Enjoy fun and festive seasonal offerings at the Walt Disney World® Resort throughout the year.

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend

Event Dates: January 3 – 7, 2018

You won’t want to miss a weekend of races that are as magical as they are memorable, from Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo to the final mile of the marathon, complete with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy medals. We know you love running, now imagine a run where every mile is filled with Disney fun. You’d be, well, goofy to miss it.

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend Features:

  • Marathon: Participants will experience the most magical 26.2 miles in the world with a race course that winds through all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks.
  • Half Marathon: Participants will experience 13.1 miles of on-course Disney music and entertainment visiting two Walt Disney World Theme Parks along the way.
  • runDisney Health & Fitness Expo: This four-day event involves celebrity runner appearances, seminars on training, racing, and nutrition, and the opportunity to experience the latest in running and fitness equipment.
  • 10K: Participants will experience a 6.2 mile course that winds throughout Epcot®, the scenic World Showcase and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.
  • 5K: Join friends and family in a 5K course that features a tour of Epcot and an unforgettable finish complete with Disney characters and entertainment!
  • Kids’ Races: Kids’ races range from a Diaper Dash to a Mickey Mile
  • Dopey Challenge: Compete in the ultimate endurance challenge—a 4-day series of fun races that cover a distance of 48.6 miles. Run the 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon, with a chance of winning 6 medals including the Dopey Challenge finisher medal.

Register for these events at rundisney.com

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Epcot® International Festival of the Arts

Epcot® International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort

Event Dates: January 12 – February 19, 2018
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.

Kick off your year with world-class cuisine, visual art and amazing live entertainment!

Beginning in January 2018, Epcot® will host the most colorful, delicious, musical celebration for the arts ever—it’s everything you love about the park, rolled into one spectacular salute. Introduce your inner connoisseur to the annual Festival of the Arts, an exciting extravaganza replete with extraordinary artists, gourmet fare, stage productions and other amazing acts. Different events are scheduled each weekend, so pack your palate—and your palette—because magic truly is in the eyes of the beholder!

Entertainment Highlights (subject to change without notice):
Performing Arts: Take in a smash-hit smorgasbord of musical performances by Broadway stars, jazz ensembles, local choirs, marching bands and more!

Culinary Arts: Feast on artistic dishes with a delicious Disney twist! Find delightful fare at themed food kiosks, eateries and dining events.

Visual Arts: Witness the remarkable talent behind Disney magic-from curated exhibits and art in action to seminars and hands-on workshops with the pros!

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Princes and princesses of all ages are invited to come together for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Join Disney Princesses in a celebration of inspirational women around the globe at this unforgettable event featuring a variety of races.

Put your commitment, perseverance and determination to the test as you walk, jog or sprint around Walt Disney World® Resort. Enjoy magical surprises along the course as well as a fun-filled, post-event party to celebrate your dream fulfilled. And take home an exclusive Finisher Medal to commemorate the occasion!

Event Dates: February 22 – 25, 2018

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Features:

  • Disney Princess Half Marathon: Race by yourself or join a friend for a fun run on this 13.1 mile-course across the most magical place on earth.
  • Disney Princess Enchanted 10K: Take an enchanted journey running across Epcot®— complete with a finish fit for royalty!
  • Disney Fairy Tale Challenge: Challenge yourself to a 2-day endurance test, which includes 2 races totaling over 19.3 miles.
  • Disney Princess 5K: Share the magic with the whole family while running the spectacular course at Epcot. This royal race is great for both beginning and experienced marathoners.
  • runDisney Kids Races: Younger princes and princesses get to join in on the fun too—during one of the many races designed especially for them.
  • runDisney Health & Fitness Expo: Find what you need for your race weekend—and sneak a peek at the latest apparel and fitness equipment at this sensational expo.

Book a Walt Disney World Package and stay right in the middle of the magic. Contact us today for a free quote!
Register for these events at rundisney.com

2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Experience the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World

Event Dates: February 28 – May 28, 2018
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.

