Disney World Events

Walt Disney World Events

The ultimate planning resource for Walt Disney World annual events and information on Disney holiday events. NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change.

 

APRIL

Edible Easter Egg Display - April 4 - 22, 2014

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This is the third year the resort has hosted the display of hand-painted edible Easter eggs; the eggs are 16 to 20 inches tall.  The works of art will be in the lobby and will feature scenes from the films of The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Lady and the Tramp, Frozen and much more. The eggs are created, by the pastry team at the Grand Floridian under the guidance of Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, out of modeling chocolate, fondant, sculpted sugar and royal icing.  Chefs use tinted cocoa butter to create their works of art on the eggs.  This year there will be 18 eggs on display and each take 18-20 hours to create.

Click here to read our blog and see photos from this year's event.


Extended preview of Maleficent - begins April 18, 2014

Disney's Hollywood Studios, ABC Sound Studio

The upcoming Maleficent film, starring Angelina Jolie, opens in theaters May 30.  Theme park guests can see an extended preview of the film beginning April 18 and running through mid-June.

 


Easter - April 20, 2014

 


Party for the Planet - April 22, 2014

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Celebrate Earth Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom with special activities and educational opportunities.  The park is also celebrating the release of Disneynature's newest film Bears, which hits theaters April 18.  The new film will follow a bear family for a year while their two young cubs learn about life and the world around them. 

Earth Day will also be celebrated at Epcot, focusing on marine animals at The Seas Pavilion.

 


Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 8-May 31, 2014
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando!! With 13 original floats from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, extravagant costumes, and live jazz music, you'll feel like you’re in the French Quarter.


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - March 5 - May 18, 2014


MAY

Expedition Everest Challenge - May 3- 4, 2014

This nighttime event at Disney's Animal Kingdom includes a 5K, an obstacle course, and scavenger hunt.  The post-race party will be held in Dinoland.

 


A Perfect Petals Brunch featuring the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley

May 4, 2014

Epcot, World ShowPlace, 11:00am - 2:00pm

This ticketed event is the debut of the newest in the line of the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley's handbags.  "Mickey's Perfect Petals" will be showcased at the brunch and will even be available for purchase.  Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder of Vera Bradley, will speak at the brunch.  In addition to brunch, each guest will receive a special gift.

Cathy Dawson, merchandiser for accessories at Disney Theme Park Merchandise, said, "'Mickey's Perfect Petals' is a perfect color for spring.  Disney Design Group partnered with the Vera Bradley team to develop the color.  I love the subtle nods to Mickey Mouse as they remind me of hidden Mickeys found at Disney Parks.  We will offer the color on some of the most popular forms, and we will have a few new options like the campus backpack and tablet hipster."

Seven new bags featuring the design will be available, as well as some bags in already-released patterns, such as "Midnight with Mickey" and "Where's Mickey."

Tickets for the event are $125; Epcot admission is also required.  Register to attend at DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

After the event, the bags will be available at Cherry Tree Lane (when it opens in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace).  They will not be carried at Disneyland or on the Disney Parks online store.


Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 8-May 31, 2014
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando!! With 13 original floats from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, extravagant costumes, and live jazz music, you'll feel like you’re in the French Quarter.

 


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - March 5 - May 18, 2014

 

Ireland: The Emerald Isle – Adventures by Disney

8 Days / 7 Nights – Dublin, Cashel, Killarney & Newmarket-on-Fergus

5/25/14 – 6/1/2014

- See more at: http://www.disunplugged.com/podcast-events-trips/#sthash.S3D1aJwD.dpuf

Ireland: The Emerald Isle – Adventures by Disney

8 Days / 7 Nights – Dublin, Cashel, Killarney & Newmarket-on-Fergus

5/25/14 – 6/1/2014

- See more at: http://www.disunplugged.com/podcast-events-trips/#sthash.S3D1aJwD.dpuf

 

 

Star Wars Weekends - Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays May 16-June 15, 2014
Special appearances from Star Wars characters, that roam the park greeting guests and taking photos with true Star Wars fans each weekend. Click here for Information

 

June

Disney Gay Days 2014 - June 3 - June 9, 2014


Star Wars Weekends - Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays May 16-June 15, 2014
Special appearances from Star Wars characters, that roam the park greeting guests and taking photos with true Star Wars fans each weekend. Click here for Information


Fittipaldi Cup - June 13, 2014

Walt Disney World Speedway

The Exotic Driving Experience and 2014 Rolex 24 winner Christian Fittipaldi are putting on a half-day racing event at the Walt Disney World Speedway.  The day's participants will drive supercars, street cars and karts in several different timed and scored events.  Participants will have the opportunity to drive Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Audis and Nissans in two six-lap experiences.  Fittipaldi has competed in every major racing series across the world.  The event will cost $999 per person.  For information, call 855-822-0149.


