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The Ultimate Guide to Disney World Events

While Disney World is known for magical theme parks, stunning resorts, and making lifelong family memories, the park’s events take the cake! Disney World events range from marathons for Disney fans to holiday celebrations.

Choose a season below and see which Disney World events are happening during your trip!


Some of the best Disney World events are in the spring

Spring

Each spring, Disney celebrates the blooming flowers, the arts, and so much more with these top events.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 9-13, 2019
Lace up your running shoes and get ready to run 26.2 miles around the Walt Disney World Resort property. You might see a few familiar characters along the way.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts
January 18-February 25, 2019
Each year, Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts celebrates music, art, entertainment, and food. Through epic performances, featured artists, and hands-on fun, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the various art forms throughout the park.



Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
February 21-24, 2019
Among the popular Disney World events is the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Participants dress up as their favorite Disney princesses and set off on a 13.1-mile race.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
March 6-June 3, 2019
As the season changes, Epcot is in full bloom! The yearly festival highlighting flowers and gardens features dazzling topiaries modeled after your favorite Disney characters. Plus, guests can chow down on special food items from seasonal kitchens and watch one of the many performances throughout the festival.

Note that this particular festival extends into the summertime.

Star Wars™ Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox
April 4-7, 2019
Disney fans really love to run, huh? This particular race weekend focuses on the Star WarsTM franchise through themed races and various activities. So, will you race to the light side or the dark side?

Dapper Days
April 27-28, 2019
Several of the top Disney World events are not associated or affiliated with the Walt Disney World resort or company. One such example is Dapper Days, a favorite event among diehard Disney fans. On Dapper Days, fans descend into the park wearing their best attire from yesterday and today, often with a Disney twist!

Don't miss the best summer Disney World events

Summer

The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot at Disney World in the summertime. So are these events!

Disney H2O Glow Nights
May 30 – August 24, 2019
On select nights throughout the summer, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park lights up with glow-in-the-dark entertainment. On top of your favorite waterslides and pools, the park features a ton of entertainment from character meet and greets to dance parties!

Independence Day
July 4, 2019
On the Fourth of July each year, each Disney World theme park boasts a special patriotic celebration. Wear red, white, and blue and enjoy Independence Day at Disney!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
August 16-November 1, 2019
Beginning in August and extending through the entire fall season, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the biggest Disney World events of the year. This special ticketed event includes a whole host of Halloween activities, from parades to trick-or-treating to mouth-watering holiday treats.

If you plan on attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, get your tickets as far in advance as possible. This event sells out each year!

Gay Days Orlando
August 15-18, 2019
Gay Days Orlando is unaffiliated with Disney parks and is one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ expos in the world. As part of the expo, participants visit the Disney theme parks for a day filled with fun, acceptance, rides, and of course, magic!

Disney World Events in Fall include Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom

Fall

While the weather may cool down, the autumn Disney World events are heating up! Full of food, entertainment, and Disney magic, you don’t want to miss these fall festivals.

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
2019 Dates TBA
Each year, thousands of Disney World visitors head to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with wide eyes and empty stomachs. This delicious festival features cooking demonstrations, renowned chefs, and a menu that’ll make you hungry just from reading it! Of course, in true Disney style, the event also includes a variety of entertainment and Disney character interactions.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
October 31-November 3, 2019
Offering a variety of different races formats as well as food menus, this Disney running weekend is fun for all. After you’ve conquered the course and stuffed your face, don’t miss the post-race parties!

Dapper Days
November 16-17, 2019
Dapper Days returns to the Walt Disney World theme parks again for the fall. Remember to look your best!

Cinderella Castle lights up during the winter Disney World events

Winter

Interested in a magical holiday season? There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays or ring in the New Year than with any of these winter Disney World events.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
2019 Dates TBA
From falling snow to visits with the jolly old man himself, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the perfect way to enjoy the holiday season. Just like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, this winter event requires a special ticket for admission. Naturally, these event tickets sell out quickly, too!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
2019 Dates TBA
Have you ever wondered how countries and cultures around the world celebrate the winter holidays? Find out by attending the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Much like Epcot’s other festivals, this winter event features special kitchens, activities, performances, and more, all focused on the holiday season.

The Candlelight Processional featuring a line-up of celebrity narrators is the highlight of the festival. Tickets are available in advance for this holiday performance.

Holidays at Disney Springs
2019 Dates TBA
Continue the holiday spirit to Disney’s shopping and entertainment complex, Disney Springs. Here, you’ll find a lane of intricately designed Christmas trees, opportunities to meet and take pictures with Santa, endless shopping, and several holiday performances from local and renowned musicians and artists.

Which Disney World Events are You Looking Forward To?

Are you looking forward to attending this year’s line-up of Disney World events? Tell us which festivals are at the top of your list!