Disney Parks declared 2013 the year of “Limited Time Magic” – where throughout the year, Walt Disney World and Disneyland would offer special events and celebrations that would only last a day to a week.
Walt Disney World attendees got to enjoy events like Unleash the Villains at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Long Lost Friends week at Magic Kingdom, Monstrous Summer with a 24-hour day at Magic Kingdom, Teen Beach Movie at Typhoon Lagoon, and so much more.
Disney put together this video showcasing highlights from Limited Time Magic at both parks to recap the year. Did you get to enjoy any of these?
If you’re out and about at Walt Disney World this week, there will be special Thanksgiving treats and sweets available as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion.
From now until December 1, enjoy the following items for purchase throughout the parks:
Magic Kingdom Park
- Tony’s Town Square – pumpkin soup with cinnamon crème fraîche, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin gelato, pumpkin cheesecake
- Sleepy Hollow – spiced pumpkin waffle sundae
- Main Street Bakery – seasonal Starbucks selections
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Pumpkin cupcake in most quick-service locations, and specialty drinks at bars and lounges (pictured)
- Sunshine Seasons – Pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffin and gingerbread and pumpkin mousse (Thanksgiving day only)
- Garden Grill – Sweet potato pie with maple whipped cream (Thanksgiving day only)
The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will be transformed for Halloween into The Happy Haunted Horseshoe during Limited Time Magic October 28 through November 1.
From 11am to 3pm each day, guests can enjoy haunting harmonies from the Cadaver Dans, the piano-playing Dearly Departed Stan and everyone’s favorite morbid magician, Abner Cadaver.
This event is included with regular park admission.
The Downtown Disney Chalk Art Festival will run October 4-6, as part of Walt Disney World’s Limited Time Magic promotion.
For those three days, chalk artists will construct 3-D art out of flat concrete surfaces.
Along with seeing the three-dimensional chalk art, artist Greg McCullough will be appearing October 2 – 6, throughout the day at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, celebrating the release of some of the newest pieces in his collection. He will be there from 1-5pm and from 6-10pm each day.
The event is free to attend.
Shiver me timbers! Walt Disney World will be bringing Pirate’s Week to Magic Kingdom from September 23 to September 29.
It’s part of the park’s Limited Time Magic promotion, and is inspired by this week’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”
There will be a special pirate pre-show before the daily “Celebrate a Dream Come True” parade, and The Rusty Cutlass pirate band will regale the crowds with tunes from the high seas. You’ll even have a chance to meet Pirate Goofy and Jake from Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Also for Pirate week, The Pirates League at Magic Kingdom Park will have a mini-makeovers available for adults, called Skulls and Skurry. And from September 23 to September 29, while supplies last, you will receive complimentary pirate teeth to complete your look, if you take part in a transformation at The Pirates League (kids and adults). You can make reservations now by calling 407-939-2739.
Pirate’s Week events are included with regular park admission.
As part of it’s Limited Time Magic promotion, Walt Disney World will be hosting a one day event dedicated to its villains on September 13.
That day happens to also be Friday the 13th, and on this day, from 8pm to 1am, many of Disney’s most dastardly villains will be part of the “Unleash the Villains” dance party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The “Lord of the Dead,” Hades, will be keeping the park open until the 13th hour, with his henchmen, an interactive DJ, house band, and dancers. At the witching hour (midnight), a special “Villainy in the Sky” fireworks will light up the sky.
Maleficent, Cruella, Captain Hook, Jafar and other Disney villains will be part of this evil dance party, hanging out for greetings and autographs with guests.
There will be plenty of limited-edition collectibles for sale, as well.
This event is included with regular park admissions.
As part of it’s Limited Time Magic promotion, Walt Disney World will be going to the dogs with its “Dog Days of Summer” event from August 26 through September 2.
It will take place over at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom park.
There will be a daily block party with tunes spun by DJ K-9, and many of Disney’s canines will be there, including Pluto and Bolt.
You may even spot Lilo’s “dog” Stitch crashing the block party while you enjoy all the fun games, tasty food and refreshing cool zones
This event is included with regular park admission.
This week, guests at Walt Disney World are enjoying Long-Lost Friends Week at Magic Kingdom, but starting July 22, they’ll be able to celebrate Christmas in July.
Stop by Ye Old Christmas Shop in Magic Kingdom park, as well as Disney Days of Christmas at Downtown Disney area, where you can find all-new, magical ear hat ornaments.
There will also be sweet holiday-inspired treats for guests to enjoy at Magic Kingdom. Enjoy a Santa Mickey Demitasse dessert at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, holiday cupcakes at the Main Street Bakery, and gingerbread sundaes at the Cone Shop.
