There are so many fun events and new experiences planned for 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort! Yay!!! This post will need to be updated regularly throughout the year, as schedules are changed and events will be announced during 2018. The list of events include all of our favorite annual events like the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and of course, the holiday events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and more. I hope that you enjoy visiting during 2018 with your family!
25th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Celebrate 25 years of running magic with Mickey at the most magical race on Earth! The dates for this are from January 3 – January 8th. It’s their biggest weekend celebration ever with amazing sights, spectacular surprises and fantastic runs for the whole family including the 25th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, 5K, 5th Anniversary Dopey Challenge, 10K, runDisney Kids Races and Disney Castaway Cay Challenge. There will also be lots of Disney entertainment, favorite Disney characters, all-new anniversary commemorative medals and T-shirts, and much more!
Get so much more information at rundisney.com.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is returning this year! It began in 2017, and it celebrates all things art from performing, visual and culinary. This festival will run from January 12 and ends on February 19. The festivities will run seven days a week and Disney On Broadway performances will take place each weekend (Fridays through Mondays) in 2018.
Disney Parks Blog shared details giving everyone a first look at the lineup of Broadway artists set to take the America Gardens Theatre stage for 2018:
*January 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay (NEW!) and Kevin Massey, who will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”
*January 26-29 and February 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White, who will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
*February 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland, who will perform songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”
All Disney on Broadway shows are included in theme park admission and will take place Fridays through Mondays at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.
One of the best ways to experience Disney on Broadway is through a dining package. Guests can book a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, and later enjoy priority seating at the show.
For more information on the Festival, click over to www.disneyworld.com/ArtfulEpcot or call 407-WDW-DINE or 407-939-3463.
10th Anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
The 10th anniversary of the Disney Princess Half Marathon will take place from February 22 – 25th. Runners are invited to join the celebration with a memory-filled 13.1-mile run through the most magical place on Earth, including Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Princesses of all skill levels are welcome. Double the fun and invite a girlfriend to join you on this spectacular run. Every Princess running earns her very own 10th Anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon Finisher Medal. If you think you’ve got the right stuff to be a Princess – commitment, perseverance and determination – then this half marathon is for you!
More details at rundisney.com.
Atlanta Braves 2018 Spring Training
The Braves 2018 Spring Training schedule has been released, and tickets went on sale December 11, 2017. The Braves’ spring training games are at Champion Stadium in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex from February 23rd until March 27th. This will be their last season at Disney World, as a new complex will open in 2019 in North Port, Florida.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Besides Christmastime, my favorite time of the year to visit Epcot is during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (see my article on 7 fun things to do at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival here)! I just really love seeing all of the beautiful flowers, and the weather is so nice during the spring. Walt Disney World has provided details on the 2018 festival, and you can check it out below:
The 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will kick off spring at Walt Disney World Resort Feb. 28 and continue through May 28, 2018, with seasonal fun for all. What began in 1994 as a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries has grown over the years to a 90-day spring extravaganza with something for every generation.
The 2018 festival, which takes place during the 35th anniversary of Epcot, will showcase millions of brilliant blossoms, flavor-rich cuisine from 15 Outdoor Kitchens, Disney topiary stars, interactive play gardens and live chart-topping musical acts during the Garden Rocks Concert Series.
The 90-day festival will open with an irresistible array of sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and tactile discoveries:
*New and creative dishes will debut at 15 Outdoor Kitchens encircling the World Showcase Promenade. Guests can sip and savor their way around Epcot, enjoying chef-inspired noshes and refreshing libations.
*A bonanza of Disney character topiaries, including classic-character favorites Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many others, will play a starring festival role. Returning this year, Belle will be featured in France along with Beast, Snow White in Germany with the Seven Dwarfs, and Anna and Elsa in Norway.
*A brand-new Future World interactive play garden and a revved-up Road to Florida 500 garden featuring new games and play challenges will set the pace for family festival fun. The new interactive area in Future World will feature a play maze, a sensory garden, an activity zone and a covered seating area. The redesigned “Cars”-themed garden based on the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3,” will add more fun activities like highway bingo for families.
*A brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden will set the milestone anniversary scene with a kaleidoscope of blooming color where topiary icons Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy will greet festival guests.
*The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will feature hit makers of the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Three evening concerts each Friday through Monday present musicians that span multiple genres.
*Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants.
*Each Outdoor Kitchen will feature its own raised-bed or in-ground garden of herbs and produce that can inspire the growing numbers of guests who want to learn to grow what they eat.
“The culture of growing your own food continues to trend, and our guests each year have quite a few questions related to edible gardens,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “They get a big kick comparing items in our gardens with the herbs and produce our chefs incorporate into the festival’s Outdoor Kitchen recipes.”