Refresh your sense of Spring at the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival only at Walt Disney World® Resort. Discover enchanting gardens, sample seasonal foods and enjoy high-energy entertainment. Plus, experience favorite attractions, including Mission: Space and Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet®.

Blossoming once again from February 28 to May 28, 2018, the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival is a fun-filled destination for Guests of every age—and the perfect place for nearly every member of the family to dig up their sense of curiosity and discovery. Highlights may include:

  • Outdoor kitchens offering delectable bites and libations
  • Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
  • Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars and how-to demonstrations
  • An outdoor concert series featuring fan-favorite bands
  • And much, much more

2018 Garden Rocks™ Concert Series

Move your feet to some of the hottest throwback beats at the America Gardens Theatre! Throughout the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, you’re invited to soak up the sounds of over a dozen chart-topping musical acts, including a few new artists sprouting from the Garden Rocks stage for the very first time.

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are included with Epcot park admission.

  • March 2-5: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • March 9-12: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 16-19: Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life”
  • March 23-26: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 30-April 2: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 6-7: Foghat (NEW!) “Slow Ride”
  • April 8-9: Survivor (NEW!) “Eye of the Tiger”
  • April 13-14: Smash Mouth (NEW!) “All Star”
  • April 15-16: Rick Springfield (NEW!) “Jessie’s Girl”
  • April 20-21: Jo Dee Messina (NEW!) “Stand by Me”
  • April 22-23: Lonestar (NEW!) “Amazed”
  • April 27-30: Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • May 4-7: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
  • May 11-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • May 13-14: Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles (NEW!) “Hotel California”
  • May 18-21: The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • May 25-28: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

All Entertainment subject to change.

Admission

Epcot theme park admission is required. Most Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival events are included with admission to Epcot theme park. Availability is limited for some events. Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time.

Whether you want to improve your gardening skills or simply savor colorful scenery, a spectacular array of experiences awaits you at Epcot theme park during this year’s festival.

Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland

Make your Magic Kingdom® morning more magical than ever with this limited-entry, first-access experience in the park.

With the purchase of regular theme park admission and a reservation to Disney Early Morning Magic, Guests of all ages can be among the first to enter Magic Kingdom Park and experience a trio of famous Fantasyland attractions: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight!

Plus, in addition to rising with the sun for some early-morning fun, you can also get your fill of a fantastic breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus—featuring such scrumptious breakfast fare as: chilled juices, coffee and teas, seasonal fruit and berries, freshly baked pastries, cheese and cured meats, scrambled eggs with assorted toppings, vegetable frittata, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, fried potatoes with caramelized onions, waffles with butter and syrup.

Disney Early Morning Magic takes place on select Tuesdays and Sundays from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and is available for US $69 per adult and US $59 per child (tax not included). However, admission is very limited—be sure to book your reservation before it’s too late!

Please note: Regular theme park admission is also required. will be offered on different dates than Extra Magic Hours.

Additional Details for Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland:

  • Official check-in will take place near the far left turnstiles of the Main Entrance to Magic Kingdom Park beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Guests who have purchased both regular theme park admission and special event entry will receive an event sticker for identification upon check-in.
  • Starting at 7:45 a.m., event Guests will be admitted into the park and guided into Fantasyland.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight are the only attractions that will be operational during this special event.
  • From 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., breakfast will be available at Pinocchio Village Haus.
  • Around 9:00 a.m., the theme park will open to Guests with regular Magic Kingdom admission tickets and event-only attraction access will end.
  • Please note that regular theme park admission is required for this event, in addition to Disney Early Morning Magic admission.
  • The number of Guests admitted to these events is limited. In addition, all reservations are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours.
  • All attractions, entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice.

