Starting November 11, prepare for a spectacular season of holiday joy during the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World® Resort. In all four Theme Parks and Disney Springs®, you’ll discover incredible EARidescence and countless ways to make memories as you get wrapped up in everything from delightful décor to exciting entertainment and sensational shopping.
You’ll feel extra merry and bright at Magic Kingdom® Park thanks to sensational sights, lights, holiday castle projections, decorations with all the trimmings, plus greetings with Santa himself. And in between holiday projection moments after the sun sets, Cinderella Castle becomes a 50th Anniversary Beacon of Magic*, casting a dazzling glow that sparkles with pixie dust. On select nights, you can even experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party**, a separate, paid-ticket event that features Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Plus, you can enjoy more than 20 attractions, a sleigh full of Character moments, magical “snowfalls”, complimentary treats and more.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, festive décor and decked-out flotillas with some of your favorite Disney Characters (and Santa) await. Listen as holiday music with a worldly beat fills the air. Discover a Merry Menagerie—life-size, artisan-sculpted animal puppets—as they roam Discovery Island ® during the day. And when evening comes, Beacons of Magic* and Holiday Awakenings will alternate on the Tree of Life®…one shining with a warm and glorious light as enchanted fireflies gather to call forth the magic of nature; the other coming to life with a series of wintry tales, complemented by familiar and heartwarming holiday music.
Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, get ready to be swept up in Yuletide adventures like Sunset Seasons Greetings on The Hollywood Tower Hotel. Boasting amazing effects and “snow”, this experience also includes songs and cheer brought to you through on-screen appearances by Mickey, Minnie, Olaf and friends. You can even catch the Santa Claus Merry Motorcade and wave to the big guy himself. And beginning at the top of the night, Sunset Seasons Greetings will intermix with Beacons of Magic* for an even more unforgettable sight.
Starting November 25, EPCOT® International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth will inspire you with the Candlelight Processional – a joyous retelling of the Christmas Story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by amazing singers and orchestration. You can also savor treasured recipes from around the globe at Holiday Kitchens throughout the Park…and embark on a sweet Holiday Cookie Stroll while you’re at it. During your tour around the world, you’ll also discover festively dressed performers bringing time-honored traditions to life – you may even spot Santa, as well.
Finally, at Disney Springs®, you’ll find Happily Whatever You’re After. Shop more than 100 retail destinations complete with unique holiday gifts, signature Disney apparel, 50th Anniversary celebration must-haves and more. You’re sure to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (including yourself)! Plus, among all the delightful decorations, you can experience The Disney Springs® Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth, live entertainment and a visit with Santa.
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Celebrate the holidays in a most merry way as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park!
Do you still believe in holiday magic? Discover it again at the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park! And it’s all happening during the 50th Anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World® Resort.
Join Mickey and the gang as they host the happiest holiday party of the season!
There, you can marvel at Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, a dazzling nighttime spectacular full of festive cheer! See Santa and real toy soldiers make their way through the Park as part of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Dance along with some Disney pals at A Totally Tomorrowland® Christmas. And don’t miss Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration–a festive stage show that fills the air with music, laughter and shimmering snowflakes.
Plus, throughout the night you’ll find Character Greeting Experiences, an enchanting “snowfall” on Main Street, U.S.A.®, complimentary treats like hot cocoa and cookies, plus a commemorative 50th Anniversary celebration holiday keepsake!
The holiday magic shines bright on select very merry nights during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park, November 8–December 22!
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Entertainment offerings subject to change without notice. Admission to this event requires a separately priced ticket. Ticket valid only during specific event hours and subject to availability.
Like a passport specially for your palate, the EPCOT® International Food & Wine Festival is a magical taste tour—one that whisks you off on a fun and flavorful journey across six continents. It’s a delicious celebration filled with over 25 global marketplaces, live entertainment and more. Sip, savor and stroll your way through EPCOT®, as you delight in some of your favorite flavors, and try plenty of new ones along the way.
There’s even an entire menu of family fun including a Remy inspired scavenger hunt and Emile’s Fromage Montage, where you can sample a variety of unique cheeses and even indulge in an opportunity to earn a very special festival treat.
