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Guide to Disney World Events in 2017

by Mommy Frog on September 6, 2017 65 Orlando   Video

Festivals. Concerts. Food. Events are some of the biggest reasons to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. While Disney World's special events traditionally have been held during off-peak times in spring and fall, many of them have become very popular. Disney World events in 2017 are a reason to visit in and of themselves!

The Complete Guide to Disney World Events - Disney World Events in 2017

We created our Guide to Disney World events in 2017 to help you plan when to visit. For those of you who have already picked your dates, this post also serves as a guide of what will be happening while you're there. You'll find all of the Disney World events in 2017, as well as some of the smaller events on our Crowd Calendar. You can also see crowd levels and park recommendations on the days events are taking place.

We update this post throughout the year as new event details are released and dates are added. Be sure to bookmark this page if you've got a trip coming up!

Guide to Disney World Events in 2017


Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend—Jan. 3 - 7, 2018

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend features Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, Dopey Challenge, Kids Races, Walt Disney World 5K & 10K, Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the headlining race, the Walt Disney World Marathon. Disney's Health & Fitness Expo also takes places throughout the weekend. The courses of the longer races take runners through all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

Disney races are some of the Disney World events in 2017 that bring in heavy crowds. Crowd levels are strongly affected by the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. The event brings in thousands and thousands of runners each year. Traffic around the theme park area is also affected by the Walt Disney World Marathon. If you visit during this special event, expect travel time between the Disney parks to take longer. We have a separate post on What to Expect at the Disney World Marathon if you want to start planning.

Guide to Disney World Events in 2017 - WDW Marathon Start

Epcot International Festival of the Arts—Jan. 12-Feb. 19, 2018

New for Disney World events in 2017, the festival debuted this year at Epcot. The festival celebrates visual, performing and culinary arts. For 2018, the event will take place each day of the week! There are gallery exhibits, living statues, artist appearances and much more going on. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series visited the America Gardens Theatre with iconic Disney songs during 2017.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts is included with admission to the park, but there are separately ticketed events within the festival.

Get taste of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in this video:


Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend—Feb. 22 - 25, 2018

Inspired by the Disney Princesses, this event is designed with women in mind. Weekend events include the Disney Royal Family 5KDisney Enchanted 10K, Disney's Fit for a Princess Expo, and the headlining event, Disney's Princess Half Marathon. The half marathon takes runners through Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Traffic around the parks is affected by this race. This race usually sells out pretty quickly, so register here!


Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival—Feb. 28 - May 28, 2018

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is an annual event at Epcot each spring. This event features more than 100 topiaries spread throughout the park. In 2017, guests saw new topiaries of Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"! Guests also saw a "Cars"-themed area and a 6-foot-tall Figment from Epcot's Imagination Pavilion. There are an abundance of food offerings at the outdoor kitchens scattered around World Showcase. Two new Outdoor Kitchens were added to the festival's already flavorful outdoor food and beverage marketplaces. Popular kitchens include the Urban Farm Eats, the locally grown Florida Fresh, Japan's Hanami, the Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews, and Bauernmarkt: Farmer's Market featuring organic samplings with a German and Bavarian flare. Check out what delighted diners last year in this recap.

Guide to Disney World Events in 2017 - Elsa & Anna Toparies

Guests can also delight in the hundreds of butterfly species residing at the festival's screened butterfly house. This is one of the most colorful Disney World events in 2017! The festival's concerts take place at America Gardens Theater usually every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the event. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular admission to Epcot.

Check out the sights and sounds of Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival below!

Garden Rocks Concert Series 2017 Full Lineup

  • Mar 3-4: John Secada
  • Mar 5-6: Dennis DeYoung
  • Mar 10-13 Pointer Sisters
  • Mar 17-18 Plain White T's
  • Mar 24-27 Night Ranger
  • Mar 31-April 3: Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice
  • Apr 14-17: Gin Blossoms
  • Apr 21-24: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • Apr 28-29: Expose
  • Apr 30-May 1: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
  • May 5-8: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • May 12-15: The Guess Who
  • May 19-22: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 26-27: The Spinners


