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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.


 

February

Sneak Peek of Scenes from Zootopia - beginning January 21

One Man's Dream, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Clips from Disney's upcoming animated film Zootopia will be shown in the One Man's Dream theater.  This film opens in 3D on March 4.

The plotline goes: "Zootopia is a melting pot, where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, con-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery."


Merchandise Events and Artist Appearances/Signings

Feb 4-29: Precious Moments representatives will be releasing their new Valentine-inspired collection at Marketplace Fun Finds (Disney Springs Marketplace).  Doll Designer Linda Rick will be appearing on February 19-21.

Feb 10-14: Greg McCullough will appear and sign his work at Art of Disney (Epcot) from 1-8pm each day. He will also be signing  from 1-8pm on Feb 24-28 at Art of Disney (Disney Springs Marketplace). Greg is known for graphics and advertising illustrations for Disney Parks.

 

Feb 10-15: New scents will be released by Givenchy at Plume et Palette (France Pavilion, Epcot)

 

Feb 12-13: Artists Brian Blackmore and Mark Seppala will be signing their new works from 6-8pm on Feb 12 and from 4-6pm on Feb 13.

 

Feb 12-14 and Feb 19-21: Yardley representative Isis Sio will be showcasing new fragrances and beauty products at The Queen's Table (United Kingdom Pavilion, Epcot).

 

Feb 14-17 and Feb 19-21: Visit Heritage Manor (The American Adventure Pavilion, Epcot) to see the latest releases of handmade bath and body products from Rinse.

 

Feb 18-21: Geir Ness will be featuring the latest in his Laila fragrance and beauty collection at The Puffin's Roost (Norway Pavilion, Epcot).

 

Feb 19-20: Kit Heath representative Mary Finnegan will be at The Queen's Table (United Kingdom Pavilion, Epcot) from 2-7pm to showcase the company's jewelry.

 

Feb 19-21: ACME artist Brian Rood will be showcasing some of his latest Star Wars releases.  He'll be at Watto's Grotto (Disney's Hollywood Studios) from 2-5pm and at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (Disney Springs West Side) from 7-9pm.

 

Feb 20: Artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith will be showing some of her new releases from 4-8pm in WonderGround Gallery (Marketplace Co-Op, Disney Springs).

 

Feb 24-28: Greg McCullough will appear and sign his work at Art of Disney (Disney Springs Marketplace) from 1-8pm each day. He will also be signing  at. Greg is known for graphics and advertising illustrations for Disney Parks.


Black History Month Author Signings - February 6 and 13, 2016

American Adventure Pavilion, Epcot

 

Terry McMillan - February 6, 1-2pm and 3-4pm

McMillan, author of "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back", will be signing her novels and greeting fans.

 

Chef G. Garvin - February 13, 1-2pm and 3-4pm

The celebrated cookbook author and host of The Cooking Channel's "Road Trip with G. Garvin" will be signing cookbooks and greeting guests at the American Adventure Pavilion.

 

While there, check out the "Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection".  This collection of over 400 years of rare art, documents, books, and artifacts of African American history is owned by Bernard, Shirley, and Khalil Kinsey, Florida natives and philanthropists. 

 


Valentine's Day in the Disney area - February 14, 2016

 


 

Disney's Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend - February 18-21, 2016

 


 

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 6-April 16, 2016

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.

 


March

Atlanta Braves Spring Training - March 1 - April 1, 2016

 


 

Disney Dreamer's Academy  - March 3-6, 2016

 


 

Mighty Festival: St. Patrick's Week - March 13-17, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Downtown Disney

March 13 - 4pm-1:30am

March 14-17 - noon-1:30am

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day with live music, classic Irish food and drinks, face painting and merchandise at Raglan Road's Shop.

Enjoy performances by Scythian, $3 Band, Reel O Grande, Drops of Green, The Brayzen Heads, and The West Coast Trio, as well as dancing by the Raglan Road Dancers.

A $10 cover charge for guests 18 and over will apply on March 17th only.

