketed event open to the public
Location: Magic Kingdom, 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Impact: Early closings at MK for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Crowds in the Magic Kingdom may be lesser on party days due to the early closure of the park. Guests with event tickets may begin entering the park as early as 4 p.m.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

September 19 - November 10, 2014
Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine at Marketplace Food booths during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This festival features live entertainment, guest chefs, culinary demonstrations, seminars, and special dinners. Additionally Epcot Food and Wine Festival features the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required; some separately ticketed events)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends. Some Epcot venues may be restricted for ticketed events. Possible late evening traffic impact near and around Epcot on evening of

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend

October 3 - 5, 2014
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, takes place at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Brave dark and ghostly streets haunted by Disney villains. Your commemorative medal announces your towering triumph as you ride thrilling Disney's Hollywood Studios attractions till 3:00 a.m.! Also taking place this weekend are the "Happy Haunted 5k Trail Run," the "Disney Villains Hollywood Bash," and the Health and Fitness Expo. Congratulations to Garrett Drogosch, Florida winner of 2013 race. 2014 race registration is now open.
Participation: Registered Event
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports and Disney's Hollywood Studios
Impact: Possible heavy resort bookings by participants. This is a late-night event. There may be some traffic issues during the race.

Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

October 31 and November 1, 2014
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin showcases a passion for food and beverage during the Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Elevate your knowledge of wine appreciation in a series of beverage seminars or just enjoy great food. Live entertainment is included.
Participation: Open to public
Location: Swan and Dolphin hotels
Impact: Generally the same as Food & Wine Festival.

Additional Events During October

Epcot's Birthday - October 1, 2014 - Opening Oct 1, 1982, the park turns 32 this birthday. No festivities are planned.

Magic Kingdom's Birthday - October 1, 2014 - Opening Oct. 1, 1971, the park and Walt Disney World resort turns 43 this birthday. No special festivities are planned.

Epcot After Hours Wind Down - Now - November 9, 2014 (and possibly beyond) - Have you ever watched IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and thought, "I wish I could stop in one of the lounges of World Showcase and have a little snack or beverage?" With the Epcot After Hours Wind Down, that is now a possibility.

Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival - October 17 & 18, 2014 - a 2,500-year-old Chinese boat racing sport that takes place on Village Lake at Downtown Disney West Side. Event activities will take place on Village Lake from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on October 17th and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on October 18th, with spectator viewing along the West Side waterfront.

Bat Day - October 31, 2014 - Part of Disney's year-long series of events that encourage families to connect with nature. Special activities and learning opportunities will be available to families and kids at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

 

November Events

General Tips: November is a transition month. There will still be fall and Halloween activities during the first part of the month, and then celebrations will switch to Christmas and other holiday activities. Pay close attention to the dates of the events this month.

Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

October 31 and November 1, 2014
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin showcases a passion for food and beverage during the Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Elevate your knowledge of wine appreciation in a series of beverage seminars or just enjoy great food. Live entertainment is included.
Participation: Open to public
Location: Swan and Dolphin hotels
Impact: Generally the same as Food & Wine Festival.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

September 19 - November 10, 2014
Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine at Marketplace Food booths during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This festival features live entertainment, guest chefs, culinary demonstrations, seminars, and special dinners. Additionally Epcot Food and Wine Festival features the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.
Participation:
Open to public (theme park admissionLocation: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends. Some Epcot venues may be restricted for ticketed events. Possible late evening traffic impact near and around Epcot on evening of

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

November 7 - 8, 2014
One of the really unique features of this race is that it is run at night. In fact, this race will quite possibly be the only half-marathon run under the stars. The weekend will also include a two-day expo, "Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5k," kids races and a lot of special Disney touches. The half-marathon will start at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and finish inside Epcot with an exclusive post-race party at the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Congratulations to Justin Scheid and Kristen Tenaglia, winners in the 2013 men's and 2013 women's divisions. Registration for 2014 race opens March 4, 2014.
Participation: Registered Event
Location: World-wide
Impact: Possible heavy resort bookings by participants. This is a late-night event and should not greatly effect park availability, but may have some traffic issues during the race.

Festival of the Masters

This event has been canceled for 2014
Whether it will return in 2015 has yet to be determined

Nearly 150 award-winning artists from across the country showcase their wares throughout Downtown Disney, including painters, photographers, sculptors and jewelry designers and more. The three-day festival features chalk art, live music, specialty foods and family-friendly activities.
Participation: Open to the public
Location: Downtown Disney
Impact: Possible heavy crowds at Downtown Disney for the duration of the event. May create parking issues at Downtown Disney.

