All Events at Walt Disney World during January and May of 2017 and 2018

January 2017

January 4 - 8, 2017ESPN Wide World of SportsWalt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna a range of events and races, each pacing through an assortment of exciting locations -- including all four theme parks. There's a Family Fun Run 5K, followed by a 10K, a Half Marathon and the full marathon.
Jan. 13 - Feb. 20EpcotEpcot International Festival of the Arts Combining visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world, the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will create a global masterpiece for six inspired weekends. Held Fridays through Mondays starting Jan. 13 through Feb. 20, 2017, the Festival will feature new art each week.
Jan. 17ESPN Wide World of SportsDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend 2017 Registration opens
Jan. 20 - Mar. 09Magic KingdomDisney After Hours Magic Kingdom - Select Nights Disney After Hours, a hard-ticket event that allows guests to enjoy Magic Kingdom attractions and character greetings after regular park hours, will return for select dates in January, February and March 2017. During the event nights, 25 attractions and experiences are open
Jan. 25 - Jan. 28ESPN Wide World of SportsPro Bowl Week Many NFL superstars will be coming to Orlando for Pro Bowl Week starting January 25. Among the Pro Bowl players recently announced are New England quarterback Tom Brady, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Dallas rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will host most of the Pro Bowl Week activities, including the team practices, youth football events, a Pro Bowl Skills Showdown and a dodgeball game pitting the AFC stars against the NFC's best players. There are also activities planned for Disney Springs as well as Epcot, which will be the site of the Pro Bowl 5K run. On January 27, Pro Bowl players, NFL cheerleaders and various community groups will take part in a celebratory parade down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom. Tickets for the game are still available at www.nfl.com/probowl. For more information on Pro Bowl Week, visit espnwwos.com.

May 2017

March 1 - May. 29EpcotEpcot International Flower and Garden Festival
May 2 - May. 02ESPN Wide World of SportsDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2018 Registration opens
May. 12Magic KingdomHappily Ever After Fireworks and Projection Spectacular Debut Beginning May 12, Walt Disney World Resort guests will discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the newest, most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park - "Happily Ever After."
May. 27Pandora - The World of Avatar : Disney's Animal KingdomPandora the World of Avatar Official Opening Pandora the World of Avatar officially opens on May 27, 2017.

January 2018

Nov. 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018Resort Wide : Walt Disney WorldHoliday Happenings Around the World
Jan. 3 - 7ESPN Wide World of SportsWalt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2018
Jan 12 - Feb 19EpcotEpcot Festival of the Arts After a successful first season, Epcot Festival of the Arts returns in 2018!
Jan. 24 - Jan. 28ESPN Wide World of SportsNFL Pro Bowl Week There are many free and open-to-the-public events, including AFC and NFC football team practices. Fans can also cheer on favorite players as they go against each other at the 2018 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown. The NFL Pro Bowl Experience -- a free, interactive fan zone with fun activities for the whole family -- is open daily at 10 a.m. starting Wednesday.

May 2018

Feb. 28 - May 28EpcotEpcot International Flower and Garden Festival This year, 2018, is the 25th annual springtime flower fest.
Apr. 22 - May 5Disney's Animal KingdomParty for the Planet/20th Anniversary Celebration As part of this celebration, the new attraction UP! A Great Bird Adventure will debut, and the park will offer animal encounters, family-friendly activities, specialty desserts and more.
May. 02Discovery Island : Disney's Animal KingdomTiffins Talk At Tiffins restaurant, Dr. Anne Savage, Conservation Director for Disney's Animals, Science and Environment, will speak about the cotton-top tamarin conservation project Disney supports in Colombia. The menu will feature South American cuisine.
May. 04Discovery Island : Disney's Animal KingdomTiffins Talk At Tiffins restaurant, Dr. Scott Terrell, Director of Animal and Science Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will chat about caring for the Sumatran tigers that call Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park home, as well as the conservation work Disney is doing to protect tigers in Asia. The menu will feature Asian cuisine.
May. 13Resort Wide : Walt Disney WorldMother's Day A number of restaurants around Walt Disney World will have special dining menus on this day set aside to honor mothers. Remember to check the site and the AllEars newsletter for updates.
May. 25 - Sep. 03Resort Wide : Walt Disney WorldIncredible Summer Walt Disney World kicks off its Incredible Summer over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27. Highlights include Donald's Dino Bash at Animal Kingdom, Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Live! concert series at Epcot (starts June 9), an Incredibles Dance Party at Magic Kingdom, H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon and more.
May. 27Disney's Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: Galactic Nights This Star Wars-themed evening is held after park hours from 7 p.m. to midnight and celebrates the entire Star Wars saga with entertainment, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and food and beverage, and encounters with rarely seen characters.