Downtown Disney celebrates St. Patrick's Day

 


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - March 2-May 30, 2016

 



 

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando - Saturdays and select nights, February 6-April 16, 2016

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.

 


Easter - March 27, 2016

April

Atlanta Braves Spring Training -March 1 - April 1, 2016

 


 

Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando- Saturdays and select nights, February 6-April 16, 2016
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 2-May 30, 2016

 


Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side - April 14-17, 2016

May

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival -March 2-May 30, 2016

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



 

Coolest Summer Ever 24-hour event - May 22-23, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Magic Kingdom

Kick off summer with this 24-hour party, to be held from 6am-6am May 22-23! Guests are asked to “show their Disney Side” by wearing costumes and celebrating the “Coolest Summer Ever” all night long. The celebration will consist of dance parties, character meet and greets and more surprises.  Many of the park’s attractions will be open; specialty food and beverage items will be available as well. Some of the events will even feature Disney Channel and Disney XD stars.

 

June

Disney Gay Days 2016 - May 31 - June 6, 2016

 


 

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! - June 17-September 7, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
More Information Here

 

 


 

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - June 7-July 25, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

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

 


Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! - June 17-September 7, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
More Information Here


 

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - June 7-July 25, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

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

 

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! - June 17-September 7, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
More Information Here

September

Great Irish Hooley Festival - September 4-7, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Downtown Disney

"Hooley" is Irish slang for party or celebration.  There will be several top Irish bands playing traditional and rock tunes, structured set dancing called the Ceili, Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages.  There will be live music both inside and outside. 

Bands include:

Limited-edition craft beers will be brewed just for this occasion by Ireland's Rye River Brewing Company: A Raglan Road Saison, a Ragland Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, a McGargles Jims Co2 Stout and a McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA.

Craft Beer Master Classes

A series of classes will be held with an Irish craft brewmaster from the Rye River Brewing Company.  Learn about the brewery's history, the brewing process, different styles and flavors of craft beer and sample some of the limited-edition offerings.  Classes will last for 45 minutes and take place at 1pm and 5pm September 5-7.

Raglan Road's traditional Irish Brunch will take place on Saturday 9/1, Sunday 9/6 and Monday 9/7 , from 10am-3pm.


Night of Joy - September 11-12, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)
List of Night of Joy performers and ticket information.

 


 

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! - June 17-September 7, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
More Information Here

 


 

Halloween at Disney World - September 15-November 1, 2015

 


 

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information (2016 dates not yet announced)

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. September 25-November 16, 2015

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

 

October

 

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular - October 3-25, 2015 12:00-8:00 pm (2016 dates not yet announced)
Kids can dress in their favorite costumes while trick-or-treating with sea creatures. This event is included in park admission.

 


2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information

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. September 25-November 16, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

 


Halloween at Disney World - September 15-November 1, 2015

Halloween at Disney World

 


 

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic -

October 28-29, 2016

5:30pm-9:00pm

2016 will be the 7th year for this event that features wine and beer seminars, tasting stations and live music. Causeway tickets, allowing you unlimited food and beverage samples from more than 40 tasting stations and 30 wineries, are available as part of a hotel package or individually. Chefs from the hotels' restaurants will be on hand to explain their dishes. The popular Beer Garden will return to offer beer tastings of local and seasonal favorites.

More info here.

 

November

 

Halloween at Disney World - September 15-November 1, 2015

 


Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon - November 4-5, 2016

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 International Food and Wine Festival - September 25-November 16, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

 


 

Christmas at Disney World - November 8, 2015 - December 2015

(See December listing for details)

 


ICE at Gaylord Palms - November 24, 2015 - January 3, 2016
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 24, 2016
If you're planning on being at Disney World for Thanksgiving, here is a list of restaurants planning on serving a Thanksgiving meal.

 

DECEMBER

 

Christmas at Disney World - November 8, 2015 - December 2015

Christmas at Disney World

 


New Year's Eve - December 31, 2016
Enjoy live music, entertainment and dancing to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

January

 

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon - January 4 - 8, 2017