Walt Disney World is famous for its family friendly style of fun. The Orlando theme park also hosts a variety of special events each year, adding even more magic to the happiest place on Earth. Take a look at this year’s lineup of Walt Disney World special events and see what’s happening during your vacation in Orlando.

Spring

Flower_and_Garden_200Atlanta Braves Spring Training: March 1-April 4
The Atlanta Braves return to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports for their annual spring training. Tickets are first come/first served and the games take place at Champion Stadium.

Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival: March 4-May 17
Throughout the 75-day festival, Epcot guests will be treated to new topiaries, garden displays, seminars by celebrity HGTV designers, a stellar line-up for the Flower Power Concert Series and a gorgeous butterfly house.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: March 13-17
Downtown Disney hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration featuring live entertainment, authentic Irish food and drink.

Summer

stars_wars_copyright_2Star Wars Weekends: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays May 14-June 15
Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends attracts legions of fans from across the nation. Held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, annual event celebrates all things Star Wars. Look for special appearances from Star Wars characters as well as special shows, panels, presentations and more.

Car Masters Weekend: June 13-14
The 2nd annual Car Masters Weekend pays tribute to the hit film series “Cars.” Over 100 classic, muscle and exotic cars will be on display and guests can even meet Lightning McQueen.

Coolest Summer Ever 24-Hour Event: May 22-23
Walt Disney World Resort will kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” with 24 hours of nonstop fun during a special event May 22-23 at the Magic Kingdom, hosted by Olaf, the summer-loving snowman from Disney’s blockbuster animated hit “Frozen.”

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American Gardens Theatre in Epcot’s World Showcase hosts tribute artists and bands all summer long.

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!: June 17-September 7
The world of Frozen is taking over Hollywood Studios this summer!  Spend the day enjoying interactive experiences with your favorite Frozen characters.

Independence Day: July 4
Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios all show their patriotic pride with special fireworks shows and parades.

Autumn

rsz_epcot_food_and_wine_copyrightDisney’s Night of Joy: September 11-12
Night of Joy is a premiere Christian music festival featuring Dove Award and Grammy Award winning artists.

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival: September 25-November 16
Take a trip around Epcot’s World Showcase, where more than 100 wineries, breweries and cuisines from around the world are available. The culinary event is the highlight of the fall as Disney guests can taste their way around the world, listen to some of their favorite tunes during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series and attend culinary programs geared towards the foodie in all of us.

Halloween at Disney World: Select nights in September and October
Highlights of Disney’s Halloween event include Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Winter/Holidays

Disney CMAS Copyright (2)Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon: November 6-7
Run 13.1 miles through multiple Disney theme parks and then celebrate with an after-hours party at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Christmas at Disney World: November-December
All of the Disney parks get in on the festive fun, with holiday parties, shows and entertainment scheduled throughout the Disney World Theme Parks. One of the highlights of the Christmas at Disney is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

New Year’s Eve at Disney World: December 31
The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios stay open to toast the New Year with fireworks and special entertainment.


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It’s never too early to get a head start on your Disney World Halloween plans.  Dates have officially been announced for Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party, a special Disney event that transforms the Magic Kingdom into a kid-friendly spookfest.  The annual event caters to families and provides a magical atmosphere for kids to enjoy Halloween.  Look forward to trick-or-treating with your favorite characters, a Halloween parade and spectacular end-of-the-night fireworks.

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Dates for Mickey’s Halloween Party 2015:

September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 2015

October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 2015

November 1, 2015

Hours: 7:00 pm – midnight, Parade at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm, Fireworks at 9:30 pm

General pricing for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ranges from $62-77/adults and $53-72/children. Please call (407) 939-5277 to make reservations. Tickets for this year’s event for on sale in April.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Attention all Star Wars fans!  Dates for Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends have been announced!  The special event attracts legions of fans from across the nation.  Held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the annual event celebrates all things Star Wars.  This year’s event will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 15 through June 14, 2015.  Read on to find out more about this special Disney event.

stars_wars_copyright_1With the Rebel Alliance fighting for freedom in the Star Wars Galaxy, those at Disney World Orlando has five full weekends planned so numerous fans can aide in the rebellion.
Dates for Star Wars Weekends:
  • Weekend I: May 15-17
  • Weekend II: May 22-24
  • Weekend III: May 29-31
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7
  • Weekend V: June 12-14

 

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Celebrity Autographs:  Get your favorite Star Wars character to sign a memento during your visit to Star Wars Weekends.  One autograph per guest.  Book a FastPass for this event, as a FastPass ticket ensures your place in line at the celebrity autograph kiosk outside the Front Gate entrance. More information regarding the celebrity line-up will be available soon.
Jedi Training Academy:  Kids under 12 can hone their Lightsaber skills at the Jedi Training Academy.  They can test their wits before the Jedi Council in the Padawan Mind Challenge—and even prepare to battle Darth Vader himself.
rsz_star_wars_disney_copyrightStar Tours – The Adventures Continue: This attraction takes Jedi from Tatooine to Coruscant and beyond, with destinations, characters and adventures presented in brilliant digital 3D! Board a Starspeeder 1000 for a thrilling journey where a galaxy of trouble awaits.

Symphony in the Stars:Replacing Hyperspace Hoopla, Symphony in the Stars is the perfect way to cap off your day in a galaxy far, far away with a finale celebration featuring Star Wars characters and a frenzy of fireworks, complete with Glow with the Show effects.

