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Check The Calendar! Special Events and Holidays Can Make Your Disney Stay Even More Fun!

Check out if any parties, festivals, or holidays are taking place during your Walt Disney World stay. They can make your vacation even more magical.

Below is a list of some popular Walt Disney Worlds events and holidays. Keep in mind that some of these listings require additional tickets, reservations, or registrations.


Soon In the next few weeks, Spanish celebrity Chef José Andrés will open his newest restaurant, Jaleo, at Disney Springs. Not only are Disney fans looking forward to the food, but the “artichoke-inspired” architecture also has foodies curious as well.

Early January 2019 Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Sunset Showcase located between the Tower of Terror and Rock N Rollercoaster)

January 17, 24, and 28 Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom

January 16, 22 and 31 Disney After Hours at the Animal Kingdom

January 19 Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

January 18-February 25 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

January 19-21 Martin Luther King Weekend

Sometime in 2019 A Beauty and the BeastSing-Along at Epcot will open in Epcot’s France Pavilion in 2019. Although it will use the same theatre as Impression de France, the retro movie is not going away. It is simply sharing its space with the new sing-along.

Sometime in 2019 NBA Experience opens in 2019 in Disney Springs. Fans will be able to feel the thrill of the NBA Draft, step onto the court, execute a slam dunk, watch the league’s most fascinating replays, play video games, and more. Of course, there will also be a gift shop. It is Disney after all.

February 2, 9 and 16  Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 Disney After Hours at the Animal Kingdom

February 7, 14, 21 and 28 Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom

February 16-18 President’s Day Weekend

February 21-24 2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Registration 8/7/18)

February 25, 26, and 28 Atlanta Braves Spring Training (Wide World of Sports)

March 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23 Atlanta Braves Spring Training (Wide World of Sports)

March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

March 5, 20 and 27 Disney After Hours at the Animal Kingdom

March 7, 21 and 28 Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom

March 6-June 3 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

April 3 Disney After Hours at the Animal Kingdom

April 4 and 11 Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom

April 6 and 13 Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

April 4-7 Star Wars Half-Marathon-The Dark Side (Registration 8/28/18)

April 1-21 Spring Break Season for high school and younger students

May 2019 Wonderful World of Animation Nighttime Show debuts in Hollywood Studios.

May 12 Mother’s Day

May 25-27 Memorial Day Weekend

Spring or Summer 2019 A Space-themed restaurant in Epcot may appear in spring or summer between Mission Space and Epcot. The Disney Food Blog reports that the Patina Restaurant Group has posted online looking for applicants to work in a Disney Epcot Space 220 Restaurant in Florida with an April 2019 date to “join the crew.”

June 16 Father’s Day

July 2019 Gran Destino Tower opens at Coronado Springs Resort

July 4 Independence Day

August 13-19 Gay Days

August 31-Sept. 2 Labor Day Weekend

Fall 2019 The Disney Skyliner gondola transportation system begins service. It will connect Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels—Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and the new Riviera Resort.

Fall 2019 Epcot Forever, a new nighttime show featuring classic Epcot tunes, starts in the fall of 2019. It will only run for a limited time before it is replaced by a yet-to-be-revealed nighttime spectacular in 2020.

Fall 2019 Disney Vacation Club’s Riviera Resort opens

November 2019 The opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad attraction at Hollywood Studios.

Late Fall 2019 Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios opens. It will include two new attractions—Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance, new and original music by composer John Williams (You know. The guy who wrote the original Star Wars theme song.), a street market, food stalls, and “the Cantina.”

November 23-December 1 Thanksgiving Week

December 21-January 5, 2020 Winter Holidays Break


Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Year

Ratatouille attraction opens in Epcot

Guardians of the Galaxy attraction opens in Epcot

Tron attraction opens in the Magic Kingdom

October 1, 2021 Walt Disney World’s Official 50th Birthday


Special Olympics USA Summer Games (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)