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Full ~Frogtastic~ Schedule of Events at Disney World in 2022

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - PinterestFestivals. Concerts. Food. (That's our personal fave!) It seems like there's always one occasion or another to visit. Events are some of the biggest reasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort! While some of Disney World's special events occur during what was once considered more "off-peak" times in spring and fall, others hoppen during very busy times. Many of the Disney World events have become so popular that they bring more people to the parks! Here is the full schedule of Disney World events in 2022 to help you plan your visit.

While 2020 and some of 2021 featured modified events, things continue to open up around the resort in 2022. We continue to see entertainment return as well as events like Disney H20 Glow After Hours. Plus we have the ongoing Disney World's 50th Anniversary Celebration to enjoy! And in perhaps the biggest news so far this year — Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return in 2022! We update this post throughout the year as new event details are released and dates are added.

For those of you who have already picked your dates, this post also serves as a guide for what will be hoppening while you're there. You'll find all of the Walt Disney World events in 2022 and beyond on our Crowd Calendar. You can also see crowd levels and park recommendations on the days that events are taking place. We've even got a whole post detailing some of the very best times to plan a Disney World trip in 2022. Be sure to bookmark this page if you've got a trip coming up to stay up-to-date on all of the exciting events to come!

Full Schedule of Events at Disney World in 2022

Disney World's 50th Anniversary Celebration — Oct. 1, 2021, to March 2023

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - Mickey and Friends on Main Street in New Outfits

It's the big 5-0! "The World's Most Magical Celebration" kicked off Oct. 1, 2021, and will run for 18 dazzling months all across the resort! Guests can take in special entertainment, including a new cavalcade at Magic Kingdom, and new nighttime spectaculars with "Harmonious" at EPCOT and "Disney Enchantment" at Magic Kingdom. Disney's Animal Kingdom debuted a new daytime performance, "Disney KiteTails." And each of the park's icons become "beacons of magic" each evening, in addition to featuring special EARidescent decor, lighting and more. Characters don their best party attire, and several new additions will open as the event progresses. The very first? Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opened Oct. 1 in EPCOT, and we've got a lot more to look forward to in 2022, including Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opening May 27!


EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival — March 2 to July 4, 2022

EPCOT Int'l Flower & Garden Festival - Entrance with new Goofy 50th topiary

As the second event in the lineup of the EPCOT festivals, the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival blossoms each spring. This festival features tons of topiaries spread throughout the park. There is an abundance of food offerings at the outdoor kitchens scattered around World Showcase and Future World to enjoy while admiring the character topiaries. This year's festival continues through July 4.

Guests can also delight in the hundreds of butterfly species residing at the festival's screened butterfly house. Plus the Garden Rocks Concert Series is back at the America Gardens Theatre on select nights. EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular admission to EPCOT. This is one of the most colorful and popular Disney World events!

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend — March 31 to April 3, 2022

Formerly the Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon, this all-new runDisney event offers up a new theme each year. The 2022 races featured returning classics, including the Expedition Everest 5K (a nighttime run with a scavenger hunt!), the Race for the Taste 10K and the Tower of Terror 10-miler. Enjoy Sunrise Yoga for a relaxing morning with a magical backdrop — Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom!

Disney H20 Glow After Hours

After a two-year hiatus, Disney H2O Glow After Hours will be returning to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park in 2022! The water park is hosting the after hours parties every Saturday night from May 28 to Aug. 27. This separately ticketed, tadpole-friendly evening event features DJ dance parties, speciality food and drink, and a chance to enjoy your favorite water attractions glowing at night!

We can't wait to soak up all the fun of these year's event. Keep an eye on our guide to H20 Glow After Hours for all the hoppin' details.


EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival — July 14 to Nov. 19, 2022

The popular EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival usually runs from July to November. If you're looking for Disney World events with plenty of food and 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. Most years, guests can spend time sharpening their culinary and beverage skills in seminars (did not hoppen in 2021, but we hope they return in 2022!). There are also usually opportunities to partake in special dining experiences with celebrity chefs for an additional charge (also did not hoppen in 2021). This is a major event, and we recommend using our EPCOT Food & Wine Festival guide to help you make the most of it!

We anticipate that the Eat to the Beat! Concert Series will return in 2022, along with Mariachi Cobre, JAMMitors and Voices of Liberty. EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is included with regular theme park admission.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Aug. 12 to Oct. 31, 2022

Complete Guide to Disney World Events – Maleficent at Disney After Hours Boo BashBoo to you! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is returning! This separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park offers guests the opportunity to stay after normal park hours in their costumes to enjoy unique characters, attraction overlays, treat stops, photo opportunities and specialty food and drink. Enjoy exclusive entertainment like Mickey’s Boo-To-You parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks. Bring on spooky season!

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend — November 4 to 7, 2022

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend combines the magic of a runDisney race with the festivities of the Food & Wine Festival. Races usually include the Disney Fall Feast 5K, Kids Races and the Half Marathon. Half-marathoners and Disney Two-Course Challenge participants can celebrate at an exclusive post-race party at the Food and Wine Festival.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours (Magic Kingdom) — November to December 2022

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - Cinderella Castle Projections

Similar to Boo Bash, the new Disney Very Merriest After Hours event rang in the 2021 holiday season at Magic Kingdom. On select nights from Nov. 8 to Dec. 21, guests enjoyed Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, a new castle stage show, character sightings, castle projections, ride overlays and, of course, festive food! The event ran from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and event tickets allowed early entry starting at 7 p.m. without daytime admission or a Disney Park Pass reservation.

