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The Latest on Festival Disney 2022 and Disney Performances

by Rhoda Venture
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… and the 50th Anniversary Celebration!


This October marks the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, FL.  Throughout the remainder of 2021 and into 2022, Disney will be celebrating in spectacular style!  Performance groups hoping to take part in this very special year need to plan now.  Here’s the latest on Festival Disney 2022 and Disney performances straight from the head mouse!



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The 50th Anniversary Celebration and Performance Groups


Will there be fewer performance groups accepted than in the past?

There will be so many exciting things happening during the 50th-anniversary celebration that performance opportunities may be limited.

These opportunities will be determined on a rolling basis and for multiple venues.


What do we need to do to give our group the best chance of performing?

Groups will be accepted based on talent exhibited on the application video.  They will be compared to other groups requesting the same experience on the same date(s).

If possible, request a Monday or Wednesday when there may be greater availability.


Performance and Workshop Dates

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Will our group be considered for all the dates we are available?

Yes. Choose the first available date to submit on the PlanEars application. Then, in the notes section, list any other dates you are available. You will be compared to the other groups for all subsequent dates.


If our group is not chosen to perform, can we remain on the waitlist?

Yes.  All groups who request a performance will remain on the waitlist for their requested dates.


If our group misses the reviewing date deadline but there is availability, will applications still be accepted?

Yes. Applications will be accepted based on availability.


Our group only wants to do a workshop.  Will we still have to wait to hear if we are accepted?

No. Workshop-only applications will continue to be processed in the normal 2-3 week timeframe.

Our group wants a performance and a workshop.  Will we have to wait to see if we are accepted for both?

Yes.  Since multiple performance dates are being considered, we’ll confirm the workshop once the performance is confirmed.

If we are NOT accepted for a performance, can we still add a workshop?

Yes.  Workshops applications will be accepted based on availability.


COVID and Audition Requirements

Because of the challenges schools have faced during the past year, will the audition requirements be different?

No.  A performance video from the past 12 months is still required.  No virtual performances will be accepted.


Will the extra health and safety precautions related to COVID still be in effect in 2022?

There is no way to predict right now what will be required in 2022.  It’s recommended that all groups plan to have face coverings, instrument covers, and practice physical distancing.

Disney will provide additional updates as they are available.


Festival Disney 2022

Festival Disney will include only traditional concert ensembles (concert choirs, concert bands, string orchestras, and full orchestras).  Each school will be permitted to have up to two of each of these ensemble categories.

Festival Dates

March 18 – 19, 2022

March 25 – 26, 2022

April 1 – 2, 2022

April 8 – 9, 2022

April 22 – 23, 2022


Will virtual solo and small ensemble competitions still be offered?

Yes.  Virtual solo and small ensemble competitions are still available.


Will Festival Disney groups still be able to add a Performing Arts Performance?

No.  Unfortunately, because of limited availability and new audition procedures, Festival Disney groups will not be able to add a Performing Arts Performance.


Will Festival Disney groups still be able to add a Performing Arts Workshop?

Yes.  Festival Disney groups can add a Performing Arts Workshop Monday – Thursday only and based on availability.


When will Festival Disney competitions take place?

Competition weekends will be Friday/Saturday ONLY.  The Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday evening.  No groups will be scheduled on Thursday.


What will the 2022 Festival Disney Awards Ceremony look like?

You can expect the format to be similar to 2019 and 2020 but ceremony locations have yet to be determined (Typhoon Lagoon is not currently being considered).


Make the Magic Happen Now!

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Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration promises to be a magical experience for your students – but you must plan NOW.

Contact your fairy godmothers at Kaleidoscope Adventures, a Disney preferred planning partner, to reserve your spot for 2022.  Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime student performance opportunity!




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Updated September 2021

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