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The Walt Disney World ® Resort has a plethora of special events that keep guests coming back to the resort year after year. Disney is always updating and finding new ways to make these events more spectacular than the last year, along with planning new special events year after year to help create new long-lasting memories. Below is a look, park-by-park, at the special events you can expect at the Walt Disney World ® Resort.
Magic Kingdom ® Park
The Magic Kingdom ® Park is home to two special parties for the holidays - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held on select nights in September and October, and gives families and children the opportunity to trick-or-treat around the park with their favorite Disney characters, who just so happen to be dressed up as well!
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party gets everyone in the holiday spirit, as you will encounter live stage shows, character greetings throughout the park, cookies and hot cocoa and even snow on Main Street, U.S.A.! This holiday celebration will run on select nights from November to December. And, as with the Halloween Party, both special events also include a special parade and fireworks show.
The Night of Joy, scheduled this year in September, is another special event held at the Magic Kingdom ® Park. This two-day experience allows guests to feel the joy at live concerts from some of Christian music's most praise-worthy performers.
The Epcot ® International Flower and Garden festival, which happens each Spring at the park, celebrates the season with a colorful array of flagrant flowers, gardens and over-the-top topiaries! You can even learn tricks of the trade from Disney's own expert gardening crew. This event, as is the case with all of Epcot's events, is included with admission to the park and is typically held in March until May, occurring alongside Epcot’s Flower Power Concert Series.
The Epcot ® International Food and Wine Festival may be one of the most well-known special events at any Disney park. Running from September throughout November, this annual showcase features the flavors of the world. You will explore marketplaces featuring regional foods, wines and beers, learn from renowned chefs at special demonstrations and programs and sample the finest cuisine from around the globe at all of the pavilions around the World Showcase. Plus, you can enjoy musical acts by renowned singers during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.
Epcot ® is also home to the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, where, all summer long, tribute bands cover your favorite songs from classic artists such as Elton John, ABBA, The Eagles and more. And finally, at the Holidays Around the World celebration, you can experience what the holidays are like all around the globe without ever leaving the Walt Disney World ® Resort. This event is extremely popular, especially the nightly Candlelight Processional, which features celebrity guests readers of the Christmas story, and the holiday-themed finale to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.
Disney's Hollywood Studios ®
Disney's Hollywood Studios ® has a plethora of special events all throughout the year and has something for literally everyone in the family. For any Star Wars fans, Star Wars Weekends is a must-see. You will come face-to-face with your favorite Star Wars characters, see special performances and test your knowledge with trivia throughout the park. The event is usually held during weekends in May or June.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights runs throughout the winter holiday months. After dark, this dazzling display of blinking and twinkling lights move in synchronized motion to memorable holiday music - and don't be surprised if a few snowflakes fall from overhead! However, Disney has announced that the 2015 holiday season will be the final year for the beloved spectacle in order to make room for the theme park’s overhaul including Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.
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