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.
CURRENTLY OPEN & NEW FOR 2019!
Jaleo: Celebrity Chef José Andrés opened his newest restaurant in Disney Springs on March 17. Spanish-inspired food and “artichoke-inspired” architecture.
New Babies at the Animal Kingdom: Guests on the Kilimanjaro Safari at may get a glance of the new Masai giraffe calf born in January named Jabari. Also, those walking the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, may catch a glimpse of baby Grace, born to mom Kashata on May 1.
Celebrate with the Incredibles at Pixar Place: At Hollywood Studios until Sept. 30. Meet Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone. Also, see Edna Mode’s Super-Suit Gallery, take part in a dance party, and follow the clues to find Jack-Jack.
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy: A new attraction at Hollywood Studios. This is an animated film with audience participation.
Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration: At the Magic Kingdom until Sept 30. Celebrate Mickey and Minnie’s 90th Birthday.
Now Until June 3 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Now Until June 3 Garden Rocks Concerts at Epcot (click here for daily musical lineups)
Now Until June 3 Mariachi Cobre’s Coco at Epcot’s Mexican Pavilion
May 24, 31 Disney After Hours Party at Hollywood Studios
May 24 Aladdin, starring Will Smith, opens in theaters
May 25-27 Memorial Day Weekend (Memorial Day Weekend will be the debut of the updated “Rivers of Light” nighttime show at the Animal Kingdom. It’s new name will be, “Rivers of Light: We Are One.”)
Memorial Day Weekend through September 30 New Tree of Light projections in honor of The Lion King
May 30-August 24 H2O Glow Parties every Thursday and Saturday night at the Typhoon Lagoon water park.
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.”
Summer 2019 NBA Experience opens in Disney Springs
Summer 2019 Opening of City Works Eatery & Pour House at Disney Springs. The location is expected to offer 80 local and international brews on tap.
June 4 Registration Opens for the 2020 Disney Princess Half Marathon (Feb. 20-23, 2020)
June 6 Disney Villains After Hours
June 13 Disney Villains After Hours
June 14, 21, 28 Disney After Hours Party at Hollywood Studios
June 14-August 18 Return of the Guardians of the Galaxy live show
June 16 Father’s Day
June 20 Disney Villains After Hours
June 21 Toy Story 4 Opens in Theaters
June 27 Disney Villains After Hours
July 1 Disney Villains After Hours
July 4 Independence Day
July 9 Guests will start checking in at the Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs Resort
July 9 Opening date for Toldeo-Tapas, Steak & Seafood. The new restaurant atop Coronado Springs’ Gran Destino Tower will offer views of Epcot and Hollywood Studios, indoor and outdoor seating, and flavors of Spain.
July 11 Disney Villains After Hours
July 16 Registration opens for the Star Wars Rival Run (April 16-19, 2020)
July 18 Disney Villains After Hours
July 25 Disney Villains After Hours
August 1 Disney Villains After Hours
August 8 Disney Villains After Hours
August 12 NBA Experience opens 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.
August 13-19 Gay Days (29th Annual Event)
August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (This year’s parties will feature a new fireworks show.)
August 29 Phase I opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios. Disney reports, “On opening day for phase one, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.
August 29-November 23 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
August 31-Sept. 2 Labor Day Weekend
September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 4, 27, 29 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (This year’s parties will feature a new fireworks show.)
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.
October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (This year’s parties will feature a new fireworks show.)
Late Fall Phase II opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This will include the opening of the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction, an immersive attraction that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
October 31-November 3 2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (10th Anniversary)
November 1 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
November 8 & 9 10th Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
November 16 Dapper Day
November 17 Dapper Day
November The opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad attraction at Hollywood Studios.
November 23-December 1 Thanksgiving Week
November 20-December 30 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
December 16 Guests start checking in to the new Riviera Resort.
Mid-December Opening of Topolino’s Terrace, the Riviera Resort’s rooftop restaurant featuring flavors of the Riviera and offering views of Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
December 21-31 Major School Holiday Time
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.
January 1-5 Major School Holiday Time
January 8-12 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 17-20 Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend
February 14 Valentine’s Day (The holiday falls on the Friday this year, which could affect weekend attendance.)
February 14-17 President’s Day Weekend (some special patriotic celebrations take place at the parks on the official holiday on Feb. 17)
February 20-23 Disney Princess Half Marathon
February 25 Mardi Gras
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 27-April 20 School Spring Breaks (staggered between the end of March and the week after Easter)
April 12 Easter Sunday
April 16-19 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend
April 22 Earth Day (A fun day to visit the Animal Kingdom for the park’s 22nd birthday!)
May 5 Cinco de Mayo (A great day to visit Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion)
May 10 Mother’s Day
May 22-25 Memorial Day Weekend
June 21 Father’s Day
July 3 Independence Day Observed
July 4 Independence Day
September 4-7 Labor Day Weekend
October 12 Columbus Day
October 31 Halloween
November 11 Veteran’s Day
November 20-29 Thanksgiving Week (Thanksgiving Day is Nov. 26)
December 18-31 Major Holiday Break for schools
December 31 New Year’s Eve
Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Year
January 1 New Year’s Day
January 1-4 Major Holiday Break for schools
2021 Ratatouille attraction opens in Epcot
2021 Guardians of the Galaxy attraction opens in Epcot
2021 Tron attraction opens in the Magic Kingdom
October 1, 2021 Walt Disney World’s Official 50th Birthday
2022 Special Olympics USA Summer Games (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)