When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, the first step is picking what time of year you are interested in visiting. There are several factors to help decide this. The first one was talked about in the first article of this series, the weather. Another big decision factor: special celebrations. Disney has many of these throughout the year and they are major draws for guests.
The first kind of celebration is the holiday celebrations. The three big holidays celebrated by some kind of party are Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.
Easter is more of a smaller celebration with a parade, but this time of year is quite busy due to a great many students having off for the holiday.
Halloween has a big party in Magic Kingdom called Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that runs throughout the month of October. Besides dressing in costume and collecting candy, there are also a parade, stage show and fireworks spectacular shown specifically for this party.
While Halloween is a big celebration, nothing can top the way Disney does Christmas. The Halloween to Christmas transformation takes place during about three days at the beginning of November and lasts through to the first week in January. Each park has their own celebrations for Christmas, including a holiday themed parade in Animal Kingdom, Christmas around World Showcase, one of the largest light shows in the world, a party in Magic Kingdom and so much more! A whole post covering the Christmas festivities will be written in the near future to help plan a possible holiday vacation.
The only other notable changes for holidays would be the large and numerous fireworks displays available on the 4th of July and around New Years. They honestly have more fireworks for these holidays than Philly and the surrounding areas do! Information on these come out every year and varies year to year.
Besides these holidays, Disney has their own special celebrations. Two of these take place in the spring, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and Hollywood Studios’ Star Wars Weekends. The Flower and Garden Festival is yearly in Epcot from about March until May and features gorgeous plant life, unique topiaries and lots of gardening information for guests to take home with them. Longwood Gardens has nothing on that festival! Next, The Star Wars Weekends are four weekends in May and June, Friday to Sunday, where Star Wars characters parade and invade Hollywood Studios. Stars from the films and television shows also pay a visit.
There is one more festival that takes place in Epcot in the fall and is a fan among many. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is from September through October and features cuisine from dozens of countries all over the world. World Showcase is lined with tents where chefs cook and serve up dishes known throughout their country.
Specific dates change from year to year, though schedules come out at least four months in advance, so check out that schedule when planning a trip to see that celebration. For more information on these celebrations, check the official Disney Parks website.