Check if any parties, festivals, openings, or holidays are taking place during your Walt Disney World stay. They can make your visit even more magical! (Keep in mind that some of these listings require additional tickets, reservations, or registrations.)

March 3 to July 5 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival – see the topiaries, characters, gardens and outdoor kitchens

NOW Although the 3 individual 5K virtual races are sold out at, you can still register for the Virtual Challenge – a combination of all 3 races. Complete and earn the 3 finisher medals plus a bonus Challenge medal.

🌎 All of April The Animal Kingdom is serving up Earth Month Snacks like…

  • Sea Turtle Cupcakes (Graham cracker cupcake, key lime pie filling, and guava gelée with vanilla buttercream topped with a fruit snack sea turtle) and Crave the Wave Cocktail (Vodka, blue curaçao, lemonade, and lemon wheel) from April 5-29 at Restaurantosaurus
  • Honey Bee Cupcakes (Orange cake, honey Bavarian filling, and honey frosting with white chocolate honeycomb) from April 5-29 at Creature Comforts
  • Flamingo Cupcakes (Strawberry cake filled with strawberry compote, guava frosting, and strawberry crisp pearls topped with a sugar flamingo) from April 5-29 at Flame Tree Barbecue
  • The Loggerhead (Sour Apple Sprite with green sugar–rim, sour fruit snack worms, and a glow cube) until April 29 at Flame Tree Barbecue
  • First Magnitude Draft: Honey Bee Citrus Blonde 2021 available April 18-24 at Thirsty River Bar, the Nomad Lounge, and Dino-Bites Snacks
  • Yeti Sunset (Whiskey, strawberry, and lychee lemonade) available through April 29 at Thirsty River Bar
  • Lion’s Fury (Jungle Juice and black cherry liqueur–infused bourbon whiskey with a cinnamon whiskey floater and a fiery glow cube) until April 29 at Dawa Bar
  • Mother Earth (Gin and infused tea garnished with mint and lemon peel) until April 29 at Nomad Lounge
  • Kiwi Margaritas at Satu’li Canteen until April 29
  • Cotton Top Lagoon (Frozen lemonade topped with cotton candy) at the Isle of Java until April 29
  • Red Crowned Crane  (Frozen Coke and frozen Cherry Coke topped with strawberry cotton candy with or without rum) at the Isle of Java until April 29

April 2-20 Check out the sand sculpture on the Animal Kingdom’s Discovery Island

🌎 April 6-22 Earth Day Bee Hive Cake (Buttermilk-honey chiffon cake with crunchy almond mousse covered in toasted meringue) at the Gasparilla Island Grill located at the Grand Floridian Resort

Apr. 15-18 NOW A VIRTUAL EVENT Star Wars Rival Run Weekend (Registration Now Open)

April 15-18 Meet artist Larry Dotson at The Art of Disney (Disney Springs)

April 16 The Animal Kingdom Lodge’s 20th Anniversary

April 17 The first ever Spring Food & Wine Classic at the Swan and Dolphin hotels

April 18-24 Earth Month treats will be on sale at the Animal Kingdom: Honey Bee Cupcakes (Creature Comfort), Flamingo Cupcakes (Flame Tree Barbecue), or Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcakes (Restaurantosaurus Lounge). Also look for specialty beverages, such as the The Red Crowned Crane, a frozen Coke topped with frozen Cherry Coke and strawberry cotton candy; adults can spice it up with Captain Morgan Rum.

April 19-26 Dapper Day will be hosting an EPCOT POP-UP SHOP. Find their cabana by the Germany Pavilion as part of Disney’s EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

April 22 Earth Day! A great time to visit the Animal Kingdom (which opened 23 years ago on Earth Day, 1998)

Apr. 24 Dapper Day at the Magic Kingdom (Click here to learn more)

Apr. 25 Dapper Day at EPCOT (Click here to learn more)

April 30 Disneyland Reopens to California Residents

Spring Registration will open for September’s Veterans Institute Summit Hosted by Disney Institute at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The multi-day event will offer business professionals ideas and insights from The Walt Disney Company’s Heroes Work Here initiative created to hire, train and support military veterans. Many sessions will also be available virtually. Advance registration is required to attend in-person or online presentations.

May 5 Cinco de Mayo (The occasion is often celebrated at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion.)

