Walt Disney World Orlando Events Calendar

January 1, 2019 | By Carlos S.
Disneyworld Calendar

From never before seen thrills at our theme parks and attractions to imaginative new places to stay, to innovative dishes at hotly anticipated eateries, 2019 is forming up to be a banner year for us. We can’t wait for our excitement to share these new experiences with you!

JANUARY

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend | Jan. 9 - 13, 2019

This new-ish Epcot festival, which debuted in 2017, has quickly become one of our favorites! The festival celebrates visual, performing and culinary arts. Once again, the Epcot Festival of the Arts will take place each day of the week! There are gallery exhibits, living statues, artist appearances and much more going on. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series inside the America Gardens Theatre will have nightly performances! Epcot International Festival of the Arts is included with admission to the park, but there are separately ticketed events within the festival.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts | Jan. 18 - Feb. 25, 2019

This new-ish Epcot festival, which debuted in 2017, has quickly become one of our favorites! The festival celebrates visual, performing and culinary arts. Once again, the Epcot Festival of the Arts will take place each day of the week! There are gallery exhibits, living statues, artist appearances and much more going on. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series inside the America Gardens Theatre will have nightly performances! Epcot International Festival of the Arts is included with admission to the park, but there are separately ticketed events within the festival.

FEBRUARY

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend | Feb. 21 - 24, 2019

Inspired by the Disney Princesses, an event design with women in mind. Weekend events include the Disney Royal Family 5K, Disney Enchanted 10K, Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo, and the headlining event, Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. The half marathon takes runners through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Traffic will be heavy around the parks, due to the race. For those of you who want to get a hop on the next year, the dates are Feb. 20-23, 2020. Registration opens June 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. EST.

MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival | March 6 - June 3, 2019

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is an annual event at Epcot each spring. This event features more than 100 topiaries spread throughout the park. There is an abundance of food offerings at the outdoor kitchens scattered around World Showcase to enjoy while admiring the character topiaries. Popular kitchens include the Urban Farm Eats, the locally grown Florida Fresh, Japan’s Hanami, The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews, and Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market featuring organic samplings with a German and Bavarian flare.

 

Guests can also delight in the hundreds of butterfly species residing at the festival’s screened butterfly house. The festival concerts take place at America Gardens Theater usually every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the event. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular admission to Epcot. This is one of the most colorful and popular Disney World events!

Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon Weekend | April 4 -7, 2019

Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon Weekend features iconic rivalries from Star Wars. Weekend events include the Star Wars 10K, Star Wars 5K, Star Wars Dark Side Challenge, and the runDisney Kids Races, as well as the half marathon. Start perfecting your powers of the force along with your running training. For those of you who want to get a hop on the next year, the dates are April 16-19, 2020. Registration opens July 15, 2019, at 10 a.m. EST.

Dapper Day | April 26 - 28, 2019

Inspired by the original Disney park designer’s illustrations, which often featured extremely well-dressed guests enjoying the Magic Kingdom, this unofficial Disney event invites park guests to don elegant fashions from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic and visit the park with other stylish guests. Dapper Day is not a Disney sponsored event and guests do not have to participate. Learn more at dapperday.com.

JULY

Independence Day | July 4, 2019

Get ready for a treat as Walt Disney World celebrates Fourth of July with a unique choice of fireworks shows at several different theme parks. Participation is open to the public, theme park admission required for activities at the parks. Expect heavy crowds in all parks except the Animal Kingdom. Longer park hours and special firework shows.

AUGUST | SEPTEMBER| OCTOBER | NOVEMBER

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Magic Kingdom)
Select Nights In August, September, and October - 2019

One of the most popular Disney World events is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It takes place at Magic Kingdom on select nights each fall. The party’s biggest highlights are watching Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, and Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular. The party features trick-or-treating in the park and Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes. The party is not included with regular admission to Magic Kingdom and requires a separate ticket. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance since these parties do sell out.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend | Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2019

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend combines the magic of a runDisney race with the festivities of the Food & Wine Festival. Races include the Disney Fall Feast 5K, Kids Races, and the Half Marathon. The half marathon takes place at nighttime! You can find more event and registration details on the RunDisney site.

Dapper Day Fall Soiree | November 16 - 17, 2019

Inspired by the original Disney park designer’s illustrations, which often featured extremely well-dressed guests enjoying Epcot, this unofficial Disney event invites park guests to don elegant fashions from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic and visit the park with other stylish guests. Dapper Day is not a Disney sponsored event and guests do not have to participate. Learn more at dapperday.com.

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (Magic Kingdom)
Select nights in November and December

One of our favorites of Disney World events, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event held on select nights each winter at Magic Kingdom. The party runs from 7 p.m. until midnight. The big highlights from this event are Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Castle Stage Show and a magical snowfall over Main Street, U.S.A.

 

There are also plenty of opportunities to meet your favorite Disney characters, in their holiday finest. Cookies and hot cocoa are included with admission to this separately ticketed event. Purchase your tickets in advance; it is common for nights to sell out. While Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate admission event, there are still many festive holiday Disney World events in 2019.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays | Candlelight Processional (Epcot) |
Nov. 29 - Dec. 30, 2019

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional takes place each winter in Epcot’s World Showcase. Storytellers from many of the countries, such as Father Christmas at the United Kingdom pavilion, recount holiday customs from their respective countries. Guests can also have their picture made with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the American Adventure Pavilion.

 

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times nightly. The show tells the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional is included with regular admission to Epcot.

Sunset Season's Greetings (Disney's Hollywood Studios) | November - January

Debuting in 2017, Sunset Season’s Greetings lights up Tinseltown as snow falls. Sunset Boulevard twinkles as favorite faces come to life. Look above as the billboards begin to move into motion and tell a tale, brought to you by iconic characters sharing their love for the season. Look down to see the Hollywood Tower Hotel come to “light” as it tells the stories of these characters.

Holidays at Disney Springs | November - January

Holidays at Disney Springs is a special event that replaced Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney (the previous name for the entertainment area). It offers live entertainment, festive decor and fun photo ops. You also have the opportunity to meet Santa at a new location across from Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. There are holiday carolers, Toy Soldier stilt walkers, and street performers. Dance the night away at a holiday dance party.

 

For additional information please visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/events/