Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Weekend Events

Official Events:

9/29/2011 – Disney Parks Blog Trick or Meet-Up Event

Meet-up attendees will be treated to special tours of The Haunted Mansion attraction queue hosted by Walt Disney Imagineers as well as some unique experiences on The Haunted Mansion attraction itself. There will be ghoulish photo opportunities and of course, a few other surprises. More details here.

9/30/2011 – Haunted Mansion “Room for 1 More” Merchandise Event

9:00am — 9:00pm; Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Materialize, Foolish Mortals for an underworld party of the Haunted Mansion at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where the disembodied are dying to take you on a Fright of Fantasy. Our Ghost Host will ensure that the residents of the Mansion are in high spirits and ready to greet you as they come out to socialize and immortalize during the evening.

From tombstones to headstones, we have left no stone unturned as we invite you to step through the graveyard gates of the Mansion cemetery, recreated with ghoulish delight inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Here you can dine in a mist enshrouded banquet realm hidden among the crypts. While the organ plays, restless spirits will rise to entertain you during a Mansion’s feast where everything is laid to rest by our Ghoulish Gastronomists. The cryptic dreams that haunt you in the night will be exchanged and explained by expert apparitions. Don’t fear – there are plenty of other restless spirits just dying to meet you throughout the night!More information can be found at this link.

10/1/11 – 40th Anniversary Pin Releases

What would the 40th Anniversary be without some…pins. Check out the releases here.

10/1/2011 – Magic Kingdom Events

Per WDWMagic.com:

We have some details of some of the special events for the Magic Kingdom’s 40th anniversary on October 1. These are not confirmed yet, but as far as we know are accurate at this time. There may also be additional events that are not listed here, so stay tuned.

  • A special 40th Anniversary presentation will be held on the Castle Stage at 10am.
  • Wishes with a special finale will be held at 9pm.
  • 40th Anniversary cupcakes will be available on the Main Street Bakery, along with a whole range of special 40th merchandise.
  • Special Artist Appearances
  • Uptown Jewelers
    11am to 2pm – Jim Shore
    12pm to 2pm, and 4pm to 5pm – Robert Olszewski
    1pm to 3pm – Gene Gonda
  • Diamond Horseshoe
    9am to 11am – Brent Reese and Costa Alavezos
    11:30am to 12:30pm and 4pm to 5pm – Greg McCullough
    1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 5pm – Jody Daily, Kevin Kidney, Dave Avanzino

The park will be open from 9am to midnight.

Fan Events:

9/29 – 10/2/2011 – Project XL: The World at 40 by WDWCelebrations

WDWCelebrations turned heads with their EPCOT Center 25th anniversary event, and since then, they have been holding events for a multitude of different anniversaries and special events. Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary is no different. Experiences include: group rides, scavenger hunts, and history walks. For more information, see: WDWCelebrations.com.

9/30/2011 – The Be Our Guest Food and Wine Opening Day Extravaganza

Friday, September 30 · 10:30am – 1:30pm; World Showcase – Canada

Join the Be Our Guest Podcast Family during the Food and Wine Opening Day! We will be sipping, snacking and chatting together on Friday, Sept. 30th. The meet will start in the Canada Pavilion at 10:45 am! If you can’t meet then, make sure to follow @BeOurGuestMike @RikkiNibs or @TMFLTPam to find out where the group has moseyed over to! We want to meet you! Plus, we’re giving away prizes! Facebook Event Page.

9/30/2011 – Peek-A-Boo at Picabu! We See You! AllEars® Meet and Greet!

Meet Deb Wills, Deb Koma, and Jack Marshall for an informal meet and greet. We’ll be gathering at Picabu in the lower level of the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel, out of the heat and hopefully far from the madding and Food & Wine Festing crowds! Stop by, say hi, and have a cold drink — we may even have a surprise or two for you! No RSVP necessary. Facebook Event Page.

10/1/2011 – WDW Radio 40-Hour LIVE Broadcast

To honor Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary on October 1, 2011, rather than simply do another 24-hour live show…We’re going to do 40 hours LIVE from Walt Disney World! Join us in the parks or “in the box” as we broadcast live video beginning on Saturday, October 1 and ending 40 hours later on Sunday, October 2 at midnight.

Just some of the events in the parks we might be able enjoy along the way include:

– Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
– Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival
– Wine & Dine Half Marathon and After-Party
– Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
– a few surprises
– and more!!!

Stay tuned for more information, and please RSVP if you plan on coming by and taking part in some of the fun, whether in the parks or by watching live at http://WDWRadioLIVE.com

10/1/2011 – Retro Day WDW

Retro Day WDW is a chance to gather at the Vacation Kingdom of the world in style — 1971 style to be exact. In honor of Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary, we’re asking all those attending to look as if you’re starring in a 1971 Promotional Photo/Video for the Resort. If you don’t have any 1970’s-style clothing hanging around from your visit 40 years ago, that’s fine! We’re also happy to see folks dressed up nicely, as if you’ve just walked out of some old Walt Disney World concept art.

If you have any questions, please ask at our Facebook Event Page or tweet to @RetroDayWDW. See the event’s Facebook page for more details.

10/2/2011 – TouringPlans Meet-up

Sunday, October 2, 2011, 2:00pm; Epcot World Showcase, La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico

Join TouringPlans.com for a meet-up! Food, beverages, and prizes will be provided. Guest speakers will include AJ from the DisneyFoodBlog and friends of TouringPlans.com. For more details, click here.

10/2 – 10/9/2011 – Disney Food Blog WDW Foodie Fest

The second annual WDW Foodie Fest is ON!!

Main Event:
From 11am-1pm on Sunday, October 2, 2011, join us at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for fun and food!!!

Snack Attack! Featuring DFB Favorites:
On October 4th, join us in a VIP viewing area to watch Illuminations Fireworks and snack on some of the Disney Food Blog’s favorite snacks — Butterfinger cupcakes, cheesecake brownies, carrot cake cookies, popcorn, Mickey bars, and more!

TDB — More Foodie Fest Events:
Join us for our Sweet Stroll through the World Showcase (a dessert crawl!), and for a Sushi and Sake meet-up at Kimonos (there might be karaoke…)


If your organization is having an event or events that occur between September 29th and October 2, 2011, please email us at [email protected] so we can add your events to the list!


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