This year Star Wars Character Dining Experiences are also planned.  Two options are available:

stars_wars_copyright_2Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast: Start your day of right at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.  Enjoy a delicious meal while iconic moments from the Star Wars saga plays on screen.  Darth Vader, Jawa, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers and other Stars Wars characters will also be on hand for a meet and greet.  Price: $49.99/adult, $31.99 child.
Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine:  During Star Wars Weekends, the Fantasmic! Dinner experience at Hollywood and Vine is transformed for Jedi Mickey and friends.  Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goody, and Chip & Dale will dress as their favorite Star Wars characters (such as Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie and Darth Goofy) and meet and greet guests throughout the evening.  Price: $57.99/adult, $34.99 child. 
Both experiences run daily and include a free digital photo.
James Arnold Taylor (Voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) will return as the official celebrity host. 

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is the quintessential spring event at Disney World Orlando. The theme park is in full bloom with character topiaries, rockin’ concerts, fresh food at outdoor kitchens and special seminars on gardening and cooking. It’s all part of the premier horticultural display that is the Flower and Garden Festival.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Disney CMAS Copyright (1)You may not be thinking of Christmas just yet, but the folks at Disney World definitely are. They recently announced 2015 dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with tickets going on sale in April. Now is a fantastic time to get a head start on your holiday travel plans. Deals are better, rates are discounted and tickets to exclusive parties like this one are still available.

Dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

November: 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29, 2015
December: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 2015
Event time: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

This Disney World Orlando holiday event is not to be missed. The Magic Kingdom becomes even more magical, with “snow” falling on Main Street and Mickey and friends parading through the streets. Along with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, there is special holiday entertainment, a spectacular version of Wishes fireworks, and even jolly old St. Nick makes an appearance.

General pricing for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ranges from $62-74/adults and $57-69/children. Please call (407) 939-5277 to make reservations.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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Ready to experience Adventure Island’s newest thrill slide? Now you can as Colossal Curl has officially opened. The ride adds to the Tampa water park’s 30-acres of water drenched fun.

Curious about Colossal Curl? Prepare to experience a feeling of weightlessness, the mega family four person slide, as you fly through the funnel and wave elements. Located in the center of the park, it is the tallest ride at Adventure Island Tampa at nearly 70 feet high. From the sounds of it, Colossal Curl should be the ultimate family adventure!

Make the high-speed thrills, waterfalls, and tropical oasis of Adventure Island part of your next vacation.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

april_eventsThere’s always something going on in sunny Orlando. April has a wide range of events and festivals. Check out our list of upcoming events and start planning your next trip!

Below are Orlando events planned for April 2015:

April 1-May 17: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Epcot’s 22nd annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features plenty of new things to see in 2015. Throughout the festival, which began March 4, Epcot guests will be treated to new topiaries, garden displays, seminars by celebrity HGTV designers, a stellar line-up for the Flower Power Concert Series and a gorgeous butterfly house.

April 1-18: Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
It’s the most spectacular celebration of the Big Easy spirit outside of New Orleans itself – Mardi Gras at Universal Studios. Bring the whole family for a party filled with music and fun as only Universal Orlando Resort can throw. You’ll enjoy live concerts, a dazzling parade, colorful street performers, authentic Cajun food, and beads by the handful!

April 10-11: The 2015 Great American Pie Festival
Celebration, Florida will host thousands of pie-lovers and bakers during this two day pie festival featuring the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, pie decorating, pie art, and a pie eating contest.

April 10-19: Florida Film Festival
The 24th annual Florida Film Festival will include over 160 films along with special guests and events.

April 25-May 16: SeaWorld’s Viva la Musica
SeaWorld Orlando is hosting a Latin festival featuring live music and authentic cuisine. Festival is included with normal SeaWorld admission.

When you visit the Magic Kingdom at Disney World Orlando there is so much to see and do it’s hard to know where to begin. I seem to always make my way towards Cinderella’s Castle first and then begin my adventure at the park. Which ride should you conquer first?  To give you a head start, here’s a list of my favorite and must-ride attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Space Mountain

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Space Mountain

Disney World’s most famous indoor roller coaster takes guests on a journey through space, complete with special effects, pitch-black darkness and plenty of twists and turns.  Despite reaching top speeds of only 27mph, this ride is one of the most popular at Disney World.  Be sure to get a fastpass for this attraction as lines tend to be long during the busy season.

Haunted Mansion

Ghostly and ghastly, the Haunted Mansion entertains riders with spooky surprises from the 999 ghosts that call the mansion home.  Look for the beating heart of a ghostly bride, cemetery ghouls rising from the dead and unseen victims pounding on doors for an escape.  The ride spins you around, from one frightening scene to the next, creating a hauntingly good time.

Splash Mountain

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Splash Mountain

Another signature Disney attraction is Splash Mountain.  Combining the fun of a classic log flume ride with the Uncle Remus characters from “Song of the South,” this attraction is all thrill and one big spill!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Everyone’s favorite pirate – Jack Sparrow – stars in this Disney attraction.  Relatively calm in nature, the ride is a favorite of many park-goers due to its realistic animatronics, attention to detail and, of course, it’s quirky cast of characters that bring the attraction to life.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Go a journey into the Wild West on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  This runaway train of a roller coaster rushes through the gold-mining town of Tumbleweed in the Frontierland.  Three separate lift hills are a highlight of the ride, as are its rockwork designs based on the rising buttes that are located in Utah and Arizona’s Monument Valley.

Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid

Part of the new Fantasyland expansion, this ride lets you experience an undersea adventure with Ariel and all her friends.  Visit Prince Eric’s Castle, then venture into Ariel’s aquatic world.  Classic Disney songs, like “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World” highlight her journey and make you feel part of her world.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.