Walt Disney World Resort 2016 Calendar Of Events

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This is an unofficial list of the events that are taking place at Walt Disney World Resort for 2016. This post will be updated regularly throughout the year as schedules are changed and officially announced. The list of events include all of our favorite annual events like Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and of course, the holiday events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Candlelight Processional, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and more.

January 2016

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend:

The 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend takes place January 6, 2016 to January 10, 2016, at Walt Disney World Resort. The marathon is an annual event which is a 26.2-mile run through all four Disney theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The weekend also features a half marathon, a 10k, a 5K, kids races, special multi-day challenge races, a five-day health expo, and more.

More information here: http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

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One holiday offering that is ending on January 6, 2016, is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it is the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights. This was the final year for it at this park! Read more here.

February 2016

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Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: 

Women can celebrate their inner princesses at the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort from February 18, 2016, through February 21, 2016.

Read more here.

March 2016

ESPN Wide World of Sports:

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Atlanta Braves Spring Training:

March 1 – April 2, 2016
The Braves will begin their annual spring training at the Champion Stadium in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Tickets for games are now on sale.

Epcot:

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival:

The 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is set for a record 90 days, running from March 2, 2016, until May 30, 2016. Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie will be making their topiary debut at the park’s front entrance along with Donald and Daisy. Also, to celebrate the National Parks Service centennial, Ranger Mickey Mouse will be on display for the first time in Future World. Read more here.

The 2016 Garden Rocks Concert Series dates have not yet been announced yet, and we will update when we hear who will be performing and when!

The concerts are included in the price of admission to Epcot.

Updated February 22nd: The festival begins March 2nd and ends on May 30th. Read here about the Garden Rocks Concert Series!

April 2016

ESPN Wide World of Sports:

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Atlanta Braves Spring Training:

March 1 – April 2, 2016
The Braves will begin their annual spring training at the Champion Stadium in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Tickets for games are now on sale.

Epcot:

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues.

Updated February 22nd: The festival begins March 2nd and ends on May 30th. Read here about the Garden Rocks Concert Series!

May 2016

Epcot:

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival:

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues. Read more above.

Updated February 22nd: The festival begins March 2nd and ends on May 30th. Read here about the Garden Rocks Concert Series!

June 2016

Epcot:

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Sounds Like Summer Concert Series:

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is another series of free concerts that takes place at Epcot with classic Rock ‘n’ Roll hits takes place in June and July. The concerts are held under the skies of Epcot’s open-air American Gardens Theatre! The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is a popular annual event at Epcot with three shows nightly. We will update this when dates are announced.

July 2016

Epcot:

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Sounds Like Summer Concert Series:

Concert series continues. See above information for full details.

August 2016

September 2016

Magic Kingdom:

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

This is a trick-or-treat event for everyone. You can dress up in your favorite costume and collect candy throughout Magic Kingdom. The event is held on select nights from September to October. The tone of the event is “not-so-scary,” which means children of all ages can enjoy this party.

Dates have not been announced yet, and we will update you when they become available.

Updated on March 24th: Here are the dates:

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30

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Night of Joy Event:

The 34th annual Night of Joy, a Christian Music event, will be held in the middle of September.

Epcot:

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:

Each fall Epcot brings food and wine from around the world to one convenient location. There are nearly 30 international food and beverage marketplaces and the Eat to the Beat concert series, with nightly performances from popular hit-makers.

Dates have not been announced for the 21st annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival yet.

Updated February 22nd: Dates announced are September 14th – November 14th!

October 2016

Magic Kingdom:

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

The party continues. Read more above.

Updated on March 24th: Here are the dates:

October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

Epcot:

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:

The Festival continues.

Updated February 22nd: Dates announced are September 14th – November 14th!

November 2016

Magic Kingdom:

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

The party will finish up this month.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

The Magic Kingdom is transformed for the Christmas holiday with live entertainment, special event fireworks and holiday parade at this winter celebration. This event is held select nights in November and December.

Updated on April 16th: Dates announced:

November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29

Epcot:

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:

The festival continues.

Updated February 22nd: Dates announced are September 14th – November 14th!

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Holidays Around the World in Epcot:

Experience how the holidays are celebrated around the world with unique entertainment celebrating the spirit of the season.

Although subject to change, holiday festivities may include:

  • American Adventure: Meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, celebrate the traditions of Hanukkah and discover the spirit of Kwanzaa.
  • Canada: Follow the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs on a musical tour as you explore seasonal customs of the Great White North.
  • China: Watch the agile Monkey King weave his tall tale with twists and turns celebrating Chinese New Year.
  • France: Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child.
  • Germany: Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker.
  • Italy: Meet the kind-hearted witch La Befana who arrives on the eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children.
  • Japan: Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year.
  • Mexico: Celebrate with Los Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Kings, as they tell of their journey to the Posada and traditions today.
  • Morocco: Join Taarji, a Moroccan drummer, as he reflects on family traditions commemorating the holiday of Ramadan.
  • Norway: Spend time with Sigrid and learn about Julenissen, the Christmas Gnome.
  • United Kingdom: Share in the vivid stories of Father Christmas, dating back to 15th-century England.

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Candlelight Processional:

The Candlelight Processional lets you hear the story of Christmas as told by a special guest narrator with the rich sounds of a full orchestra and choir filling the theatre.

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times each evening, 5:00, 6:45 and 8 p.m. The line-up of celebrity narrators has not been announced yet.

Updated on November 7th: Here are the narrators for November:

Steven Curtis Chapman 11/25-27
Neil Patrick Harris 11/28-12/1

Theme park admission is required. Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

December 2016

Magic Kingdom:

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

We will update you when MVMCP dates are announced.

Updated on April 16th: Dates announced:

December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22

Epcot:

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Holidays Around the World in Epcot:

The holiday festivities continue. Read more above.

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Candlelight Processional:

The Candlelight Processional will conclude this month.

Updated on November 7th: Narrators for December:

Whoopi Goldberg 12/2 -12/3
Edward James Olmos 12/4-12/6
TBD 12/7-12/9
Robby Benson 12/10 -12/12
Meredith Vieira 12/13-12/15
Jim Caviezel 12/16-12/18
Joe Morton 12/19-12/21
Ming-Na Wen 12/22-12/24 New!
Jodi Benson 12/25-12/27
Cal Ripken jr.. 12/28-12/30 New!

Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Theme park admission is required. There is no 5 p.m. show on 12/4.

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