2022 Walt Disney World Special Events

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2022 Walt Disney World Special Events

This article is your ultimate guide to 2022 Walt Disney World Special events! If there’s one thing we love about Walt Disney World, it’s that there’s always something to look forward to. And right now, we are looking forward to all of the Walt Disney World Special Events in 2022 and beyond!

This is such a unique year at Walt Disney World, as Disney continues to celebrate the WDW 50th anniversary celebration. And although Disney is not one to give us sneak peeks this far in advance of their plans, we’ve been able to put together as much information on this years special events based on years past!

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So if you’re ready to learn about all of the 2022 Disney World events read on!

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2022 Disney World Special Events

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With all of the EPCOT Festivals, RunDisney events and Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary  taking place, we already know there will be no shortage of 2022 special events at Disney World. We also know with so many special events to attend at Disney it’s very easy to get them mixed up So let’s take a look at what we can expect at Disney in 2022!

2022 Disney World Event List:

  • New Years Eve at Disney World
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts
  • Easter at Walt Disney World
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
  • Fourth of July at Walt Disney World
  • EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
  • Disney Worlds 50th Anniversary
  • RunDisney

New Years Eve: 2022 Disney World Special Event#1:

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Start off the year in the happiest place on earth with a New Years Eve celebration! Although we are still waiting to receive more information about this years New Years eve celebration Disney has always had a reputation for throwing one of the biggest parties around. Guests can enjoy Christmas decorations which will remain up through New Years day. There are also special meals available at certain restaurants on New Years day if you are staying at one of the Walt Disney World hotels.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts: 2022 Disney World Special Event#2

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Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts will be entering its sixth year in 2022 and we are excited to see all that it brings. This festival grows a little bit of every year and we look forward to seeing what changes 2022 will bring to this event!

When is the 2022 International Festival of the Arts?

  • Expected dates: January 8th to February 22nd

A festival celebrating the arts many forms, visual, performing and culinary, the International Festival of the Arts has quickly become a fan favorite for many Walt Disney World guests. From art galleries to Broadway performances in the America Gardens Theater and some of the prettiest food we’ve ever seen, this festival has something for everyone. Dates for this festival generally run mid January to late February making for cooler weather and lower crowds.

Easter: 2022 Disney World Special Event#3

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One of the hidden Walt Disney World special events in 2022 is Easter. The Magic Kingdom Park has been known to host the Easter Bunny meet and greet in Town Square. EPCOT hosts an Easter egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt the week leading up to Easter.

Many of the Walt Disney World hotels hosts special egg hunts, egg decoration, and Disney characters in Easter attire.  The Grand Floridian also displays giant Easter eggs in their main lobby. Guests can also reserve special Easter reservations for breakfast, brunch and dinner.

Related Article: Complete List of EPCOT Special Events 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: 2022 Disney World Special Event#4

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Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is the perfect way to celebrate the start of spring. With beautifully crafted topiaries and all the colors of spring, this festival usually starts in early March and runs until the beginning of summer. Walt Disney World guests at this festival can also look forward to the Garden Rocks concert series at America Gardens Theater every night of the festival, as well as butterfly gardens and fresh foods from outdoor kitchens around the World Showcase.

When is the 2021 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival?

The expected dates for this event will be held from March 3rd through July 5th.

Fourth of July: 2022 Disney World Special Event#5

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Are you thinking about celebrating the fourth of July at Walt Disney World? This has always been one of our favorite events at Disney World! Disney has been known to celebrate with amazing firework shows during almost all of the special times of year and the Independence Day celebration is no exception. Here is how the 4th of July is celebrated at each of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Magic Kingdom: This park offers special 4th of July fireworks on July 3rd and 4th above Cinderellas castle. Guests can also enjoy specially themed treats, as well as dance parties in Tomorrowland and Frontierland during the nighttime fireworks show.

EPCOT: EPCOT has also performed a special version of their nighttime fireworks show on the 4th of July. Guests can also enjoy Disney characters to be dressed in patriotic attire, while the Voices of Liberty, the a cappella group performs in the American Gardens theater.

Hollywood Studios: Although Hollywood Studios does not host specialty themed fireworks for the 4th of July guests can still enjoy the nightly showing of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

Animal Kingdom: Just like Hollywood Studios there are no special fireworks.

