List Of Disney World’s 2023 Holidays, Festivals, And Special Events



2023 is going to be a big year for Disney, and there is going to be a lot to do, see, and experience! Between holidays, festivals and special events, there is always something going on at Disney World. It may be hard to keep up, but we are here to help! Here are a list of Disney World’s Holidays, festivals, and Special Events for the upcoming 2023 year!

January

  • 1st-3rd: Holiday activities
  • 1st: 100th anniversary of the Disney company kicks off begins
  • 4th-8th: runDisney Disney World marathon weekend
  • 4th-April 19th: Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios, select nights
  • 9th-March 27th: Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom, select nights
  • 13th-February 20th: Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Epcot

February

  • Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios, select nights
  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom, select nights
  • 1st-20th: Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Epcot
  • 11th-15th: Valentine’s Day celebrations
  • 17th-20th: Twirlmania
  • 18th-24th: Mardi Gras weekend
  • 23rd-26th: runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend
Disney World Valentine's Day
You may see special photo-ops during holidays like Valentine’s Day.

March

  • Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios, select nights
  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom, select nights until March 27th
  • 1st-July 1st: EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

April

The International Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT
The International Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT
  • Egg-stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at EPCOT
  • EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival
  • Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios, select nights until April 19th
  • 2nd: Chip and Dales 80th birthday
  • 13th-16th: runDisney Springtime Suprise
  • 17th-23rd: Earth Month at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • 22nd: Earth Day, Animal Kingdom’s 25th Anniversary
  • 29th-30th: Dapper Day

May

  • EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival
  • 4th: Stars War Day
  • 27th-August 26th: Disney H20 Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon

June

  • EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival
  • Disney H20 Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon
  • May 31st-June 5th: Gay Days Orlando
  • 3rd-5th: One Magical Weekend at Walt Disney World
Orlando Gay Days
Photo by Mike McBey (CC BY 2.0)

July

  • EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival until July 1st
  • Disney H20 Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon
  • 13th- November 18th: EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

August

Aurora at Epcot
Don’t forgot Princess Week. Photo: Emily Murray

September

October

  • EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
  • 16th: 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company
Disney Halloween Cupcake
Halloween is my favorite time to visit! Photo: Emily Murray

November

  • Disney Christmas Holiday festivities begin
  • EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival until November 18th
  • 2nd-5th: runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
  • 7th-December 21st: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom
  • 18th: Minnie and Mickey’s 95th Birthday
  • 24th-December 25th EPCOT International Festival of Holidays
Festival of the Holidays EPCOT
Festival of the Holidays EPCOT. Photo: Emily Murray

December

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom until December 21
  • EPCOT International Festival of Holidays until December 25th
  • 31st- January 1st New Year’s celebrations
Minnie and Mickey in Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas Time Parade
Minnie and Mickey in Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas Time Parade. Photo: Emily Murray

That is not a short list! And this does not include the national holidays, so be aware they are sprinkled in there as well. Some of these dates for the festivals can be tentative. Also, remember the 50th Anniversary celebration goes until March of 2023, so you still have time to celebrate. Within these holidays, festivals and special events, some require tickets in addition to your park ticket. The food and flower festivals do not, they just bring some extra uniqueness to your EPCOT experience. MNSSHP and MVMCP do require additional tickets. If you are participating in runDisney it requires a registration and fees in addition to a park ticket if y0u will be enjoying them afterwards.

Be sure to reference this list when planning your 2023 Disney vacation!

Featured Photo: Emily Murray.

Written by

Erin Bonsall


Contributing Writer

Erin is a stay at home mom of 4 little boys outside Charlotte, NC. She remembers one magical Disney trip at a young age, but having children made her want to bring her own kids to the happiest place on earth! One trip 7 years ago started a love for everything Disney! Now her family visits Disney World as much as possible and it is their favorite place to make magical memories!