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, there are always plenty of different things going on aside from the usual parks and attractions. Take a look at our month-by-month guide below, where we have highlighted just some of the most popular events taking place in 2017.
4th – 8th January 2017: WDW Marathon Weekend – Alongside the annual full marathon is the opportunity to run a half marathon, a 10K or a 5K race, as well as races for the kids too. The routes take you through all four Disney theme parks with lots of healthy activities and fitness exhibitions along the way.
5th February 2017: Super Bowl – A huge event in both the US and worldwide, Walt Disney World Resort may offer some special activities to celebrate the Big Game.
14th February 2017: Valentine’s Day – Walt Disney World Resort may offer special meals and dining opportunities to celebrate this special day.
24th – 26th February 2017: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Run with your favourite princesses through 13.1 miles of the Walt Disney World Resort. Also taking place this weekend are the “Disney Enchanted 10k,” “Glass Slipper Challenge,” “Cinderella Royal Family 5K,” “runDisney Kids Races” and “Fit for a Princess Expo”.
28th February 2017: Mardi Gras – An annual mini-float parade (themed golf carts decorated by resort cast members) at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (both French Quarter and Riverside) on Fat Tuesday. The parade features music and select Disney Characters, with sweet treats being given out along the parade route.
March – May 2017: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival – Located in Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase; this is a must for all horticulturalists and nature lovers. There are over 30 million flowers on show, expert workshops and interactive garden activities for the kids too.
17th March 2017: Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival – Raglan Road restaurant and Disney Springs throws a yearly celebration for St. Patrick’s Day that lasts for several weekends. It features live entertainment, dancing, face painting and more.
20th – 23rd April 2017: Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – Feel the power of the force with runs for Star Wars fans of every age, including the “Star Wars Half Marathon”, “Star Wars 10K”, “Star Wars 5K” and the “runDisney Kids Races.” If that’s not enough of a challenge, there’s the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge, combining the Star Wars 10K and Half Marathon. May the Force be with you!
March – April 2017 (selected dates): Atlanta Braves Spring Baseball Training – If you’ve never been to see a baseball game, this is a great opportunity to experience this great American pastime at the Champion Stadium at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in 2017. Watch as the Braves play teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and more.
22th April, 2017 – Animal Kingdom’s Birthday – What a treat to be in the park 19 years to the day that it opened! No special festivities are scheduled as yet.
1st May 2017: Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Birthday – Opened on 1st May 1989, the park turns 28 this birthday. No celebration plans have been announced as yet, but you can expect something fun.
14th May 2017: Mother’s Day in the US – Special meals and deals are offered throughout Walt Disney World Resort. What a great excuse to treat your mum (again).
September and October
September – November (selected dates): 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: Halloween Season – One of the biggest and most popular times to visit Walt Disney World Resort. The 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 the Magic Kingdom for hidden treats and enjoy ‘HalloWishes’ and Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. All the fun and magic of the usual Magic Kingdom spectaculars, but with a ghoulish twist. Don’t forget this event isn’t included in your Ultimate Ticket, so you’ll need to book tickets for this special event separately through the My Disney Experience app.
November and December
Early November 2016 – Early January 2017: Holiday Season – Walt Disney World Resort 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 there are themed parades, visits by Santa, amazing decorations, unique holiday performances, special dining and hard-ticketed events. It’s not just the parks that get the festive treatment; take a visit to some of the resort hotels too. The Grand Floridian has a life-size gingerbread house on display in the lobby, selling all manner of delicious treats.
New for 2017
This year will see two new and exciting lands being added to the huge array of attractions at Walt Disney World Resort. So if you’re planning the holiday of all holidays this year, here’s what you can expect to find when you go.
Pandora – The Word of AVATAR – Opening 27 May 2017 James Cameron’s blockbuster movie will soon be brought to life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. It’s going to include two spectacular attractions; one which is a magnificent flight simulator banshee ride that flies you through the world of Pandora and another which is a magical boat ride through bio-luminescent forests. If it’s anything like the film, you can expect to be blown away by the stunning visual effects and awe-inspiring designs that the land is sure to bring to the park.
©Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR is a trademark of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. As to Disney Properties ©Disney
Star Wars Themed-Land Although no official date has been set, work is well underway on the brand new, 14 acre Star Wars park that’s due to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fanatics of the hugely popular film franchise will feel like they’ve been transported into a galaxy far, far away where all their favourite characters have come to life. There’ll be two main attractions in the land, including being able to take control of the Millennium Falcon ship on a secret mission and another where you’re thrown into the middle of an epic battle. Here’s hoping the force is with you.
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