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This program requires registration before ticket package purchase.

Festival Disney is open to middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensembles, marching (parade) bands and orchestras. After sprucing up your performance skills and gaining a competitive edge, seize the opportunity to explore the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks!

  • Walt Disney World, Florida
  • Middle–Junior High, High School
  • Starting Price

Festival Overview

Achieve performance excellence at a competitive music festival produced by Disney. When you own the Disney stage, you own the world. Join Festival Disney and give your talented instrumental ensemble the chance to compete with other groups from schools across the country.

Disney Performing Arts is extremely proud to be endorsed by the National Association for Music Education.

To date, Festival Disney has been adjudicated by more than 150 distinguished collegiate music educators, including these instrumental education specialists:

  • Dr. Ken Dye, University of Notre Dame
  • Prof. Joseph Hermann, Tennessee Tech University
  • Dr. Johnny Vinson, Auburn University (Retired)
  • Dr. Stephen Benham, Duquesne University
  • Prof. Keith Bearden, Texas Tech University

Directors

Choose between competitive and non-competitive adjudication status, including ratings but no rankings or comments only. For your own group's enrichment, you should also schedule time for your students to watch other ensembles perform.

You will receive a Festival Disney Handbook with important event information and the festival schedule approximately 6 weeks prior to the event.

Performance locations, schedule and activities subject to change without notice.

Venues

Festival Disney events will take place at a number of venues in and around the Walt Disney World Resort. Venues will be listed as part of the festival schedule and maps/directions will be included in the Festival Disney Handbook approximately 6 weeks prior to the event.

2018 Festival Disney Dates

  • March 2, 3
  • March 8, 9, 10
  • March 15, 16, 17
  • March 22, 23, 24
  • April 5, 6, 7
  • April 12, 13, 14
  • April 19, 20, 21
  • April 26, 27, 28
  • May 4, 5

National Core Arts Standards

This performance opportunity fulfills many of the National Core Arts Standards for creation, performing, responding and connecting. Review the standards explored through this experience.

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Awards Ceremony

Experience the excitement of competing and the rewards of excellence at the high-energy Festival Disney Awards Ceremony, held at the Walt Disney World Resort on Saturday evening. All ensembles are invited to attend.

Festival Disney Medal
All performers will receive an exclusive Festival Disney Medal to commemorate their participation—whether their ensemble is in a competitive classification, or only performing for comments.

Best in Class
Within each Division and Classification, a "Best in Class" ensemble is selected (e.g. top high school concert band in Class A or top middle school mixed choir). Your ensemble must be one of 2 or more competitive ensembles within a division and classification in order to be eligible.

Festival Disney Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards
If your ensemble is among the 3 highest, superior-rated ensembles in your category—regardless of classification—you will receive one of these awards of distinction. Your ensemble must be one of 2 or more competitive ensembles within a category in order to be eligible. (High schools and middle schools are awarded separately.)

Special Awards
Additional special awards may be presented at the discretion of the adjudicators.

How to Participate

Is your group eager to perform? Apply online today!

  • Review the Festival Disney Overview and Open Letter to School Administrators for full event details.
  • Select the appropriate Ensemble Division and Adjudication Status.
  • Complete your online registration.
  • Submit a non-refundable registration fee for each ensemble. (Fee information provided when registering.)

Please note: You must apply and receive confirmation of acceptance before purchasing your tickets. Until the registration fee is received for each ensemble and a confirmation letter is sent, ensembles are not registered and participation in the festival is not guaranteed. During the scheduling phase, we will work to schedule ensembles in the order that their registration was confirmed.

What's Included

Every Festival Disney package includes:

  • 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-day admission to Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks
  • A 20- to 25-minute adjudicated performance with written and recorded comments
  • A personalized educational clinic conducted by a designated adjudicator (concert ensembles only)
  • Festival Disney Awards for all participating ensembles
  • Exclusive Festival Disney Medal for all performers
  • Special Festival Disney Awards Ceremony

Two (2) Festival Disney director's packages are included per school.

Please note: This package does not include accommodations or transportation.

If requesting a Disney Performing Arts Performance in addition to Festival Disney participation, audition materials are required and an additional fee of $26.00 per performer will be applied. (Guidelines provided on Festival Disney online registration home page)

Festival package inclusions are subject to change without notice.

Transportation

All ensembles must provide their own transportation to and from their performance and the awards ceremony. Disney transportation may not be available when festival events extend beyond scheduled park operating hours.

Accommodations

Review available Accommodations for information about onsite hotels.