Walt Disney World Annual and Seasonal Events Schedule

Walt Disney World Seasonal Events

Walt Disney World Annual and Seasonal 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.

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January Events

Holiday Happenings & Events

November 12, 2021 – Early January 2022
(Dates for specific events will vary)
Walt Disney World Resort is all aglitter during the holiday season with dazzling lights, spirited songs, and even snow flurries. Throughout the Walt Disney World, there is caroling, enhanced parades, tree lighting ceremonies, visits by Santa, incredible decorations, exclusive dining, and ticketed events. Here are the events happening for 2021.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Spectacular

This was not offered for 2020. No word on if it will be offered in 2021. 
Delight in the sights and sounds of an all-new nighttime holiday spectacular. The show is jam-packed with special effects, holiday music, fireworks—even snow! During the show, we find that while Christmas Day is almost here, Jolly Old Saint Nick is nowhere to be found. Luckily, Wayne and Lanny from “Prep & Landing” are on the job… and they won’t rest until Santa’s back at the North Pole. No word on if it will be offered in 2021. 
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around Hollywood Boulevard before and during performance times.

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Walt Disney World Marathon

January 5-9, 2022 
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.
Participation: Registered Event
Location: Property-wide
Impact: Possible heavy resort bookings by marathon participants and early morning traffic impact on race day.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Mid-January 2022 – Mid-February 2022
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts celebrates visual, culinary and performing arts inspired from all around the world set against the incomparable backdrop of Epcot. The event will feature gallery exhibits, foodie experiences with art-inspired menus, live Broadway-style entertainment, and more.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends.

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. Also, 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend – Third weekend in January (January 15-17, 2022) – While no specific events are planned, there are possible heavy bookings at resorts. Extra crowds possible in all parks and longer park hours.

February Events

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Mid-January – Mid-February 2022
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts celebrates visual, culinary and performing arts inspired from all around the world set against the incomparable backdrop of Epcot. The event will feature gallery exhibits, foodie experiences with art-inspired menus, live Broadway-style entertainment, and more.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends.

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend

February 24-27, 2022
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.”
Participation: Registered Event
Location: Worldwide
Impact: Possible substantial resort bookings by marathon participants and early morning traffic impact on race day.

Additional Events During February

Super Bowl – February 6, 2022 – Walt Disney World resort may offer special activities to celebrate the Big Game.

Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2022 – Walt Disney World resort may offer special meals to mark the occasion.

Mardi Gras – February 16, 2021 – 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 are given out along the parade route. Ask for parade time at the front desk. Read more on our MFL Blog.

President’s Weekend – Third weekend in February (February 18-21, 2022) – While no specific events are planned, this is traditionally the start of spring break season. Possible heavy booking at resorts. Extra crowds are 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. Also, 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

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

March – June 2022
Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase will bloom with more than 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids, and workshops with gardening experts during this annual spring festival. Also during the festival are Marketplace Food Kiosks, topiaries that fill the park, and normally the Garden Rocks Concert Series which has been cancelled for 2021
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

Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival – March 17, 2022 – Raglan Road restaurant and Disney Springs throws a yearly celebration centered around St. Patrick’s Day that lasts for several weekends, which features live entertainment, dancing, face painting and more! Read more on our MFL Blog.

Spring Break – Mid-March – Early-April, 2022 – During this crowded time of the year, Disney employs several 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

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

March – June 2022
Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase will bloom with more than 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids, and workshops with gardening experts during this annual spring festival. Also during the festival are Marketplace Food Kiosks, topiaries that fill the park, and normally the Garden Rocks Concert Series which has been cancelled for 2021
Participation: Open to public (theme park ticket required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Possible extra crowds at Epcot. Additional live entertainment at World Showcase

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend

March 31 – April 3, 2021
The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend is slated to be a completely different experience every year! You never know what to expect, except that it’s going to be fun and distinctively runDisney.
Participation: Registered Event
Location: Worldwide
Impact: Possible substantial resort bookings by participants and early morning traffic impact on race day.

Additional Events During April

Easter – April 17, 2022 – Special meals, meet and greets with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunts, and more.

Animal Kingdom’s Birthday – April 22, 2022 – Opening April 22, 1998, the park turns 23 this birthday. The Party for the Planet will be held for this event.

Earth Day – April 22, 2022 – the Animal Kingdom celebrates Earth Day with the Party for the Planet special event. Activities are held throughout the park to commemorate.

