Disney World Special Events, Festivals and Parties

LAST UPDATE: 10/21/21
This page covers Walt Disney World special events and annual festivals in the theme parks, Disney Resort Hotels and Disney Springs.

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Walt Disney World Special Events, Festivals & Parties

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New Year’s Day

Christmas decorations remain up throughout Walt Disney World through New Year, and generally several days past the first of the year.

There are special meals available at certain restaurants on New Year’s Day. You can reserve holiday meals up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Note that “holiday pricing” (i.e. higher prices) will be in effect for some restaurants (particularly the buffets and character meals) from mid-December through the first few days of January (holiday season). Other restaurants may charge a premium on New Year’s Day, so be sure to ask when booking reservations.

For New Year’s Day 2020, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, located at the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort, offered a New Year’s Day Character Brunch from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The cost is $59 per adult (age 10 and up) and $37 per child (age 3-9), tax & gratuity included. The Italian tradition is to wear red as a festive way to ring in the New Year, so accents of red are highly encouraged.

Chinese New Year

Each year in January or February the China Pavilion in Epcot has a Chinese New Year celebration. Usually there are Chinese acrobats and special activities for kids.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

In 2022, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will be held January 5-9. Registration opened July 27, 2021 at 10 am ET.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend may have new health & safety measures.

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is an entire running weekend at Walt Disney World Resort. Other highlights include a Half Marathon, Goofy’s Race-and-a-Half Challenge, a Family Fun Run 5K and kids’ races. There may be a virtual race option for some race events.

Walt Disney World annual passholders, Disneyland annual passholders, DVC members and Club runDisney members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the annual passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

New!In 2022, the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be held January 14 – February 21.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts celebrates the visual, culinary and performing arts. In 2021, there were over 15 food studios serving culinary art all around World Showcase; performances by Epcot musical artists Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors; art by Disney and other invited artists on display in marketplaces encircling World Showcase Lagoon. 

Purchase any 5 menu items from the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine locations and collect a stamp in your Festival Passport. Once you have all five, bring your stamped Festival Passport back to Decadent Delights in Epcot for a colorful culinary prize.

Along with the visual arts, Disney Theatrical brings a showcase of music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Disney on Broadway shows are included in theme park admission and takes place daily. In the past, you could book a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package that includes breakfast, lunch or dinner and a guaranteed priority seating at one of 3 concerts held the same day; no announcement has been made about dining packages for 2022. 

For kids, there is Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt; maps and stickers are available for $10.64, tax included, at various retail locations in Epcot. Kids search for artwork with Figment in the picture and add the location sticker to their map. Turn in the map to a Cast Member at a retail location to pick up a surprise.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package

In the past, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package was available at participating Epcot restaurants, as part of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Cost will vary depending on restaurant and mealtime selected. The concert series will be offered in 2022, no announcements have been made about the dining packages.

Dining packages include an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage or one full buffet, where applicable, and guaranteed priority seating at one of 3 concerts held the same day. Dining reservations must be at least 2.5 hours prior to showtime.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is February 14 every year. Walt Disney World does not generally have any special events or activities for Valentine’s Day, but we have plenty of tips and ideas for adding some romance to a Walt Disney World trip.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

In 2022, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend will be held February 24-27. Registration opened August 24, 2021 at 10 am ET.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend may have new health & safety measures.

This annual event includes the Princess Half Marathon, Princess 5K, Enchanted 10K, kids’ races and other events. There may be a virtual race option for some race events.

Walt Disney World annual passholders, Disneyland annual passholders, DVC members and Club runDisney members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the annual passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

Mardi Gras

In 2022, Mardi Gras will be March 1.

A little-known event on Mardi Gras is the mini-parade through Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. Several departments of the resort build floats on golf carts. The floats are judged and then parade through the grounds. During the parade they throw New Orleans-style trinkets (beads, candy, doubloons) to the guests who line up to watch. If you will be at Port Orleans Resort on Mardi Gras, be sure to ask at the front desk when this event will take place.

Several Disney Springs eateries, such as House of Blues and Maria & Enzo’s, celebrate Mardi Gras (or Carnevale, the Venice version of Mardi Gras) with special meals or menu items. Usually these special meals and menus are offered for several weeks.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

In 2021, the Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival was held March 3 – July 5.

During the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Disney punches up their landscaping at Epcot with additional topiaries, display gardens, wildlife habitats (including a butterfly garden) as well as offering some special tours. Outdoor Kitchens feature foods & beverages from the garden and grill.

Purchase any 5 menu items from the Garden Graze list in your Festival Passport and get a stamp. Once you have five stamps, bring your Festival Passport back to Pineapple Promenade Outdoor Kitchen in Epcot for an exclusive prize.

In 2021, there was live music every day with performances by Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre at the America Gardens Theatre. The Jammin’ Gardeners performed on at Canada Mill Stage. In the World Showplace, the Epcot Pianist played a selection of songs of the season.

In 2021, on Friday through Monday evenings, local bands from Orlando performed at America Gardens Theatre.

Garden Rocks concerts, featuring popular bands, rock the open-air America Gardens Theatre every night at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 pm and are included with admission to Epcot. Garden Rocks Dining Packages are available for breakfast, lunch or dinner on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants. 

For kids, there is Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration a springtime scavenger hunt. In each garden, search for the plant Spike has pollinated, identifiable by Spike himself and a Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration plant stake. Once you find him, add the corresponding sticker to your map. Maps and stickers are available for $8.51, tax included. After your search is complete, return your map to Disney Traders or World Traveler pick up a surprise.