Throughout the day, you’ll find that taste isn’t the only thing on tour. Catch performances throughout the festival, including the return of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series—where internationally recognized artists perform on stage Friday – Monday, while local Orlando bands rock the spotlight Tuesday – Thursday. Plus, don’t miss all the other amazing acts including Voices of Liberty, Mariachi Cobre and the Jammin’ Chefs.
All the magic kicks off this summer and spans 129 days. What’s more, you couldn’t have picked a more delicious time to visit, during The World’s Most Magical Celebration—the Walt Disney World® 50th Anniversary.
Reach out to your Whimsical Wishes travel advisor or click here to start planning your trip to the 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!
Go beyond your everyday. Beyond any ordinary vacation. Beyond any Star Wars story you’ve ever seen. Step aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a revolutionary new 2-night experience where you are the hero of your own Star Wars story.
Embark with your group on a journey to a galaxy far, far away. This is your Star Wars adventure. See It. Feel It. Live It. And step beyond storytelling into storyliving.
Arrive at the Walt Disney World® Resort terminal and board a launch pod that will transport you to
the magnificent Halcyon starcruiser. As the airlock slides open, your whole world changes with your
first step into the middle of your very own epic Star Wars story, one where you decide your fate.
Stay in a well-equipped cabin with an exquisite view of space. Throughout the ship, you’ll interact with an eclectic collection of characters, sit down to exotic galactic cuisine and perhaps even plot a secret mission together. As the itinerary continues, you’ll take the story further and deeper, seeking out the inner workings of the legendary starship, learning the ancient ways of the lightsaber and even jumping on a transport to the planet Batuu where your mission continues in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
While your story unfolds, you’ll have the power to choose your path. Will you follow the rule of the
First Order or join the Resistance in a secret plot? Strike a bargain with a gang of smugglers or sit
back, sip a cocktail and watch it all from a safe distance?
The choice is yours as you step aboard the most immersive Star Wars story ever created—one where you live a bespoke experience and journey further into a Star Wars adventure than you ever dreamed possible.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be shimmering bright on select nights this summer as it welcomes back Disney H2O Glow After Hours, from May 28–August 27!
Experience the night in a whole new light with three hours—after hours—at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Limited-quantity tickets mean more time for splashing around all of the Park’s popular attractions. Immerse yourself in all the fun effects and décor. Groove to the cool beats of the DJ dance party. Plus, adults can relax in an area just for them that features a bar area with refreshing libations available for purchase.
Across Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, you can challenge twisting slides, shoot the Crush ’n’ Gusher water coaster and ride the surf at the largest wave pool around. And no place is cooler for preschoolers than Ketchakiddee Creek. Of course, that’s all just for starters.
To make these already awesome evenings even better, your event ticket also includes select complimentary ice cream treats, popcorn and select beverages (available during event hours only).
Dive into the summer’s splashiest, flashiest, most magical fun under the stars—Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon!
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Admission to this event requires a separately priced ticket valid only during specific event dates and hours. Attractions and offerings subject to change without notice
Fifty years ago, the Walt Disney World® Resort, born of impossible dreams, opened its gates. The magic is calling everyone to The World’s Most Magical Celebration – the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World® Resort
Come be immersed in shimmering EARidescence and experience special touches, from embellishments on Cinderella Castle to décor throughout the Theme Parks and beyond. And at the heart of everything, our Cast are sharing magic across our world, ready to create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.
Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, get ready for classic favorites and new adventures unlike any other place on Earth. Come celebrate the small stuff. The big stuff. And all the in-between stuff. Share the magic you helped create over the last 50 years. And kick off the next era where the best is yet to come.
Come experience a celebration 50 years in the making. It’s the Walt Disney World® Resort 50th Anniversary. The World’s Most Magical Celebration. Because when you celebrate here, nothing could be more magical.
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Halloween season is approaching and this fall in Magic Kingdom® Park, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back! And since it’s happening during the 50th Anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World® Resort, you’ll find new fun to enjoy – like a reusable trick-or-treat bag and beautiful anniversary print to mark the occasion! So, join for a ghoulishly good time, 7 p.m.–midnight on select nights August 12–October 31, 2022.
