DADventure Disney Top 10 Tuesday – Favorite Disney Parks Special Events

Welcome back to DADventure Disney’s round table of some of my favorite Disney Fan Parents on Instagram.

Every week, I work alongside this merry band of Disney fan parents to find our Top 10 favorites in all things Disney. See ALL our lists by clicking HERE!

This week, the group consists of these Disney Parent Panelists:
@disneycrazfamily, & @dismoms,
and yours truly @dadventuredisney.
You can also follow our joint account – @DisneyParentsPanel!

Want to join us? Drop a line and let’s chat!

Our topic this week: Top 10 Favorite Ways to Rest and/or Avoid The Heat and Lines in the Parks

Disney likes to do things “extra”. That’s no surprise. However, if you haven’t been to a Disney Parks Special Event – you’re missing out on a lot of the ‘extra’.

Festivals, Marathons, Food Events, Holidays and so much more – when Disney does these as Special Events – the magic is abundant!

For a lot of these items, you do have to buy extra tickets to get in, but for many of us – it’s totally worth every penny. Why would you buy a great sports car and them skimp on the sound system?

Now, which ones are ‘worth it’ for you? Well, that’s a personal choice, however we can give you some guidance! We’ve come up with our 10 favorite Disney Parks Special Events and hope you’ll try them out.

Give our list a quick read and then hit the comments to let us know your favorites or which you will be adding to your agenda on your next visit!


Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Usually January – February
Top 10 Score: 2.00, nominated on 5 of 10 ballots.

Celebrates the Creation of Art and Cuisine

Culinary Arts
Discover creative twists on irresistible bites and sips around the World Showcase and Future World at Epcot.

Performing Arts
Catch captivating entertainment everywhere you turn.

Visual Arts
Explore a variety of galleries, hands-on workshops and the Animation Academy.

Featured Artists
Get to know the backgrounds and inspirations of the women and men who created the art on display.

Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie’s Bash
Usually Sep & Oct
Top 10 Score: 2.00, nominated on 3 of 10 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Mischievous Mayhem
Don a costume and prepare for a frightfully delightful night of Halloween thrills, chills and fun for Guests of all ages.

The spell’s been cast! In September and October, Disney California Adventure Park presents a separately ticketed, after-hours event hosted by Oogie Boogie (from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas) and the Disney Villains.

Our wonderfully wicked “monster of scare-e-monies” has rallied his pals for a Halloween spooktacular unlike any other, including access to some otherworldly attractions and new entertainment experiences (as well as a few old favorites) sure to wake the dread.

So whether you’re a baby boo, teen werewolf or full-grown ghoul, there’s something fang-tastic for all!

New Year’s Eve
December 31st
Top 10 Score: 2.30, nominated on 4 of 10 ballots.1 first place vote.

Fun no matter WHICH park you’re in!

Magic Kingdom Park
Boogie down at dance parties and catch the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display.

Anticipate an evening chock-full of activities—from revelries across the nations to live music to fireworks shows.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Prepare for adventure culminating in a midnight countdown and a stunning fireworks spectacular.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Celebrate the New Year with specially-themed food and beverage offerings and much more!

Festival of the Holidays
November & December
Top 10 Score: 3.10, nominated on 5 of 10 ballots.

Embrace a seasonal celebration filled with multicultural music, food and fun for all.

Nosh your way through holiday favorites that celebrate traditions from around the globe.

Stop by Disney California Adventure Park to discover a world of delectable possibilities throughout the Festival Foods Marketplace.

Please your palate with belly-loving bites, spirited libations and decadent desserts offered at various locations. Each delish dish is available during Disney Festival of Holidays, so don’t forget your appetite!

Walt Disney World | Epcot
Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season, as celebrated by cultures near and far.

Come and delight in stirring live musical productions. Savor seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens. And take a festive global tour—as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase!

Running Events
Year Round
Top 10 Score: 3.20, nominated on 7 of 10 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Want to try the Dopey Challenge which is ALL 4 races on Disney Marathon Weekend – 48.6 Miles in 4 Consecutive Days!?!

Thursday, January 7 – Sunday, January 10, 2021
6 Medals Total: 4 Finisher Medals, plus 2 Challenge Medals
Get Dopey over racing—and medals! Complete all 4 Walt Disney World Weekend races on pace and earn not only the 4 individual event medals, but both Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge Medal and Dopey Challenge Medal—for a grand total of 6!

