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Dates of Special Events at the Walt Disney World Resort 2014 and 2015

Updated on September 6, 2014
You can find many "extra" events and festivals at Walt Disney World throughout the year.
You can find many "extra" events and festivals at Walt Disney World throughout the year. | Source

Walt Disney World is not only a world-class destination and resort where you can experience great dining and exciting theme parks, it is also becoming home to many exciting and fun festivals throughout the year.

Below is a brief summary of each of the festivals for 2014 and 2015 including dates and locations.

As you are planning your trip to Walt Disney World, be sure to check out some of these exciting events.

Events Covered Include:

  • EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
  • EPCOT Sounds Like Summer
  • Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends
  • Magic Kingdom Night of Joy
  • EPCOT Food and Wine Festival
  • Downtown Disney Festival of the Masters
  • EPCOT Candlelight Processional

*Note that dates may be subject to change, shift or be canceled.

Please see links under each event table for more detailed information.

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

Every spring, the beautiful theme park EPCOT comes alive with topiaries and magnificent flower beds and creations.

Guests can truly feel that spring is in the air. The Flower and Garden festival also offers special events, seminars, hands on experiences, concerts and extra food booths.

Here's the basics for the 2014 Flower and Garden Festival.

EPCOT Flower And Garden Dates 2014

Dates
March 5-May 18
Admission
Regular EPCOT admission ticket
Concerts
Concerts: Weekends Only
Food
Booths throughout World Showcase
Celebrity Guests
HGTV Stars Weekends Only
http://lcdwriter.hubpages.com/hub/EPCOT-International-Flower-and-Garden-Festival

EPCOT Flower and Garden Dates 2015

Dates
March 4-May 17
Admission
Regular EPCOT Admission Ticket
Concerts
Weekends Only
Food
Booths throughout World Showcase
Celebrity Guests
HGTV Stars Weekends Only
EPCOT is a great place to be in the summer for their concerts.
EPCOT is a great place to be in the summer for their concerts. | Source

EPCOT Sounds Like Summer

Sounds Like Summer is a fun event in the middle of those warm and humid summer nights. Cover bands from a variety of music styles play crowd-pleasing favorites on select days.

There are usually three concerts a night with extra concerts planned for Fourth of July celebration.

Popular bands fill up fast and lines may start forming an hour or more ahead of time. So head over there early if you want to enjoy the band.

Sounds Like Summer EPCOT 2014

Dates:
June 8-July 27th (Tentative)
Admission
Regular EPCOT Admission Ticket
Concerts
Sunday to Saturday
Food
No Special Food Booths
Celebrity Guests
Cover Bands
http://www.wdwinfo.com/sumconcert.htm

Sounds Like Summer EPCOT 2015

Dates
June 7-July 26th (Tentative)
Admission
Regular EPCOT Admission Ticket
Concerts
Sunday to Saturday
Food
No Special Food Booths
Celebrity Guests
Cover Bands
Star Wars Weekends is a very popular Disney event.
Star Wars Weekends is a very popular Disney event. | Source

Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends

If you are a Star Wars fan, you are in for a real treat during the summer. For just four weekends, Disney's Hollywood Studios comes alive with all things Star Wars.

There are parades, special shows, exclusive souvenirs, and photo opportunities with your favorite Star Wars characters.

This event is a packed day full of fun for the whole family and every weekend is a little bit different.

Here are the details about Star Wars Weekends.

Star Wars Weekends 2014

Dates
May 16-June 15 (Weekends Only)
Admission
Regular Hollywood Studios Admission Ticket
Concerts
No Concerts/ Celebrity Talks
Food
No Extra Food Booths
Celebrity Guests
Celebrity Guest Hosts/ Different Celebrities Each Weekend
http://hubpages.com/hub/Disney-Star-Wars-Weekends

Star Wars Weekend 2015

Dates
May 15-June 14 (Weekends Only)
Admission
Regular Hollywood Studios Admission Ticket
Concerts
No Concerts/ Celebrity Talks
Food
No Extra Food Booths
Celebrity Guests
Celebrity Guest Hosts/ Different Celebrities Each Weekend
Bands like Skillet participate in Disney's Night of Joy
Bands like Skillet participate in Disney's Night of Joy | Source

Magic Kingdom Night of Joy

In the early fall, just as school is getting back underway and the air is beginning to cool down, the Magic Kingdom opens up its park for a very special event. The Night of Joy invites popular Christian Contemporary artists to take the stage.

Select, popular rides and attractions are also open during the event which usually runs until midnight or later.

If you are a fan of Christian Contemporary music and the latest, popular bands, then you'll want to plan to attend this event.