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EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival: 2022 Disney World Special Event#6

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A foodie’s dream, EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival is one of Epcot’s longest and largest festivals at Walt Disney World and for good reason. With food and drinks from all over the world, there is just so much to experience. Featuring international outdoor kitchens, food demonstrations and the Eat to The Beat concert series, the International Food and Wine Festival always has something going on and is a great reason to visit Walt Disney World in the fall.

The 2022 EPCOPT Food and Wine Festival is set to run from July 15th to November 20th.

Be sure to check out our complete guide to the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine festival here! 

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: 2022 Disney World Special Event#7

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One of Epcot’s shorter festivals, the International Festival of the Holiday takes place in December. Discover holiday traditions celebrated around the world along with seasonal holiday treats and even the opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Although it’s one of the smaller festivals at Epcot, we think the Festival of the Holidays is a great reason to make a trip over to Epcot during the holiday season.

Walt Disney World Holiday Parties 2022

Disney has been known to hold two special holiday parties at the Magic Kingdom park every fall and they have quickly become fan favorites. It’s important to note that Disney did not bring the two events below back in 2021 however they replaced them with Disney after hour events. We will continue to update this page as more information is released!

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration

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I was lucky enough to attend the D23 expo in 2019, where they unveiled a lot of the new plans for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration. And I can tell you the excitement is real. If you’re familiar with Disney celebrations, then you’ll know that they like to make them last.

The Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebration started on October 1st 2021 and will run for 18 months! New rides, new attractions and revamped Park space is in the works for the 50th anniversary.

Remember Mickey’s 90th Birthday recently? In true Disney fashion, that was celebrated that for over a year. And that’s exactly what we are receiving for the Walt Disney World 50th!

RunDisney events at Walt Disney World in 2022

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RunDisney events have become increasingly popular over the past few years and always draw a crowd. Aside from the races, runners can look forward to expos, unique photo ops and race specific merchandise.

It’s important to note that there is some uncertainty regarding how Run Disney events will be impacted in 2021 by covid-19. This is especially true for those events which are taking place in the first few months of 2021 such as the Walt Disney World marathon weekend. However since these events have not been canceled as of July 2020, we did want to include them in our list of Walt Disney World events for 2021. We will be sure to keep this post updated as we learn more

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World sold out fast this year as Marathon weekends generally tend to; and although we don’t know what future marathon weekends will look like going forward, we do expect them to be just as magical as they always have been. Walt Disney World marathon weekend generally tends to bring in a good number of runners and spectators and makes for a pretty exciting weekend.

With a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon races, along with the option of a Disney Castaway Cay challenge makes this the biggest runDisney event of the year! Although this has changed to a virtual event, it’s still a great way to stay in shape and partake in an amazing event! I just ran the virtual food and wine half marathon and although it’s obviously not the same as running in the parks it was still fun to participate and support other runners online.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

The Disney Princess Half Marathon generally includes a 5k, 10k and the half marathon as well as races for the kids. Runners can choose to run in one race, two races or all three. Runners participating in the half marathon get the privilege of seeing Epcot and Magic Kingdom during their run. This weekend always promises to be a fun one!

Registration for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is on June 11, 2020 for annual passholders, DVC members and golden oak residents.

RunDisney Springtime Surprise Half Marathon Weekend

This is the newest half marathon weekend which also includes a 5k, 10k, kids races and of course the Springtime half marathon. This runDisney event is a great one to get the whole family involved.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend(Dates TBA)

Disney’s Wine and Dine Marathon weekend coincides perfectly with Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival as it is generally held in November and offers up the same theme.

The Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend includes kids races, a 5k, a 10k and half marathon which takes place at night! Event dates and registration dates have yet to be announced for this race weekend in 2021, but you can find information about all of the runDisney events in 2021 here.

Disney After Hours Events in 2022

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It’s still unclear if Walt Disney World plans to bring back its Disney After Hours events in 2022. This special event will grant guests access into the theme park beginning at 7:00 PM, although most events won’t begin until the them park officially closes and last for 2-3 hours per party night. Once the party does start guests will have access to all of the ice cream, popcorn, and sodas/waters included in the cost of their ticket.

Although there are no Disney After Hours special events scheduled in 2022 at this time, be sure to check back with us in the future. The only reason I can see Disney not hosting events next year is if the parks are still operating at a reduced capacity, that very well might take away from the appeal of Disney After Hours.

When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

We don’t know what exactly will be open at this time; but we are counting on lots of festive foods and of course lots of celebratory entertainment. We cant wait to see what kind of magic Walt Disney World brings to its 50th anniversary celebration!

Our Disney Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

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