Annual passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders get 15% off the Behind the Seeds and Garden of World tours.

MouseSavers.com reader Carrie B offers this tip: “Festival merchandise usually gets marked down 50% off one full week before the end of the Flower & Garden Festival.”

2021 Concert Series (schedule subject to change):

Garden Rocks Dining Package

In 2021, Garden Rocks Concerts will not be held; so there are no dining packages available.  

The Garden Rocks Dining Package, available for breakfast, lunch or dinner on select days, is offered during the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Dining packages are available at select Epcot restaurants. Cost will vary depending on restaurant and mealtime selected. Dining packages include an appetizer, entrée and dessert—or one full buffet or family-style dining, where applicable—along with a non-alcoholic beverage and a guaranteed seat at one of 3 Garden Rocks concert performances later that day. Dining reservations must be at least 2.5 hours prior to showtime.

Annual passholders get 10% off Garden Rocks Dining Packages.

  • 2020 Garden Rocks Dining Packages went on sale to annual passholders and DVC members on December 18, 2019 and to everyone else on December 19, 2019. For more information or to make a reservation, go to the Garden Rocks Dining Package page or call 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463). Please note: admission to Epcot is required and is not included in the price. Advance reservations are highly recommended.

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend

In 2022, the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend will be held March 31 – April 3. A registration date has not yet been announced.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend may have new health & safety measures.

Details about this event have not yet been announced. 

Walt Disney World annual passholders, Disneyland annual passholders, DVC members and Club runDisney members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the annual passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

Easter

In 2022, Easter Sunday will be April 17.

Magic Kingdom

Epcot

Hotel Events

Some of the Disney hotels offer egg hunts, egg decorating, characters in Easter costumes, etc. to their guests on Easter morning. If you are staying at a Disney hotel, inquire at the front desk when you arrive.

Pastry chefs display elaborate edible Easter Eggs in several Disney Hotels. 

Special Meals & Meal Pricing

There are special meals available at certain restaurants on Easter Sunday. An Easter Brunch is usually held each year at the Epcot World ShowPlace located between Canada and the United Kingdom pavilions. Regular Epcot admission is required. You can reserve holiday meals in advance on the Walt Disney World dining page or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)

Note that “holiday pricing” (i.e. higher prices) will be in effect for some restaurants (particularly the buffets and character meals) for the two weeks on either side of Easter. Other restaurants may charge a premium on Easter Sunday, so be sure to ask when booking reservations.

Religious Services

In the past, services have been held on Easter Sunday only in the Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort. Catholic Mass is at 8:00 am and 10:30 am. A Protestant service is held at 9:15 am. If you plan to attend, it is best confirm the time and location with the front desk or concierge.

You may not park at the Contemporary for these services, so to get there, you must do one of the following:

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

In 2021, the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend was held April 15-18. Registration opened August 11, 2020 at 10 am ET.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend was a virtual race. 

This event includes a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon; runners can choose which side of the Force they will run for.

Runners can register for two special challenges. There is the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge, which involves running the 10K and the half marathon during the race weekend. There is also the runDisney Kessel Run Challenge, where runners complete the Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon at Walt Disney World and run the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon at home.

Walt Disney World annual passholders, Disneyland annual passholders, DVC members and Club runDisney members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the annual passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

Earth Day Celebration at Animal Kingdom

In 2021, the Earth Day Celebration was held April 18-24.

During the Earth Day Celebration, Animal Kingdom hosts limited-time experiences, unique character appearances and learning opportunities, as well as specialty food, beverage and merchandise items. Earn a special Wilderness Explorer Earth Day Nature badge by completing a series of self-guided, nature-themed challenges.

At the Animation Experience at Conservation Station, learn how Disney animators bring favorite characters to life using real life animals as inspiration. There are special Disney characters featured for the Earth Day Celebration.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) is a celebration of Mexican heritage and commemorates a Mexican victory in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. There is a relatively low-key Cinco de Mayo celebration centered on the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot, tied in with the International Flower & Garden Festival. It usually features some sort of special activity for families.

Mother’s Day

In 2022, Mother’s Day will be May 8.

On Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, some Walt Disney World Resort restaurants offer a special brunch menu.

Disney Channel Fan Fest

In 2020, the Disney Channel Fan Fest was scheduled to be held on May 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31. 

The Disney Channel Fan Fest takes place at Epcot. During this fan-focused day there will be activities such as Disney’s “QUIZney” trivia challenge; “Descendants” and “ZOMBIES”-themed dance parties; and learn-to-draw sessions with creators from Disney Television Animation. In addition, there will be a cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park featuring Disney Channel stars and Disney characters.

Cast members from popular Disney Channel shows will be available for meet and greets for fans with a wristband. Please note: Wristband distribution is on a first come, first served basis, beginning when the park opens, while supplies last.

Disney H20 Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon

In 2020, Disney H20 Glow Nights was scheduled to be held at Typhoon Lagoon on most Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 27 through August 29, from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm (except Saturday, June 13 and Wednesday, July 1). Due to health & safety concerns, this event was cancelled for 2020.

On select summer nights, special lighting effects transform Typhoon Lagoon Water Park while Buzz, Woody and Jessie throw a Beach Party inspired by their friend, “Partysaurus” Rex. Activities include dancing on the beach, party games, and meet ups with Buzz, Woody and Jessie, plus, all attractions will be open. Guests can arrive as early as 6:00 pm.

Tickets purchased in advance cost $69.23 per adult (age 10 and up) and $63.90 per child (age 3-9), tax included.

Tickets purchased the same day cost $79.88 per adult (age 10 and up) and $74.55 per child (age 3-9), tax included.

Annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can purchase discounted tickets in advance only: $62.84 per adult (age 10 and up) and $57.51 per child (age 3-9), tax included.

Please note: Disney H20 Glow Nights are a separately ticketed event and the party is not included in daytime admission.

  • 2020 tickets for Disney H20 Glow Night went on sale January 15, 2020. Tickets can be purchased through Undercover Tourist (there’s a small discount), or at full price direct from Disney via the Disney H2O Glow Nights page or by calling (407) 939-1872. Please note: this ticket does not include daytime admission to Typhoon Lagoon.

Independence Day (July 4)

Magic Kingdom offers a special Independence Day fireworks show on July 3 & 4 in the Magic Kingdom above Cinderella Castle. There are also dance parties in Tomorrowland and Frontierland during the fireworks show. These activities are included in regular park admission. 

At Epcot, on July 4 Disney characters are dressed in patriotic attire throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion. Voices of Liberty, the eight-part a cappella group, has a special performances at the American Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 pm. These activities are included in regular park admission.

In the past, on July 4 there was a special Independence Day version of the Epcot evening spectacular.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom does not offer fireworks since they would disturb the animals.

If you plan to visit one of the theme parks on July 4 (particularly if it falls on a weekend), be aware that it is one of the most popular days of the year. The parks may reach full capacity at some point during the day, and you may not be admitted (or re-admitted) to the parks until the crowds die down again, usually around dinner time. (This can happen even if you have a ticket, even if you’re staying at a Disney resort and even if you have dining reservations in the park. If the park is full, it’s full — Disney has to follow fire codes!) For that reason it’s best to arrive first thing in the morning and stay in the same park all day, or if you plan to leave, don’t plan anything (like dinner reservations) that would require you to re-enter in the afternoon. Bring any items you may need later and stow them in a locker when you arrive (the lockers will also sell out). Get Genie+ and buy paid Lightning Lane reservations right away, because the lines will be very long by noon and reservations will be gone quickly.   

Special Meals

For 4th of July in 2019, Disney offered Woody’s Roundup Barbecue Buffet at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on July 4-6 from 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. In addition to a barbecue buffet, there were character meet and greets, camp-style carnival games, a Make-Your-Own Toy Station, a Buzz Lightyear playtime zone and more. At the end of the night, guests could head to the Porte Cochére to view the Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular. Tickets are $149 per adult (age 10+) and $99 per child (age 3-9), tax and gratuity included. Space is limited. Reservations can be made online or by calling (407) 939-3463.

Bastille Day

On July 14 the France Pavilion in Epcot celebrates Bastille Day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution. This is a low-key event, but there are special activities for kids and adults.

Gay Days

In 2022, Gay Days will be held May 31 – June 6. 

While this is not a Disney-sponsored event, it is a very well-attended one.

Gay Days originally began in 1991. At the time it was “Gay Day in the Magic Kingdom,” a single day when the gay and gay supportive community was encouraged to “Wear Red and Be Seen” while visiting the world’s most popular theme park. Over the years it has grown to a week-long event. Visit GayDays.com for more info.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The 2021 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will be held July 15 through November 20.

Each fall, Epcot hosts the International Food and Wine Festival, Epcot guests can enjoy the flavors of more than 25 international marketplaces dotting the World Showcase promenade. Tapas-sized portions of regional specialties run $3 to $8 each; recommended wines and/or beers pairings are available at each kiosk as well. 

For 2021, there will be a live music concert series on Friday through Monday evenings: American Gardens Bandstand. Local bands from across Central Florida will take to the America Gardens Theatre stage, playing popular songs of yesterday and today at America Gardens Theatre stage. (Eat to the Beat concerts will not be held in 2021.) Local Epcot entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre, Voices of Liberty and the JaMMin’ Chefs (aka the JAMMitors) will perform at America Gardens Theatre and Canada Mill Stage throughout the day.

For kids, there is Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, a search throughout the World Showcase for Remy statuettes and the ingredients he needs to make his signature ratatouille. Maps and stickers will be available for $9.95 plus tax at the following locations in Epcot: Mouse Gear, Port of Entry and World Traveler (International Gateway). Return your map toDisney Traders by the last day of the Food & Wine Festival to pick up a surprise.

Families can also participate in Emile’s Fromage Montage. Purchase any 5 cheese dishes from select Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport and collect a stamp for each one. Bring the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips for a special prize.

2021 American Gardens Bandstand Concert Series (schedule subject to change):

July 16-19: Epic! Live
July 23-26: Champagne Orchestra
July 30 – August 2: Element
August 6-9: Sound Society
August 13-16: The Hooligans
August 20-23: The Vybe
August 27-30: The M-80s
September 3-6: Latin Ambition
September 10-13: Audio Exchange
September 17-20: The Hooligans
September 24-27: Epic! Live

A Few Tips

Eat to the Beat Concerts

Eat to the Beat Concerts were not held in 2020 or 2021. Local Epcot entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors performed at America Gardens Theatre throughout the day and there will be a live music concert series featuring local bands on Friday through Monday evenings: American Gardens Bandstand.

Enjoy musical evenings during the Food & Wine Festival with the “Eat to the Beat” concerts scheduled August 29 – November 19, 2019 at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 pm on the America Gardens Theatre stage.

Please note: In 2019, the Eat to the Beat Concert series ended a few days earlier than the Food & Wine Festival in order to prepare for the Candlelight Processional.

Enjoy musical evenings during the Food & Wine Festival with the “Eat to the Beat” concerts on the America Gardens Theatre stage. On Sundays through Thursdays, performances are at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, performances are at 6:30, 7:45 and 9:00 pm.