Star Wars: Galactic Nights—April 14th

Grab your lightsaber and wash your Jedi robes! New for Disney World events in 2017, Star Wars: Galactic Nights, a one-night-only special ticket event will take place at Disney's Hollywood Studios from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. Mix with your fellow Star Wars fans and enjoy shows, celebrity appearances and photo ops. You can also enjoy Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, a viewing of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular and much more. These separate admission tickets can be purchased here.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend - The Dark Side—April 19 - 22, 2018

You don't know the power of the dark side. Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend is inspired by Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and Sith Lord. Weekend events include the Star Wars 10K, Star Wars 5K, Star Wars Dark Side Challenge and the runDisney Kids Races, as well as the half marathon. Start perfecting your powers of the force along with your running training.

 August - September

Night of Joy— Sept. 8 - 9

This contemporary Christian music festival takes place each September.  Concerts are held at indoor and outdoor venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Last year admission to Saturday's concerts included a day at one of the four theme parks. Night of Joy is a separately ticketed event.

Night of Joy 2017 Full Lineup 

September 8

  • TobyMac
  • MercyMe
  • Natalie Grant
  • Danny Gokey
  • Matt Maher
  • Colton Dixon
  • Rend Collective
  • Zach Williams

September 9

  • Amy Grant
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Joran Feliz
  • Dave Crowder
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Tye Tribbett

August - November

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Magic Kingdom)

  • August 25, 29
  • September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1
Guide to Disney World Events in 2017 - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Another favorite of Disney World events in 2017, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place at Magic Kingdom on select nights each fall. The party's biggest highlights are watching Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks and Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular. The party features trick-or-treating in the park and Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes. The party is not included with regular admission to Magic Kingdom and requires a separate ticket. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance since these parties do sell out. Purchase your tickets from your favorite frogs here! If you're thinking about going, check out our Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

September - November

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival—Aug. 31 - Nov. 13

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival takes place every fall at Epcot. If you're looking for Disney World events in 2017 with plenty of food & drink, this is one of them! The festival features more than 25 international marketplace kiosks, which offer tapas-sized portions of regional specialties as well as recommended wine and beer pairings. Guests can also spend time sharpening their culinary and beverage skills in seminars. There are also opportunities to partake in special dining experiences with celebrity chefs for an additional charge. This a major event and proper planning can help you make the most of it.

Guide to Disney World Events in 2017 - Cheese Plate

Eat to the Beat! Concert Series is included with admission to the park. The concerts feature many acclaimed artists. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is included with regular theme park admission.

Get a taste of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with our Sights & Sounds video.

Eat to the Beat 2017 Lineup:

  • 8/31 – 9/1 – Delta Rae
  • 9/2 – 9/3 – The Hooters
  • 9/4 – 9/5 – Baha Men
  • 9/6 – 9/7 – Fuel
  • 9/8 -9/20 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • 9/11 – 9/12 – Lauren Alaina
  • 9/13 – 9/15 – Plain White T’s
  • 9/16 – 9/17 – Sister Hazel
  • 9/18 – 9/20- Air Supply
  • 9/21 – 9/22 – David Cook
  • 9/23 – 9/24 – Everclear
  • 9/25 – 9/27 – Sugar Ray
  • 9/28 – 9/29 – .38 Special
  • 9/30 – 10/1 – Mark Wills
  • 10/2 – 10/3 – American Authors
  • 10/4 – 10/5 – Christopher Cross
  • 10/6 – 10/8 – Devon Allman
  • 10/9 – 10/11 – Dennis DeYoung: The music of STYX
  • 10/12 – 10/13 – Taylor Dayne
  • 10/14 – 10/15 – Jeffrey Osborne
  • 10/16 – 10/17 – Postmodern Jukebox
  • 10/18 – 10/20 – 10,000 Maniacs
  • 10/21 – 10/22 – Toad The Wet Sprocket
  • 10/23 – 10/24 – Kenny G (“Songbird”)
  • 10/25 – 10/26 – Billy Ocean
  • 10/27 – 10/29 – Tiffany
  • 10/30 – 11/1 – Hanson
  • 11/2 – 11/3 – Blue October
  • 11/4 – 11/5 – Living Colour
  • 11/6 – 11/8 – Boyz II Men
  • 11/9 – 11/11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • 11/12 – 11/13 – Squeeze


Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend— Nov 2 - 5  

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is one of the Disney World events in 2017 where you can experience the delights of two events. It combines the magic of a runDisney race with the festivities of the Food & Wine Festival. Races include the Disney Fall Feast 5K, Kids Races and the Half Marathon. The half marathon takes place at nighttime! Registration is not yet available, but you may sign up for a reminder. 