Dapper Day – April 2022 – Inspired by the original Disney park designer’s illustrations, which often featured extremely well-dressed guests enjoying the Magic Kingdom, this unofficial Disney event invites park guests to don elegant fashions from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic and visit the park with other stylish guests. Dapper Day is not a Disney sponsored event, and guests do not have to participate. Learn more at dapperday.com. Also, take a look at what to expect on Dapper Day.

May Events

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

March – June 2022
Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase will bloom with more than 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids, and workshops with gardening experts during this annual spring festival. Also during the festival are Marketplace Food Kiosks, topiaries that fill the park, and normally the Garden Rocks Concert Series which has been cancelled for 2021
Participation: Open to public (theme park ticket required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Possible extra crowds at Epcot. Additional live entertainment at World Showcase

Summer Events at Walt Disney World

Late May – Early September
Each summer, new and exciting attractions and events get introduced.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required for activities at the parks)
Location: Worldwide
Impact: Heavy crowds in all parks.

Additional Events During May

Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Birthday – May 1, 2022 – Opening May 1, 1989, the park turns 33 this birthday. No celebration plans have been announced.

Cinco de Mayo – May 5, 2022 – Annual special family/kids activities at Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.

Mother’s Day – May 8, 2022 – Special meals and deals are offered throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

June Events

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

March – June 2022
Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase will bloom with more than 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids, and workshops with gardening experts during this annual spring festival. Also during the festival are Marketplace Food Kiosks, topiaries that fill the park, and normally the Garden Rocks Concert Series which has been cancelled for 2021
Participation: Open to public (theme park ticket required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Possible extra crowds at Epcot. Additional live entertainment at World Showcase

Summer Events at Walt Disney World

Late May – Early September
Each summer, new and exciting attractions and events get introduced.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required for activities at the parks)
Location: Worldwide
Impact: Heavy crowds in all parks.

Additional Events During June

School Summer Break – Time varies across the country, but generally occurs the last week of May until mid-August. Families with school-age children will be visiting Walt Disney World in more significant 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 – May 31-June 6, 2022 – Non-Disney sponsored event occurring yearly in June. Actual dates vary annually. Unofficial public and private events take place at Disney & other Orlando locations. Scheduled events in specific Walt Disney World parks on particular 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 19, 2022 – Select Disney restaurants offer special meals for dad!

July Events

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Summer Events at Walt Disney World

Late May – Early September
Each summer, new and exciting attractions and events get introduced.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required for activities at the parks)
Location: Worldwide
Impact: Heavy crowds in all parks.

Independence Day

July 4, 2022
Get ready for a treat as Walt Disney World celebrates the 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: Worldwide
Impact: Heavy crowds in all parks except the Animal Kingdom. Longer park hours and special firework shows.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Mid-July – Late November 2022
Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine at Marketplace Food booths during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends. Possible late evening traffic impact near and around Epcot on the evening of.

Additional Events During July

School Summer Break – Time varies across the country, but generally occurs the second week in June until mid-August. Families with school-age children will be visiting Walt Disney World in a higher number, which 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, 2022 – Annual special family/kids activities at France Pavilion at Epcot.

August Events

Summer Events at Walt Disney World

Late May – Early September
Each summer, new and exciting attractions and events get introduced.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required for activities at the parks)
Location: Worldwide
Impact: Heavy crowds in all parks.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash

Select Nights Mid August – Late October 2021
Disney After Hours is a unique, hard-ticketed event that takes place for three hours on select nights. The event allows guests to enjoy exclusive time in the park with quicker than typical access to the most popular attractions, snacks, and more. This year the event is a melding with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, where Guests can trick or treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic throughout the park with Disney characters, special cavalcades and more. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes.
Participation: Ticketed Event
Location: Magic Kingdom, 9:00 p.m. to midnight. (Some event nights in August and September will be from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.)
Impact: Possible heavier than usual dinner and evening crowds

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Not being offered in 2021. This event has been replaced by the Disney After Hours Boo Bash
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. No word on if this event will be offered in 2021.
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

July 15 – November 20, 2021
Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine at Marketplace Food booths during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends. Possible late evening traffic impact near and around Epcot on the evening of.

Additional Events During August

School Summer Break– Time varies across the country, but generally occurs the last week of May until mid-August. Families with school-age children will be visiting Walt Disney World in higher numbers, which 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.

September Events

Summer Events at Walt Disney World

Late May – Early September
Each summer, new and exciting attractions and events get introduced.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required for activities at the parks)
Location: Worldwide
Impact: Heavy crowds in all parks.

