Thinking of a Disney Vacation in 2023?

If you’re ready to plan a Walt Disney World Vacation for 2023, we’re getting ready too! Check out our Walt Disney World Calendar of Events for 2023 and all the things to consider for Disney Vacation Planning in 2023.

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Walt Disney World Event Calendar 2023

Walt Disney World in 2023 has a slew of events, from the continued Most Magical Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World to the annual festivals, runDisney events, and holiday parties. 2023 is also the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company! And special things are surely in the lineup to help celebrate. Check out the Walt Disney World 2023 Calendar of Events for confirmed and estimated dates for all the events happening next year!

Disney Vacation Planning in 2022

Walt Disney World Vacation Planning 2023

Walt Disney World Vacation Planning has changed! As part of streamlining all things, Walt Disney World has introduced faster ways for people to enter the parks, plan their vacation, a new MagicBand, and altered transportation options. Here is a snapshot of everything to know before you go. And read our post on Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation in 2023 for even more details.

MagicBand+

This upgraded MagicBand+ is available with interactive components, including lights and vibrations to help you connect even more with the magic in the parks. Still, including all the MagicBand functionality you need, this new version will be available for purchase on shopDisney.com, in the parks, and at a discounted rate when purchasing a Disney Vacation package.

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Lightning Lane

This skip-the-line ride service is available for a cost. Both as part of the Disney Genie+ service and as Individual Lightning Lane passes. The Disney Genie+ version allows guests to pay for priority line access at 2 certain rides in a park each day. While the Individual Lightning Lane service is offered for select highest priority rides, at an additional cost.  Pricing is based on demand and varies based on time of day, crowds, and other variables. Read more about Lightning Lane and Disney Genie+.

Dining Reservation Timeline

If looking for a dining reservation, guests can now reserve their preferred restaurants 60 days before the first day of their vacation. Restaurants can be reserved for the length of stay as soon as the reservation window opens. Try to reserve the most hard-to-get restaurants, like Be Our Guest, and Topolino Terrace first.

Disney Transportation

2023 brings a whole new way to get to and from Walt Disney World. If arriving at the Orlando International Airport, you can book Mears Connect to transport you to Walt Disney World for a fee.  Alternatively, you can book a rental car, which will incur Disney Resort Parking Fees, or hire an Uber to get you to and from the resort, be prepared for this new expense. 

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Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

When: January 2023- March 2023

Walt Disney World’s 50h Anniversary Celebration continues through March 2023 and includes specialty merchandise, 50th Anniversary Snacks, special shows, cavalcades, new rides, restaurants, and more. 2023 is sure to be packed with guests, so read up on How to Handle the Crowds at Walt Disney World to go prepared. 

50th Anniversary FAB 50 Disney Character Statues

Found across all four parks, these gilded gold statues feature 50 favorite Disney characters, stationed all over the parks. With 36 statues in total, as some Disney friends are paired, these statues are instant photo spots. These statues interact with the new MagicBand+ if you’re looking for extra fun. You can grab the MagicBand+ wristlet at the Disney Parks gift shops. Check out FAB 50 Disney Character Statues at Walt Disney World and Where to Find Them.

New Snacks for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World

With 150 NEW Snacks at Walt Disney World Resort, you can find sweet treats, savory snacks, and new menu items inspired by Walt Disney himself. Check out all the New Snacks for Disney’s 50th Anniversary in all four parks for the World’s Most Magical Celebration. 

Enchantment at Magic Kingdom

New for the 50th Anniversary, the Enchantment Fireworks Show is a new nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom that lights up the sky and offers up a new song, pyrotechnics, and digital projects that crawl down Main Street USA. Shown nightly at Magic Kingdom.

Harmonious at EPCOT

New to the World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT, Harmonious is a new nighttime spectacular that combines songs, and shares cultures from around the world. Shown nightly.

KiteTails at Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom’s newest show at the Discovery River Amphitheater includes a kite show on the water, with 3-D kites of favorite Disney characters. This is a daytime show, shown intermittently.

