Walt Disney World Calendar Of Events 2023

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Walt Disney World Calendar Of Events 2023

Want to know what special events, festivals, attractions and parties are coming to Disney World in the next year? We have you covered in our unofficial guide of all the events in Walt Disney World and will keep this regularly updated for you. 

Most people think that everyone is coming to Disney World to meet Mickey Mouse or see Cinderella's Castle but lots of others are coming for all sorts of events, like sport events, to see festivals, go to a special ticketed party, there's lots of reasons to visit so we hope this guide can help you when planning your trip. If you're stuck on where to start on when to visit see our Best and Worst Months To Visit Disney World where we compare each month and give you a break down of the crowds, weather and events unfolding month by month. 

Disney World Event Guide

Let's start with a few basics to understand some of the special events, parties and how you might need to plan for ahead for these and take them into consideration when planning your trip.

  • Holidays are always busier, so we've noted the busiest ones for you below for instance Easter, Christmas, etc.
  • There are many sporting events that take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, with lots of these guests staying at Disney Value resorts which can make it a lot busier when these are going on. For example when there are Cheerleading competitions. 
  • runDisney events can impact the park hours, races can start really early in the morning, but the longer races can impact what time the parks open in the morning. These can draw bigger crowds to the parks too, not just the runners but spectators too. 

Ticketed events

Special ticketed events at Disney World can only be attended if you purchase a separate ticket. These events are on select nights and are almost always in the evening, guests that do not have tickets will have to leave the park before the event begins. These ticketed events include:

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom
  • Disney's H2O Glow After Hours at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park 
Magic Kingdom at Christmas Holiday Season

Magic Kingdom at Christmas

Walt Disney World 50th Celebration

Currently Walt Disney World is celebrating the 50th anniversary through to March 31, 2023. If you visit before then you'll get to celebrate the 50th anniversary with special snacks, beacons of magic, special shows and cavalcades, Disney Enchantment a fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, Harmonious at Epcot and way more. 

Magic Kingdom 50th Castle Walt Disney World

Cinderella's Castle, Magic Kingdom

Disney World Event Guide

We have created this calendar of what special events, parties and holidays are taking place during 2023 in Walt Disney World. Usually you'll find the same events will happen around the same dates in 2024. Having this calendar of events should help you plan your next holiday, so you either miss or don't miss a special event taking place. 

January 2023 

January 1-3, 2023: Christmas still being celebrated

January 1, 2023: New Years Day

January 4-8, 2023: runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (Entire Walt Disney World Resort)

January 13 - February 20, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Epcot International Festival of the Arts

January 13-15: College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships

January 14-18: Martin Luther King Jr, Weekend (January 16, 2023)

Epcot International Festival of The Arts

Epcot International Festival of The Arts

February 2023

January 13 - February 20, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Epcot International Festival of the Arts

February 3-5, 2023: National Dance Team Championship

February 10-12, 2023: National High School Cheerleading Championship

February 12, 2023: Super Bowl Sunday

February 14, 2023: Valentine's Day

February 17-21, 2023: President's Day Weekend (February 20, 2023)

February 17-20, 2023: Twirl Mania International Championships

February 23-26, 2023: runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Walt Disney World Resort)

Cinderella's Castle from the bridge at Magic Kingdom

Cinderella's Castle from the bridge

March 2023

March 1 - July 1, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

March 3-5, 2023: Contest of Champions Nationals

March 10-12 UCA International All Star Championship 

March 17, 2023: St Patrick's Day

March 5-27, 2023: Spring Break

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, it's so pretty!

April 2023

All Month - Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

April 2, 2023: Chip and Dale's 80th Birthday

April 7, 2023: Good Friday

April 8-11, 2023: Easter Weekend 

April 9, 2023: Easter Sunday

April 13-16, 2023: runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend To The Finish Line... and Beyond! (Epcot)

April 17-23, 2023: Earth Month at Disney's Animal Kingdom

April 22, 2023: Earth Day, Disney's Animal Kingdom's 25th Anniversary

April 22-24, 2023: US All Star Federation Cheerleading and Dance Worlds

April 27-30, 2023: The Summit-Varsity All Stars Cheerleading and Dance Championship

April 29-30, 2023: TO BE CONFIRMED Dapper Day at Walt Disney World

Disney's Animal Kingdom Tree Of Life

Celebrate Earth Month at Disney's Animal Kingdom

May 2023

All Month - Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

May 4, 2023: Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you! 

May 5, 2023: Cinco De Mayo

May 14, 2023: Mother's Day (U.S.A)

May 27-31, 2023: Memorial Day Weekend (May 29, 2023)

May 27 - August 26, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Disney's Hollywood Studios
May the Fourth be with you! 

June 2023

All Month - Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

All Month - Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

May 31-June 5, 2023: Gay Days Orlando

June 1-5, 2023: One Magical Weekend at Walt Disney World 

June 18, 2023: Father's Day

 

July 2023

March 1 - July 1, 2023 - Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

All Month - Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

July 1-5, 2023: Fourth July Weekend

July 13 - November 18, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

So many snacks and drinks to try! 

August 2023

May 27 - August 26, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon

All Month - Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

August 11, - October 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom 

August 20-26, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED World Princess Week 

 

September 2023

All Month - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

All Month - Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

September 3-6, 2023: Labor Day Weekend (September 4, 2023)

Disney's Magic Kingdom at Halloween

Time for Halloween!

October 2023

All Month - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

All Month - Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

October 7-11, 2023: Columbus Day Weekend (October 9, 2023)

October 16, 2023: 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company

October 31, 2023: Halloween

 

November 2023

July 13 - November 18, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 

November 2-5, 203: runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend

November 7, 2023: Election Day

November 7 - December 21, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

November 11, 2023: Veterans Day

November 18-26, 2023: Thanksgiving Week

November 18, 2023: Mickey and Minnie's 95th Birthday

November 23, 2023: Thanksgiving 

November 24 - December 25, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Cinderella's Castle at Christmas Holiday Season

Special Christmas Lights during the holiday season

December 2023

November 7 - December 21, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

November 24 - December 25, 2023: DATES TO BE CONFIRMED Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

December 18-31, 2023: Christmas Weeks

December 25, 2023: Christmas Day

December 31, 2023 - January 1, 2024: New Year's Celebrations