Everyone says Disneyland is the most magical place on Earth. Appealing to both kids and adults with child-like curiosities, visitors will enjoy the magic of Disney regardless of the time they go! From its Disney-themed treats to its thrilling rides, this internationally-known theme park has no shortage of fun, whimsy, and entertainment.
Besides visiting the parks during Disney’s 50th anniversary, there are other days of the year that warrant a visit to the world-famous park. Planning a trip to Disneyland? Consider visiting the parks during these special occasions throughout the year!
10 Disney H2O Glow After Hours
Held at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park between May to August, the Disney H2O Glow After Hours is a family-friendly affair.
On select days after the park closes, the water park is lit up, and the dance party begins! Dance to the beat of the DJ’s soundtrack or hop on some rides with glow bright in the night, including the water slides, Castaway Creek, or the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool!
This family-friendly event also includes fountain drinks and snack foods for purchase.
9 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Parkgoers will notice Halloween decorations around the Disney parks as early as late August. This means that from August until Halloween, Mickey is hosting his Halloween party!
Held at Magic Kingdom Park, this party includes a fun parade and festive fireworks! Besides Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, guests can buy tickets to the Oogie Boogie Bash or play a family-friendly game of Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit.
8 Lunar New Year
The Disney California Adventure Park brings in the Lunar New Year with vibrant festivities and happenings between January and February.
During this time, guests will enjoy meeting their favorite Disney characters in celebration-appropriate attire, including Mickey himself! Plus, park goers can enjoy a range of Lunar New Year delights and kid-friendly activities around the park.
The park also boasts a Lucky Wishes Wall, inviting visitors to write their messages for prosperity and wellness on this attraction.
7 Epcot International Flower And Garden Festival
Every year from March to early July, the Epcot Walt Disney World Resort hosts the world-famous International Flower and Garden Festival.
Plant lovers and Disney enthusiasts come together to welcome spring!
This festival includes topiary displays and sculptures resembling popular Disney characters, from a life-size version of Elsa to a cute rendition of Pluto.
Plus, the festival hosts live concerts with international music and tons of seasonal treats for guests to enjoy.
6 Independence Day
Celebrate July Fourth at Walt Disney World! Despite being one of the busiest times of the year, this celebration draws hundreds of thousands of park goers for many reasons.
Firstly, this famous theme park drips with colors iconic to Independence Day, which are red, white, and blue!
Moreover, patriotic park goers can enjoy an impressive fireworks display to end the night.
5 Epcot International Food And Wine Festival
Running from July 14th to November 19th, Disney’s Epcot Center hosts its acclaimed International Food and Wine Festival. This foodie-centric festival offers a vast range of eats from all corners of the world!
Take a culinary adventure and sample world cuisine, such as an Alpine raclette Swiss cheese with ham or a divine Moroccan pistachio cake with cinnamon pastry cream.
The snacks at Epcot will make one feel like a world traveler! The kids can also enjoy the festival, thanks to kid-friendly activities like Remy’s Hide and Squeak or Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit.
4 Walt Disney World Marathon
Don’t have time to see all the parks during one’s visit? Then consider embarking on the Walt Disney World Marathon, a 30-year annual event that runs for four days during the early weeks of January.
Spanning for about 26 miles (or approximately 42 km), visitors can run their way through all four theme parks!
Alternatively, those who prefer something shorter can opt for the 5K or attend the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo instead.
A few weeks before Easter (usually around early to mid-April), Disney celebrates the occasion with a fun egg hunt, also known as Eggstravaganza!
This well-known event includes a family-friendly scavenger hunt, where guests must find brightly colored Easter eggs (with Disney characters on the front) using the resort map.
All eggs must be retrieved to receive a special collectible egg! Moreover, foodies can enjoy a range of Easter-themed treats during this time, from hot cross buns to bunny-shaped desserts.
2 Mardi Gras
Can’t make it to New Orleans this year? No worries—visitors can enjoy Mardi Gras at Disney!
Between late Februaryto early March, Disney gets into the festive spirit, especially at the Port Orleans Resort. Enjoy a parade of vibrant floats and dance to snappy Jazz music with some favorite Disney characters.
Guests can participate in the celebration and wear gold, green, and purple while exploring the park during these days.
1 Holiday Season
Starting in November, Disneyland transforms into a semi-winter wonderland! Feel the holiday spirit throughout the park, from the Disney California Adventure Park to Orlando’s Disney parks.
Take an iconic ride on “It’s A Small World” to hear a festive rendition of the famous tune, or take a spin on Luigi’s “decked-out backyard” in Cars Land to enjoy the bright lights and Christmas-themed displays.
From November to January, the park pays homage to the festive spirit, celebrating the various holiday traditions enjoyed worldwide!