And there’s more:
*The back-by-demand Figment topiary garden between Future World and World Showcase will offer the perfect selfie backdrop and family photo opportunity.
*The Royal Tea Garden Tour will return for a second year each festival morning at the United Kingdom pavilion. For a small fee, guests can follow a knowledgeable guide through the tranquil tea garden setting to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea. A post-tour treat of tea and scones is included. The shorter, complimentary English Tea Garden Tour also will be offered on select days.
*Among the nearly 100 festival topiaries will be returning favorites like the pandas and Bromeliad dragon at the China pavilion, The Three Caballeros at the Mexico pavilion, Disney-Pixar’s Woody at the American Adventure pavilion and Buzz Lightyear in Future World.
Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.
For more information about the 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639). As the festival nears, more details will be available at EpcotInSpring.com. The festival, including all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.
Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side
Below are the details on this marathon that will take place from April 19 – 22nd from rundisney.com:
Get set for a galactic adventure on the dark side of the Force during a weekend of out-of-this-world runs and fantastic fun during Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side at the Walt Disney World Resort. Captain Phasma, the Dark Enforcer Kylo Ren and the First Order’s Stormtroopers have plenty of excitement waiting for you, including non-stop thrills on spectacular courses packed with plenty of Star Wars excitement, Disney entertainment and lots of surprises.
It’s a Star Wars weekend you won’t be able to resist with runs for Star Wars fans of every age, including the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon, Star Wars First Order Challenge, Star Wars Dark Side 10K, Star Wars Dark Side 5K and the runDisney Kids Races. Choose your alliance – run for the light or run for the dark. And may the Force be with you!
Toy Story Land
In July 2017, Disney announced that Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open in summer 2018! We are really excited to see this new addition! How about you?? Read more about Toy Story Land here.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
More information to come on this annual festival. Last year was the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and it began on August 31st and ended on November 13th. It was a record 75 days! Read more about the fun things to do at this festival here and check out my photos and video from the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival here. It is so much fun! Are you planning on going?
Updated on March 19th: The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018. That is 75 days of FUN!
Updated on April 24th: The performers for the “Eat to the Beat” concert series.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) will probably be announced in April 2018, and I will update this post when that happens!
Read about our fun time at MNSSHP 2017 here.
I have an article on 6 things to do at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party here.
You can check out my 10 tips for MNSSHP here.
Updated on March 19th: Details from Disney on the dates for MNSSHP below. Get your tickets now as 34 nights of fun are planned for this year!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates
- August 17, 24, 28, 31
- September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
- October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
Returning treats include the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show in front of Cinderella Castle featuring the mischievous Sanderson sisters from the hit Disney film “Hocus Pocus” (my favorite Halloween film), Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and “Happy HalloWishes,” the fall spectacular led by the infamous Disney villains!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $75 in advance or $85 at the gate, if available.
Guests can purchase special event tickets by calling 407-939-1872.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Beginning on November 1 and ending on the 4th is the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.
More information from rundisney.com:
We are serving up the Disney Fall Feast 5K, Disney Wine & Dine 10K, runDisney Kids Races and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon to cap off the weekend. Plus, runners can take on the Disney Two Course Challenge, combining the 10K and Half Marathon, to earn the coveted Challenge medal. You won’t want to miss this event where there will be plenty of surprises, Disney entertainment and an exclusive Post-Race Party for runners and their guests!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Last year, Disney let everyone know the dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) in April, so I will watch for it and let you know!
Read about my 12 tips for MVMCP here.
Updated on March 19th: Purchase your tickets now for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018!! There are 22 magical dates scheduled. See the information below from Disney.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates
- November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30
- December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21
Returning favorites for the holidays include Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade; “Holiday Wishes,” fireworks spectacular; “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” featuring Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom—transforming Cinderella Castle into a sparkling, icy centerpiece for the celebration; and the jubilant show, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.”*
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $95 in advance or $105 at the gate, if available.
Guests can purchase special event tickets by calling 407-939-1872.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays began in 2017, and it ran from November 9th – December 30th. I will update the dates for 2018 when Disney lets everyone know!
Updated on May 22nd: In details from Disney Parks Blog, the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will begin on November 18 – December 30. The Candlelight Processional will also returns this year. For the first time, this special holiday tradition will open for Thanksgiving on November 22nd and end on December 30th.
Holiday Entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort
There was so much holiday entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort in 2017! I am sure there will be more for 2018! Can’t wait!!! 🙂
See our photos and video of Magic Kingdom decorated for the 2017 holidays here.
We had a blast seeing Disney Springs during the holidays in 2017.