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Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

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The Christmas holiday season is the best time to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando. There are plenty of festivities going on, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party; Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and more. You may even catch the filming of a Christmas special or two with your favorite celebs. Book early because vacation villas near Disney World go fast in December.

Halloween with a Disney twist

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Christmas may be the most fun holiday at Disney, but Halloween’s not far behind. Throughout October, there are all sorts of exciting fall festivities going on, but a favorite is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which includes trick-or-treating, costumes, fireworks, parades and much more. Just be aware that it’s hurricane season, and the weather, while generally nice this time of year, is subject to change.

Easter – Egg hunting around the park

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For many people, the Easter holiday marks the start or end of spring break, which means the park is pretty crowded through the month of April. However, if you and your children want to brave those crowds, the weather is gorgeous. Kids can meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, take part in egg hunts and enjoy special meals.

Fourth of July with Disney

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Summer is an exciting time at Disney. With kids out of school, there are no limits on how long or late to stay in Orlando. It’s hot, but many hotels and vacation rentals near Disney World have pools for a little afternoon cool-down. Best of all, if you go on the 4th of July, you can witness one of the park’s spectacular fireworks displays.

Mardi Gras 

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You may think of New Orleans when you think of Mardi Gras, but Disney has its own fun Fat Tuesday scene. Head to Port Orleans Resort for a Mardi Gras parade you won’t soon forget, with floats and golf carts decorated by cast members. A few of your favorite characters may even show up. Best of all, Disney trips are cheaper this time of year.

New Year’s Eve

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No one wraps up a year like Disney. While the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a busy time at the theme park, it’s worth braving the crowds. Enjoy an upscale meal, fireworks at various parks and a dance party or two. If you have young kids, keep in mind that it can be loud and rowdy.

Walt Disney World Marathon

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The annual Walt Disney World marathon is a big event that takes place every year in January. The race runs through the Magic Kingdom, as well as the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. If you’re not up for a marathon, try the 5k and some of the other healthy events that take place through the park at this time.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training

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Spring may be a great time for kids who are on break, but it’s also a good time for sports fans. The Atlanta Braves hold spring training at Disney, so book a family-friendly rental near Disney World in advance to enjoy a week of baseball under the beautiful spring sky.

Earth Day

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Earth Day may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Disney adventure, but it’s actually a fun time to stay in a rental home in Orlando. Both Epcot and the Animal Kingdom offer special events that give guests an up-close-and-personal look at some of the animals. It’s also a great way to learn about conservation.

Dapper Day

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For a spring event that’s 100 percent Disney, a trip to the park on Dapper Day is a must. Generally held in late April, guests forego their usually shorts and sneakers and visit the park in their Sunday best and elegant outfits inspired by original illustrations of the park. While the event is not Disney-sponsored, many people do take part.