Click HERE for more details!

If you love to run – Disney has more options for you!

Walt Disney World Marathon
Princess Half-Marathon
Star Wars Half Marathon — The Dark Side
Walt Disney World Inline
Minnie Marathon Weekend
Expedition Everest Challenge

Walt Disney World Triathlon
Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Star Wars Half Marathon — The Light Side
Tinker Bell Half-Marathon

Disneyland Half-Marathon
Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

AND THERE’S MORE! Phew – I’m tired just typing all those – good luck for all of you running it!

Disney Villains
Check Disney Website
Top 10 Score: 3.60, nominated on 6 of 10 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite
Paint the town dread with some of Disney’s most mischievous misfits at Disney California Adventure Park!

Unleash your inner villain at a deliciously sinister soiree bursting with rad-to-the-bone fun!

Disney California Adventure Park will host Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite, a separately ticketed evening event granting Guests of all ages special after-hours park access to dancing, Character Greetings, photo ops, entertainment, event-themed menu selections, limited-release merchandise, attractions, commemorative keepsakes and more.

Walt Disney World Disney Villains After Hours
Grab an apple, pack your potions and discover the joys of being bad as villains shine at this after-hours event!

Magic Kingdom park presents Disney Villains After Hours, a separately ticketed, special nighttime event showcasing some of Disney’s best-loved baddies! Disney Villains After Hours lets a limited number of Guests experience the park for an additional 3 hours after it closes. Enjoy frightfully fun entertainment, photo ops, cuisine and park entry as early as 7:00 PM.

So whether you’re already devilishly divine or just dipping a toe into the dark side, indulge your inner villain at this sinister soiree. But hurry, ticket availability is limited—don’t miss your chance to scare up a good time at this wicked event!

Mickey’s Not To Scary Halloween
August into November
Top 10 Score: 5.10, nominated on 7 of 10 ballots.

Join some of your favorite Disney Characters for an evening of spirited fun at this spook-tacular celebration.

Get your favorite costume ready and make your plans to live it up—collecting candies, sweets and delightful treats—all while Magic Kingdom park thrills and chills you electrifying entertainment and eerily fun activities.

Set your sights on a group of sinister sisters as they bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park at the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

Don’t miss Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular*—a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters.

Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.

Best of all: since this event is “not-so-scary,” children of every age can enjoy the fun!

2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
March to June
Top 10 Score: 5.10, nominated on 8 of 10 ballots.

Topiary Displays, Exhibits & Gardens
Surround yourself with gorgeous gardens, take in unique exhibits and view living sculptures of beloved Disney characters—the detailed likenesses are truly amazing!

Events and Tours
Unearth nature’s magic by booking one of our guided tours—including Gardens of the World, an English Tea Garden and Behind the Seeds.

Outdoor Kitchens
Bring the garden to your table at event-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens—and sample a variety of delish dishes, desserts and specialty sips.

Fun for Kids of All Ages
Connect with nature as you and your family wander through a variety of play areas, gardens and exhibits.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Nov & Dec
Top 10 Score: 5.40, nominated on 7 of 10 ballots. 2 first place votes.

Get ready for a magical holiday gathering with your loved ones—and some familiar Disney faces.
When Mickey celebrates the season, Magic Kingdom park lights up with excitement for Guests of all ages. Cinderella Castle shimmers. Joyful music fills the air.

Disney Characters don their most festive attire. Favorite attractions take on a holiday theme. And enchanting surprises lie around almost every turn!

Food & Wine Festival
Florida & California
Top 10 Score: 6.80, nominated on 8 of 10 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival | Feb – April
Embark on an epicurean adventure that includes celebrity chef events, cooking demos and a smorgasbord of delish dishes.

Whether you’re a seasoned home gourmet or simply eager to glean pro tips and tricks, the annual Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival serves up heaping helpings of culinary fun for all.

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival | Aug – Nov
Pack your appetite for a mouthwatering tour of international flavors and domestic delicacies!

Discover the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, a cornucopia of cultures, cuisines and innovative cooking techniques from chefs worldwide.

This food aficionado’s paradise is replete with delicious dishes, fine wine, craft beer, spirits and other beverages sure to satisfy every palate—from over 30 individual marketplaces.

Do you add any of these extras to you Disney trips? Are you planning to? Do you have a favorite?

Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Keith & the Disney Parents Panel

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