Special Events for 2009
All Year Round
“What Will You Celebrate?” - Come Celebrate Your Birthday at Walt Disney World! - January 1 - December 31, 2009
Disney has launched a new promotion for 2009, designed to tap into the trend toward "Celebration Vacations" - vacations taken to celebrate special occasions such as Anniversaries, Birthdays, special Holidays, etc., with a focus on families and reunions.
As part of the promotion, Disney is offering free theme park admission on your Birthday in 2009. If you already have a ticket or Annual/Seasonal Pass, Disney will give you one of the following 3 Birthday treats instead:
A special Birthday FastPass – The Birthday FastPass is valid for you and up to 5 members of your party at one theme park. However, the number of Birthday FastPasses is limited on any given day, so be sure to get to the park early.
A Birthday FunCard – You can also choose a gift card in the amount equal to the price of a 1-day ticket. Adults recieve an amount equal to an adult ticket, and kids get a card in the amount of a kids ticket. You can use the gift card at select locations throughout the park.
A 1-day Magic Your Way ticket – for use any time until your next birthday.
To take advantage of this promotion, it is highly recommended to Register yourself and members of your party on the Walt Disney World website before you go, so that you won't have to wait to fill out forms on the day you arrive at the park. For adults 18 or older, a valid ID such as a Driver's License or Passport is required. For children 18 and under who do not have a valid ID, an original Birth Certificate or notarized copy is required.
Spring 2009 - Special Events
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - March 18 - May 31, 2009
This is perhaps our family's favorite Disney event of all. This year is the 16th annual festival, including thousands of flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music, and educational classes/events. The beautiful roses, and topiaries shaped like Disney characters, are not to be missed! This festival also includes the Flower Power concert series, featuring popular bands from the 60s and 70s. No separate or additional ticket, other than regular theme park admission, is required for this event. All ages will love it! This year, there are some new exhibits to enjoy:
Cinderellabration - at the Main Entrance, topiaries depicting Cinderella's coronation, along with the Royal Court!
Pixie Holly Fairy Garden - on the Test Track Walkway, topiaries of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends from the new movie Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, with play structures for kids 5 and under.
Let's Get Moving - featuring Evos and Weevos play systems. An interactive play garden for kids of all ages, featuring Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy in topiary.
And, some of our old favorites are back this year!:
Minnie's Magnificent Butterfly Garden - on the Test Track Walkway, a tented area houses hundreds of different species of wildflowers and butterflies. The kids love it when the beautiful creatures fly around them, and sometimes even land on them!
English Tea Garden - at the United Kindgdom Pavilion, sponsored by Twinings tea. Take a guided tour, or you can stroll through the lovely, aromatic tea plants on your own.
Ladybug Release - at the Germany Pavilion. Expert gardeners explain how ladybugs are used to control pests in gardens, then each child is given a box of ladybugs to release into the garden.
Bonsai Collection - at the Japan Pavilion. Don't miss these elegant trees scattered amid the peaceful Japanese garden. The largest and most beautiful Bonsais I have ever seen!
Fragrance Garden - at the France Pavilion, sponsored by Guerlain. Take a guided tour, or wander through the aromatic flowers and plants on your own.
Summer 2009 - Special Events
Star Wars Weekends – May 22 - June 14, 2009 at Disney Hollywood Studios (weekends only)
Celebrities from the Star Wars films are on hand for personal appearances, plus special events are scheduled celebrating the popular movies. No separate or additional ticket, other than regular theme park admission, is required for this event. Exact dates are:
May 22, 2009 - May 24, 2009
May 29, 2009 - May 31, 2009
June 5, 2009 - June 7, 2009
June 12, 2009 - June 14, 2009
Sounds Like Summer Concert Series – June 15 - August 9, 2009 at Epcot
The annual live concert series is back, with bands paying tribute to classic songs at the American Adventure Pavilion. This year's performers are:
Stayin Alive (Tribute to the Bee Gees) – June 15 to June 21
Hotel California (Tribute to the Eagles) – June 22 to June 28
Slippery When Wet (Tribute to Bon Jovi) – June 29 to July 8
Bjorn Again (Tribute to ABBA) – July 9 to July 19
Sounds of the Supremes (Tribute to The Supremes) – July 20 to July 26
2U (Tribute to U2) – July 27 to August 2
Petty Theft (Tribute to Tom Petty) – August 3 to August 9
Showtimes are schedule for 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:15 p.m.—except on July 4. On July 4, showtimes are scheduled for 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Fall-Winter 2009 - Special Events
Night of Joy – September 11-12, 2009 at the Magic Kingdom
Famous Contemporary Christian singers gather for the Night of Joy concerts in early September at the Magic Kingdom. As with many of Disney’s special events, this concert requires theme park admission PLUS a separate ticket. Tickets are on sale now; current prices are $41.95 each for both adults and children (plus tax).
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – Fall, 2009 (exact dates TBD)
Sample wines and foods native to the countries featured in the World Showcase, and more. Also features the Eat to the Beat concert series. No separate or additional ticket, other than regular theme park admission, is required for this event.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom – September-October, 2009
For an additional fee, you can purchase a ticket to the Halloween Party, on select nights during late September through October. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their costumes and enjoy trick or treating, a special Halloween parade, and a special HalloWishes fireworks show. You must purchase admission to the Magic Kingdom, PLUS an additional ticket with an additional fee for the Halloween Party. It can be expensive – last year’s prices were $42.95 for adults, $35.95 for kids ages 3-9, purchased at the gate (plus tax). There was a $6 discount per ticket when purchased in advance.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom – November-December, 2009
For an additional fee, you can purchase a ticket to the Christmas Party, on select nights during the holiday season. Similar to the Pirate and Princess Party, and Mickey’s Halloween Party, you must purchase regular park admission PLUS a separate ticket to the Christmas Party. The Christmas Party includes cookies and hot cocoa, characters dressed up in their holiday outfits, “snow” on Main Street, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade, and the Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks show. Last year’s prices were $45.95 for adults, $37.95 for kids ages 3-9, purchased at the gate (plus tax). There was a $6 discount per ticket when purchased in advance.
Holidays Around the World – November-December, 2009 at Epcot
Experience the holidays via the perspective of different cultures around the world. Special attractions include a nightly tree-lighting set to music, with Mickey and Friends; the Lights of Winter light show, set to music; holiday storytellers around the world; the spectacular Candlelight Processional, a nightly retelling of the Christmas story by celebrity guests, accompanied by orchestra and choir; and the special holiday version of the IllumiNations fireworks show. No separate or additional ticket, other than regular theme park admission, is required for this event.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights – November-December, 2009 at Disney Hollywood Studios
At nightfall, millions of synchronized lights “dance” to holiday music, amid “snowfall”. No separate or additional ticket, other than regular theme park admission, is required for this event.