Information for Night of Joy 2014

Date
September 5-September 6
Admission
Separate Ticket (Group Rates Available)
Concerts
Various Stages with Concerts Around the Park
Food
No special food booths
Celebrity Guests
Christian Contemporary Bands
http://lcdwriter.hubpages.com/hub/Night-of-Joy-at-Disneys-Magic-Kingdom

Information for Night of Joy 2015

Date
September 4-September 5
Admission
Separate Ticket (Group Rates Available)
Concerts
Various Stages with Concerts Around the Park
Food
No special food booths
Celebrity Guests
Christian Contemporary Bands
There are all kinds of great foods and wines to sample at EPCOT in the fall.
There are all kinds of great foods and wines to sample at EPCOT in the fall. | Source

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

One of the premiere events during the year is the Food and Wine Festival. Celebrities and guests come from all over the world to sample the International food and the award winning wines.

This event has proven to be so popular that in 2014 Walt Disney World announced an unprecedented extra week.

This event is busy but well worth the trip and the wait.

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2014

Dates
September 19-November 10
Admission
Regular EPCOT admission ticket
Concerts
Nightly
Food
Multiple Food Booths and Beverages
Celebrity Guests
Celebrity Chefs/ Rock Bands
http://lcdwriter.hubpages.com/hub/Disneys-EPCOT-Food-and-Wine-Festival

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2015

Dates
September 18-November 9
Admission
Regular EPCOT admission ticket
Concerts
Nightly
Food
Multiple Food Booths and Beverages
Celebrity Guests
Celebrity Chefs/ Rock Bands
Meet the artists and enjoy some art at the Festival of the Masters
Meet the artists and enjoy some art at the Festival of the Masters | Source

Downtown Disney Festival of the Masters

Note: Festival of Masters has been cancelled for 2014 because of construction at Downtown Disney.

This festival always draws interesting vendors and a large and diverse crowd. The purpose of the festival is to showcase individual's art and most pieces are for sale.

You can choose from paintings, photographs, sculptures, weavings, mixed media art and more. Many times the artist is there to answers questions and sign artwork.

This event is fun for those that like to browse as well as the serious art collector.

Festival of the Masters 2014 at Downtown Disney

Date
November 7-9
Admission
Free Admission
Concerts
Local Musicians or Bands
Food
No special food booths
Celebrity Guests
Artists
http://www.wdwinfo.com/downtown/festivalmasters/festival_masters.htm

Festival of the Masters 2015 at Downtown Disney

Date
November 6-8
Admission
Free Admission
Concerts
Local Musicians or Bands
Food
No special food booths
Celebrity Guests
Artists
The choir at EPCOT is a Christmas tradition.
The choir at EPCOT is a Christmas tradition. | Source

EPCOT Candlelight Processional

While there are many Christmas activities around all four Walt Disney World theme parks, one special event that only happens during the holidays is the Candlelight Processional.

Duriong the processional a combined choir with hundreds of singers, sings traditional Christmas tunes while a narrator reads the Christmas Story from the Bible.

This event is very popular and many stand in line for hours to attend. There is also always a celebrity narrator present.

EPCOT Candlelight Processional 2014

Dates
November 28-December 29
Admission
Regular EPCOT Admission Ticket (Note Special Dinner Packages can be purchased to insure admission)
Concerts
Local and National Choirs
Food
No special food booths
Celebrity Guests
Narrators (mostly TV or Film Stars)
http://lcdwriter.hubpages.com/hub/Walt-Disney-World-EPCOT-Christmas-Candlelight-Processional-Celebrity-Guests

EPCOT Candlelight Processional 2015

Dates
November 27-December 28
Admission
Regular EPCOT Admission Ticket (Note Special Dinner Packages can be purchased to insure admission)
Concerts
Local and National Choirs
Food
No special food booths
Celebrity Guests
Narrators (mostly TV or Film Stars)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I live within driving distance of Disney and I never go.When I lived in Lauderdale, it was an adventure to come up to Central Florida and visit Disney. I guess once you live in a resort town, you take it for granted. Not to mention the fact that my son is now a young man and I don't have grandchildren yet. It just doesn't have the appeal for residents as it does tourists.

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      I'm about two and a half hours away in Northern Florida so it's still a treat for us to get to go. Although we can do it in a day we usually get a hotel and stay. I can imagine that living right there, life gets in the way.

      When you go on vacation, you want to be far enough away that you actually can't do your daily responsibilities and chores.

      We do love going as a couple but now our kids are old enough that they get mad if they find out we went without them.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bob Mailloux 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wish I lived in Florida because the day I got my license Id then go get a season pass! Love the parks, though, Universal is getting close to taking Disney out imho

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      Universal is a lot of fun. I recently went there with my tween kids and they had a blast (and wrote about why it's a good park for tween and teens especially.) Their Harry Potter World is amazing. The good thing is they are close and with Florida resident rates I can get passes to both!

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      Michael Nolan 24 months ago from Sarasota, FL

      We live in Sarasota and it's only about an hour and a half away. We love going there. We have our dining reservation for Candlelight Procession this year.

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