Calendar of Major Events at Walt Disney World
By Stephen Kubiak
There's always something special at the Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some of the major annual events.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Early March through late May or early June
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.
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!
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
Late October or early November
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Early or mid-January
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Mid to late February
Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side
Early to Mid-April
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
End of August through mid-November
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.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Late August through early November
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.
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
Early November through late December
Join Mickey at this festive winter celebration for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade.
Holidays Around the World at Epcot
Late November through late December
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.
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.