Star Wars: Galactic Nights

Attention Star Wars fans—the special event, Star Wars: Galactic Nights, will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® on May 27, 2018. Held after park hours from 7:00 PM – midnight, the event will be filled with out-of-this-world entertainment that celebrates the entire Star Wars saga.

The one-night event celebrates the entire Star Wars saga with exclusive, out-of-this-world entertainment, encounters with rarely seen Star Wars characters, such as Darth Vader and Rey, a panel discussion on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, with its creators, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise, specialty food & beverage and much more.

Other treats in store for Guests at this exclusive after-hours event include:

  • Stunning Projections transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel: Jaw-dropping projection technology will bathe the theme-park icon with stunning images of locations from across the Star Wars galaxy. Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting and, of course, the stellar Star Wars cinematic score support each celestial scene all night long. These projections will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights.
  • New enhancements to Star Wars entertainment: The popular Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will glow with new show elements that debut at the May 27 event.
  • Select theme park attractions will be open for event guests to enjoy. There may even be a special Star Wars surprise on an attraction or two.

In addition, intergalactic foodies attending Star Wars: Galactic Nights can now purchase the Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package, featuring Star Wars-inspired food and beverage and reserved seating to a panel providing an inside look of the making of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package is now available for $30 per person, including tax, and can be purchased online at disneyworld.com/dine or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on May 27 will be 7:00 PM – midnight. Tickets are now available through DisneyTravelAgents.com and are priced at US $129 for adults and US $124 for children ages 3-9. Please note tickets are non-commissionable.

Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

Special Event Costume Guidelines
Please note these specific costume guidelines for Star Wars: Galactic Nights.

While we encourage creativity, we also value safety and good judgment. If you’re planning to attend these special events, take a moment to read over our latest rules and regulations:

General

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

For Guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For Guests ages 14 and older:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in September and October in Magic Kingdom® Park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Event Dates:
August 17, 24, 28 and 31
September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30
October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom Park.

  • “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” – a Cinderella castle forecourt stage show, will take place exclusively at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this fall. “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” features the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” as they return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season to cast a spell on everyone in the Magic Kingdom Park. The show also includes appearances by the Disney villains, and features dancers, projections and special effects.
  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
  • Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages.

2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

Event Dates: August 30 – November 12, 2018

A food and wine lover’s paradise awaits you at Epcot® with the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival!

There’s something to satisfy most every taste and interest. In addition to the attractions Guests already enjoy at Epcot theme park, this annual autumn event features a delectable array of offerings, including:

  • International kiosks featuring tasty tapas and refreshing beverages
  • Cooking demonstrations and dining events—including experiences with celebrity chefs!
  • Mixology classes and wine tastings
  • Live musical performances by popular hit-makers

Dine your way around the world. Cultivate your cooking skills. Savor a rare vintage. Enjoy an exhilarating outdoor concert. Make magical memories to last a lifetime at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Enjoy all this – and more – when this annual event returns to Epcot, Fall 2017. Be sure to check back for exact dates and entertainment info.

Please note: Epcot theme park admission is required and some events require additional fees.

Eat to the Beat 2017 Concert Series Schedule of Performers:

Enjoy the Eat to the Beat concert series, with nightly performances from popular hit-makers. Concerts are live on stage at World Showcase, America Gardens Theatre and are free with Epcot admission.

Three shows nightly at 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Information below is for 2016. 2017 Information will be listed when it is released by Disney.

