The Dates You NEED to Know for 2023 in Walt Disney World

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost done with 2022 and getting ready to look forward to a new year!

Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom

You might already be thinking ahead to your 2023 Disney World trip. If you are, there are some very important things you’ll need to know about next year — and what dates they will be occurring.


January 1st-March 31st, 2023

Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will run through the beginning of the year but the last day is on March 31st. That means if you want to see any of the 50th decorations and see the 50th anniversary cavalcade, as well as grab some 50th merchandise and snacks, you only have a limited time to do so.

Chip ‘n Dale 50th Anniversary Statue in Disney World

Early January- Late March

The High Rock Spring Pool at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort will be closed for refurbishment through late March. The On The Rocks Pool Bar will also be closed during this time. All other pools at the resort will remain open.

High Rock Spring Pool at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

January 4th-8th

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend happens on the weekend of January 4th-8th. Note that those guests visiting Disney World that weekend who are not running should note that crowd levels will be higher in the parks and there could be some transportation delays.


January 4th-April 19th

Disney After Hours events will return on select nights between January 4th and April 19th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom.


January 9th-April 23rd

The Feature Pool and whirlpool spas at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will close for refurbishment on January 9th. The water play area and Bay Lake Pool will still be open, though.

Contemporary Resort and Pool

January 9th-January 27th

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 9th and ending on January 27th.

Frozen Sing-Along

January 9th-April 23rd

The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and whirlpool spa at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort will be closed for refurbishment from January 9th through April. The water play area, Meadow Snack Bar, the Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool, and its whirlpool spa will remain open.January 13th-February 20th.

Fort Wilderness

January 13th-February 20th

The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts begins on January 13th and will run through February 20th. During this time, EPCOT guests can dine at a variety of food booths, as well as enjoy festival-related activities and entertainment themed around the visual, culinary, and performing arts.

2022 Festival of the Arts

January 22nd-January 29th

The Disney Skyliner close for refurbishment from January 22nd-29th.



February 12th

Super Bowl Sunday happens on February 12th this year. Expect to see a lot of guests celebrating the big day at the parks. The Super Bowl winners also typically visit the theme parks the day after the big game.


February 23rd-26th

The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend takes place the last weekend in February. Again, this is when we expect to see more gusts in the parks, so prepare for crowds that weekend if you’ll be in Disney World.



Early March-Early July

The 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off in early March and runs through July. During this time, guests will be able to enjoy a variety of outdoor kitchens, topiaries, and the Garden Rocks concert series.

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

Spring 2023

Although we don’t have an exact date yet, Magic Kingdom’s newest ride, TRON Lightcycle Run is scheduled to open in the spring. We also expect the Walt Disney World Railroad to reopen around the same time.

We can’t wait for TRON to take off!


April 9th

Easter is on April 9th and usually just before that, EPCOT hosts the Egg-stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt. This is a scavenger hunt that guests can do to hunt down hidden Disney-themed Easter eggs throughout EPCOT.  Maps are available for purchase in park shops and those who complete the hunt earn a prize.

Hidden egg in EPCOT

April 13th-April 16th

The next runDisney event is the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend. Remember that this will bring extra crowds to the parks during that weekend.


April 22nd

April is Earth Month, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge celebrate by offering Earth Day-themed snacks, activities, entertainment, and more for a limited time during the month. Earth Day officially takes place on April 22nd.

Earth Day snack at Animal Kingdom Lodge

April 29th-30th

The Spring Dapper Day event is scheduled in Disney World for April 29th and 30th. April 29th will take place in EPCOT and April 30th will take place in Magic Kingdom. This is an unofficial event that brings guests to the parks dressed in their best vintage fashion.

Dapper Day Outfits


May 4th

May the 4th is Star Wars Day, and Disney usually celebrates with special limited time snacks, events, activities, and more. You can also expect more guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios to celebrate in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Darth Maul Snack

May 31st-June 5th

Gay Days takes place at Magic Kingdom in June. This isn’t an official event but could bring more crowds into the parks.

Gay Days in Magic Kingdom in 2018


June 1st-30th

June is Pride Month in Disney World, and there will be a lot of celebrations happening in the parks. In addition to Gay Days, there will be Pride Month snacks, merchandise, entertainment, and more.

Pride Month at Animal Kingdom



The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is one of the biggest festivals of the year, and also the festival that runs the longest. Traditionally, it starts in mid-July and runs through November. This is a great time for foodies to visit Disney World to take an opportunity to eat at all the food booths, as well as enjoy culinary-themed entertainment and activities.

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival



The Halloween season officially kicks off in Disney World in August — expect to see spooky decorations at the parks, Halloween-themed snacks, and the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Halloween in Magic Kingdom



November marks the beginning of the holiday season in Disney World. The parks get decorated for Christmas and guests can attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

This is also when the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays occurs, which includes holiday-themed food booths, entertainment, activities, and more.

Festival of the Holidays 2021

November 23rd

November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day and will bring some special snacks to Disney World, as well as special Thanksgiving menus at restaurants around the resort.

Thanksgiving Treat


There are still some things we don’t have specific dates for, but that we do expect to happen in 2023:

These are all the official dates and timelines we have for now, but we’ll continue to update this post when more dates are announced. So stay tuned to AllEars for more.

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One Reply to “The Dates You NEED to Know for 2023 in Walt Disney World”

  1. We will be visiting for a couple weeks in April while not really expecting much of “soon to open” attractions that were mentioned unless it has an official start date attached…
    As far as that 50 year joyous anniversary celebration that was advertised and extended an additional (6) months…its apparent Disney is lacking the ability of hosting such an event…
    Construction and poor planning along with price increases…meal shrinkage and to hear Bob Iger wasn’t aware of these heavy duty increased prices has me thinking more of the same to come…
    Still waiting for that WDW railroad to start up…2 years plus and more excuses….