Get into the spirit (and into your costumes*) for this exciting event that comes complete with exclusive offerings like the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show. During this spellbinding soiree at Cinderella Castle, the Sanderson Sisters run amuck, using their magic to throw the party of their afterlife alongside an ensemble of their most fiendish friends.
Then slither, walk, creep or crawl to Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade where the Headless Horseman himself begins the festivities down Main Street, U.S.A.®. Here, you can spot floats filled with Disney Characters dressed in their Halloween best. Watch sparks of magic fly with a spirited performance from the Haunted Mansion® graveyard diggers. See some favorite Disney villains. Plus, so much more.
Of course, Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without candy, so satisfy your sweet tooth as you trick-or-treat throughout the Park. There are even special, allergy-friendly options so everyone can join in the fun!
Be sure to put on your big ol’ pumpkin grin for photos with some favorite Characters…. and for enchanting new photo ops celebrating Magic Kingdom® Park. Need to squeal out your excitement? Hop on popular attractions including Space Mountain®, Mad Tea Party and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor as they showcase some spooky twists just for the occasion.
And watch the skies above Cinderella Castle come alive as frights take flight during Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular hosted by Jack Skellington. This can’t-miss nighttime extravaganza features projections, special effects and lighting mixed with fireworks, music, and Characters.
Capacity for this event is limited, so get your tickets soon! Then show up wearing your best costume and roll into the Park with swagger. It’s fun for ghosts and ghouls of all ages, so the only thing truly scary would be missing out.
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Entertainment offerings subject to change without notice. Please choose costumes that are not obstructive or offensive. Admission to this event requires a separately priced ticket valid only during specific event dates and hours. Inclement weather conditions may also affect outdoor entertainment.
As part of the EPCOT® transformation this summer, strap in, get your game face on and crank up your mixtape as you twist, turn and blast through an awesome intergalactic chase. Welcome to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind! A massive, first-of-its-kind family thrill-coaster only possible at EPCOT®, where the Guardians of the Galaxy need YOU to save humanity on an amazing journey across space and time. Get ready to rewind, rotate and head toward the action through an exciting space pursuit. This cosmic trip will be one of the largest fully enclosed coasters in the world, featuring the first reverse launch on any Disney coaster!
To experience the attraction, you are invited to the new World Discovery neighborhood at EPCOT®. Your journey starts in the Wonders of Xandar pavilion where you’ll have the chance to explore the similarities—and differences – that connect Earth and the planet of Xandar. But the Guardians need your help! You’re called to action on an urgent mission to save the galaxy with Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Star-Lord leading the way as your journey unfolds through space and time.
It’s save the galaxy time! Beginning May 27, join the Guardians of the Galaxy on this exciting chase to make the Walt Disney World® 50th Anniversary celebration an awesome adventure!
Ever wished you had a Disney friend along with you in the Parks? A virtual friend who could show you the best ways to enjoy favorite attractions? Or favorite Characters? Or even favorite foods? Well, here’s a way that wish can come true!
Introducing Disney Genie service and Disney Genie+ service, conveniently built in to the My Disney Experience mobile app. They magically make a Theme Park visit easier and more fun. It’s like having a genie in the palm of your hand.
Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, tap into them both to enjoy a whole new host of features that help you get the most out of your visit to Walt Disney World® Resort.
Let’s begin with the complimentary Disney Genie service. It creates your best Disney day inspired by your interests and offers new features to make planning easier—including a personalized itinerary creator. From specific attractions, foodie experiences and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more – just tell Disney Genie service what you love and help it suggest fun options tailored to you. You’ll love how it saves you time by seamlessly and smartly mapping out your special day with updates that continue from morning to night—just like a favorite navigation app!
Disney Genie service lets you be more spontaneous and enjoy more of the magic thanks to convenient access to up-to-date Park information in the moment. Create your very own personal tip board to see your favorites. It displays current estimated wait times and even forecasts future attraction wait times, helping you predict the best time to visit during the day. Disney Genie service also brings existing planning features together in one place. So you can make dining and experience reservations, mobile order food at many locations, get help from a virtual assistant and more.
You have the fun while Disney Genie service does the work.