Old Spice Classic

November 27, 28 and 30, 2014
This Division/Men's Holiday Tournament will feature eight college basketball teams and 12 exhilarating games played over Thanksgiving weekend at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. Old Spice Classic bragging rights for 2013 go to the University of Memphis!
Participation: Ticketed Event
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports
Impact: Possible heavy resort bookings by participants. Should not greatly effect park availability, but may have some traffic issues.

Holiday Happenings & Events

Early November, 2014 - Early January, 2015
(Dates for specific events will vary)
Walt Disney World Resort is all aglitter during the holiday season with dazzling lights, spirited song and even snow flurries. Throughout the Walt Disney World there is caroling, enhanced parades, tree lighting ceremonies, visits by Santa, amazing decorations, special dining and ticketed events.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

November 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015
This holiday light display on the Disney's Hollywood Studios Streets of America, features millions of sparkling holiday bulbs designed by Arkansas businessman and philanthropist Jennings Osborne as a gift to his daughter and the guests of Walt Disney World Resort.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around Avenue of the Americas.

Candlelight Processional

November 28 - December 30, 2014
A breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50 piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrator. Tickets for the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages will go on sale late summer 2014.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required) A separate ticketed dinner package is available that includes reserved seating. Click the link above for details.
Location: Epcot
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around the America pavilion before and during performance times.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Select Nights November 7 - December 19, 2014
The Magic Kingdom will be transformed into a winter wonderland for this holiday fete. Snow will descend on Main Street, Mickey and friends will be garbed in seasonal apparel, and Cinderella Castle will once again shimmer in ice as special holiday fireworks, parades and shows await. This is a special ticket event occurring on select nights. 2014 Tickets on Sale Now!
Participation: Ticketed event
Location: Magic Kingdom
Impact: Early closings at MK for ticketed events. Possible heavier than usual dinner crowds at MK restaurants and resorts.

Additional Events During November

Epcot After Hours Wind Down - Now - November 9, 2014 (and possibly beyond) - Have you ever watched IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and thought, "I wish I could stop in one of the lounges of World Showcase and have a little snack or beverage?" With the Epcot After Hours Wind Down, that is now a possibility.

Jersey Week - First or Second Week in November. New Jersey Teachers Convention is held during this time, and schools in the state are out of session. Many Jersey families choose to vacation at Walt Disney World during this time resulting in decreased availability at resorts. Possible extra crowds at all parks.

Destination D: Attraction Rewind - November 22-23, 2014 - D23, the official Disney fan club, will hold this years annual event at Walt Disney World. The D23 member event will feature popular Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Bob Gurr, among others who worked on Disney's New York World's Fair shows. Attractions celebrated with rarely seen concept art, photos, video clips and personal stories from Disney archivists, Imagineers and legends will include Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress. Tickets go on sale April 16, 2014 for $190 each exclusively for D23 Gold and Silver members. D23 Free members can purchase any remaining tickets beginning May 28 for $250 each. All guests will receive a special gift. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit D23's web site.

Thanksgiving - November 27, 2014. Restaurants will offer special menus for the day. Likely extreme crowds on Thanksgiving weekend, especially at MK; heavy bookings at sit-down restaurants.

 

December Events

ABC Filming of Magic Kingdom Christmas Parade

First Weekend in December, 2014

Participation: Public (theme park admission required). Registration for spectators is necessary.
Location: Magic Kingdom
Impact: Extreme crowds in the Magic Kingdom, especially around Main Street; some shows and parades may be canceled. Main Street will be closed off during one of the taping days from parking opening through about 5 p.m. and other sections of the Magic Kingdom will also be roped off, causing delays through the afternoon. Visit our Holiday Activities & Events page for specific info on the parade taping.

Pop Warner Sports Tournaments

December 6 - 13, 2014
Each December, Pop Warner championship tournaments are held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports for football in the Pop Warner Super Bowl and in Cheer & Dance National Championships. Some public exhibitions may be scheduled and guests can expect heavy bookings by youth groups at some resorts, especially All-Stars.
Participation: Some public exhibitions may be scheduled
Location: Wide World of Sports
Impact: Heavy bookings at some resorts by youth groups, especially All-Stars resorts and some moderate resorts that are offered to these groups at a discount; possible increase in park crowds during evening hours.

