Every single day at Walt Disney World is amazing. There are times, though, when a little extra pixie dust seems to have been sprinkled over one of the parks. Here are four special events that you will not want to miss. All events are subject to change or be canceled at Walt Disney World’s discretion.
3) Holidays Around the World
Christmas at Epcot is a special time. Holidays Around the World will allow you to have a glimpse into how different countries celebrate the season. Storytellers in each pavilion will share tales of celebrations back home, and the events that led up to those traditions. The pavilions also sell delicious special holiday treats. The holiday observances at Epcot don’t stop there. “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” features traditional and contemporary holiday songs with a rhythm and blues twist. You might find yourself singing and dancing along. Another Epcot must-do is the Candlelight Processional. Each evening a celebrity narrator will tell the Biblical Christmas story. He or she will be backed by a mass choir and a 50 piece orchestra. The Candlelight Processional is held three times nightly in the America Gardens Theater, weather and other circumstances permitting. If you don’t want to wait in line for a seat, book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. Over a dozen restaurants at Epcot participate, and you’ll be guaranteed seating. Make sure that it’s the Candlelight Processional Dining Package that you reserve, just eating at a participating restaurant will not get you a voucher.
2) Mickey’s Parties
Twice a year Mickey holds special ticketed events at the Magic Kingdom. The first one takes place on select evenings in September, October, and very early November. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is fun for the entire family. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in costume and take part in the fun. There is safe trick or treating, a Halloween themed parade, live entertainment, and more. The nightly fireworks become Happy HalloWishes. Soon after that’s over the Halloween decorations come down and the Christmas decorations go up for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Held on select nights in November and December, this is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. There is a special lighting of Cinderella Castle, a Christmas parade, more characters (including Santa), live entertainment, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. Holiday Wishes will light up the sky overhead. If you don’t think that it can snow in Florida, you’ll be in for a surprise. Both of Mickey’s parties are unique, and they are a lot of fun. Most rides are open, and numbers are limited so that guests can enjoy the park without a huge crowd.
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1) Epcot’s Festivals
Twice a year Epcot is transformed. In the Spring you will find the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Some of the features of the Festival are food booths, gardening displays, and Disney topiaries. There are live concerts included as well. The park is even more beautiful than normal, with countless flowers everywhere you look. In the Fall there is a different type of Festival. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival allows you to “taste your way around the world”. Featured are over 30 Global Marketplaces, which sell snack sized foods and beverages from countries that are not normally represented at the park. There are special meals, cooking demonstrations, and more. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series features live shows from internationally known solo artists and bands. The best part of all is that both Festivals are included with park admission, although some of the extras will cost you. They both run seven days a week and weekends can be crowded, so plan to visit on a weekday if possible.