Free Dining

Not being offered for 2021.
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: Worldwide
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.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash

Select Nights Mid August – Late October 2021
Disney After Hours is a unique, hard-ticketed event that takes place for three hours on select nights. The event allows guests to enjoy exclusive time in the park with quicker than typical access to the most popular attractions, snacks, and more. This year the event is a melding with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, where Guests can trick or treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic throughout the park with Disney characters, special cavalcades and more. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes.
Participation: Ticketed Event
Location: Magic Kingdom, 9:00 p.m. to midnight. (Some event nights in August and September will be from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.)
Impact: Possible heavier than usual dinner and evening crowds

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Not being offered in 2021. This event has been replaced by the Disney After Hours Boo Bash
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. No word on if this event will be offered in 2021.
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

July 15 – November 20, 2021
Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine at Marketplace Food booths during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends. Possible late evening traffic impact near and around Epcot on the evening of.

Additional Events During September

Great Irish Hooley Festival – September 2021 – This Labor Day weekend party at Raglan Road at Downtown Disney features 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.

October Events

Halloween/Fall Events

October 1 – October 31, 2021
There’s just so much to do at Walt Disney World during the Halloween season. While normally, Guests get to experience Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, there are special parades and decorations in the parks, there’s lots to do on Halloween day at the Disney resorts too. And, at Disney Springs, the Halloween/Fall season is celebrated the entire month of October with unique photo spots, pumpkin patches, and more.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash

Select Nights Mid August – Late October 2021
Disney After Hours is a unique, hard-ticketed event that takes place for three hours on select nights. The event allows guests to enjoy exclusive time in the park with quicker than typical access to the most popular attractions, snacks, and more. This year the event is a melding with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, where Guests can trick or treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic throughout the park with Disney characters, special cavalcades and more. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes.
Participation: Ticketed Event
Location: Magic Kingdom, 9:00 p.m. to midnight. (Some event nights in August and September will be from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.)
Impact: Possible heavier than usual dinner and evening crowds

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Not being offered in 2021. This event has been replaced by the Disney After Hours Boo Bash
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. No word on if this event will be offered in 2021.
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

July 15 – November 20, 2021
Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine at Marketplace Food booths during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends. Possible late evening traffic impact near and around Epcot on the evening of.

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

October 29-30, 2021
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts showcase 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 enjoy great food. Live entertainment is included.
Participation: Open to the public
Location: Swan and Dolphin hotels
Impact: Generally, the same as the Food & Wine Festival

Additional Events During October

Epcot’s Birthday – October 1, 2021 – Opening Oct 1, 1982, the park turns 39 on this birthday.

Magic Kingdom’s Birthday – October 1, 2021 – Opening Oct. 1, 1971, the park and Walt Disney World resort turns 50 on this birthday. (This will be a big celebration and the Magic Kingdom is expected to be at capacity.)

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.

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

July 15 – November 20, 2021
Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine at Marketplace Food booths during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Epcot
Impact: Extra crowds at Epcot, especially throughout World Showcase, mostly on weekends. Possible late evening traffic impact near and around Epcot on the evening of.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

November 4-7, 2021
Start by running through the theme parks with world-class Disney entertainment along the way to help the miles fly by. The icing on this cake? An exclusive after-hours party at Epcot celebrating the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Guests can participate in a 10K, as well as a two-race challenge, plus the Half Marathon. The weekend will also include a three-day expo, “Mickey’s Holiday 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 outside of Epcot.

Participation: Registered Event
Location: Worldwide
Impact: Possible substantial resort bookings by participants. This is a late-night event and should not greatly affect park availability, but may have some traffic issues during the race.

Holiday Happenings & Events

November 12, 2021 – Early January 2022
(Dates for specific events will vary)
Walt Disney World Resort is all aglitter during the holiday season with dazzling lights, spirited songs, and even snow flurries. Throughout the Walt Disney World, there is caroling, enhanced parades, tree lighting ceremonies, visits by Santa, incredible decorations, exclusive dining, and ticketed events. Here are the events happening for 2021.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Spectacular

Mid-November 2021 – Early January 2022
Delight in the sights and sounds of an all-new nighttime holiday spectacular. The show is jam-packed with special effects, holiday music, fireworks—even snow! During the show, we find that while Christmas Day is almost here, Jolly Old Saint Nick is nowhere to be found. Luckily, Wayne and Lanny from “Prep & Landing” are on the job… and they won’t rest until Santa’s back at the North Pole. No word on if this event will be offered in 2021.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around Hollywood Boulevard before and during performance times.

