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Holidays at Walt Disney World

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Something the WDW parks are known for are their out-of-this-world decorations for celebrating the seasons around the year. Visiting during the major celebration months peaks most Disney lovers' bucket lists. Whether you're surprising the kids for the winter holidays, heading there for Halloween, or seeing the biggest firework show in the country, there are a million reasons to celebrate with Disney!

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Let's jump to the variety of months' celebrations highlighted below!

*Please know in this unprecedented world times can change, and decorations and celebrations are never truly guaranteed although the parks do their absolute best to accommodate travelers.


Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – in the first weeks of the year, Disney World hosts 26,000 runners to take a challenge including a 2-day 39.3 miles, 26.2 miles, 10K, and 5K. More information on these events can be found at

EPCOT International Festival of Arts – From January through February, a vibrant celebration of culture, this festival takes the theme of EPCOT to the next level with incredible art exhibits, performances, pop-up galleries, and more! Visit for more information.


St. Patrick’s Day – Everyone celebrates the Irish including Disney Spring’s Raglan Road’s Mighty where they have a family-friendly St. Patty’s Day celebration. EPCOT’s United Kingdom Pavillion also hosts an Irish celebration with dancing, music, and great food too.

Easter – Most of the Disney parks stay open late during the two weeks prior to Easter. Mr. And Mrs. Easter Bunny can be found at Magic Kingdom near the entrance. EPCOT hosts an Egg-stravaganza hunt. Many of the resorts also offer special fun inside. Easter Services are offered at Catholic and Protestant Contemporary resort. This is definitely a busy time at Disney!

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival – from March through June EPCOT is blooming with gardens, displays, tours, and concerts. Grab a Garden Passport and stamp it as you explore. Stop by the American Gardens Theatre to check out the Garden Rocks series where shows are included with EPCOT admission. Seats can be reserved in advance.

Mother’s Day – Several WDW Resorts and Restaurants offer Mother’s Day meals. We recommend checking out the My Disney Experience mobile app for details and to make reservations early in advance at specialty restaurants. WDW is typically busy during Mother’s Day.


Fourth of July: Although Disney has firework displays every evening, the 4th of July displays at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are double-sized! There are also special shows and events typically hosted at EPCOT. This is one of the busiest times of the year at WDW!


EPCOT Internation Food & Wine Festival – From Mid-July to November, ECPOT celebrates the flavors around the world through tastings, demonstrations, and cooking seminars. Special events may have additional costs. Make reservations as far in advance as possible here.

Halloween – Starting in late August, decorations and festivities are spooktacular! Expect pumpkin carvings, not-so-scary parties, boo bashes, parades, and so much more! Advanced ticketing purchases are recommended for these special events.

Thanksgiving – All WDW restaurants are open on Turkey Day typically offering specialty meals.

AdvoCare Classic – On Thanksgiving weekend, this early season college basketball tournament features 8 teams and 12 games in a bracket format. This is a popular weekend!


Disney’s Magical Holidays – During these two months, the decorations and holiday festivities are abundant. Expect festive parties, parades, and special displays of fireworks.

EPCOT International Festival of Holidays – During this festive time, EPCOT celebrates holidays across the globe through concerts, showcases, and specialty dining features.

If you want to spend the holidays at Disney, let's get in touch! No matter what time of year you are traveling here, it’s sure to be a magical time.

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