You can book an Eat to the Beat Dining Package that includes breakfast, lunch or dinner and a guaranteed seat at the Eat to the Beat concert held on the same day. Please note: FastPass+ has been replaced by a new system called Disney Genie; we don’t know if Eat to the Beat concert reservations will be available via Disney Genie.

2019 Eat to the Beat Concert Lineup (schedule subject to change):

Eat to the Beat Dining Package

Eat to the Beat Concerts were not held in 2020 or 2021.

The Eat to the Beat Dining Package, available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, is offered during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Dining packages are available at 14 Epcot restaurants. Cost will vary depending on restaurant and mealtime selected. Dining packages include an appetizer, entrée and dessert—or one full buffet or family-style dining, where applicable—along with a non-alcoholic beverage and a guaranteed seat to the Eat to the Beat Concert held on the same day. Dining reservations must be at least 2.5 hours prior to showtime.

Halloween at Walt Disney World (Overview)

In 2021, Magic Kingdom will have Halloween-themed decorations, food and merchandise from September 15 – October 31. Starting September 20, the Dapper Dans will be performing as their undead alter egos The Cadaver Dans.  

There is a Halloween-themed cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A. with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and pals wearing their favorite Halloween costumes and on select days there will be a cavalcade of Disney Villains. 

New for 2021, Disney After Hours Boo Bash – Magic Kingdom will take place on select nights, August 10 – October 31 from 9:00 pm to midnight. (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will not be held in 2021.)

If you are staying at one of Disney’s resorts over Halloween, ask the front desk concierge whether any special events are planned. Frequently the resorts do offer some kind of festivities.

Disney Springs offers live entertainment such as music, storytelling, a dance party, stilt walkers and/or magicians on Halloween.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash – Magic Kingdom

In 2021, Disney After Hours Boo Bash will be held August 10*, 17*, 20*, 24*, 27*, 31* and September 3*, 5* from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am and on September 7*, 10*, 12*, 14*, 17*, 19*, 21*, 24*; October 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29 and 31 from 9:00 pm to midnight. (Please note: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will not be held in 2021.)

Disney After Hours Boo Bash is held after the regular closing of Magic Kingdom and requires separate admission. (You don’t have to have paid admission on the same day to the Magic Kingdom or a theme park reservation in order to attend the special after-hours event.) Guests with Disney After Hours Boo Bash tickets are admitted to the park as early as 7:00 pm. There will be a limited number of tickets for each date. You will need to get a wristband that allows you to stay in the park after the party begins.

Admission to Disney After Hours Boo Bash includes trick-or-treating for adults and kids, Halloween-themed character appearances and cavalcades, special performances by the Cadaver Dans, and complimentary snacks, like ice cream novelties and popcorn, along with select beverages. There will be Halloween themed décor, lighting and music. Plus, most of the major attractions are open.

Special cavalcades include “Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade,” with Mickey Mouse and friends dressed up for the occasion; the “Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade,” where villains will take to the street and celebrate their favorite time of the year; and “Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade,” featuring Jack Skellington, Sally and Oogie Boogie riding down the parade path to “This is Halloween.” Maleficent will also make an appearance in the form of a fire-breathing dragon.

Characters appearances will include Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale dressed for Halloween; Miss Carlotta, Miss Renatta and Broome the Butler from the Haunted Mansion; and Foulfellow and Gideon, as well as other surprise characters. 

Attendees can wear costumes (subject to a few rules based on safety and appropriateness), but guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body. They may be subject to additional security screening. Costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children under 14. Check Walt Disney World’s costuming guidelines for more details.

Is Disney After Hours Boo Bash worth the money? While this is a new event at Walt Disney World, it sounds very similar to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which was offered in the past. Based on that, the answer to whether it is worth the cost is similar: it depends on how much you are into Halloween. Some of the experiences available during the party are not offered at any other time, so it allows you to enjoy Magic Kingdom in a unique way. The number of people admitted each night is limited, and the rides will be less busy than they would be at that time on a regular park night, but the headliners may still build up some decent wait times. Don’t necessarily expect to walk onto every ride. The party is more about the Halloween atmosphere.

Ticket prices start at $137.39, tax included, when purchased in advance. There will be a limited number of tickets for each date. Friday nights in October and the final week leading up to Halloween are likely to be the most popular dates.

2021 Regular prices for all guests: 

*Disney Vacation Club members and Disney annual passholders can buy advance discounted tickets for August and September dates. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

2021 Discount prices for DVC members and annual passholders:

  • 2021 Disney After Hours Boo Bash tickets went on sale June 15, 2021. Guests of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green could purchase tickets starting June 8, 2021. Tickets are available from Undercover Tourist (at a small discount for select dates), or directly from Disney via the Disney After Hours Boo Bash page or by calling (407) 939-4240.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will not be held in 2021. A new event, Disney After Hours Boo Bash – Magic Kingdom will take place on select nights, August 10 – October 31 from 9:00 pm to midnight. Tickets for the Boo Bash went on sale June, 15 2021.  

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

In 2021, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will be held November 4-7. Registration opened July 13, 2021 at 10 am ET.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend may have new health & safety measures.

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend includes a 5K, Half Marathon and the Disney Wine & Dine 10K, kids’ races and other events. There may be a virtual race option for some race events.

Walt Disney World annual passholders, Disneyland annual passholders, DVC members and Club runDisney members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the annual passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

ESPN’s Orlando Invitational

The 2021 Orlando Invitational will be held November 25, 26 & 28 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Each year ESPN cooks up a Thanksgiving weekend basketball feast so big that even if a match-up or two turns out to be a proverbial “turkey,” the event still will provide roundball junkies with a memorable holiday treat.