Car Masters Weekend - June 14-15, 2014

Downtown Disney

Car Masters Weekend Downtown Disney

Disney Character Meet ‘n’ Greet — Take pictures and get to know some of your favorite Characters.

Downtown Disney Car Show — Lock your eyes on over 150 classic, muscle and exotic cars along the promenade. Pick your favorites and see which ones win awards.

Auto Personality Appearances — Fill up your schedule with special appearances by automotive legends.

Car Masters Merchandise — Take the event home with you by making a purchase from a large selection of Cars-themed merchandise and event-specific souvenirs.

Exotic Driving Experience — Get up close to real-life supercars and learn how you can get behind the wheel at Walt Disney World Speedway.

 


Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - June 8 - July 26, 2014

Throughout the summer, tributes to some of your favorite recording artists/groups are scheduled at the American Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

JULY

4th of July at Walt Disney World


Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - June 8 - July 26, 2014

Throughout the summer, tributes to some of your favorite recording artists/groups are scheduled at the American Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase.

August

There are currently no special events planned for August.

 

September

Night of Joy - September 5 - 6, 2014
List of Night of Joy performers and ticket information.


Halloween at Disney World - 2014 dates not announced yet (in 2013, the event was held September 10 - November 1)


Halloween at Disney World

 


Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - September 19 - November 11, 2014

Epcot's Food & Wine Festival is a not to be missed Disney event. Taking place around the World Showcase at Epcot, the Food & Wine Festival features more than 100 wineries, breweries and cuisines from around the world.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival


DIS Unplugged Podcast Trip

Viva Italia - Adventures by Disney

9 Days / 8 Nights - Rome, Florence, Venice and Tuscany

9/16 - 9/24/14

Itinerary Click here for Pricing and booking information - See more at: http://www.disunplugged.com/podcast-events-trips/#sthash.S3D1aJwD.dpuf

 


Inaugural Disney Fit Challenge - September 26-28, 2014

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Registration opens March 18, 2014

The three-day competitive fitness event will allow competitors to test their athletic prowess. Competitions will include tests of power, speed, balance, strength and endurance.  Competitors will compete against other athletes of like age and skill level in fitness maneuvers to collect performance-based points.  Competitions will range from squats and pushups to muscle ups.

October

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - September 19 - November 11, 2014
Epcot's Food & Wine Festival is a not to be missed Disney event. Taking place around the World Showcase at Epcot, the Food & Wine Festival features more than 100 wineries, breweries and cuisines from around the world.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

Halloween at Disney World - 2014 dates not announced yet (in 2013, the event was held September 10 - November 1)

Halloween at Disney World

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend -

October 3-4, 2014

This popular race returns after a 3 year hiatus, this time as a 10-miler instead of 13K.  Taking place at Hollywood Studios, participants will race through the set of the "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show," past the Sorcerer's Hat and ending at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction. This nighttime event will conclude with a party after hours at the park, giving racers and their family access to the park's most popular rides, music and Disney characters.

Other events for the weekend include a 5K race, kid's races and a Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports.


Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic -

October 31-November 1, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm - Beverage seminars

5:30-9:00 pm - Tasting stations open

2014 will be the 5th year for this event that features wine and beer seminars, tasting stations and live music. Causeway tickets are available as part of a hotel package or individually. A causeway ticket allows you unlimited food and beverage samples.  Chefs from the hotels' restaurants will be on hand to explain their dishes.

NEW! - Beer Garden on the Crescent Terrace will offer beer tastings of local and seasonal favorites.  The chef will be serving house-made "bar snacks" to pair with the beers.  Upgrade your causeway ticket to include the Beer Garden.

NEW! - Food Pairing Experiences

  • The Fine Art of Sushi and Sake: 10/31/14 from 4:00-5:30pm
  • The Cheese Course: 11/1/14 from 2:30-4:00pm
  • Pasta Making with Chef Cib: 11/1/14 from 2:30-4:00pm

Seminars 

  • Wine Blending: 10/31/14 and 11/1/14 at 4:30pm
  • Let's Make Caipirinha's!: 11/1/14 at 4:30pm
  • It's Better to "Wine" in Italian: 10/31/14 and 11/1/14 at 4:30pm
  • TQU: Tequila University: 10/31/14 at 4:30pm
  • Base to Bubbles: 10/31/14 and 11/1/14 at 4:30pm
  • Beer, Please!: 10/31/14 at 4:30pm
  • Modern Mixology: 10/31/14 and 11/1/14 at 4:30pm

Hotel Packages

For reservations, call 888-828-8850 and ask for the food and wine package associated with Dreams.