November - December

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (Magic Kingdom)

  • November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

One of our favorites of Disney World events in 2017 (and every year), Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event held on select nights each winter at Magic Kingdom. The party runs from 7 p.m. until midnight. The big highlights from this event are Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime ParadeHoliday Wishes fireworks, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration Castle Stage Show and a magical snowfall over Main Street, U.S.A.

Disney World Special Events in 2017 - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

There are also plenty of opportunities to meet your favorite Disney characters, some of whom are decked out in their holiday finest. Cookies and hot cocoa are included with admission to this separately ticketed event.  It is recommended you purchase tickets in advance; it is common for nights to sell out. Purchase your ticket to the party here! Check out our Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

While Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate admission event, there are still many festive holiday Disney World events in 2017. Each one brings merriment with the right touch of Disney. Let our Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday Events be your holiday planner.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays - Candlelight Processional (Epcot)— Nov 19 - Dec 30

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays  - Candlelight Processional takes place each winter in Epcot's World Showcase. Storytellers from many of the countries, such as Father Christmas at the United Kingdom pavilion, recount holiday customs from their respective countries. Guests can also have their picture made with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the American Adventure Pavilion.

Guide to Disney World Events in 2017 - Julissien at the Norway Pavilion

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times nightly. The show tells the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays - Candlelight Processional is included with regular admission to Epcot. We have tips on all of these festivities here.

Here are the celebrity narrators for Epcot Candlelight Processional 2017:

  • Laurie Hernandez - Nov. 24 - 26
  • Matt Bomer - Nov. 27 - 28
  • Ana Gastayer - Nov. 29 - 30
  • Whoopie Goldberg - Dec. 1 - 3
  • Pat Sajak - Dec. 4 - 5
  • Jodi Benson - Dec. 6 - 8
  • Kurt Russell - Dec. 9 - 11
  • Warwick Davis - Dec. 12 - 14
  • Trace Adkins - Dec. 15 - 17
  • Neil Patrick Harris - Dec. 18 -21
  • CCH Pounder - Dec. 22 - 24
  • Jaci Velasquez - Dec. 25 - 27
  • Chandra Wilson - Dec. 28 - 30

Sunset Season's Greetings (Disney's Hollywood Studios) - Nov. 9 - Dec. 31

One of the new Disney World events in 2017, Sunset Season's Greetings will light up Tinseltown as snow falls. Sunset Boulevard will twinkle as favorite faces come to life. Look above as the billboards begin to move into motion and tell a tale — brought to you by iconic characters sharing their love for the season. Look down to see the Hollywood Tower Hotel come to "light" as it tells the stories of these characters.

Star Wars: Galactic Nights—Dec. 16th 

If the release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" doesn't feed your need for all things Skywalker — you're in luck! Returning for Disney World events in 2017, Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a one-night-only event that takes place at Disney's Hollywood Studios from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. This separate-ticket event will feature an enhanced version of the popular Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular and the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away shows. You can also look forward to special food and drink, access to your favorite Star Wars attractions, as well as a special Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge panel. Admission tickets can be purchased here.

Holidays at Disney Springs

Dates: TBA

Holidays at Disney Springs is a special event that replaced Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney (the previous name for the entertainment area).  It offers live entertainment, festive decor and fun photo ops. You also have the opportunity to meet Santa at a new location across from Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. There are holiday carolers, Toy Soldier stilt walkers and street performers. Dance the night away at a holiday dance party.

Last year's holiday decorations included the Disney Springs' Christmas Trail, a trail of trees decorated and themed as Disney characters. Disney Springs Marketplace was transformed into a winter wonderland with snow fall, toy soldiers and more.  Holidays at Disney Springs is one of the free Disney World events in 2017.

