When you’re looking at dates to visit Walt Disney World, there are a number of factors that will play into your decision. Outside of vacation days, budget, and individualized reasons, the events that the Walt Disney Company puts on may also have a huge impact on your planning.
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Guide to 2017 Walt Disney World Events
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 4th to 8th, 2017
Imagine an entire weekend of runs where every mile is jam-packed with Disney fun.
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna® brings a range of events and races through exciting locations across all 4 theme parks.
It’s a perfect chance to see a different side of Walt Disney World Resort as you and fellow Guests walk, jog or sprint along. Finishers even receive medals of Mickey Mouse and his friends!
Wednesday, January 4 through Sunday, January 8, 2017.
EPCOT International Festival of the Arts – January 13th to February 20th, 2017
Kick off your year with 6 superb weekends featuring world-class cuisine, visual art and live Broadway entertainment!
Spring has sprung early at Walt Disney World Resort! From January 13 through February 20, Epcot is hosting the most colorful, delicious, musical celebration for the arts ever—it’s everything you love about the park, rolled into one spectacular salute.
Introduce your inner connoisseur to the first annual Festival of the Arts, an exciting extravaganza replete with extraordinary artists, gourmet fare, stage productions and other amazing acts. Different events are scheduled each week, so pack your palate—and your palette—because magic truly is in the eyes of the beholder!
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 24th to 26th
This February, princes and princesses of all ages are invited to come together for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Join Disney Princesses in a celebration of inspirational women around the globe at this unforgettable event featuring a variety of races.
Put your commitment, perseverance and determination to the test as you walk, jog or sprint around Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy magical surprises along the course as well as a fun-filled, post-event party to celebrate your dream fulfilled. And take home an exclusive Finisher Medal to commemorate the occasion!
Don’t let this delightful weekend pass you by—check out the all the wonderful events offered.
EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival – March 1st to May 29th
Welcome this vibrant season by treating your senses to an assortment of captivating experiences. Blossoming from March 1 to May 29, 2017, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival boasts fun-filled exploration for every age and interest.
Highlights for 2017 currently include:
- Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates, and flavorful non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages—along with several new food and refreshment kiosks
- More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries—including many totally original displays
- Vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats and walkways—some being presented for the very first time
- Inspirational exhibits, seminars, how-to demonstrations and all-new farm-to-table dining experiences
- Garden Rocks™ Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands—with an assortment of debuting acts and dining packages
Best of all, with so much to see and do, you can return to the Festival again and again… and uncover something new every time!
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, 2017
Come dressed as a favorite character to a specially ticketed, family-friendly event featuring exclusive Star Warsexperiences!
“This Will Be a Day Long Remembered…”
Calling all Star Wars fans! You’re invited to the debut of a brand-new event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a movie-premiere-style party where Guests of all ages—from all around the galaxy—can come together and celebrate 40 years of the Greatest Saga Ever Told…
It’s Star Wars: Galactic Nights, taking place in the midst of this year’s Star Wars Celebration!
No matter your age, put on your finest Star Wars-themed costumes and attire, and walk the red carpet toward an intergalactic introduction—followed by a whole universe of event entertainment and interactive fun, from a park-wide scavenger hunt to Star Wars Character encounters and more.
Plus, you can even enjoy many of your favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions all throughout the event!
Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – April 20th to 23rd
It is a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You’ll be running on Darth Vader’s turf with the Emperor’s white uniformed stormtroopers cheering you on your way. Darth Vader, the Galactic Empire Sith Lord, has a weekend of powerful surprises in store including spectacular runs, special events, entertainment, and much, much more!
Feel the power of the force with runs for Star Wars fans of every age including the Star Wars Half Marathon, Star Wars 10K, Star Wars 5K, and the runDisney Kids Races. Challenge yourself to the ultimate test with the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge combining the Star Wars 10K and Half Marathon. It’s all part of the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side, April 20-23, 2017. Choose your alliance! Run for the light side or run for the dark side – and May the Force be with you!
Sounds like Summer Concert Series (EPCOT) – TBA
Night of Joy – September 8th and 9th
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival – August 31st to November 13th
Eat to the Beat 2017 – TBA
Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 2nd to 5th
Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional (EPCOT) – TBA
Holidays at Disney Springs – TBA
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