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Special Events at Disney
Special Events at Disney
Disney really knows how to celebrate. Nearly every holiday seems to have at least one event, and Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve spark extended festivities. Disney also is a master at battling periods of slow attendance with specially themed events throughout the year. Call Disney’s main information line at 407-824-4321 or visit their web site at http://www.disneyworld.com for more information.
Sports at Walt Disney World
January brings the sell-out Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (Jan. 9–13, 2019), which includes the Family Fun Run and the Kids’ Festival (open to all ages), as well as Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge—call 407-939-7810 for information and sign-up. The Princess Half-Marathon is held February 22–25, 2018, with a focus on women’s fitness. The Star Wars Half Marathon is April 19–22, 2018. There’s also the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Nov. 1–4, 2018.The Atlanta Braves baseball spring training is in March and April (but note that they are relocating to a new location elsewhere in Florida following the spring 2019 season). There are also Disney High School and College Spring Training events in 2018, encompassing baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball, and track & field. Many more sport opportunities are available at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex—for more details, visit http://www.disneyworldsports.com and http://www.rundisney.com.
Festivals and Fun
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns in 2019 (every day between Jan. 18 and Feb. 28, 2019) brings the visual, culinary, and performing arts to the World Showcase. The 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 6–June 3, 2019) fills the park with exhibits, seminars, tours, demonstrations, the Food Among the Flowers Brunch (see page 267), amazing character-shaped topiaries, and special entertainment at the America Gardens Theatre. The 23rd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, is August 30–November 12, 2018—it turns the World Showcase into an even greater gourmet delight (see page 241). Note that the Star Wars Weekend held its last event in 2015 and the last Grad Night was held in 2011.
For the past 35 years, the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day used to bring the popular Nights of Joy to ESPN Wide World of Sports to celebrate contemporary Christian music, but this show was canceled in 2018 and will not be returning to Disney.
May 29–June 3, 2018 were the Unofficial Gay Days events (visit http://www.gaydays.com). No word yet on whether Destination D, a D23 event, will return to Walt Disney World again, but it wouldn’t surprise us if it did! There are smaller D23 events at Walt Disney World, however, such as the Sip & Stroll.
Tip: Fireworks for major holidays— Independence Day, New Years Eve, and often others—are normally given a “dress rehearsal” the night before. Go a day early and avoid the big crowds!
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Top Photo Slice: Dwarf topiaries at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival (℗ 14749) Photo contributed by © Dopey007
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