The Frog Family is proud to provide you with this Guide to Disney World events in 2017. By now you've realized that the parties, festivals and events are some of the best reasons to visit! If you are looking for more tips, check out the When to Visit Orlando page on our Orlando Planning Timeline!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 15, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. Brice Turnbaugh Says...

List is for 2017 or 2018...both years listed and comments are from 2015 and 2016!

What is it for?


Jun 22, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. Rob Amsden Says...

When will the Dining package be available for making reservations to the candlelight processional?

Jun 22, 2017 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob,

We're expecting the packages to go on sale soon. Keep taps on Disney's Candelight Dinner Packages site.

Keep hopping,

Mommy Frog

Jun 4, 2017 at 1:26 p.m. Ray W Says...

No Sounds Like Summer 2017...guess I won't be there either. : (

Mar 11, 2017 at 8:14 p.m. Autumn Says...

I was looking forward in the hours for August and September, and I noticed something very interesting. On August 25th which is a Friday one would think the park would be open later, but the park hour said it will close at 7pm, when party nights are held for the MNSSHP and MVMCP. So I think that this year they are going to be doing the parties earlier then before, since they also bump up food and wine...food for thought!

May 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. Stacey Says...

Has Sounds Like Summer been cancelled for 2017? If so, any news on what will replace everything it (if anything)?

May 6, 2017 at 3:50 a.m. TK Says...

I have been searching every week for the lineup as we plan our EPCOT Visits around Stayin' Alive each year. But the lineup has always been posted in early April, so I am assuming the rumors of its demise are true.

May 5, 2017 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

We haven't heard any news on Sounds of Summer returning for 2017.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

Jan 12, 2017 at 4:44 p.m. morgan Says...

Hi there, when do the dates for the MNSSHP and MVMCP usually release?

Jan 12, 2017 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morgan,

The dates for those usually come out in the Spring. Usually May, but it may happen earlier. Keep checking back with us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 22, 2016 at 3:13 p.m. sheena Says...

do you know what dates Santa is a disney springs from?we are currently booked until Nov 15th and hoping to catch santa and the resort hotels decorated - what are the chances?

Sep 14, 2016 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheena,

Santa generally may not be around this early in the season at Disney Springs, but we hope to know dates of his appearances soon! The resort decorations go up in mid-November, so it's likely you will get to see some of it.

Keep hopping!


Apr 11, 2016 at 12:42 a.m. Jolene Says...

Hi, My daughter is obsessed with Descendants. Any idea how I would figure out if any of the cast will be at the parks? Thanks

Apr 25, 2016 at 12:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jolene,

Wouldn't we like to know too?! Lily loves Evie! They are not there often, but the best way to stay up on this is by following the Disney Parks Blog. It often mentions when celebrities will be in town for certain events.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 6, 2016 at 4:02 p.m. Jack Says...

Hi there,

Would you reccomend these Disney After Hours nights? I can't see what is so special about them except the late entry? I just don't see what is so special about paying an extra $149 for it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Apr 6, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jack,

We don't think it's a tremendous value, but if you really want to make sure you have time to ride plenty of rides with the least amount of waits, then this is the way to go!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 27, 2016 at 11:22 a.m. Russ Longson Says...

We are coming over from England and I am looking for Disney Halloween tickets, but not going to the main Disney parks. Can I get these through you? I can't seem to find the right button to click. Thanks.

Mar 28, 2016 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Russ,

These tickets have not yet gone on sale, but we hope to be able to offer them again.

Keep hopping!


Mar 15, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. Mithu Says...

hi, i want to visit April-16 any days, have you any special event on this month? and how many cost the event?

waiting for your reply

Mar 16, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mithu,

There is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival going on at this time at Disney and Mardi Gras on select days at Universal Orlando. They are both included with regular ticket admission:


Keep hopping!


Feb 9, 2016 at 5:46 p.m. Amanda Says...

Your night of joy dates are incorrect - it is September 9-10, 2016.

Feb 12, 2016 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for the catch!

Keep hopping!


Dec 2, 2015 at 12:35 p.m. Vix Says...

When do Disney release even dates for Oct - Dec 2016 please ?

Dec 2, 2015 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vix,

The release of event dates vary. For bigger events, such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, those dates are typically released in May.