May 9 Mother’s Day (Some restaurants run Mother’s Day specials. Book early)

May 28 Cruella (Disney) Premiers in theaters and Disney+. Click Here to see the trailer.

May 28-31 Memorial Day Weekend

May 30 Disney’s Beach Club Resort Reopens

2021 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters. Jamie is the story of a young person whose dreams don’t mesh with “the standard”, but with the support of a fantastic mom and wise friends, Jamie makes them happen anyway. SEE TRAILER

TBD Tron Lightcycle Power Run Rollercoaster (a new attraction/ride) opens at the Magic Kingdom

TBD Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (a new attraction/ride) opens in Epcot

TBD Opening of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel

This Summer Descendants: The Royal Wedding (Disney+)

June 5-Aug. 15 Give or take a week, most U.S. Schools Break for the Summer

June 6 Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Reopens

June 18 Luca (Pixar) released on Disney+. (Click Here to see the movie trailer.)

June 19 Juneteenth Holiday

June 20 Father’s Day

THIS SUMMER The Grand Opening of Creations Shop, a new flagship store coming to EPCOT and the reopening of Club Cool at EPCOT

July 2-5 Independence Day Weekend (Check out the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks schedule. The park puts on quite a show, but you don’t have to be inside the park to watch. You can see the fireworks from all the Monorail loop hotels. Also, be advised that MK sometimes reaches capacity and closes during the day on July 4.)

July 9 Black Widow (Marvel) premiers in theaters and on Disney+

July 14 Bastille Day – a fun date to be at EPCOT’s France Pavilion

July 30 Jungle Cruise (Walt Disney Studios) opens in theaters

July 2021 – Reopening of the Polynesian Village Resort

July 15 to November 20 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

August 13 Free Guy opens in theaters

Aug. 27 Release-date for The Beatles: Get Back (Disney) a documentary created by filmmaker Peter Jackson. 

September Disney Institute will host a complimentary Veterans Institute Summit at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in September 2021. The multi-day event will offer business professionals ideas and insights from The Walt Disney Company’s Heroes Work Here initiative created to hire, train and support military veterans. Many sessions will also be available virtually. Advance registration will be required to attend in-person or online presentations. Registration will open in spring 2021. 

September Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games coming to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex

September 3 Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios) opens in theaters

September 3-6 Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Oct. 1 Walt Disney World’s Official 50th Birthday and the Kickoff Date to Walt Disney World’s 18-Month Celebration

Oct. 1 Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, GRAND OPENING (World Showcase, France Pavilion)

Oct. 1 Opening of La Crêperie de Paris (Epcot, World Showcase, France Pavilion)

Oct. 3 German Unity Day (Check out if any celebrations are going on in Epcot’s Germany pavilion.)

Oct. 11 Columbus Day Holiday

Oct. 15 The Last Duel (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

Oct. 22 Ron’s Gone Wrong (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

October 29 & 30 The 11th Food & Wine Classic at the Swan and Dolphin resorts

Oct. 31 Halloween, a very popular time at the Magic Kingdom.

Nov. 5 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios) opens in theaters

Nov. 5 The Eternals (Marvel), a superhero film based on the Marvel Comic’s race of the same name, opens in theaters

Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day (the Magic Kingdom honors the nation’s Veterans every day with a lowering of the flag ceremony, but this event is especially meaningful on Veteran’s Day.)

Nov. 20-28 Thanksgiving Week Holiday (Team Tip: If you want a traditional Thanksgiving meal during your trip, make your dining reservations at Liberty Tree Tavern 180 days in advance.)

Nov. 28-Dec. 6 Hanukkah Holiday

Dec. 17 Avatar 2 (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

December 22 The King’s Man opens in theaters

Dec. 18-Jan. 2 Major Holiday Break for Schools and Universities

Dec. 25 Christmas Day (Usually the busiest day of the year at the Magic Kingdom. Be inside the park early in the day, it may close for capacity.)


Opening! A new Disney Resort – Reflections

Jan. 14 Nimona (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

January 14 Deep Water opens in theaters

February 11 Death on the Nile opens in theaters

Feb. 18 Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth Thor movie, starring Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) in the title role as the “new” Thor.

June 5-11 Special Olympics USA Summer Games (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)

May 6 Black Panther 2 (Marvel) opens in theaters

July 8 Captain Marvel 2 (Marvel Studios) opens in theaters

Dec. 22 An Untitled Star Wars (Lucasfilm) opens in theaters (What?!?)

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