This Limited Time Magic event runs through July 28, and is included with regular park admission.
As part of this year’s ongoing Limited Time Magic promotion, Walt Disney World will be hosting Long-Lost Friends Week starting July 15.
Fans voted online, and the characters that will be returning to the Magic Kingdom through July 21 will be:
- Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John from Robin Hood
- Chicken Little and Abby Mallard from Chicken Little
- Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and Brer Fox from Song of the South
Guests will be able to meet and have photos taken with these and other rare characters throughout the week.
Limited Time Magic events are included with regular park admission.
As part of Walt Disney World’s Limited Time Magic promotion, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be hosting a daily Teen Beach Movie Dance Party for guests.
At various times throughout each day through September 1, there will be a DJ spinning remixes of retro tunes, beach-y-themed games and some “bikers” and “surfers” to party with guests, all on Typhoon Lagoon’s main beach and wave pool area.
The promotion is based on the Disney Channel film, Teen Dance Movie, starring Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell. It premieres on the channel July 19. It’s described as a modern take on the classic beach party movies of the 60s.
The dance party is included in regular admission to the water park.
This year, Walt Disney World will be extending Fourth of July celebrations for a full week of fun for guests.
From July 1 through 7, 2013, Walt Disney World will be participating in a red, white, and blue Limited Time Magic extravaganza to celebrate America’s independence.
“Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at the Magic Kingdom will actually take place all week, instead of just July 4. Featuring 14 minutes of fireworks, it will start at 9pm on July 3 and 4, and 10pm July 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7.
Magic Kingdom’s “Celebrate a Dream Come True” Parade will have additional characters during the week, as Goofy, Donald and Pluto dressed as a colonial fife and drum corps join a spirited procession down Main Street, U.S.A, prior to the parade. The will be joined by the Main Street Philharmonic, Citizens of Main Street and Walt Disney’s historic horse-drawn calliope.
There will be plenty of patriotic souvenirs from USA shirts to trading pins. Chefs will also be whipping up American-inspired treats like red, white and blue strawberry shortcake in the Magic Kingdom and apple pie filled cupcakes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Downtown Disney.
Guests can visit limitedtimemagic.com for detailed entertainment offerings during Independence Week.
If you missed the previous time that the Magic Kingdom was open for 24 hours, earlier this year, then you’re going to get another chance.
Starting May 24th at 6am, Walt Disney World will keep the Magic Kingdom park open for 24 hours, closing at 6am on May 25th.
It’s being billed as a “Monstrous 24-hour All-Nighter” since the stars of the upcoming new movie Monsters University will be appearing at the park. Yes, you can meet Mike, Sulley, and their fellow MU students all night long, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning,.
The park will also be offering special entertainment, special merchandise, and “frightening food and boo-verages” – though Disney hasn’t elaborating on what these will be.
This Limited Time Magic event will kick off the busy Memorial Day weekend, and is included with regular park admission.
Make sure you ride the “Monsterail” to or from the Magic Kingdom. It’s a special monorail, decorated with a Monsters University theme.
May 4th is an unofficial Star Wars day, in which fans salute you with the greeting, “May the 4th Be With You.” It’s a play on “May the Force Be With You.”
Well, this May 4th, Walt Disney World will be having a Limited Time Magic event that will be celebrating all things Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
You can meet Star Wars characters and have pictures taken with them, train to be a Jedi with your kids (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis), dance to galactic beats at the Star Wars dance party, and enjoy a DJ-ed dance party with a special Star Wars fireworks at night from Hollywood Blvd.
There will also be special edition pins and tees, with messages like “May the Fourth Be with You” and “Revenge of the Fifth,” for purchase.
This will be a nice warm-up for Star Wars Weekends, which start just a few weeks later on May 17th.
All “May the 4th Be With You” events are included in regular park admission.
As part of their 2013 Limited Time Magic promotion, Walt Disney World will launch a week-long Disney Fairy celebration, starting April 15 through 21.
During this event, Tink will be joined by some of her friends, like Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist, Fawn, Vidia, and maybe even Terence, the Pixie Dust-keeper, at TinkerBell’s Magical Nook.
This character meet-and-greet area is located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom.
All Limited Time Magic events are included in Disney park admission.
[Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World]
As part of their 2013 Limited Time Magic promotion, Walt Disney World will launch a week-long Easter celebration, starting March 25.
During this event, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will greet guests both at Bunny Lane at Magic Kingdom, and at the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot.
The duo will also participate in the Magic Kingdom’s daily Easter procession down main Street, U.S.A..
If Easter eggs are popular with your little ones, they can join the daily hunts over at Epcot’s Future World East.
The Easter edition of Limited Time Magic will run through March 31, 2013. All events are included in park admission.
[Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World]