Walt Disney World Resort Parks
There’s so much fun and excitement to fit into your once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Walt Disney World Resort. Whatever it is that you love about Disney, there’s a park to suit you
With four thrilling theme parks and two incredible water parks, you’re bound to have an action-packed holiday creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever. However long you’re on holiday for, be sure to make time to experience the magic of all six parks; from the enchanting Magic Kingdom Park to the splashingly good Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
Magic KingdomWalt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks; you can expect to meet all your favourite Disney Characters. Find out more
Hollywood StudiosGet ready to walk the red carpet and holiday among the stars as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Find out more
EpcotProviding endless amounts of high-tech fun and incredible cultural experiences. Find out more
Animal KingdomPrepare yourselves for an experience like no other as you embark on a wild adventure covering a huge 580 acres of land. Find out more
Blizzard BeachA melted ski Resort in the middle of tropical Florida, packed with downhill slides and plenty of ways to lay back and relax in the warm. Find out more
Typhoon LagoonAn incredible day out that the whole family can enjoy. A tropical paradise. Find out more
No matter what time of year you choose to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, there are always plenty of different things going on over and above the Disney Parks and attractions. Take a look at what you can experience in 2018.
12 January-19 February 2018: Epcot’s® International Festival of the Arts – A true celebration of the arts; watch a Disney on Broadway series performance, enjoy world-class food throughout the Park and take the opportunity to find out about the artistry behind Disney’s most famous creations through exhibitions and workshops.
28 February-28 May 2018: Epcot’s® International Flower and Garden Festival – Celebrating its 25th anniversary at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, this is a must for all horticulturalists and nature lovers. There are expert workshops, 15 outdoor kitchens and interactive garden activities for the kids too including the Egg-Stravaganza hunt.
17 March 2018: The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival – Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs throws a yearly celebration for St. Patrick’s Day. It features live music, Irish dancing, plenty of great food and much more.
22 April 2018: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – 20th Anniversary – What a treat to be in the Park 20 years to the day that it opened!
September – November 2018 (Dates to be confirmed): Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival — Savour fine wines and delicious cuisine during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, featuring live entertainment, guest chefs, culinary demonstrations, seminars and winemaker dinners.
Mid September – Early November 2018: Halloween Season – One of the biggest and most popular times to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Magic Kingdom Park closes early to allow the family-friendly ‘Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party’ to begin. Dress up in your best spooky costumes, get your face painted, scour Magic Kingdom Park for hidden treats and enjoy ‘Happy HalloWishes’ and Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. All the fun and magic of the usual Magic Kingdom Park spectaculars, but with a ghoulish twist. Don’t forget this event isn’t included in your Disney’s Ultimate Ticket, so you’ll need to book tickets for this special event separately through the My Disney Experience app.
Early November 2018 – Early January 2019: Holiday Season – No-one celebrates the festive holidays like Mickey and friends, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is a magical wonderland during the holiday season, with dazzling lights, festive carols and even snow flurries. This is generally considered the best time of year to visit. Throughout Walt Disney World Resort in Florida there are themed parades, visits by Santa, amazing decorations, unique holiday performances, special dining and hard-ticketed events.
It’s not just the Disney Parks that get the festive treatment; take a visit to some of the Disney Resort Hotels too. The Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has a life-size gingerbread house on display in the lobby, selling all manner of delicious treats.
Visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios to experience Sunset Seasons Greeting. Sunset Boulevard is transformed by falling snow, telling a tale of Christmas through the eyes of Mickey Mouse, the Muppets and of course, everyone’s favourite snowman Olaf.
What can you expect from Disney in the future?
Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – opening 30 June 2018
Disney have confirmed that Toy Story Land will open on 30 June 2018, explore Andy’s backyard as you’re shrunk to the size of a toy, with all your favourites from this popular movie franchise including Woody and Buzz. There’ll be two new attractions in Toy Story Land, a family coaster called the Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers where aliens are trying to capture your vehicle with ‘the Claw’.
Star Wars-themed Resort
Disney has recently released more information about their long awaited Star Wars-themed Resort. This’ll be a 100% immersive Star Wars-themed resort and from the second you arrive at this themed hotel, you’ll become a citizen of the galaxy, dress up in the right clothes and climb aboard a starship which is alive with characters, stories and adventures. From the second you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, you’ll live and breathe a galaxy far, far away. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you’ll love this!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Alongside the exciting news of the new Stars Wars Resort, Disney have confirmed the name of their new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You’ll find it at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it’s due to be completed in 2019.
Two new transportation systems
The first new mode of transport, the Minnie Van Service, opened in July 2017. This is a private taxi service that’ll take you to anywhere you want to go across the Disney Resort. See our Getting Around page for more information.
Disney are also going to be launching their new Disney Skyliner, a cable car system themed with Disney Characters which connects Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach Resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. This’ll be a great opportunity for you to get a bird’s eye view of the Resort and really experience the size and scale of the Parks and Hotels. There’s no open date confirmed as yet, but watch this space for more information.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
For the first time in the Park’s history, there’s going to be a truly Mickey Mouse-inspired ride. Using new technology to turn the world of animation into a multi-dimensional ride-through attraction, join Minnie and Mickey as you step through the big screen. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is at the Chinese Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
New Theatre at Magic Kingdom Park
Due to the growing popularity of the live shows performed at Disney including Frozen Live and The Lion King, Disney are building a permanent theatre in the style of the 1920s Willis Wood Theater in Kansas City, (where Walt Disney once lived). To be built on Main Street USA, the line-up of shows and its open date are currently under wraps, so watch this space!
Tron coming to the Magic Kingdom Park
Already a popular attraction at Shanghai Disneyland, Disney are now bringing Tron to the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Due to open in time for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary, this new hi-tech, futuristic attraction will have its own area next to Space Mountain. More updates to follow.
Two new attractions at Epcot: a Ratatouille-inspired attraction in the France Pavilion, and a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.
Both will open in time for the 50th anniversary in 2021. Following the success of the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure, currently at Disneyland® Paris, a similar attraction is planned for the France Pavilion at Epcot in Florida. Future World will also be expanding with the new Guardian of the Galaxy-inspired attraction, which replaces the current Universe of Energy attraction which closes 13 August, 2017.
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