Holiday Happenings & Events

Early November 2014 - Early January, 2015
(Dates for specific events will vary)
Walt Disney World Resort is all aglitter during the holiday season with dazzling lights, spirited song and even snow flurries. Throughout the Walt Disney World there is caroling, enhanced parades, tree lighting ceremonies, visits by Santa, amazing decorations, special dining and ticketed events.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

November 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015
This holiday light display on the Disney's Hollywood Studios Streets of America, features millions of sparkling holiday bulbs designed by Arkansas businessman and philanthropist Jennings Osborne as a gift to his daughter and the guests of Walt Disney World Resort.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around Avenue of the Americas.

Candlelight Processional

November 28 - December 30, 2014
A breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50 piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrator. Tickets for the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages will go on sale sometime summer 2014.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required) A separate ticketed dinner package is available that includes reserved seating. Click the link above for details.
Location: Epcot
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around the America pavilion before and during performance times.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Select Nights November 7 - December 19, 2014
The Magic Kingdom will be transformed into a winter wonderland for this holiday fete. Snow will descend on Main Street, Mickey and friends will be garbed in seasonal apparel, and Cinderella Castle will once again shimmer in ice as special holiday fireworks, parades and shows await. This is a special ticket event occurring on select nights. 2014 Tickets on Sale Now!
Participation: Ticketed event
Location: Magic Kingdom
Impact: Early closings at MK for ticketed events. Possible heavier than usual dinner crowds at MK restaurants and resorts.

Christmas Week

Participation: Public
Location: World-wide
Impact: Heavy booking at resorts for end of December. Extreme crowds on Christmas week and between Christmas and New Year's Day. Resort prices at their most expensive.

New Year's Eve

December 31, 2014
From celebrations in the theme parks to upscale dining experiences and dancing on Disney's BoardWalk, take your pick of how you want to ring in the New Year.
Participation: Public & ticketed
Location: World-wide
Impact: Heavy booking at resorts. Extreme crowds at all parks. Cirque du Soleil and Disney Quest at Downtown Disney restricted for ticketed events. Atlantic Dance Hall at Boardwalk restricted for ticketed event. Extended Park hours and special fireworks.

Additional Events Occurring During December

Nothing Scheduled at this time.

 

January Events

Holiday Happenings & Events

Early November 2014 - Early January, 2015
(Dates for specific events will vary)
Walt Disney World Resort is a magical wonderland during the holiday season with dazzling lights, spirited song and even snow flurries. Throughout the Walt Disney World there is enhanced parades, visits by Santa, amazing decorations, unique Holiday performances, special dining and hard-ticketed events.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

November 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015
This holiday light display on the Disney's Hollywood Studios Streets of America, features millions of sparkling holiday bulbs originally designed by Arkansas businessman and philanthropist Jennings Osborne as a gift to his daughter. It was brought to Walt Disney World in 1994, when the display got a little too big for his neighborhood. Now, the guests of Disney's Hollywood Studios benefit from this incredible display of dancing lights.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around Avenue of the Americas.

Walt Disney World Marathon

January 7-11, 2015
The Walt Disney World Marathon is an annual 26.2-mile adventure that winds through all four Disney theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The weekend also features a half marathon, a 10k, a 5K, kids races, special multi-day challenge races, a five-day health expo, and more. Congratulations to Fredison Costa and Angela Brito, winners in the 2014 men's and 2014 women's divisions. Registration for 2015 race is now open.
Participation: Registered Event
Location: Property-wide
Impact: Possible heavy resort bookings by marathon participants and early morning traffic impact on race day.

Additional Events During January

Youth Group Competitions and Exhibitions - Takes place at various times January through March. Youth activities (i.e. sports, dance, cheerleading, singing, bands) may be scheduled in public areas. These activities may create heavy bookings at some resorts, especially at the All-Star Resorts, by youth groups. Because of the additional traffic, the noise levels may be significantly increased. In addition, there may be possible random closure of certain park attractions for use as event venues such as Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

 

February Events

Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend

February 19 - 22, 2015
Join your fellow princesses in a royal quest that will take you through 13.1 miles of the Walt Disney World Resort. Also taking place this weekend are the "Disney Enchanted 10k," "Glass Slipper Challenge," "Cinderella Royal Family 5K," "runDisney Kids Races" and "Fit for a Princess Expo". Congratulations to Olympian Kim Smith, winner of the 2014 race. Registration for 2015 race opens July 15, 2014.
Participation: Registered Event
Location: World-wide
Impact: Possible heavy resort bookings by marathon participants and early morning traffic impact on race day.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training

Late February - Late March, 2015
The Braves will return to Champion Stadium at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in 2015 for their 18th season of spring training featuring some of the best teams in baseball. Watch as the Braves play teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and more. Tickets for games are now on sale.

