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Vote of the week: What is your favorite special event at Walt Disney World?

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Published: September 26, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Thanks, again, to Tim W for the topic of this week's vote.

Universal Orlando launches its 2008 edition of Halloween Horror Nights tonight, and last week we voted on our favorite elements in theme parks' special Halloween events.

Walt Disney World doesn't have an annual scare-fest, like Universal and many other theme parks, opting instead for its more family-friendly "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party." But how does that event rate compared with Disney World's other special events?

That's the topic for this week's vote. What is your favorite Walt Disney World special event? Some are "hard ticket" after-hours events (e.g. "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party"), and others take place during the regular operating day and are included in the price of your ticket (e.g. "Star Wars Weekends"). And some take place during normal operating hours, but require extra tickets for full access ("Epcot International Food & Wine Festival").

Tell us, in the comments, why you picked the one you did, and why others ought to give it a try, too.

Readers' Opinions

From Corey Romberg on September 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM
The pirate and princess party is my favorite, mostly because of the amazing Magic, Music, and Mayhem fireworks where the pirates try to blow up the castle....the Enchanted Adventure parade is really cool...and its fun to see all the kids dressed as pirates and princesses
From Ray Schroeder on September 26, 2008 at 2:36 PM
Food and Wine Fest. Eat, Drink and be Magical....
From Amanda Jenkins on September 26, 2008 at 4:11 PM
After attending the MNSSHP, I got to say that I was impressed. The parade and fireworks are amazing. Also the characters are everywhere and the rides have very little lines. What more could you ask for?
From Vincent S on September 26, 2008 at 8:12 PM
Where's the ESPN Weekend vote?
From steve lee on September 26, 2008 at 9:19 PM
Haven't been to enough of these events to really qualify a vote, but the Food and Wine Festival is always great. Pirates and Princess Party was a really fun evening in the park as well (and I agree with the previous poster about the Magic and Mayhem fireworks show. It beats the pants off of Wishes! If you haven't seen it, check it out on the Youtube).

(by the way, Robert, I just submitted two videos of that fireworks show to the Youtube channel if you're interested in putting it over there)

From Corey Romberg on September 26, 2008 at 11:37 PM
I agree Vincent, if ESPN the Weekend were part of the vote, that would get my vote...as a huge sports fan, there is no event anywhere else that bring fans so close to so many huge sports stars and broadcasters
From Tim W on September 27, 2008 at 5:54 AM
I know i put it on when i made this poll. I don't know where it is though.
From Robert Niles on September 27, 2008 at 11:29 AM
My bad. Sorry. It's not associated with a specific park, so I missed it when I went to check the official event titles on the Disney World media website.
From Eric Davis on September 27, 2008 at 8:14 PM
I was going to vote for MNSSHP but then I saw that *all* events were included in the poll. Because of that, Holidays Around the World wins hands-down.

The amazing-ness of Epcot combined with Christmas around the world is an experience in itself. On top of that you have all the special food items, merchandise, and entertainment that's only there during that season. Then, just when you think it couldn't get any better, Disney puts on one of the largest daily firework shows I've ever seen and completely blows the pants off of Epcot. The "Peace on Earth" finale is absolutely breathtaking, and I still can't believe that they launch that many fireworks every night of the event.

From Russell Meyer on September 28, 2008 at 6:40 PM
My vote goes for the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. It turns the World Showcase into an amazing tour around the world with tastes and smells from incredible cuisines from all over the world. The special dinners, cooking schools, wine pairings, and even the free tastings keep the festival fresh from year to year and give guests plenty of new things to try on each visit.

We specifically plan trips to Orlando just to attend the Food and Wine Festival.

From Anthony Murphy on September 28, 2008 at 8:36 PM
Wow, there are some tough calls since one thing Disney does well at all times is special events. I voted for Holidays around the world because I feel it embodies EPCOT's goal of providing entertainment and educational opportunities. It also includes the Candlelight Processional which puts most Disney shows to shame!
From Amy Tupper on September 29, 2008 at 8:20 AM
Well, I can't access the poll page from work, but for all the events I've attended, I'd have to say that MNSSHP is definitely a winner, as is the Osbourne Spectacle of Lights (was that one of the options?). I also really enjoy the EPCOT F&WF. These are genrally my Top-3 must-do's each year.

However, I have yet to go to the Christmas Party at MK - that may top them all. :)

From Joshua Counsil on September 29, 2008 at 12:12 PM
I'd love to try the Food and Wine - wining and dining are two of the aspects that set WDW apart from other locations.

My vote, however, goes to Osborne. I appreciate any event that is amazing, yet doesn't cause huge crowds and doesn't require extra admission.

From Rob P on September 30, 2008 at 2:51 AM
MVMCP is simply THE place to be at Christmas.

Just walking around the Park with your hot chocolate and cookie with "snow" falling from above it just makes the Magic Kingdom extra extra special.

Even if you choose not to go on any rides ( we didn't have time with all that's going on ) being there is enough.

Then , when you might think it can't get any better, the special Christmas firework display starts. Believe me it's possibly the best display of them all .....and that's saying something.

MVMCP is one event not to be missed.

From Bob Rex on October 2, 2008 at 8:06 AM
I've always found the Osborne lights to be tacky. It was even worse at the old location. My vore would go for something related to Christmas and to Epcot, but not on the list. That's the Christmas processional. We've seen it twice so far and have dinner "tickets" for 2 shows this year. As dramatic as the fireworks are, there is something to the orchestra, choir, and sheer drama of this event.

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