Want to take your day to the next level? Just purchase Disney Genie+ service with your ticket or vacation package to add even more fun and time-saving benefits. It’s the very best way to get the absolute most out of your visit—so you can spend more time enjoying the magic with family and friends.
This service lets you save time waiting in line by selecting arrival windows for Lightning Lane entrances at more than 40 attractions and experiences throughout the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. You can make one selection at a time, throughout the entire day – from classics like Haunted Mansion® to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® and newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (experiences subject to limited availability; limit one Lightning Lane selection per experience each day). Selections for Lightning Lane entrances can even be used across multiple Theme Parks—great for those who love the Park Hopper® option. And you can begin to secure your arrival window for Lightning Lane entrances, starting with your first selection, at 7 a.m. on the day of your visit.
With your purchase of Disney Genie+ service, you’ll also be able to enjoy new audio experiences that let you discover the Parks in cool new ways—through fascinating fun facts and behind-the-scenes insights. You’ll even have access to Disney PhotoPass® camera lenses for your mobile device. Explore imaginative augmented reality effects and more to make your Park memories even more interactive and fun.
Also introducing an “a la carte” option to purchase individual Lightning Lane entrance access for some of the most popular attractions. Buy it from your mobile device for a participating attraction and select an arrival window for that day. It’s available to Disney Resort Guests and Guests of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green at 7 a.m. each morning and all other Guests at regular Park open.
This “a la carte" option lets you individually purchase a time to arrive using the Lightning Lane entrance at up to two highly demanded attractions each day—like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom® Park and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT® (subject to limited availability; attractions not included with Disney Genie+). Pricing will vary by date and attraction.
Attractions will continue to offer a traditional standby queue (or, from time to time, a virtual queue may be used at select attractions instead of the standby queue).
Live in the moment. Enjoy the most of the magic. And have your best Disney Theme Park day ever.
Attractions with Lightning Lane entrances that are Disney Genie+ and individual purchases are limited in availability, subject to change or closure, may vary by date, and are not guaranteed. To enter a Theme Park, both a valid admission and theme park reservation for the same Park and same date are required. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability, and are not guaranteed for any specific dates or park. Wait times are estimates, can vary and are subject to frequent changes within each day. Price, terms and entitlements are subject to restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice. Visit disneytraveltradeinfo.com/wdwparkreservations for details.
Disney PhotoPass service is subject to the Disney PhotoPass Terms & Conditions and expiration policy found at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/memory-maker. Online registration required.
Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations, and features may vary by handset, service provider or otherwise. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.
Coming October 19, 2021 to Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Genie is a complimentary and convenient new digital service designed to create your best Disney day. This cool new technology guides you through the Walt Disney World theme parks with tips that can help you reduce time in lines and discover magic around every corner.
Built right into the My Disney Experience app, Disney Genie service will maximize your park time so you can have more fun. It includes a personalized itinerary feature that will quickly and seamlessly map out your entire day. From specific attractions, foodie experiences and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more – just tell Disney Genie what you want to do!
Here are a few more features:
For even more convenience and flexibility, there are two other options for enjoying our theme parks through a queue called the Lightning Lane entrance that also saves you time in line!
Disney Genie+ service will be available to add your Walt Disney World package on October 19. For the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort, choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance. You can make one selection at a time, throughout the day – from classics like Haunted Mansion to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® and newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (attractions subject to limited availability). Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories – augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort. (Memory Maker still must be purchased separately.)
Individual attraction selections will also be available for in-app purchase on the day of your theme park visit. Schedule a time to arrive at up to two highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance – like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom® Park (subject to limited availability; attractions not included with Disney Genie+). Pricing for this option will vary by date, attraction and park. Your travel advisor will provide you with a list of attractions that must be purchased separately from Disney Genie+ as well as sample pricing.
Individual attraction selections will be made on the same day of your visit and can be used across multiple theme parks, great for those who love the Park Hopper® option. Attractions continue to offer a traditional standby queue, or a virtual queue at certain attractions like Remy's Ratatouille Adventure – to maximize flexibility.
Remember, you can choose from all of the new options, a mix of them or none at all, and have a great experience no matter how you decide to plan your best Disney day.
It's a whole new world with Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ (see what we did there?) and your Whimsical Wishes travel advisor is here to help.
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