Thanksgiving

In 2021, Thanksgiving will be November 25. Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November.

Walt Disney World does not offer a Thanksgiving parade or decorations in the parks. (However, the Christmas decorations are normally in place by Thanksgiving weekend.)

There are special meals available at many Disney World restaurants on Thanksgiving. Reservations for holiday meals can be booked up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Note that “holiday pricing” (i.e. higher prices) will be in effect for some restaurants (particularly the buffets and character meals) from the weekend prior to Thanksgiving through the weekend after Thanksgiving. Other restaurants may charge a premium on Thanksgiving Day, so be sure to ask when booking reservations.

Christmas at Walt Disney World (Overview)

First, be sure to read our survival guide to visiting Walt Disney World at Christmas!

Christmas decorations at the Walt Disney World Resort usually begin going up in early November. The decorations are gradually added at night and are complete by the beginning of the holiday season (in 2021 that will be November 12). Each theme park will have an enormous decorated Christmas tree at the park entrance and are a popular place to take a photo. The decorations usually start coming down about January 3.

Each of the theme parks and Disney Springs have their own themed decorations, as well as special holiday entertainment and activities. Some activities are included with general admission, such as Cinderella Castle Dream Lights in Magic Kingdom and the Candlelight Processional in Epcot. There are also a number of dessert parties that include access to a reserved viewing area for that park’s evening holiday fireworks or projection show. While these parties can be somewhat pricey, it is one way to be sure you get a good view of the show, without having to spend time staking out a spot (which is time you can’t be going on rides). 

Santa Claus makes appearances at each park, as well as Disney Springs.

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The Disney Resort Hotels are also decorated for the holidays, and each of the Deluxe resorts each have a decorated Christmas tree in their lobby. The Deluxe resorts also have fantastic edible displays. (Please note: for 2021, only select resorts will have a gingerbread display.) Beach Club Resort usually has a fully detailed, life-sized gingerbread carousel in the lobby. The lobby of Yacht Club Resort has had displays such as a miniature New England-style train racing through a sugary rock mountain surrounded by a candy-coated model village. The Contemporary Resort and BoardWalk Resort usually have gingerbread displays and, in 2019, Wilderness Lodge had a gingerbread log cabin.

The biggest edible production is a gingerbread house at Grand Floridian Resort that is large enough that it doubles as a real bake shop. Featuring gingerbread using a classic Austrian recipe, the bake shop offers freshly baked items such as cookies, ornaments and miniature gingerbread houses. Other homemade items for sale may include Stollen Bread, chocolate peppermint bark, lollipops and special Grand Floridian logo boxes filled with truffles. Demonstrations of how to decorate a gingerbread house take place in front of the bake shop. The gingerbread house usually opens in mid-November.

Christmas at Magic Kingdom

For 2021, Magic Kingdom will have holiday entertainment and décor November 12 – December 30.

Seasonal characters – including gingerbread men and elves – join Disney characters in cavalcades through the park. On Main Street, U.S.A., toy soldiers will march with the Main Street Philharmonic. The Dapper Dans perform while riding the horse-drawn trolley down Main Street, U.S.A.

For 2021, Santa will have individual time with guests to wave hello and share their Christmas wishes.

New for 2021, on evenings when Disney Very Merriest After Hours is not being held, Cinderella Castle will be transformed with special projection effects, including a whimsical Christmas sweater and an overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation. Normally, Disney decorates Cinderella Castle for the holiday season with a “Dream Lights” effect that makes the Castle seem to be covered in ice. Over 200,000 lights are draped over the turrets and roofs of the Castle to create this beautiful effect. A short show called A Frozen Holiday Wish and a castle lighting ceremony (featuring Queen Elsa from Frozen) is held each evening, usually around 6:15 pm, and the lights remain on, slowly changing colors, for the rest of the evening. Please note: Castle Dream Lights dates have not been announced for 2021. 

Each year during the holiday season, Jungle Cruise transforms into the Jingle Cruise. As you make your way through attraction queue, check out all the merry décor that’s been mailed to the skippers, or that they’ve created themselves. They even add a few holiday jokes to their tours to help everyone get in the spirit. 

Disney Very Merriest After Hours is held after the regular closing of Magic Kingdom and requires separate admission.

Christmas at Animal Kingdom

For 2021, Animal Kingdom will have holiday entertainment and décor November 12 – December 30.

On Discovery Island, there is a celebration of winter, with sparkling white holiday decorations, animal-inspired luminaries and wireframe lanterns in the shape of birds. There is also the Merry Menagerie, featuring life-size puppets of winter animals. These reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more interact with guests, accompanied by serenading musicians. At night, the Tree of Life awakens with a series of wintry tales, complemented by holiday-inspired music. There are a variety of character appearances and musical performances on festive flotillas on Discovery River, including Santa Claus, Donald Duck & Friends and the Discovery Island Drummers. 

In Asia, the residents of Anandapur decorate in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Glowing flowers, lanterns and more illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage.

The village of Harambe in Africa will blend the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of African celebrations. The performers in Harambe add holiday-inspired enhancements to their performances.

The holiday spirit even reaches Pandora – The World of Avatar, where the ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora bring a little Christmastime fun to their alien home, with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, combining vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.

Christmas at Hollywood Studios

For 2021, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have holiday entertainment and décor November 12 – December 30.

