Walt Disney Events: Calendar of Major Events at Walt Disney World Resort

    By Stephen Kubiak

    There's always something special at the Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some of the major events happening this year.

    Springtime in Florida means it's time for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

    Springtime in Florida means it's time for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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    The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features topiaries of popular Disney characters around the park

    The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features topiaries of popular Disney characters around the park

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    Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

    March 1 - May 29, 2017

    Discover an event bursting with fresh, farm-to-table flavors, brilliant blooms, interactive playgrounds and rocking entertainment. Stroll through a creative collection of gardens and gaze upon an incredible array of living sculptures shaped as beloved Disney Characters. Sample a wide array of fresh, farm-to-table flavors at 13 enticing Outdoor Kitchens sprinkled throughout the World Showcase. Gather with friends and family to rekindle your love of classic hits―all while taking in the waterfront view from a spacious outdoor venue during the Garden Rocks Concert Series.  

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    INSIDER TIP: Do you have young children who don't necessarily enjoy World Showcase? The popular Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt will have your kids searching the park for Easter eggs. If they find all the eggs, they get a surprise!

    The Atlanta Braves call the Walt Disney World Resort home during spring training

    The Atlanta Braves call the Walt Disney World Resort home during spring training

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    Atlanta Braves Spring Training

    February 25 - March 29, 2017

    Play ball! Take a break from the parks and enjoy a little baseball. The Atlanta Braves return to Champion Stadium for their spring training season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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    INSIDER TIP: Looking for cheap seats at the games? You can get 3rd Base Lawn and Pennant Berm general admission tickets for under $20 on select dates.

    runDisney Events

     

    Whether you're a diehard marathon runner or just a casual jogger, the Walt Disney World Resort has plenty of great races for all levels. Each of the four themed runDisney weekends in Florida has a signature race, along with other races like 10Ks, 5Ks and runs just for the kids.

    Check out the complete list of runDisney events below:

    Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

    Nov. 2-5, 2017

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    Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

    Jan. 3-7, 2018

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    Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

    Feb. 22-25, 2018

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    Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side

    April 19-22, 2018

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    Enjoy wine tastings, international cuisine and more at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

    Enjoy wine tastings, international cuisine and more at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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    Grilled lobster and a crisp chardonnay.

    Grilled lobster and a crisp chardonnay.

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    Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

    Aug. 31 - Nov. 13, 2017

    Each fall, as the seasons transform, so does Epcot—where dozens of unique flavors and fun experiences unfold across the park during the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Discover delicious global cuisines, wines and beers. Enjoy tastings and demonstrations from world-famous chefs. And kick back with music from top-name artists during the Eat to the Beat concert series.

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    Minnie & Mickey at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    Minnie & Mickey at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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    A look down Main Street, U.S.A. during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    A look down Main Street, U.S.A. during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    Aug. 25 - Nov. 1, 2017

    A special Halloween event at Magic Kingdom Park that's perfect for families with little ones, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has special parades, shows and firework spectaculars that you can only experience during the event. Kids can also dress up like their favorite characters to go trick-or-treating throughout the park.

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    INSIDER TIP: If you or someone in your party has a food allergy, Disney has a special, allergy-friendly trick-or-treat experience so that everyone can enjoy the evening.

     

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

    Nov. 9 - Dec. 22, 2017

    Join Mickey at this festive winter celebration for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade.

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    Holidays Around the World at Epcot

    Nov. 24 - Dec. 30, 2017

    Ring in the season as World Showcase comes alive with seasonal traditions from around the globe. Discover worldwide celebrations of this magical season, as you experience traditions from the 11 World Showcase nations.

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    INSIDER TIP: Don't miss the Candlelight Processional, where the sounds of the season come alive with a 50-piece orchestra and massive choir. Celebrity narrators complete the evening with a reading of the Christmas story. The event fills up quickly, so prepare to arrive early.

     

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