For fans of Disney Parks, it’s pretty easy to be aware of the big yearly events that take place in the parks, like Star Wars Weekends, the Food and Wine Festival, and the Flower and Garden Festival. There are many smaller events, however, that seem to fly largely under the radar of most visitors, mostly because they don’t get the same level of publicity as the bigger events do.
Recently, we’ve seen Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney (first weekend of June, now over), Sundowner Celebration at Animal Kingdom (ongoing as I write this, continuing each evening at least through the end of June), the Amazing Flamingo Race (fun educational event for kids to teach them all about flamingos, also going on now and continuing at least through June), and the Highland Games at Epcot to celebrate the release of Pixar’s Brave (running through early July).
So how can you possibly find out about events like that which may take place during your trip? There are a few things you can look for, both online and inside the parks themselves.
Disney News Blogs
I don’t aim to report on all the current goings-on in the parks, but rather just to give a few tips and observations of mine now that I’m able to spend a lot more time at WDW than I used to. However, there are several excellent websites that report on daily news from the parks. There are lots of them in the links list on the right hand side of my blog if you’re looking for a few new ones to haunt in search of the latest updates and goings on at Walt Disney World. Keep an eye on them, especially when you have an upcoming trip. Even if there is a small, very temporary event going on, the sites that update frequently with WDW news usually catch things like that and provide lots of detail on where to go and what you’ll see or experience there.
If you use Twitter, try following the Twitter accounts for some of those websites as well. I see a lot of great, up-to-date information about what’s going on around WDW on my Twitter feed.
Watch For Signs
They might be banners, they might be wooden signs set into the ground, and unfortunately, they might not be very obvious. If you’re open to detours from your plan for the day, read the signs and banners you see as you walk from place to place!
It’s very easy to get tunnel vision, especially when you are heading for a specific place. The parks are often crowded and it takes a bit of focus to walk in such a large group of people who all have their own destinations in mind. Details pass us all by all the time. Do your best to look for the banners and signs that announce special opportunities through the noise and bustle around you.
Look For Temporary-looking Structures
If you’re walking along in a Disney park and you spy a tent or another structure that doesn’t look like it could possibly hold up permanently to the rain and heat of Florida weather, chances are that something is going on there. It might be for a private event, but it could also be for something like the Highland Games currently going on at Epcot. Detour toward the out of the ordinary things that you see and check it out.
Ask Other Park Guests
Do you see a line forming, but you don’t know of an attraction in that area? Ask someone in the line what they’re waiting for. You might find there’s a character greeting or other fun event coming up there.
Read the Park’s Times Guide
As an official information source provided by the park, you might think I should have listed the Times Guide first, but unfortunately, there is limited space on it and the special and temporary events often don’t make the cut. Sometimes they are able to fit some extra information on them, though, so they’re worth a look.
I wish you all good luck for finding a great special event to participate in the next time you are visiting Walt Disney World. Keep your eyes peeled and you never know what you might find!