Toy Story Land is decorated for the holidays with oversized cranberry-and-popcorn garland, a 10-foot-tall Hamm sugar cookie and more. Guests can hear sleigh bells ringing on Slinky Dog Dash, while Alien Swirling Saucers offers two holiday tunes with themed lighting. Characters will dress up as well; Woody and Jessie sport special holiday vests and sprigs of holly on their hats, while Buzz Lightyear wears a snazzy Santa hat. There is a Santa Claus Merry Motorcade, where an entourage of Elves lead Santa up Hollywood Blvd. in his candy-apple red convertible. 

Each night during Sunset Seasons Greetings, billboards on Sunset Boulevard comes to life and tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season. All the while, the Hollywood Tower Hotel — a.k.a. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror — magically transforms into a Muppets gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, a snowy corner of Arendelle and a Dickensian village from Mickey’s Christmas Carol. This experience runs continuously throughout the night.

The holiday spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! takes place nightly above and around the Chinese Theater. Reserved viewing is available if you purchase tickets to the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party. Please note: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! was not offered in 2020 and has not been announced for 2021. 

Just for the holidays, Olaf joins the cast of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at the Hyperion Theater. The holiday version of the show includes a seasonal finale featuring Olaf and three songs from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

For 2021, Epcot International Festival of the the Holidays will take place November 26 – December 30.

For Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, each pavilion’s holiday celebration comes to life for through the sharing of joyful music and time-honored traditions. In past years, the Epcot nighttime spectacular completed the celebration for the night. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is included with regular Epcot admission.

There are live musical performances and multiple Holiday Kitchens, serving up holiday cookies and other sweet seasonal treats from around the world. Use the Festival Passport to track your purchases of five select holiday cookies, then, stop by Holiday Sweets and Treats to receive a special complimentary “completer” cookie and a glass of milk! The Gingerbread Bake Shop in Epcot is a life-sized gingerbread house is made entirely of gingerbread, cookies and icing.

For 2021, Santa will have individual time with guests to wave hello and share their Christmas wishes.

Kids can be on the lookout for Olaf in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot him, match the tradition on his sleigh to the location on your sticker map. The Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition map and stickers can be purchased for $10.64, tax included, at select merchandise locations (while supplies last). Return the completed map to the designated location and exchange it for a gift.

Holidays at Disney Springs

For 2021, Holidays at Disney Springs will be held November 12 – December 30.

Holidays at Disney Springs includes a variety of holiday entertainment, specialty foods and festive décor. Enjoy Toy Soldier stilt walkers, Snowflake performers, pop carolers and a cappella groups. There are special performances celebrating Kwanzaa, songs and stories in honor of Hanukkah as well as a magical snowfall each evening. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar transforms into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with seasonal décor and a special limited-time menu.

For 2021, Santa will have individual time with guests to wave hello and share their Christmas wishes.

For kids, there is Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt – use the clues to find Stitch’s gifts for his family. Pick up a Holiday Gift Hunt booklet containing a map, clues and stickers at any participating location. Visit each gift hunt site, spot the hidden Stitch holding up one of his presents and then match the correct gift sticker to its corresponding location on the map. Then go to a redemption center to collect a festive surprise.

As part of the Christmas Tree Stroll, there are elaborately decorated Disney Christmas trees throughout Disney Springs. Each one has been designed to capture a popular Disney theme.

There are over-sized toy sculptures throughout Disney Springs, the perfect place to pose for family photos.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

In 2019, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! was performed November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020. This show was not offered in 2020 and has not been announced for 2021.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is a nighttime holiday spectacular in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that takes place above and around the Chinese Theater. Santa Claus is missing and the search-and-rescue mission to get The Big Guy back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve is all part of the fun. Enjoy memorable holiday moments from Disney films including Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Bambi, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and more. This show combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for guests – capped by a special message from Santa himself.

Reserved viewing is available if you purchase tickets to the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party

In 2019, the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Party was offered from November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020. This show was not offered in 2020 and has not been announced for 2021.

The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party takes place offered nightly, 1.5 hours prior to each performance, near Echo Lake. This separately ticketed event includes a private dessert party, a special VIP character meet and greet and reserved viewing for Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and Disney Movie Magic. Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex glasses to use while watching Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.

The 2019 Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party costs:

  • $89 per adult and $53 per child (ages 3-9) for November 8 – December 21, 2019 and January 2-5, 2020 (including tax and gratuity)
  • $99 per adult and $59 per child (ages 3-9) for December 22, 2019 – January 1, 2020 (including tax and gratuity)

Walt Disney World annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members get 20% off Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party tickets for select dates in November (in 2019, it was for November 8 – 23). Please note: admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required and is not included in the price.

Seating at the dessert party is mainly outdoors and uncovered and seating is limited. Wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated. In the event of potential rain, the dessert party will be moved to an alternate covered location.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours 

Scrooge McDuck

Scrooge McDuck by Sam Howzit (CC)

New for 2021, Disney Very Merriest After Hours will take place from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am on November: 8*, 9*, 11*, 12*, 14*, 16*, 18*, 19*, 21, 23, 28, 30 and December: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19 and 21. (Please note: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will not be held in 2021.) 

Disney Very Merriest After Hours is held after the regular closing of Magic Kingdom and requires separate admission. (You don’t have to have paid admission on the same day to the Magic Kingdom or a theme park reservation in order to attend the special after-hours event.) Guests with Disney Very Merriest After Hours tickets are admitted to the park as early as 7:00 pm. There are a limited number of tickets for each date. You will need to get a wristband that allows you to stay in the park after the party begins.