Keep hopping!


Nov 27, 2015 at 9:54 p.m. TC Says...

I've tried to find out if the newly labeled Disney Springs hotels (Holiday Inn, Hilton, etc) are providing shuttle service to/from the Disney World Marathon Weekend (Jan 7-10, 2016)? I've called the hotels but nobody seems to know for sure. Anyone?

Nov 20, 2015 at 3:48 a.m. Heidi Simpson Says...

We are planning a trip to Orlando Dec 26-Jan3. Can you please let me know what activities are going on at Disney during this time. Thanks!

Nov 20, 2015 at 11:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi,

There are a ton of holiday happenings during this time. Check our Guide to Disney World during the Holidays!

Keep hopping!


Oct 29, 2015 at 5:39 p.m. TicTacToe Says...

I am planning to go in 5-7 Nov. Any advice or should I wait a couple more weeks? I am more interested in parades and celebrations.

Oct 30, 2015 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Your dates are good as far as parades and celebrations are concerned, but you would need to adjust the dates if you wanted to visit Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Keep in mind that that weekend is fairly busy because of the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon.

Keep hopping!


Oct 27, 2015 at 8:03 a.m. Kayla Says...

Hi, just realized we will be in Disney during marathon weekend. We don't hve any ADR's for Saturday or Sunday morning, but should we avoid certain parks those days? Our plans were to do Epcot Saturday AM around 10am, and magic kingdom at night. We planned to spend all day Sunday at Hollywood studios, also getting there around 10am.

Nov 2, 2015 at 7:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayla,

Our crowd calendar provides recommended parks each day that can help you with these questions. After you decide, definitely go ahead and book your ADRs!

Keep hopping!


Oct 11, 2015 at 11:27 p.m. Bri Says...

Can we buy tickets for only the light show? Do not want to go during the day etc but only to see the lights. We don't want to pay for a whole day if so what are some options and prices

Oct 14, 2015 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bri,

Unfortunately, no, you would need regular park admission to see the lights.

Keep hopping!


Oct 7, 2015 at 8:13 a.m. Ilene Says...

I have a timing and logistics question. We want to see Osborne lights, but also want to see Fantasmic. I made reservations for dinner at Brown Derby for 540p, without thinking about Osborne. I'm thinking it will be impossible to have a leisurely dinner, then see Osborne, then check in to Fantasmic by 8p. What do you think? we don't want to be sprinting from one place to another with a 4 year old and an old lady (me, sort of) in tow! IF I can change my dinner reservations (it's not available at the moment), how much time should I REALLY allow?

Oct 14, 2015 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ilene,

This depends on which date you will be in the park. If it is an Extra Magic Hour night, you can visit the Osborne lights after Fantasmic! The Osborne lights begin at dusk and usually continue until about an hour after park close. I would allow at the very least 20-30 minutes to walk through the Streets of America to see the lights dance, navigate the crowds, and take some photos.

Keep hopping!


Oct 7, 2015 at 1:04 a.m. Dallas Says...

We will be visiting Magic Kingdom on Nov 13 and just realized that this is one of the dates for the very merry Christmas. Will we be able to stay until park closing without the extra ticket? This is a first visit for one of the girls and we had planned to see the fireworks. Thanks

Oct 7, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dallas,

You would need to leave when the park closes for the party at 7 p.m.

Keep hopping!


Oct 4, 2015 at 1:14 p.m. Disney addict Says...

Hello, do you know if Disney Springs will do anything special such as trick or treating for the kids on Oct 31, 2015? Thank you!

Oct 14, 2015 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We haven't heard yet whether there will be trick-or-treating at Disney Springs. We hope so!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 2, 2015 at 4:11 p.m. Darlene Says...

Do you guys have tickets available to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? I need to buy my Disney tickets for our vacation starting November 20th, and would prefer to get all of the tickets through Undercover Tourist!

Oct 2, 2015 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Awww, Darlene, we'd love for you to buy all of your tickets through us too. Unfortunately, we will not be getting party tickets this year :( You'll have to go through Disney directly for that one.

Keep hopping!


Sep 14, 2015 at 3:40 p.m. Jennifer leingang Says...

How will the new Star Wars Half Marathon event affect crowd levels at the parks over that weekend??

