Seasonal Events at Walt Disney World Resort

At the Walt Disney World® Resort, you can celebrate the changing of the seasons with a variety of activities that are both fun and festive. The Walt Disney World Resort seasonal events are just some of the numerous great reasons to visit the resort. These events take place throughout the year, ranging from festivals to marathons to concerts, and more.

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend

Event Dates: January 4-8, 2023

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:

  • Walt Disney World Marathon: Participants will experience the most magical 26.2 miles in the world with a racecourse that winds through all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks.
  • Walt Disney World 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.
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge: Accept the challenge and enjoy 2 races in 2 days running through Walt Disney World Resort for 39.3 miles of fun – and get a chance to earn the coveted Goofy medal in addition to your Half Marathon and Marathon finisher medals!
  • Walt Disney World Resort 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.
  • Walt Disney World Resort 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!
  • runDisney 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.
  • Disney Castaway Cay Challenge: Combine one magical 5K event or longer during the 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend with a 5K the following week on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private tropical island in the Bahamas.
  • 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.

Register for these events at rundisney.com

Epcot® International Festival of the Arts

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

Event Dates: Mid-January – Mid-February
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.

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

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 23-26, 2023

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

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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

Event Dates: Early March – Early July 2023
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..

Blossoming once again, 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

Garden Rocks™ Concert Series

2022 Schedule of Performers:

  • March 4-5 – The Guess Who
  • March 6-7 – Rick Springfield
  • March 11-12 – Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 18-19 – Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW
  • March 20-21 – Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 25-28 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • April 1-2 – The Spinners
  • April 3-4 – The Pointer Sisters
  • April 8-9 – Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • April 15-16 – Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW
  • April 17-18 – Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles
  • April 22-23 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • April 24-25 – Claudia Leitte – NEW
  • April 29-30 – Berlin
  • May 1-2 – TobyMac
  • May 6-7 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • May 8-9 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 13-14 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW
  • May 20-21 – A Flock Of Seagulls
  • May 22-23 – Collin Raye – NEW
  • May 27-28 – Thelma Houston – NEW
  • May 29-30 – Little River Band
  • June 3-6 – Simple Plan
  • June 10-13 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • June 17-20 – Plain White T’s
  • June 21 to 23-Element
  • June 24 & 25-War
  • June 26 & 27-Daughtry – NEW!
  • June 28 to 30-Epic
  • July 1 to 4-M-80’s

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 festival.

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2022 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Select Nights August 12 – October 31, 2022

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

2022 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Event Dates:

  • August 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • September 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30,31

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.

  • Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular – A spectacular fireworks show developed just for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! The show features state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on a Halloween night! Featuring some favorite friends, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, on a journey through a mysterious haunted house!
  • “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.
  • 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.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Event Dates: Mid July – Mid November
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.

The EPCOT® International Food & Wine Festival is a fantastic taste tour that transports you on a joyful and savory voyage throughout all six continents. It is like having a passport made only for your taste buds; it is a real treat. It is a delicious festival that features marketplaces worldwide, live entertainment, and more. Enjoy some of your all-time favorite tastes as you journey through EPCOT® while sampling plenty of new tastes along the way. So sip and savor your way through the park.

Valid Epcot admission is required. All entertainment and artist appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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!

The Magic Kingdom park comes alive with festive cheer for visitors of all ages whenever Mickey prepares to celebrate the holiday. The atmosphere is filled with joyful music. The Disney Characters dress up in their jolliest holiday attire, and enchanting entertainment can be found almost everywhere you look.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party features:

  • Delight in the amazingly festive Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show!
  • Gather to watch Disney Characters give a yuletide nod to the season during Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
  • Get the perfect picture with Disney pals dressed in their Christmas best!
  • Make your night extra sweet when you explore the park searching for cookies and cocoa.
  • Take in the elaborate decorations that bring the spirit of the season to life!

And so much more!

Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event, and tickets sell out quickly.

Ticket holders will be admitted to Magic Kingdom park as early as 4:00 PM on the valid date of their ticket. 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

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Event

Late November – December 30
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.

Discover a festival unlike any other, one that celebrates the merry holiday customs of the countries included in World Showcase. Immerse in the magical sights, sounds, and flavors of the holiday season as celebrated by cultures from near and far during Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays.

Take a festive global tour while costumed performers bring time-honored customs to life throughout World Showcase; delight in stirring live musical acts; savor seasonal food and beverage specialties at the Holiday Kitchens and enjoy a scrumptious Holiday Cookie Stroll.

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.

Performances are at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM nightly from Late November – December 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. Ask your Travel Counselor for more information.*

*Candlelight Dining Packages do not include Park admission.

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