While Disney Very Merriest After Hours is a separate event, there are still many festive holiday Disney World events. Each one brings merriment with the right touch of Disney. Let our complete guide to Disney World holiday events be your holiday planner! (Consider it our gift to you.)

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Disney Very Merriest took the place of one of our favorite Disney World events, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party — though we're not sure which of the two will return in 2022. The party normally runs from 7 p.m. until midnight. The big highlights from this event are Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration castle stage show, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks and magical snowfall over Main Street, U.S.A. There are also plenty of opportunities to meet your favorite Disney characters, some of whom are decked out in their holiday finest.

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays (EPCOT) — November to December 2022

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - Italy Holiday Storyteller

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays takes place each winter; in 2021, the festival ran from Nov. 26 to Dec. 30. Storytellers from many of the countries, such as La Befana at the Italy pavilion, recount holiday customs from their respective countries. Santa Claus even makes special appearances too! There's also seasonal food from each country available for purchase. Buon appetito!

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - EPCOT Int'l Festival of the Holidays: Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional returned in 2021! The show tells the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Last year, instead of hosting choirs from the community, the cast member choir expanded. The Candlelight Processional is typically performed three times nightly. Much like other EPCOT festivals, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is included with regular admission to EPCOT. We have tips on all of these festivities (and yes, the food too) in our full guide!

Holiday Celebrations at Disney's Animal Kingdom — November to December 2022

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - Merry Menagerie

In 2021, Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park started celebrating the jolly season Nov. 12. Guests could wave at favorite characters in their holiday best, as well as Santa, in Festive Flotillas along Discovery River. The Merry Menagerie, life-size animal puppets of penguins, foxes, polar bears and more, created a winter wonderland at Discovery Island. At night, guests could check out the Tree of Life Awakenings — Holiday Edition, during which the tree shimmers and sparkles along to a musical score. There were also special seasonal decorations and food to enjoy around the park!

Holiday Celebrations at Disney's Hollywood Studios — November to December 2022

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - Hollywood Tower Hotel Projections

Share a meal with Santa Goofy, Minnie Mouse and friends at Hollywood & Vine for a Christmas feast. Sunset Season's Greetings lights up Tinseltown as snow falls and dazzling projections light up the Hollywood Tower Hotel to tell special holiday tales from your favorite characters. This show takes place intermittently throughout the night. Plus guests can catch Santa driving by in a special seasonal motorcade!

Holiday Celebrations at Disney Springs — November to December 2022

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - Christmas Tree in Town Center at Disney Springs

Holidays at Disney Springs is a special event that replaced Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney (the previous name for the entertainment area). Holiday decorations include the Disney Springs' Christmas Trail, a trail of trees decorated and themed as Disney characters. In the evening, guests visiting Town Center encounter a magical snowfall. Jock Lindsay's Holiday Bar returns again with holiday decor and a limited-time menu. Holidays at Disney Springs is a free Disney World event to enjoy throughout your day.


Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend — Jan. 4 to 8, 2023

Complete Guide to Disney World Events - WDW Marathon StartThe Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend features Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, Dopey Challenge, runDisney Kids Races, Walt Disney World 5K & 10K, Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the headlining race, the Walt Disney World Marathon. The courses of the longer races take runners through all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. In 2021, the event moved to a virtual race for the health and safety of participants, but it resumed in person in 2022 (though some races had virtual counterparts).

If you're planning a trip that overlaps with a race, you should know that Disney races are some of the Disney World events that will bring in heavy crowds. Crowd levels are usually affected by the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend since the event brings in thousands and thousands of runners and spectators each year. Traffic around the resort is also affected by the Walt Disney World Marathon. When visiting 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!

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts — Mid-January to late-February 2023

EPCOT Int'l Festival of the Arts - Broadway Concert Series; Adam and Arielle Jacobs

Grab a paintbrush, and let your imagination flow! This EPCOT festival celebrates visual, performing and culinary arts. There are usually gallery exhibits, living statues, artist appearances and much more that take place during the festival. The 2022 festival ran from Jan. 14 to Feb. 21 and saw the return of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, which was unavailable during the modified 2021 festival.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is included with admission to the park, but there may be separately ticketed events within the festival itself if you are looking for additional experiences such as culinary classes or art workshops. Here is our full guide to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts to inspire you.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend — Feb. 23 to 26, 2023

Inspired by the Disney Princesses, this event celebrates strong, determined women. Weekend events include the Disney Princess 5K, Disney Princess Enchanted 10K, Disney Fairy Tale Challenge and the headlining event, the Disney Princess Half Marathon. The half marathon takes runners through Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. Traffic around the parks is typically affected by this race every year.

We hope you found this list of Disney World events hopful as you plan your visit. By now you've realized that the parties, festivals and events are some of the best reasons to visit! If you're looking for more tips, check out the When to Visit Orlando page on our Orlando Planning Timeline

Related: Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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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!

Mar 6, 2018 at 10:17 p.m. Sharon Says...

Planning a trip for Sept./Oct. Do you know when the dates of the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will be available. Need to make reservations.

Mar 7, 2018 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon!

Keep an eye out on our Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party blog for dates. They should be announced later this month!

Keep hopping!


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 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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