2017 Eat to the Beat Schedule of Performers

  • August 31-September 1 – Delta Rae
  • September 2-3 – The Hooters
  • September 4-5 – Baha Men
  • September 6-7 – Fuel
  • September 8-10 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • September 11-12 – Lauren Alaina
  • September – 13-15 Plain White Tees
  • September 16-17 – Sister Hazel
  • September 18-20 – Air Supply
  • September 21-22 – David Cook
  • September 23-24 – Everclear
  • September 25-27– Sugar Ray
  • September 28-29 – 38 Special
  • September 30- October 1 – Mark Wills
  • October 2-3 – American Authors
  • October 4-5 – Christopher Cross
  • October 6-8– Devon Allman
  • October 9-11 – Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
  • October 12-13 – Taylor Dayne
  • October 14-15 – Jeffrey Osborne
  • October 16-17 – Postmodern Jukebox
  • October 18-20 – 10,000 Maniacs
  • October 21-22 – Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • October 23-24 – Kenny G
  • October 25-26 – Billy Ocean
  • October 27-29 – Tiffany
  • October 30-November 1 – Hanson
  • November 2-3 – Blue October
  • November 4-5 – Living Colour
  • November 6-8 – Boyz II Men
  • November 9-11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • November 12-13 Squeeze

Entertainment subject to change.

2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a special event held select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom® Park!

2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Event Dates:
November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30
December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party features:This festive celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, a very special holiday parade and live entertainment featuring your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event, and tickets sell out quickly.

  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, a jubilant new stage show that fills the air with music, laughter and shimmering snowflakes featuring Mickey and lots of his Disney pals
  • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself
  • An exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza — Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
  • Live entertainment featuring Disney Characters
  • Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom theme park with some of your favorite Disney Characters
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Special access to many of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight on select nights.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Holidays Around The World

Event Dates: November 19 – December 30, 2017
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.

Holidays Around the World is transforming into Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays! Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.

Come, delight in stirring live musical productions; savor seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens; and take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase!

Event Dates: November 19 – December 30, 2017
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.

Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional
One of the most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot – a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir.

2017 Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators

  • Laurie Hernandez – Nov. 24 – Nov. 26
  • Matt Bomer – Nov. 27 – Nov. 28
  • Ana Gasteyer – Nov. 29 – Nov. 30
  • Whoopi Goldberg – Dec. 1 – Dec. 3
  • Pat Sajak – Dec. 4 – Dec. 5
  • Jodi Benson – Dec. 6 – Dec. 8
  • Kurt Russell- Dec. 9 – Dec. 11
  • Warwick Davis – Dec. 12 – Dec 14
  • Trace Adkins – Dec. 15 – Dec. 17
  • Neil Patrick Harris – Dec. 18 – Dec. 21
  • CCH Pounder – Dec. 22 – Dec. 24
  • Jaci Velasquez – Dec. 25 – Dec. 27
  • Chandra Wilson – Dec. 28 – Dec. 30

Candlelight Dining Packages:
Savor an extra special treat when you ring in the holiday season with a Candlelight Dining Package. Each package includes lunch or dinner at a select Epcot restaurant and reserved general seating at the America Gardens Theater during the Candlelight Processional. For more information or to make dining reservations, please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).*

*Candlelight Dining Packages do not include Park admission.

Holiday Kitchens – Savor treasured seasonal recipes from around the globe at special kiosks throughout World Showcase.

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree—and they need your help! To get started, simply purchase a map and sticker from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway (maps are US $6.99 plus tax). As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for Chip and Dale as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Then, take your completed map to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale!

JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season – Rejoice in seasonal sounds that blend inspiring gospel with jazz, R&B and more. Catch daily performances of this uplifting holiday show at the Future World Fountain Stage.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – A spectacular light and sound show every night at 9:30 p.m. at the World Showcase Lagoon featuring a very special holiday finale, which includes the classic song “Let There Be Peace On Earth” and the voice of Walter Cronkite offering a special holiday message.

Holiday Storytellers – Listen to legendary holiday folklore from around the world as told at the World Showcase by the legends themselves, including France’s Père Noël, Italy’s La Befana and America’s Santa Claus.

Epcot Holiday Merchandise Stroll through the World Showcase and discover festive holiday gifts for the entire family! Visit Santa’s Village in America Adventure or stop by France for a delicious gourmet treat. You may even catch a glass blower in Germany putting the finishing touches on a seasonal ornament!