How do you choose one recurring event at Walt Disney World to stand out from the rest?  These events were created, beyond the typical theme park regular programming, to help generate magic and generate more attendance during a slower time in the season.



alt="Daniel Mulka and Mickey Mouse at the WDW Marathon finish line."

As a member of the WDW Radio Running Team, the first event that I thought about was the WDW Marathon – my first Disney race.  This running event attracts thousands in early January, just after a busy holiday season, to run through the parks.  Races are throughout the calendar, now organized through a special department known as RunDisney.


alt="A sample of the fine cuisine available at the Walt Disney World International Food & Wine Festival."

Now, as a bigger fan of food, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival immediately pushed the thought of running out of my mind.  This festival is scheduled for 87 days in 2019!  That makes up 23.8% of the year.  Did you know that the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is actually a year older?  Should the older festival get the nomination?  Or the festival that caused food booths, and my eating way too much, to be a common sight at Epcot?


alt="Holidays at Disney's Magic Kingdom."

If you’ve ever had the chance to see Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you can understand how this event draws a great crowd.  Snow on Main Street, U.S.A, the lighting of the castle, the parade (including Santa), and the treats!  But, another Christmastime event, the Candlelight Processional, is a truly, special event as well.

And, these were just the ones I could think of …

From the past to the present, there are many potential options to choose from for the event:

  • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
  • Star Wars Weekends, including a special shoutout to Hyperspace Hoopla
  • Holidays Around the World
  • Expedition Everest Challenge
  • ESPN The Weekend

Time to Choose One

So, if you were to choose one recurring event that not only showcased the magic of a Walt Disney World event, and also brought people from around the nation to make sure they were part of it — what would it be?  Make sure to submit your nomination before 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31, by leaving a comment below (or in the Facebook comments for the article).  We’ll look at every nomination and come back with up to 5 final nominees for the WDW Radio family to vote on.  

To learn more about Daniel Mulka and read some of his other posts on the WDW Radio Blog, visit his author page.  

(All photos from the personal collection of Daniel Mulka.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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