Additional Events During February

49th Annual Super Bowl - February 1, 2015 - Special Big Game parties or menus will be offered at select locations. Walt Disney World guests will be able to watch the Super Bowl from the comfort of their in-room TVs or will be able to visit a variety of locations across Walt Disney World property, including many bars and lounges. Or schedule VIP Viewing at the ESPN Club. Following the big game, look for the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLIX to appear in a Monday afternoon celebratory parade through the Magic Kingdom.

Valentine's Day - February 14, 2015 - Walt Disney World resort may offer special meals to celebrate the occasion.

Mardi Gras - Feb 17, 2015 - Annual mini-float parade (themed golf carts decorated by resort cast members) at Disney's Port Orleans Resort (both French Quarter and Riverside) on Fat Tuesday. The parade features music, select Disney characters & beads, and candy is given out along the parade route. Ask for parade time at front desk. Read more on our MFL Blog.

President's Weekend - Third weekend in February - While no specific events are planned, this is traditionally the start of spring break season. Possible heavy booking at resorts. Extra crowds possible in all parks. Longer park hours with more frequent scheduling of fireworks, parades and some

Youth Group Competitions and Exhibitions - Takes place at various times January through March. Youth activities (i.e. sports, dance, cheerleading, singing, bands) may be scheduled in public areas. These activities may create heavy bookings at some resorts, especially at the All-Star Resorts, by youth groups. Because of the additional traffic, the noise levels may be significantly increased. In addition, there may be possible random closure of certain park attractions for use as event venues such as Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

 

March Events

Atlanta Braves Spring Training

Late February - Late March, 2015
Takes place at various times January through March. Youth activities (i.e. sports, dance, cheerleading, singing, bands) may be scheduled in public areas. These activities may create heavy bookings at some resorts, especially at the All-Star Resorts, by youth groups. Because of the additional traffic, the noise levels may be significantly increased. In addition, there may be possible random closure of certain park attractions for use as event venues such as Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

March 5 - May 18, 2014
Epcot's Future World and World Showcase will bloom with more than 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids and workshops with national gardening experts from both HGTV and the DIY Network during this annual spring festival. Also during the festival are Marketplace Food Kiosks, topiaries that fill the park, and the Flower Power Concert Series.
Participation: Open to public (theme park ticket required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Possible extra crowds at Epcot. Additional live entertainment at World Showcase

Additional Events During March

Saint Patrick's Day - March 17, 2015 - Raglan Road restaurant and Downtown Disney throw a yearly celebration with live entertainment, dancing, face painting and more that last for several weekends!

Spring Break - Mid-March - Mid-April, 2015 - During this crowded time of the year, Disney employs a number of strategies to disperse crowds, including offering additional entertainment at alternative parks other than the Magic Kingdom and opening or offering seasonal restaurants or dining options.

Youth Group Competitions and Exhibitions - Various times January through March. Youth activities (i.e. sports, dance, cheerleading, singing, bands) may be scheduled in public areas. These activities may create heavy bookings at some resorts, especially All-Stars, by youth groups, where the noise levels may be significantly increased. Possible random closure of certain park attractions for use as event venues such as Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

 

April Events

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

March 4 - May 17, 2015
Epcot's Future World and World Showcase will bloom with more than 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids and workshops with national gardening experts from both HGTV and the DIY Network during this annual spring festival. Also during the festival are Marketplace Food Kiosks, topiaries that fill the park, and the Flower Power Concert Series.
Participation: Open to public (theme park ticket required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Possible extra crowds at Epcot. Additional live entertainment at World Showcase

Easter

April 5, 2015
Participation: Open to public
Location: World-wide; some events at some resorts and Downtown Disney
Impact: Likely extreme crowds in all parks, especially at Magic Kingdom. Longer park hours with more frequent scheduling of fireworks, parades and some shows.

Additional Events During April

Animal Kingdom's Birthday - April 22, 2015 - Opening April 22, 1998, the park turns 17 this birthday. No special festivities are scheduled.

Earth Day - April 22, 2015 - Animal Kingdom celebrates Earth Day with "Party for the Planet" events held throughout the park and inside Conservation Station at Rafiki's Planet Watch, while 'The Seas with Nemo & Friends' pavilion at Epcot celebrates marine animals.

 

May Events

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

March 4 - May 17, 2015
Epcot's Future World and World Showcase will bloom with more than 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids and workshops with national gardening experts from both HGTV and the DIY Network during this annual spring festival. Also during the festival are Marketplace Food Kiosks, topiaries that fill the park, and the Flower Power Concert Series.
Participation:
Open to public (theme park ticket required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot. Additional live entertainment at World Showcase

Expedition Everest Challenge 5K

Select Weekend May, 2015
Just after sunset, teams of two take on the exotic terrain of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in a fun, competitive 5K run, obstacle course, and scavenger hunt.
Participation: Registered Event
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports and Animal Kingdom Park
Impact: Possible heavy resort bookings by challenge participants.