Sep 15, 2015 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Races always impact crowd levels, bringing more people to the parks and making the hotels more crowded.

Keep hopping!


Sep 3, 2015 at 1:38 p.m. Candice Sable Says...

What impact do you expect the new Star Wars half marathon to have on the parks? My husband would love to run but I'm hesitant about the crowds. Thanks!

Sep 3, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candice,

The marathons always bring in more people, and they do sell out. I think it would be tremendous fun even with the extra people. May the force be with you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 1, 2015 at 10:50 a.m. Jason Worgull Says...

One more question. Does the "snow" always fall during the light show or just during the ceremony? Thanks so much!

Sep 1, 2015 at 10:36 a.m. Jason Worgull Says...

Hello. Will Disney Studios be extremely crowded Nov 6 on the opening night of the Osborne Lights? Have been thinking of staying another night to check it out, but still kind of iffy being the first day and on a Friday...

Sep 1, 2015 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

That weekend is also the Disney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon, so I would expect it to be fairly busy. You can check out your dates on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!


May 24, 2015 at 2:39 a.m. Dan Says...

We are going to Disney World June 5 to July 11. Do you know of any special event going on besides the concert series?

May 26, 2015 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan,

During the summer months, there are fewer events at Disney World, but it's possible something will crop up!

Mommy Frog

May 9, 2015 at 9:38 p.m. Cindi G Says...

We are planning a girls trip to Disney over Hallowen. Are we allowed to wear costumes in the Disney park on Halloween? I read somewhere that adults were not allowed. Do you know if this is true or not ?

May 10, 2015 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindi,

You can wear costumes to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. There is more information about the dress code in the parks here. Generally, Disney does not want guests to confuse you with a princess or other character.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 25, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. Steve D Says...

Can I purchase special events tickets from undercover tourist. If so, how?

May 8, 2015 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

Most of the special events are included with regular park admission, so yes, we offer tickets! We also expect to offer tickets for select dates on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party later this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 6, 2015 at 2:30 a.m. ria328 Says...

Has Osbourne Family lights been officially confirmed fir 2015?? I had heard that it was possible it wouldn't be happening this year???

Apr 7, 2015 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

That rumor has been around for several years now. The 2015 dates have not yet been confirmed.

Keep hopping!


Mar 24, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. sue Says...

How do I find out about the entertainment at Epcot EAT TO THE BEAT 2015?

Mar 24, 2015 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue,

The lineup has not yet been announced. Stay tuned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 6, 2015 at 5:50 a.m. Brittany Davis Says...

We are visiting Disney World the week of Oct 11-17 during the Epcot food and wine festival. We aren't really planning on participating in the festival much, but will Epcot be insanely crowded because of it? Is there any way around it or a best day to go? I'm just wondering how much the festival affects regular park-goers during that time. Thanks in advance!

May 4, 2016 at 6:12 p.m. Shannon Says...

WE went 2 years ago around that time, and took FULL advantage of the festival! SUCH AMAZING FOODS TO TRY! And cheaper since they are "sample" portions. Definitely check it out. And it was busy- not horribly busy- but busy. At any park we still had hour wait times for the bigger rides, but during the normal Lunch Dinner rush the parks would be empty. So not Summer horrible, but not Early Spring empty.

Apr 5, 2016 at 5:35 p.m. Debby Sainsbury Says...

The Epcot food festival is great fun and when we went didn't make the place crowded at all. I believe October is fairly lite in the parks.

May 17, 2016 at 2:38 p.m. shelly Says...

I went the past 2 years. I'm not sure if you are referring to the same event, but the Eat to the Beat is at that time and it is insanely crowded. I would avoid the park at that time

Apr 6, 2016 at 2:57 p.m. Dorris Says...

I like food! Food is fun...like Epcot!

Jan 12, 2016 at 8:40 p.m. Debbie Says...

No, it is not, we go every year, the pace at epcot is alot slower....People enjoying food and drink. Have fun

Mar 6, 2015 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

Expect the weekends to be pretty crowded. If you go during the week and head to Epcot in the morning, it will be less busy. The festival is a ton of fun and a great way to sample different flavors from around the world!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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