Festival Disney is open to middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensembles, 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!
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:
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.
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.
In 2021 we are excited to bring back the Parade Band division to Festival Disney. Currently, these performances are planned to take place at Magic Kingdom Park on Thursday only and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please carefully review the Festival Disney Overview document available on the Festival Disney online registration home page.
We are proud to now also offer the Festival Disney Solo & Ensemble competition, which allows students to receive ratings and written feedback from a nationally recognized Festival Disney adjudicator. To maximize time for students to experience the Disney Parks with their fellow performers, all performance videos are submitted online prior to arrival.
This virtual competition is for solos and ensembles of 9 or less performers, who are already part of a group performing at Festival Disney. Additional details will be sent to each director once the group registration is confirmed.
Groups planning to visit during our peak season— March 10 through April 25, 2021: Please read the revised guidelines for Disney Performing Arts and Festival Disney experiences.
This performance opportunity fulfills many of the National Core Arts Standards for creation, performing, responding and connecting. Review the standards explored through this experience.
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. (High schools and middle schools are awarded separately.)
Additional special awards may be presented at the discretion of the adjudicators.
Is your group eager to perform? Apply online today!
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.
Groups planning to visit during our peak season—March 10 through April 25, 2021: Please read our guidelines for Disney Performing Arts and Festival Disney experiences.
Every Festival Disney package includes:
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 $27.00 per performer will be applied. (Guidelines provided on Festival Disney online registration home page)
Festival package inclusions are subject to change without notice.
Review available Accommodations for information about onsite hotels.