Star Wars Weekends

Mid May - Mid June, 2015 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Only)
Each summer Disney's Hollywood Studios turns into a giant Star Wars fan-fest on the weekends. There are up-close meet-and-greets for Walt Disney World guests with your favorite Star Wars characters and actors from the film series as well as interactive games, parades, presentations, music and fun for the whole family.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Disney Hollywood Studios
Possible Impact: Extreme crowds at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Additional Events During May

Disney's Hollywood Studio's Birthday - May 1, 2015 - Opening May 1, 1989, the park turns 26 this birthday. No celebration plans have been announced.

Cinco de Mayo - May 5, 2015 - Annual special family/kids activities at Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.

Mother's Day - May 10, 2015 - Special meals and deals are offered throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Norway's Constitution Day - May 17, 2015 - Annual special family/kids activities at Epcot's Norway pavilion.

 

June Events

Star Wars Weekends

Select Weekends Mid May - Mid June, 2015 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Only)
Each summer Disney's Hollywood Studios turns into a giant Star Wars fan-fest on the weekends. There are up-close meet-and-greets for Walt Disney World guests with your favorite Star Wars characters and actors from the film series as well as interactive games, parades, presentations, music and fun for the whole family.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Disney Hollywood Studios
Possible Impact: Extreme crowds at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

Early June - Late July, 2015
You'll be dancing to classic Rock 'n' Roll hits under the skies of Epcot's open-air American Gardens Theater! Sounds Like Summer is an annual live concert series at Epcot theme park that brings together a talented collection of tribute bands to authentically recreate the classic hits of legendary musical icons. There are three shows nightly.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around the America pavilion of World Showcase in the evening.

Car Masters Weekend

Select Weekend June, 2015
Attention all "Cars" fans! The gang from Radiator Springs will head to Downtown Disney West Side for a fun, family-friendly event that celebrates everything about the motor vehicle. There will be meet and greets with Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile, car shows, automotive world celebrities, and so much more.
Participation: Open to public
Location: Downtown Disney West Side
Impact: Minimal except in the area of the event.

Additional Events During June

School Summer Break - Time varies across the country, but general occurs the last week of May until mid-August. Families with school-age children will be visiting Walt Disney World in greater numbers. This can result in heavy bookings at resorts and longer lines in parks and restaurants. During this time, there will be longer park hours with more frequent scheduling of fireworks, parades and some shows.

Gay Days - First Week of June - Non-Disney sponsored event occurring yearly the anytime from the last few days of May through the first week of June. Actual dates vary yearly. Unofficial public and private events take place at Disney & other Orlando locations. Scheduled events in specific Walt Disney World parks on specific days. Possible extra crowds in specific parks, one each day. Possible early closings of some theme parks, water parks for private parties. Visit Gay Day's Official web site for additional info.

Father's Day - June 21, 2014 - Select Downtown Disney restaurants offer special meals for dad!

 

July Events

Independence Day

July 4, 2015
Get ready for a treat as Walt Disney World celebrates Fourth of July with a unique choice of fireworks shows at several different theme parks.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required for activities at the parks)
Location: World-wide
Impact: Heavy crowds in all parks except Animal Kingdom. Longer park hours and special firework shows.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

Early June - Late July, 2015
You'll be dancing to classic Rock 'n' Roll hits under the skies of Epcot's open-air American Gardens Theater! Sounds Like Summer is an annual live concert series at Epcot theme park that brings together a talented collection of tribute bands to authentically recreate the classic hits of legendary musical icons. There are three shows nightly.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around the America pavilion of World Showcase in the evening.

Additional Events During July

School Summer Break - Time varies across the country, but general occurs the second week in June until mid-August. Families with school-age children will be visiting Walt Disney World in greater numbers. This can result in heavy bookings at resorts and longer lines in parks and restaurants. During this time, there will be longer park hours with more frequent scheduling of fireworks, parades and some shows.

Bastille Day - July 14, 2015 - Annual special family/kids activities at France Pavilion at Epcot.

August Events

Additional Events During August

School Summer Break- Time varies across the country, but general occurs the last week of May until mid-August. Families with school-age children will be visiting Walt Disney World in greater numbers. This can result in heavy bookings at resorts and longer lines in parks and restaurants. During this time, there will be longer park hours with more frequent scheduling of fireworks, parades and some shows.

 

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