Admission to the event includes complimentary seasonal treats, popcorn and select beverages, “snow” on Main Street, appearances by Disney characters dressed in their holiday best, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Club Tinsel dance party in Tomorrowland, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, Cinderella Castle projections, special lighting, music and more. Most of the major attractions will be open, plus some will have a holiday-themed overlay. The crew at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor has a special holiday-themed show just for the party and the Jungle Cruise transforms into the Jingle Cruise.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Santa Claus. They will be joined by characters from Disney’s Frozen and many other Disney characters including the Toy Soldiers. 

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show celebrates the magic of Christmas with medleys of holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

Is Disney Very Merriest After Hours worth the money? While this is a new event at Walt Disney World, at the moment it sounds very similar to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which was offered in the past. Based on that, the answer to whether it is worth the cost is similar: it depends. Some of the experiences available during the party are not offered at any other time, so it allows you to enjoy Magic Kingdom in a unique way. The number of people admitted each night is limited, and the rides will be less busy than they would be at that time on a regular park night, but the headliners may still build up some decent wait times. It can be a lot of fun to attend if you want to get into the Christmas spirit in late November or early December, but don’t necessarily expect to walk onto every ride. 

Ticket prices start at $179.99, tax included, when purchased in advance. There are a limited number of tickets for each date. The last party before Christmas is likely to sell out well in advance. 

2021 Regular prices for all guests: 

  • $179.99 (age 3+), tax included for November 9, 11, 16, 18
  • $201.29 (age 3+), tax included for November 8, 12, 14, 19
  • $222.59 (age 3+), tax included for November 28, 30; December 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16
  • $243.89 (age 3+), tax included for November 21, 23; December 3, 10, 17
  • $265.19 (age 3+), tax included for December 19, 21

*Disney Vacation Club members and Disney annual passholders can buy advance discounted tickets for select November dates. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

2021 Discount prices for DVC members and annual passholders:

  • $169.34 (age 3+), tax included for November 9, 11, 16, 18
  • $190.64 (age 3+), tax included for November 8, 12, 14, 19
  • 2021 Disney Very Merriest After Hours tickets went on sale August 20, 2021. Guests of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green could purchase tickets starting August 17, 2021. Tickets are available from Undercover Tourist (at a small discount for select dates), or directly from Disney via the Disney Very Merriest After Hours page.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will not be held in 2021. A new event, Disney Very Merriest After Hours will take place on select nights, November 8 – December 21 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. Tickets for Disney Very Merriest After Hours went on sale August 20, 2021.  

Candlelight Processional

In 2021, the Candlelight Processional will be held November 26 through December 30. 

There are normally three performances each night, at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 pm. A partial list of narrators has been announced. 

The Candlelight Processional is an annual event at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase at Epcot. It consists of a celebrity narrator presenting the Biblical Christmas story, plus a large choir and an orchestra performing traditional religious Christmas carols. The Processional is an explicitly Christian religious presentation with a “church service” feel to it. Each show runs about 40 minutes. You’ll need to line up at LEAST 45 minutes prior to the show if you want to have any hope of getting in (or buy the Candlelight Processional Dining Package for guaranteed entry).

There is no additional charge for the performance over and above your Epcot admission.

2021 Candlelight Processional Narrators (schedule subject to change):

  • November 26 – 28: TBA
  • November 29 – December 1: Chita Rivera
  • December 2 – 4: Jodi Benson
  • December 5 – 7: Alton Fitzgerald White
  • December 8 – 10: TBA
  • December 11 – 13: Lisa Ling
  • December 13 – 22: TBA
  • December 23 – 25: Steven Curtis Chapman
  • December 26 – 28: Blair Underwood
  • December 29 – 30: Pat Sajak

Candlelight Processional Dining Package

In 2021, the Candlelight Processional will be held November 26 – December 30.

You can purchase a special Candlelight Processional Dining Package. With this special package you pay a flat rate for a sit-down meal or full buffet at an Epcot restaurant and you receive “preferred seating” for the Candlelight Processional. Admission to Epcot is not included in the dining package price.

Lunch and dinner packages are available at select Epcot restaurants: Garden Grill in The Land Pavilion, Coral Reef in The Living Seas Pavilion, Rose & Crown Dining Room in the UK Pavilion and  Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion. Cost will vary depending on restaurant and mealtime selected.

Based on our experience, getting the package may be the only way you’ll get a seat at all, particularly on weekend nights. Expect to wait in a significant line to enter the show, even if you have the package.

Holiday Sleigh Rides

Please note: Due to current health and safety guidelines, horse-drawn sleigh rides are temporarily unavailable; check the Walt Disney World Know Before You Go page for the most current information.

During the month of December, Disney offers 25-minute “sleigh” rides through the woods from the Ft. Wilderness Campground. (The horse-drawn vehicle is wheeled but made to look like a red sleigh, complete with sleigh bells!) Each person receives a special limited-edition pin. After your ride you can stroll through the barn to check out where the horses live and learn more about them.

You can book up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-PLAY (939-7529).

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

First, be sure to read our survival guide to visiting Walt Disney World at Christmas!

There are special meals available at certain restaurants on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You can reserve holiday meals up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Note that “holiday pricing” (i.e. higher prices) will be in effect for some restaurants (particularly the buffets and character meals) from mid-December through the first few days of January (holiday season). Other restaurants may charge a premium on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, so be sure to ask when booking reservations.

Religious services have been held on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort. On Christmas Eve (December 24) there is a Christmas Eve Vigil at 6:00 pm and a Midnight Mass at midnight. On Christmas Day (December 25) Catholic Mass is held at 8:00 am and 10:30 am and a Protestant service will be held at 9:15 am. If you plan to attend, it is best confirm the time and location with the front desk or concierge.

