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.
Atlanta 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.
Star 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.”
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.
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.
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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