Celebration at the Top at California Grill

Featuring a brand-new menu with throwback dishes from 1971, the California Grill is offering this specialty menu as part of Celebration at the Top! This exclusive dining experience is available for a limited time, and space is limited. Read more about California Grills’s new menu and how to reserve your spot! 

Walt Disney Company 100th Anniversary 

When: October, 16, 2023 

Celebrating 100 years, the Walt Disney Company is set to reveal special exhibits, new shows on Disney Plus, and celebrations at Disney Parks. Be sure to check out everything planned so far for the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company in 2023.  

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TRON LightCycle Power Run | Magic Kingdom

Opening Date: TBD 2023

This rollercoaster in Magic Kingdom takes over Tomorrowland with twists and turns, as you ride on the back of your own LightCycle, amidst a winding track, filled with blue light. 

Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ | Hollywood Studios

Opening Date: TBD 2022

Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a table service restaurant coming to Toy Story Land is rodeo-themed with an American BBQ menu and can be found just inside Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. Featuring larger-than-life toys built from a Rodeo Playset, this small Wild West section of Toy Story Land sets the stage for Woody and Jesse to get involved in your next meal. 

Moana’s Journey of Water | EPCOT

Opening Date: TBD 2022/23

This new lush green space showcases water features, and magic as part of this tropical green space. Filled with trails, this area is NEW and offers a wonderful escape into the World Nature area of EPCOT. 

CommuniCore Hall | EPCOT

Opening Date: TBD 2022/23

CommuniCore Plaza is the hub for musical performances, both intimate and large scale that allows guests to fill the open garden spaces to watch. And Communicore Hall sits adjacent, offering up a flexible exhibition and gallery space, with a variety of opportunities to highlight art, live music, and food. This building will also house the demonstration kitchen for foodie festivals. This is also where you can find Mickey & Friends as a Disney Character meet and greet location. 

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Walt Disney World Epcot Festivals in 2023

International Festival of the Arts

When: TENTATIVE January 13  – February 20, 2023

EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts happens every winter at EPCOT park and includes a slew of artist galleries, food studios with specialty dishes, and performances.  The Festival of the Arts also includes the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine challenge. And for a little fun in the World Showcase, there is Figments Brush with the Masters Game. One of the best, and less crowded festivals of the year. If you’re a Disney art fan, this is a must-do.

Flower and Garden Festival

When: TENTATIVE March 1- July 1, 2023

The Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT park features Disney character topiaries across the park, with fresh food dishes in each outdoor kitchen scattered throughout. As part of this event, there are performances, the Garden Graze challenge, and Spike the Bee’s Pollen-Nation Scavenger Hunt.

Food and Wine Festival 

When: TENTATIVE July 13 – November 18, 2023

EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival feature cultural cuisine in each World Showcase country and across the park’s neighborhoods. As EPCOT’s most popular festival, this event includes a variety of new foods, brews, and wines to try each year. As well as performances, classes, and seminars, Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt Game, and the Emile’s Fromage Montage challenge.

Festival of Holidays

When: TENTATIVE November 25- December 25, 2023

Ringing in the season, the Festival of Holidays includes seasonal foods at kitchens across the park, featuring holiday flavors. As part of this festival, you can experience the Candlelight Processional, which is a reading of the Nativity Story. Decorations, the Cookie Stroll Challenge, and Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Game are also part of this festival’s events.

Magic Kingdom Holiday Parties in 2023

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

When: TENTATIVE August 9 – October 31, 2023

If visiting in the fall months, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom returns for select nights and requires an extra ticket. With the Boo To You Parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and a new fireworks show, featuring Jack Skellington, there is plenty to see here! Check out our Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for all the details.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

When: TENTATIVE November 5- December 20, 2023

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom arrives for the holidays, on select nights and requires an extra ticket. Featuring the Once Upon a Christmastime parade, and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, there is hot cocoa and cookies across the park, exclusive snacks, and more. Check out our Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. 

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