You may not park at the Contemporary for these services, so to get there, you must do one of the following:

  • take the monorail to the Contemporary
  • take a boat to the Contemporary
  • take resort transportation (monorail, boat or bus) to the Magic Kingdom and transfer to a shuttle bus serving the Contemporary resort

New Year’s Eve

Please note: For New Year’s Eve 2020, all four Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs closed prior to midnight to help foster physical distancing. Disney Resort Hotels offered special activities. Pre-recorded fireworks and other holiday offerings were available to stream on in-room televisions. Quick-service restaurants, pool bars and lounges at Disney Resort Hotels were open until after midnight on December 31.

First, be sure to read our survival guide to visiting Walt Disney World at Christmas! (The advice also applies to New Year’s Eve.)

Disney Springs is also a VERY popular place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. If you are planning to take a taxi or ride-share back to your hotel after midnight, be prepared for long lines and/or wait times! Wait times for the Disney buses may be longer than usual too.

Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios all stay open late on New Year’s Eve and offer extra entertainment, usually including live performances, extra parades and fireworks. These festivities are included in regular park admission.

New for 2019, Disney’s Animal Kingdom was open until midnight to celebrate New Year’s Eve. There were special New Year’s Eve-themed food and drinks, along with DJs in Asia, Discovery Island and DinoLand U.S.A. As midnight approaches everyone could gather around Discovery Island and Asia to watch a special New Year’s Eve countdown on the Tree of Life. Energetic music and lighting displays welcomed in 2020.

Special theme park events for New Year’s Eve are usually offered, including special fireworks, dance parties, live bands, etc.

Christmas decorations remain up throughout Walt Disney World through New Year, and generally several days past the first of the year.

Atlantic Dance Hall

For New Year’s Eve 2019, Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney’s BoardWalk offered a Countdown to Midnight that includes dancing with a live DJ, a confetti drop toast at midnight with a complimentary glass of champagne, character meet and greets and some light bites. You must be 21 or older to attend. The cost is $105.44 per person, tax included. Please note: there is a dress code for this event.

Special Meals

There are special meals available at certain restaurants on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. You can reserve holiday meals up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Note that “holiday pricing” (i.e. higher prices) will be in effect for some restaurants (particularly the buffets and character meals) from mid-December through the first few days of January (holiday season). Other restaurants may charge a premium on New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day, so be sure to ask when booking reservations.

Several Disney Resort Hotels offer a special New Year’s Eve party that include a meal as well as dancing, character appearances, fireworks viewing or other activities. There are several rooftop restaurant celebrations and Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers an adult-only celebration as well as a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party. See below for more information about these events.

For New Year’s Eve 2019, Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk, offered a multi-course, prix fixe menu. Seatings are available from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm -10:00 pm on December 31, with a sustainable seafood tower and intermezzo included in the second seating. The cost begins at $150 per person, tax & gratuity included. Please note: there is a dress code for this event.

For New Year’s Eve 2019, Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offered a special waterside dinner on December 30 & 31. Earlier dinner times feature a relaxed, casually elegant experience. Later dinner times include an upbeat three-piece band and a dance floor. The cost varies depending on the date and seating time. Please note: there is a dress code for this event.

For New Year’s Eve 2019, Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offered a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes a Champagne reception, a dégustation wine dinner and music provided by a live harpist. The cost is $652.47 per person, tax included. Please note: there is a dress code for this event.

  • For more information or to book a reservation for these New Year’s Eve meals, visit the restaurant’s webpage.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Rooftop Restaurants at Disney Resort Hotels

For New Year’s Eve 2019, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, located at the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort, hosted Mezzanotte at Topolino’s: An Italian Masquerade from 8:00 pm – 12:15 am. The cost is $550 per person, tax & gratuity included. Please note: there is a dress code for this event.

For New Year’s Eve 2019, Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, located at the top of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, offered Feliz Ano Nuevo: A New Year’s Eve Party from 8:00 pm – 12:30 am. The cost is $400 per person, tax & gratuity included. Please note: there is a dress code for this event.

For New Year’s Eve 2019, California Grill, located at the top at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, offered An Elegant Evening Under the Stars from 8:00 pm – 12:30 am. The cost is $675 per person, tax & gratuity included. Please note: there is a dress code for this event.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney Countdown to Midnight was December 31, 2019 from 8:00 pm until 12:15 am on January 1, 2020 in the Fantasia ballroom. This celebration includes dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Welcome in the new year with a glass of bubbly and a viewing of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in the Magic Kingdom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older. The cost is $299 per person, tax and gratuity included.

Disney Ink & Paint Club Experience – Located adjacent to the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this special reception tooks place 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Ticketed guests can visit a special lounge throughout the evening. The reception menu will be available from 7:00 pm -8:30 pm. This vintage Disney Animation-inspired room has silver Chiavari chairs, metallic tables and references to classic Disney Animation filling the room. Disney Ink & Paint Club is only available as a part of a combination ticket that includes access to both the Disney Countdown to Midnight and the Ink & Paint Club; the total cost is $499 per person, tax and gratuity included.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration was for children of all ages, and is a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year with a Disney•Pixar-inspired dinner in the Ballroom of the Americas. In 2019, the Pixar Party will be offered December 30 and 31 from 8:00 pm until midnight. The decorations include theatrical backdrops, set pieces and fun props that re-create the worlds of the Pixar films. Characters from Toy Story, The Incredibles, Cars and Up will join the party. Special activities for kids include: Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney. Dinner is buffet style. At midnight, the celebration will head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. The cost is $199 per person, tax and gratuity included.