The Most Magical Walt Disney Festivals For Any Time Of Year

By Erin De Santiago,

Despite the traditional belief that Disney Theme Parks are just for kids, a lot of adults will be the first to tell you that Disney can be awesome, even if you don’t have children of your own.  One of the best ways to experience Disney as an adult is to attend one of the Disney World festivals or special events. If you are looking for a way to connect with your children at Walt Disney World, here are some events that both parents and kids will undoubtedly enjoy.


A flower scavenger hunt

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Taking place every spring, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is definitely an unforgettable experience. With over 100 Disney themed topiaries scattered throughout Epcot, you and your kids will have a blast locating them all. Also look for new outdoor food and beverage marketplaces with delicious festival-themed eats. Walt Disney World even hosts a Flower Power Concert Series in conjunction with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Access to festival is included with your Epcot park admission.


A Star Wars Weekend

Star Wars Festival Disney WorldPhoto by Josh Hallett

Another popular event during springtime is Star Wars Weekends held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As its name suggests, this event pays homage to everything and anything Star Wars. There are character meet and greets, Star Wars celebrities on hand and even a character processional. It’s important to note that park attendance is quite high during Star Wars Weekends so expect lengthy wait times. Star Wars Weekends are complimentary with Disney’s Hollywood Studios park admission.


Trick-or-Treat with Mickey Mouse

Halloween Festival at Disney World
Photo by Josh Hallett

Often referred to as “MNSSHP,” Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the coolest annual events at Walt Disney World. Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade, HalloWishes Fireworks and the Villains Dance Mix & Mingle Stage Show are some of the best event highlights. Kids will enjoy all the trick-or-treating stations set up throughout the park. The event kicks off in early September and runs through Halloween itself.. Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is not included with general park admission and requires a separate party ticket.


Eat your way around the world

Epcot Food and Wine festival
Photo by John Reichlin 

From mid-September through early November, Epcot is turned into a global culinary center. Twenty-five international marketplace kiosks sell appetizer-sized portions of ethnic culinary specialties, along with recommended wine and beer pairings. A number of the booths feature special desserts, which are always a hit with the younger attendees. Check out special culinary and beverage demonstrations or watch a show during the Eat to the Beat! Concert Series. Admission to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is free; however, culinary demonstrations and seminars require separate tickets available at the event center.


Watch the snow fall in Florida

Christmas Festival at Disney World
Photo by Sonja

If you celebrate Christmas, this is one of the most festive times to visit Walt Disney World with your family. Christmastime brings Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom. This special ticket event is held on select nights in November and December. Highlights include Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas time Parade, Holiday Wishes Fireworks and a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

During the Christmas holiday, Epcot hosts Holidays Around the World.Storytellers from various countries tell holiday tales and share customs from their respective countries.


Meet Santa at Disney World

Spectacle of the Dancing lights Disney World
Photo by Tom Bricker

If you are in town for one of the other Christmas holiday events, swing by Downtown Disney for the Festival of the Seasons. Look for live entertainment, including costumed stilt walkers, street performers and traditional holiday carolers. The Downtown Disney area is decked out with seasonal décor and there is even an opportunity to meet Santa.  Admission to the Festival of the Seasons is complimentary.

Starting in November and running through January, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is transformed for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. An endless display of lights “dance” synchronized to music.  Admission to the Osborne Family Spectacular of Lights is included with admission to Hollywood Studios.


Which one of these fun festivals is at the top of your travel list?