7 Things Walt Disney World Insiders Love About Disney Special Events

Cogsworth and Lumiere topiaries, france, 2014 epcot international flower and garden festival, epcot, walt disney world
Credit: DisneyTips

By Caitlin Corsello

Guests who visit Walt Disney World are treated to magical experiences all across property in four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of resorts, and Disney Springs. While a Disney vacation is amazing at any time of the year, guests who are lucky enough to go on a Disney vacation at certain times can enjoy special events that make the parks even more magical. Special events in Walt Disney World occur both during holiday seasons and year round and can offer guests unique and exclusive experiences to enjoy. Disney insiders especially know the best things to experiences during special events in Walt Disney World and make sure not to miss them! Here are seven things that Disney insiders love about Disney special events.


7. Dressing Up –

On select nights each fall the Magic Kingdom is host to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party where the park is transformed into a Halloween delight. Guests can enjoy exclusive parades, live shows, and character meet and greets and can have a spooky time all around. One of the best parts of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is spending time people watching and enjoying the amazing costumes that other guests have come up with. Disney insiders know that dressing up and getting into the spirit of the holiday is one of the best ways to celebrate at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

6. Happy HalloWishes –

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party also features an exclusive fireworks show which lights up the sky high over Cinderella Castle. Happy HalloWishes is hosted by the disembodied Ghost Host from the nearby Haunted Mansion and features classic Disney villains and Disney music. Guests are invited to participate in the Scream Along and light up the Magic Kingdom with the sounds of Halloween. Disney insiders know that the best viewing spots for Happy HalloWishes are on Main Street and they line up at least an hour before the show to get a great viewing spot.

5. Real Snow –

On special nights during the Christmas season the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which celebrates the spirit of the season by filling the park with holiday cheer. Guests who enjoy the party can watch two different showings of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade which features beloved Disney characters, gingerbread men, marching soldiers, and a special ride by Santa in his sleigh. Disney insiders especially love the finale of the parade as real snow suddenly begins falling on Main Street.

4. Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season –

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also features an exclusive fireworks display which brings the cheer of the holiday season to life high above Cinderella Castle. Guests can enjoy a narration by Jiminy Cricket along with beautiful firework bursts set to classic Christmas music and watch special perimeter bursts which make them feel truly surrounded by fireworks.


3. International Marketplaces –

Guests who visit Walt Disney World during the fall months can enjoy the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The festival allows guests to sample cuisine and drinks from all over the world and celebrates the wonders of food. Guests who visit Epcot can enjoy stopping by over thirty international marketplaces which each offer up several food and drink options from the area of the world that they are representing. Served in tasting portions, guests who dine at the international marketplaces don’t have to spend a ton of money to be able to try lots of different foods from around the world.

2. Topiaries –

During the spring months, guests who visit Epcot can enjoy the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which celebrates the beauty of nature and all things fauna. The park is decked out in thousands of beautiful vibrant colors, and guests especially love wandering through different areas to enjoy the intricate topiaries placed all over. With over thirty topiaries that look remarkable like characters including Buzz Lightyear, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Lady and the Tramp, Disney insiders especially love visiting Epcot during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

1. Castle Dream Lights –

Guests who visit the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy a special live show featuring the Fairy Godmother who uses her special magic to help light up the castle with holiday cheer. The Castle Dream Lights make Cinderella Castle look as though it is dripping in thousands of twinkling icicles and guests will definitely feel the holiday spirit once they are turned on by the Fairy Godmother!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.