As a reminder, The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights was retired, with 2015 being the final year for this holiday spectacular.

Candlelight Processional

Late November – December 30, 2021
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 can also be purchased. No word on if this event will be offered in 2021.
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.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours

Select Nights from November 8 – December 21, 2021
Disney After Hours is a unique, hard-ticketed event that takes place for three hours on select nights. The event allows guests to enjoy exclusive time in the park with quicker than typical access to the most popular attractions, snacks, and more. This year the event is a melding with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, where rhe Magic Kingdom will be transformed into a winter wonderland for this holiday fete. Snow will descend on Main Street, Mickey and friends will be dressed in seasonal apparel, and Cinderella Castle will include special holiday projections as special holiday fireworks, parades, and more await.
Participation: Ticketed Event
Location: Magic Kingdom, 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Impact: Possible heavier than usual dinner and evening crowds

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This event will not happen in 2021. 
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 dressed 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.
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.

Filming of ABC Holiday Specials

Date: Early-Mid November 2021
Participation:
Public (theme park admission required). Registration for spectators is necessary.
Location: Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extreme crowds in the parks around recording times. Some shows and parades may be canceled. Sections of the parks may be closed off during the taping days, and other sections may also be roped off.

Additional Events During November

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.

Dapper Day Fall Soiree – November 21-22, 2021 – Inspired by the original Disney park designer’s illustrations, which often featured extremely well-dressed guests enjoying Epcot, this unofficial Disney event invites park guests to don elegant fashions from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic and visit the park with other stylish guests. Dapper Day is not a Disney sponsored event, and guests do not have to participate. Learn more at dapperday.com.

Thanksgiving – November 25, 2021 – 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

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2021 – April 1, 2023
Come enjoy the “Most Magical Celebration on Earth” with new attractions, special activities, and a ton of EARidescence.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: The entire Walt Disney World Resort
Impact: Extra crowds throughout the 18 month celebration resort-wide.

Pop Warner Sports Tournaments

This event will no longer take place at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Each December, Pop Warner championship tournaments are held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports for football in the Pop Warner Super Bowl and Cheer & Dance National Championships.

Holiday Happenings & Events

November 12, 2021 – Early January 2022
(Dates for specific events will vary)
Walt Disney World Resort is all aglitter during the holiday season with dazzling lights, spirited songs, and even snow flurries. Throughout the Walt Disney World, there is caroling, enhanced parades, tree lighting ceremonies, visits by Santa, incredible decorations, exclusive dining, and ticketed events. Here are the events happening for 2021.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Spectacular

Mid-November 2021 – Early January 2022
Delight in the sights and sounds of an all-new nighttime holiday spectacular. The show is jam-packed with special effects, holiday music, fireworks—even snow! During the show, we find that while Christmas Day is almost here, Jolly Old Saint Nick is nowhere to be found. Luckily, Wayne and Lanny from “Prep & Landing” are on the job… and they won’t rest until Santa’s back at the North Pole. No word on if this event will be offered in 2021.
Participation: Open to public (theme park admission required)
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Impact: Heavy crowds in and around Hollywood Boulevard before and during performance times.

As a reminder, The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights was retired, with 2015 being the final year for this holiday spectacular.

Candlelight Processional

Late November – December 30, 2021
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. No word on if this event will be offered in 2021.
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.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours

Select Nights from November 8 – December 21, 2021
Disney After Hours is a unique, hard-ticketed event that takes place for three hours on select nights. The event allows guests to enjoy exclusive time in the park with quicker than typical access to the most popular attractions, snacks, and more. This year the event is a melding with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, where rhe Magic Kingdom will be transformed into a winter wonderland for this holiday fete. Snow will descend on Main Street, Mickey and friends will be dressed in seasonal apparel, and Cinderella Castle will include special holiday projections as special holiday fireworks, parades, and more await.
Participation: Ticketed Event
Location: Magic Kingdom, 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Impact: Possible heavier than usual dinner and evening crowds

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This event will not happen in 2021. 
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. No word on if this event will be offered in 2021.
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: Worldwide
Impact: Heavy booking at resorts for the 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, 2021
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: Worldwide
Impact: Heavy booking at resorts. Extreme crowds at all parks. Atlantic Dance Hall at Boardwalk restricted for ticketed events. Extended Park hours and special fireworks.

Additional Events During December

Nothing Scheduled at this Time