Package 1

  • Includes one-night room accommodations, plus two causeway wristbands for one night
  • Rates at the Swan start at $335 per night, plus taxes and mandatory resort service package.
  • Rates at the Dolphin start at $315 per night, plus taxes and mandatory resort service package.
  • Use code DRFWC1 for these rates.

Package 2

  • Includes two-night room accommodations, plus two causeway wristbands for two nights
  • Rates at the Swan start at $610 for the package, plus taxes and mandatory resort service package.
  • Rates at the Dolphin start at $650 for the package, plus taxes and mandatory resort service package.
  • Use code DRFWC1 for these rates.

Seminar tickets and Beer Garden tickets may be added for an additional fee.

More information can be found here.

 


Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival - October 18, 2014

Races to be held at Downtown Disney


SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - October 4 - 26, 2014, 12:00-8:00 pm
Kids can dress in their favorite costumes while trick-or-treating with sea creatures. This event is included in park admission.

 

November

Halloween at Disney World - 2014 dates not announced yet (in 2013, the event was held September 10 - November 1)


Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon - November 8 - 9, 2014

The Wine and Dine Half Marathon features a 13.1 mile nighttime race through multiple Disney theme parks and exclusive after-hours party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.


Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - September 19 - November 11, 2014

 


Destination D: Attraction Rewind - November 22-23, 2014

This D23 event will feature Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Bob Gurr, among others who worked on Disney's New York World's Fair shows. Past attractions will be celebrated with rarely seen concept art, photos, video clips and personal stories from Disney archivists, Imagineers and Legends.  Several of the weekend's presentations will focus on the 1964-65 New York World's Fair and the attractions that came from it, including it's a small world and Carousel of Progress.

Information on ticketing, hotel discounts and theme park rates will be announced later this spring on D23.com. 


Festival of the Masters - November 2014
The works of award-winning artists will be featured. Downtown Disney celebrates the season with special entertainment and shops featuring unique holiday gifts.


Christmas at Disney World - November 2014 - January 2015

(See December listing for details)


ICE at Gaylord Palms - November 2014 - January 2015
If you think that Florida means sun-drenched days and sultry nights, you’re in for a chilling surprise. During the Holidays, “Ice!” will bring a frigid change to the traditional Florida Christmas fare. The resort also hosts special holiday events. Pictures from previous events

ICE at Gaylord Palms


Thanksgiving in Walt Disney World - November 27, 2014
If you're planning on being at Disney World for Thanksgiving, here is a list of restaurants planning on serving a Thanksgiving meal.


DIS Unplugged Podcast Cruise 5.0

7-Night Western Caribbean Disney Cruise with Jamaica

11/30 - 12/7/14

Pricing and Booking information

Discuss this cruise

 

DECEMBER

Christmas at Disney World - November 2014 - January 2015

Christmas at Disney World

 


New Year's Eve - December 31, 2014
Enjoy live music, entertainment and dancing to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

January

2015 Walt Disney World Marathon - January 7 - 11, 2015

February

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held February 8-May 31)

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando!! With 13 original floats from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, extravagant costumes, and live jazz music, you'll feel like you’re in the French Quarter.

 


Valentine's Day in the Disney area - February 14, 2015

 


Disney's Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend - February 19-22, 2015

 


Atlanta Braves Spring Training - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held February 26 - March 26)


MARCH

 

Disney Dreamer's Academy  - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held March 6-9)

 


Mighty St. Patrick's Festival - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held March 7-17)

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day with live music, a step-by-step Irish jig workshop, classic Irish food and drinks, Irish storytellers, Irish history and merchandise at Raglan Road's Shop.

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day

 


Atlanta Braves Spring Training - 2015 dates not yet announced (in 2014, held February 26 - March 26)

 


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held March 5 - May 18)


 


Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando
Saturdays and select nights, 2015 dates not yet announced (In 2014, this event was held February 8-May 31)

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studio Orlando!! With 13 original floats from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, extravagant costumes, and live jazz music, you'll feel like you’re in the French Quarter.



 

 

 

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